How Performance-Based Design Can Help You Win More Business
In this article, Ara Massey illustrates how SLATERPAULL| Hord Coplan Macht uses performance-based design as a competitive differentiator in bid scenarios.
1. Setting goals and investigating specific client concerns
SLATERPAULL| Hord Coplan Macht was asked to submit a proposal for a church project near Denver, Colorado. The design team demonstrated the impact of design choices against project energy goals in real time and the subsequent operational costs.
Using Sefaira’s Daylight Visualisation tool, SLATERPAULL| Hord Coplan Macht was able to have an in-depth conversation with the client about the impact of their design on daylight and glare within the sanctuary, which was a primary concern.
2. Demonstrating performance-based design in a public sector bid
In this state-funded school project, SLATERPAULL| Hord Coplan Macht was required to show how design iterations track towards performance goals. The team carried out massing comparison tests, narrowing down to the two better performing options.
Next, they then investigated various mechanical systems to find out which system offered the best percentage savings over their baseline design.
To address the site’s cold climate, the team carried out tests to optimise the building’s glazing ratio to balance daylight and heating loads.
All of these tests are then presented to the client in energy and operating cost terms.
SLATERPAULL|Hord|Coplan|Macht is a design practice that aims to provide the highest quality architectural, landscape architectural and planning services through a collaborative and interactive process with clients and partners.