During a recent webinar (How Performance Based Design is Changing Architecture) we asked participants how their firms are approaching high performance design — how they are integrating energy and daylighting analysis into their design processes to inform (rather than just validate) design decisions.
It’s worth noting that the sample is self-selected: those who attended a webinar on performance based design. This group may have a vested interest in promoting high performance; but they’re also likely to be very familiar with the conditions on the ground — the drivers for, challenges with, and most successful approaches to implementing performance based design.
Below are the survey questions, the raw results, and our interpretation of what this data means for architecture firms.
Using Performance Analysis to Inform Design
Currently, what percentage of your projects utilize performance analysis to inform your design?
On what percentage of projects is your firm targeting to implement performance analysis to inform design a year from now?
Interpretation: The ambition to use performance analysis exceeds current practice. Firms are looking to increase their use of performance analysis in the short term — targeting significant increases within the next year. A quarter of firms plan on doing analysis on 75 to 100% of projects by 2015 — truly making performance core to their practice.
What Can be Done to Expand Performance Analysis?
What is the top thing that could be done at your firm to expand the use of performance analysis?
Interpretation: The tools have caught up in recent years: what’s needed now are institutional shifts like clear goal setting and training. This implies that firm leaders must take a more active role, setting specific goals for the firm and project teams, making performance a standard part of deliverables, and working to build the firm’s capabilities through training and knowledge sharing.
Overall, architects are taking ownership of performance and intend to greatly expand the use of performance analysis in the short term. What’s needed now is follow-through: specific, achievable goals, and the resources required to achieve them.
Are you ready to get started with performance analysis? Here’s a great way to begin: we discuss a number of concrete next steps in our article on Integrating Performance Analysis into Your Design Process.