Building a Green Home, as easy as A, B, C?

Building a Green Home, as easy as A, B, C?

The ABC Green Home project – a virtual home experience and multi-platform event, debuted at the June 2011 Pacific Coast Builders Conference in San Francisco.

It was produced through cooperation with leading U.S. Homebuilding industry magazine exclusively dedicated to sustainable residential design and construction, Green Home Builder (Peninsula Publishing). The project presents the all-new “Affordable, Buildable, Certified” Green Home.

The single-story, 1,700-sq.-ft. structure is expected to sell for about $300,000. It was created with a goal to have the home use close to NZE-net zero energy. Edison will seek to certify the home per the NAHB’s National Green Building Standard, with additional certification by the California Advanced Homes program (sponsored by California’s utility providers), Build It Green’s GreenPoint Rated program and Energy Star.

Chuck Goodman – one of the participants spoke with us about the project before it was unveiled.

Why did you and your company get involved in the ABC Green Home project?

As the principal and founder of integrated Process design associates Inc., a coordinator of diversified building project teams; I want to demonstrate to the industry how it is possible to move away from working in a disconnected silo fashion.

We are a collaboration team that brings people together to facilitate connections between architects, owners, engineers, contractors and subs like the framers or even suppliers. Our mission becomes two-fold when we deal with projects with net-zero energy as the target goal. Not only are we streamlining our build process through the use of bsBIM, but we are able to be most effective and efficient through our ability to guide all the building partners to work and interact on the same virtual design in real-time. By collaborating early on, we save energy, time, paper and money.

What will the ABC Green Home do to educate or impact the industry?

Looking at the project as a whole, from my point of view, I see the project as a way to demonstrate the need for “interconnectedness”, if you will. I’m excited about our ability to create a net-zero energy house while educating students about how to accomplish it in an expedited fashion.

The bsBIM process becomes a home for the project. That way everyone on the project team comes to the server to collaborate in a live space. Even a large team of people who are accessing the BIM server including the high school vocational-tech students who are building the walls of the project, the architect, engineer, can function together as a whole while extracting, changing data and creating all within that live space.

Is there something you have learned during this process that you did not know before?

We literally are changing the way the world is built – and in doing that we’re navigating an education curve. We’re showing individuals a new way to think about how to do things. We’re exacting change in the way schools teach. We hope to see a shift away from the old processes, but realize it will take some time and patience. Graphisoft’s BIM technology with bsBIM process has been and will continue to be a huge part of that moving forward.

Explain your experience so far during this process — what has it been like working with the various companies?

The experience has been challenging but rewarding at the same time. Never before could we have seen that many people come in to the model – all with different goals – yet able to work together. It is really something new. We’re talking about providing more than 20 keys to a project to make sure people who have never been in the project; have an active role. This makes it possible for them to effect change, voice a design or build method choice at the moment it is most cost effective.

The project becomes much more dynamic when you expand the role of the team like we’re doing. Decisions are being made, in the beginning. They’re doing it quickly and easily. Before ArchiCAD software, a project typically couldn’t avoid potential problems as early as we can.

For example, our bsBIM allows any vendor to review what the specs are and make changes ahead of time. A framer can look at the project and perhaps they find ways to save 150 bucks. It isn’t a huge impact to the project on its own, but when you multiply that by 50 times – you really see the value of it.

Even the person who will eventually be occupying that space can interject; if they have cabinets they want to use, we can make that change as move forward. Smaller projects have smaller margins of error and smaller budgets, which serves to highlight how terrific it is to gain capability at a very inexpensive price to do this now.

Before the bsBIM process and Graphisoft’s BIM Server, the economics of having 20 or 30 people using CAD software would be cost-prohibitive. Collaboration and bsBIM sharing can be done on a small scale without breaking the budget.



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