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March 08, 2013

EcoBuilding Pulse features Principal Susan McComb's thoughts on how Eco-Charrettes build trust

San Francisco, CA - Susan walks us through the process and value of bringing stakeholders to the "Green Building" table from the get-go, through BAR's work with the University of California, Davis, on the new Student Community Center.

The University of California, Davis, had an ambitious energy efficiency goal for its new Student Community Center: to beat California’s stringent Title 24 energy standards by 30 percent. To meet this challenge, BAR Architects planned an eco-charrette early in the design process to bring all the affected parties together to collaboratively brainstorm green design strategies. In the process, we also discovered that eco-charrettes can have a valuable side effect--acting as a tool for team building--which in this case turned out to be crucial to the project’s success.

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