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BuildingGreen

Assessment Tools for Architects and Builders

BuildingGreen asked us to design two new tools to help architects and builders improve the green performance of their projects. The first, GreenSpec helps builders source the greenest building products based on expert recommendations. The second, the LEED for Homes Self Scoring Tool helps architects see how a project they’re proposing to a client might score within the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes certification system.

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GreenSpec

BuildingGreen requested a redesign and a new search interface for GreenSpec, their online resource of over 2,600 of the greenest building products.

To improve GreenSpec, we focused on a faster search tool that helps a builder or an architect discover green products across multiple classifications including search by keyword, building product or CSI Masterformat category, certifications, and green attribute.
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Environmental Performance Guidance

GreenSpec offers high level guidance on how to assess the environmental performance of each building product. Our job was to integrate a wide range of performance content into GreenSpec’s search results so that green certifications, LEED materials credits, expert and peer evaluations, and relevant manufacturer links could coexist on a search results page without becoming visually overwhelming.
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LEED for Homes Self Scoring Tool

BuildingGreen.com also asked us to create an online scenario calculator called the LEED for Homes Self Scoring Tool that lets professionals test drive LEED for Homes. The site offers a simple set of forms that an architect or a builder can fill out in under a few minutes to help determine how compliant their projects might be within the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes certification system.
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After collecting some initial data, the application returns an estimated LEED score and offers a detailed list of next steps that can be taken to improve a project’s LEED certification.

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Indicating a Range of Scores

A key design challenge was presenting a LEED for Homes certification score within a range of possible outcomes. We came up with a “fuzzy” indicator that gives an architect a rough guess of how their project might be scored by a real LEED for Homes certifier.
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Diving into the Details

Once an architect gets a “quick-score” estimate of their project, they can dive into more details by filling out individual “credit-by-credit” categories for their Innovation & Design Process or Water Efficiency, etc. The detailed credit-by-credit view offers a more accurate score as well as access to all of the LEED for Homes scoring categories. We worked closely with BuildingGreen and USGBC to create a design system that is flexible enough to work well with all the LEED credit categories and will adapt to new LEED requirements going forward.
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