Commercial projects can take years to plan and construct so careful planning can be essential for a successful project outcome. Properly facilitated design charrettes can add new insight and additional value to commercial projects by involving selected professionals to the meetings.
There is a free charrette platform for commercial projects available from ARCAT* and here is the link to check it out: https://www.arcat.com/main
*DesignCharrette.com is not affiliated with ARCAT in any manner. DesignCharrette.com does have an online project and charrette management platform but there is a fee associated with its use. Information on how to register and access the DCcom platform will be included on this website soon.
Meanwhile, sometimes a quick read of a suitable reference is all that’s needed to help get things started…
One free resource is the Handbook for Planning and Conducting Charrettes for High-Performance Projects produced by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). (PDF download)
If you are looking for additional resources then here are a few more to consider:
National Green Building Programs
- US Green Building Institute (USGBC) Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®) Commercial Programs – Overview
- Green Globes
- Other Programs:
State Energy Codes: https://www.energycodes.gov/status-state-energy-code-adoption