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:

* is not affiliated with ARCAT in any manner. 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

State Energy Codes: