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project.assist: Sustainability Essentials Report
project.assist: Sustainability Essentials Report
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Written by Christopher Riddell
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Brief Overview

The Sustainability Consulting Report (Essentials) serves as a primer for architects and project teams embarking on the journey towards sustainable building design. This report compiles critical environmental and energy analyses to inform the project's initial stages, enabling teams to consider sustainability from the very beginning. Covering climate awareness, energy efficiency, and preliminary daylight and shadow studies, the Essentials report lays the groundwork for informed, environmentally responsible design choices.

Required Data

  • Geometry: Files from Revit, Rhino, ArchiCAD, and SketchUp are accepted.

  • Standard Intake Form: Provides a structured approach to gathering project details.

  • Project Basis of Design or Equivalent Report: Outlines the project's initial design intentions and sustainability goals.


  • Project Overview: Summarizes the project's key information and initial sustainability objectives.

  • Knowing Your Climate: Offers insights into the project's local climate and its implications for sustainable design.

  • Energy Analysis: A concise review of the project's potential energy consumption and efficiency opportunities.

  • Daylight & Glare Report: Preliminary analysis of daylighting conditions and glare, informing design strategies for natural lighting.

  • Shadow Study: Examines the project's shadow impact on surrounding areas, crucial for urban context analysis.

  • Solar Radiation Study: Assesses solar exposure to optimize passive solar heating and photovoltaic potential.

Why You Would Want the Report

  • Foundation for Sustainability: Establishes a baseline of sustainable design considerations for the project, guiding early design decisions.

  • Climate-Conscious Design: Understand the specific climate challenges and opportunities your project faces, allowing for tailored sustainability strategies.

  • Energy Efficiency Insights: Identifies preliminary energy use patterns and potential savings, setting the stage for more detailed analyses later.

  • Enhanced Occupant Comfort: Leverages natural lighting and temperature regulation strategies to improve indoor environmental quality from the outset.

  • Streamlined Sustainability Efforts: Provides a concise, yet comprehensive, overview of essential sustainability metrics, simplifying the integration of green design principles.

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