Sustaining a Project

The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute a clear majority of total building lifecycle expenses. Sustainable construction practices promoting net-zero building designs have become a primary industry objective.

This is where technology enters the equation. It can help create more sustainable designs, and manage all the documentation on green projects.

While many exist, one new example comes from PlanIT Impact, which announced a smart-modeling platform for cities. The first tool helps designers understand the cost and ROI (return on investment) impact of energy and water. The solution also offers an impact score for storm water run-off and transportation.

Architects and builders can also collaborate with multiple teams and constituencies to gather data inputs in realtime.

The PlanIT Impact assessment tool incorporates four key aspects of sustainable building design: energy, storm water run-off, water use, and transportation access with Walk Score.

PlanIT Impact uses the Open Data Movement to contribute geo-specific, accurate data into the sustainability performance score. Open data sources include federal government entities and private companies.

While this is just one example of new technology for the construction industry, there are many platforms available for planning and design.

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