us doe: sustainable building procurement funding

Completed by Mike Stopka while Director of Sustainability at the University of Chicago

CLIENT: University of Chicago         DATE: 2014 - 2015          LOCATION: Chicago, IL

PROJECT SCOPE: Won US Department of Energy grant for creating an innovative model of sustainable performance requirements in Request for Proposals (RFPs) to deliver the University's new buildings.  Most recent UChicago building to do this is the David M Rubenstein Forum, currently completing design by Diller, Scofidio + Renfro.

DESCRIPTION:  Sustainable buildings can be delivered on budget if performance requirements are set PRIOR to starting design. However, few developers or building owners do so with enough clarity or accountability. On it's last two building projects, the University of Chicago engaged a pre-project team, prior to issuing RFPs to design and construction bidders, to thoroughly and clearly define sustainable performance requirements, including specifically defined energy performance targets. This innovative approach led to higher-performance designs (lower operating costs) from potential project teams that still came in on budget. Subsequently, the US Department of Energy funded a program, which is currently active, to help other building developers and owners get support to perform a similar process. Contact us for more information.

ROLE: Wrote David M Rubenstein Forum Sustainability Requirements, Facilitated Process

PARTNERS: Seventhwave