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This 3-day course examines higher order principles of sustainability, methodologies for improving the design process, and specific techniques for substaintially increasing the efficiency of energy and water-using systems. The curriculum focuses on the integrative design process, applied engineering principles, and proven best practices for utilizing energy and water resources more efficiently across different applications. Opportunities for savings include system optimization, sustainable design, equipment elimination, deployment of energy efficient technologies and techniques, and proven best practices. The course is derived primarily from materials developed by the internationally famous Rocky Mountains Institute and its network of focus of consultants, and is illustrated with numerous case studies.


Understand the basic principles of the integrative design process, plus a comprehensive and practical approach to increasing the efficiency of energy and water-intensive industries and commercial buildings. Deliver concise, practical, relevant information with the highest possible applicability.

Part-1: Introduction

• Case for Integrative Design and Energy Efficiency in general

• Green and Smart Building elements introduction

Part-2: Principles of Integrative Design

• Evolving from 'dis-integrated design' methods

• Applying Integrative Design to Energy Efficiency (IDEE)

• Integrative Design Process Introduction

• Difference between traditional and integrative design

Part-3: Integrative Design Process in details

• Steps involved in the process

• Identifying Integrative Design Stakeholders

Part-4: Integrated Design Charrette

• Aligning Stakeholders involved in Integrative design

• Case study of Design Charrette

• Role Play by participants on a mini-Design Charrette Workshop

Part-5: Detailed case study & evaluation

• Design Charette outcomes

• Energy Simulations review

• Passive Design & Lighting

• Load reduction and benchmarks

• Cooling: Water & Air-side

• Smart Controls & User Engagement strategy

• Clean Energy Integration

Part-6 Tour of High-Performance Building

• Participants observation of Integrative Design elements in a building

• Discussion on observations and findings from the tour


Nilesh Jadhav

Founder & CEO of Qi Square Pte Ltd


Singapore Sustainability Academy
180 Kitchener Road
Singapore 208539


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