Charrette Facilitations

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A Charrette can be a single-day or multi-day event that concentrates on collaborative planning for a project and harnesses the talents and energies of all interested parties to create and support a feasible plan to:

  • Design and construct the highest-performing building for the least possible cost

  • Create a sustainable community

  • Explore opportunities for sustainable product development

Green Ideas has managed the certification process for many LEED buildings nationally, so we understand the importance of the Charrette as a critical first step towards the successful completion of any sustainable project including buildings, new products or product lines.

Our Principals Charlie Popeck and John Cribbs participate in all of the Charrettes that we conduct, giving you confidence in your project’s success. The Green Ideas Charrette process will inspire your team to work together in an efficient and effective manner. Our process, developed by our Principal Charlie Popeck (certified by the National Charrette Association as a Charrette Facilitator), includes acting as a neutral, objective enabler, permitting the Charrette participants to focus on the content in order to get the best results from the Charrette which include:

  • Establishing the owner’s business and environmental goals

  • Developing cost-effective strategies for success

  • Addressing cost issues

  • Identifying available resources

  • Creating a road map to move forward

Reasons for conducting a Charrette include:

  • Define business and performance goals for the project

  • Establish goals and objectives for the community, project, product or product line

  • Focus the project team on specific project goals

  • Brainstorm planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance or manufacturing alternatives

  • Identify potential problem areas that may negatively affect the project

  • Explore possible rating systems, approvals, certifications or available incentives

  • Assign specific responsibilities to team members

  • Create a viable “LEED credit strategy” in the case of a LEED certification goal

LEED Project Charrette

Laying the groundwork for a LEED project can be a daunting task. The responsibilities of many LEED credits overlap between disciplines, while defining which credits to pursue is not a transparent procedure. For these reasons, choosing an experienced facilitator to conduct your LEED Charrette in a neutral, but authoritative manner is paramount to the success of any project.

Green Ideas has conducted Charrettes for many of the largest LEED registered and certified projects around the country including the BASF Near-Zero Energy Home, General Dynamics C4S Facility, Garmin Corporate Headquarters and Intel CH-8 Research and Development Facility among others.

By engaging Green Ideas your team will immediately gain the wisdom and knowledge of our experience in managing numerous LEED projects. We will give your team the direction and confidence to achieve the following goals:

  • Confirm the owner’s goals for the project and define the purpose of pursuing LEED certification

  • Specify the feasability for each LEED point by identifying both the opportunities and limitations of the project

  • Brainstorm potential credit strategies and analyze results

  • Identify team member skill sets and focus their efforts on specific objectives

LEED Charrette Building Benefits

  • Competitive First Costs

  • Reduced Operating Costs

  • Decreased Maintenance Costs

  • Better Return on Investment (ROI)

  • Enhanced Building Values

  • Increased Occupancy Rates

LEED Charrette Business Benefits

  • Higher Leasing Rates

  • Marketing Advantages

  • Healthier Indoor Environment

  • Employee Retention

  • Increased Retail Sales with Daylighting

The result of a Green Ideas LEED Charrette will be a viable LEED credit strategy that focuses your project team on the performance and business goals of the owner and clearly defines the desired outcome of the project, including the means of achieving this outcome.