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An integrated design approach is key for sustainability, with success dependent on understanding the interactions between people, building fabric and services. 

The process of design should always include:

  • Identifying legislative, planning and fiscal drivers
  • Identifying user requirements and designing to meet these requirements with minimal energy use
  • Establishing an integrated design team with a brief and contract that promotes sustainable design
  • Setting sustainability targets at an early stage e.g. for each fuel and individual end-uses
  • Designing a building that can be commissioned, by appointing a commissioning and validation manager at the start of the project
  • Designing for manageability, maintainability, operability and flexibility
  • Checking that the final design meets the targets and that the selected equipment conforms with product performance benchmarks.

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