Practices

National policies in support of Integrated Design

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The aim of this document is to discuss ideas on how to implement or enhance Integrated Design (ID) in a number of European countries.
If policy framework that support ID exists, they are described. If they do not exist, the possibilities to implement ID in relevant policy frameworks are proposed and discussed. For the first step, we have collected ideas about supporting framework conditions for the integration of ID and such instruments are identified (goal).
The following survey points have been checked on a national level. Policy frameworks conditions include:

 

 

 

 

  • Building codes,
  • Environmental assessment schemes or certifications,
  • Public subsidy schemes,
  • Building programs and regional initiatives,
  • Rules for design competitions,
  • Policies adopted by professional associations.
 
The survey shows that legislation is moving in the direction of stricter codes regarding energy efficiency of buildings in all partner countries. However, there is usually a strong focus on technical measures, whilst the “softer” measures such as integrated design processes are generally not emphasized. Although not directly supportive of ID, the increasingly challenging standards are nevertheless driving design teams to look at new methods to achieve compliance. Other framework conditions, in variable types and degrees, also contribute to push ID forward.

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