Perform Lifecycle Assessments
To quantify the economic, environmental, and social impact of projects, the ASCE recommends developing multi-step lifecycle methodologies to evaluate success. According to the Green Built Alliance, in the United States, buildings account for 39% of total energy use and 68% of total electricity consumption. This can put tremendous strain on a city and exemplify why working with the community concerned with determining their needs is paramount when designing a “green” building. Qualifying factors will vary depending on the area being built, so creating evaluation materials will be contingent upon these conversations. Regularly checking in with the governing municipality throughout the construction lifecycle will ensure that the project is done right.