Guide to Sustainable Design for Architecture, Engineering & Construction

Implementation Documentation

Find ways to optimize material use and minimize site disruption during construction.

By the time you reach the implementation documentation phase of your project, many sustainability decisions may have already been made in the earlier design phases. Now is the time to ensure successful implementation of your green construction plans.

Architects, engineers, builders, and owners can use the building information modeling (BIM) process to work collaboratively using a model created from consistent, coordinated design information. This method enables better documentation and the ability to evaluate and coordinate sustainable building and infrastructure design decisions before breaking ground.

Design DecisionsHow ToAutodesk Tools

Site Management

  • Develop plans to control pollution and erosion on-site during the construction phase.
  • Plan to optimize staging and sequencing to minimize disruption to site and reduce equipment operating time.

Construction Automation
Plan for machine automation to minimize site impact and carbon emissions.

Set goals for minimizing environmental impact by using:

  • Earthwork volume calculations
  • Cut-and-fill analysis
  • Staging and sequencing

Autodesk 3ds Max Design
Visualize the building design in context of the site.

AutoCAD Civil 3D

  • Evaluate multiple earthwork scenarios to help balance cut-and-fill and minimize the trucking of soil around and off the site.
  • Deliver design files for use in GPS machine-controlled construction equipment to help save time and fuel.

Building Component Fabrication
Consider manufacturing in controlled environments to reduce waste and minimize environmental impact to the site.

Employ a BIM process to work collaboratively with fabricators and better communicate design intent.

Autodesk Revit Architecture

  • Design, document, and visualize components.
  • Evaluate potential constructability, fit, and cost issues earlier in the design process using coordinated intelligent data within the model.

Autodesk Inventor
Design with engineering-level detail and achieve greater predictability and control.

Autodesk Navisworks
Create compelling, descriptive content and link to schedules to more quickly demonstrate design-and-build options.

AutoCAD Structural Detailing
Extend structural design information to the fabrication of steel and concrete reinforcement.

Material Quantities

  • Carefully estimate required materials to avoid rework or waste.
  • Anticipate problems and resolve conflicts before committing resources.

Material Properties

  • Select materials with lower embodied energy.
  • Consider using local sources for materials.

Use the coordinated, consistent information in the building information model to help optimize resources, costs, and schedule.

  • Conduct clash detection
  • Complete costing analysis

Consult Resources

  • Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) for information on embodied measures
  • Building for Environmental and Economic Stability (BEES)
  • Athena Institute Impact Estimator

Autodesk Quantity Takeoff
Use the automated takeoff for intelligent 2D and 3D model and design data, as well as nonintelligent 2D design data such as images and PDF files.

AutoCAD Civil 3D
Generate reports for cut-and-fill quantities.

Autodesk Revit Architecture
Get more accurate material quantities automatically from models.

Autodesk Navisworks

  • Share, combine, review, and revise detailed 3D design models of any size or format.
  • Perform advanced clash detection within a single model environment to help find and fix design faults.

HVAC System Layout
Ensure proper layout and planning for HVAC, piping, plumbing, overhangs, and other elements.

Check design and codes, and conduct analysis for expected system efficiency.

  • Calculate HVAC sizing
  • Conduct clash detection

Autodesk Revit MEP
Visualize the analytical model and help reduce design conflicts with native real-time interference detection.

Minimize coordination errors among the MEP design team, architects, and structural engineers with native interference checking.

Final Code Compliance
Review plans for code compliance with local agencies to help avoid rework and waste.

Consult Resources

  • eQuest
  • SBEM
  • DOE-2
  • Trane® Trace™
  • Carrier

Facilitate the transfer of building design data into a variety of code-compliance tools using the gbXML file format in:

Paperless Project

  • Share documentation electronically among stakeholders and external agencies.
  • Enable electronic document management and sharing to reduce paper and shipping impact.

Use the coordinated, consistent information in the building information model to help optimize resources, costs, and schedule.

Create a digital model of the project to coordinate information, processes, cost, and schedule across the building life cycle. 

Autodesk Buzzsaw
Create a central repository for all project information with more secure, on-demand access.

Autodesk Constructware

  • Automate business processes and reporting.
  • Monitor performance and project status.
  • Address changes and more accurately forecast completion costs.