The Whole System Integration Process is the practice process of understanding and developing healthy, mutually beneficial relationships between human, technical, and natural systems. We have developed a continuum of practice structures with two basic entry points: one that starts at the building scale level and the second that starts with a whole system understanding.
Integrative Design Process is the basic structure of the Whole System Integration Process and has been developed after experience with hundreds of green building projects. This structure is more applicable to building projects that are focused on cost effective efficiencies as defined by LEED and similar rating systems. By looking at pieces of the system and how they interrelate – Energy, Water, Materials, Land – there is much that can be done in addressing our relationship TO these basic systems.
Regenerative Design is a Whole System Integration Process with a deeper purpose. It begins with a process of understanding the nature of the Place within which we are working – a watershed at a minimum. This approach looks at the health of the whole of the system. We work with stakeholders to develop an understanding of how buildings, habitat, and people can contribute to ‘the health of the whole’ over time. The objective is to align human activity with the nature of Place – the process asks how we can be participants WITH the Place – not limiting ourselves by assuming we can only do something to the Place.