00:01Alright. So it's my responsibility to get this moving.
00:03So in 10 minutes, I do not have enough time to tell you what green building is in any degree of detail.
00:09I do not have time to get into the dimensions of green building practice.
00:14But I hopefully do have enough time to get you guys excited about the intersection between information technology...
00:21...geodesign, and this moment in green building.
00:25And I do have enough time to make this go back to full screen. Maybe?
00:33"F5" says the crowd.
00:36"Not happening" says the machine.
00:43This is part...this is planned.
00:49Yeah. You like this part best.
00:53Alright. So, yeah, we're back in.
00:56Alright. So, jumping into this.
00:58So I actually want to start with...green building is fundamentally not about buildings.
01:03That's...that may be a little unexpected.
01:07Green building is about this curve.
01:09This is the curve that basically started the movement that we all understand today as green building...
01:15...which is a systematic movement devoted to changing the prevalence of practice in the construction industry.
01:22And there were a group of people about 20 years ago who, in their mind, intuitively understood...
01:28...that there was a distribution of practice out there.
01:31And in their minds, they understood that by understanding that distribution and creating competitive advantage for the market leaders...
01:40...identifying best practices, rewarding best practices, they could pull that distribution in a self-sustaining, permanent way...
01:48...toward greater performance. Okay.
01:50So this curve, which underlies a lot of what we understand conceptually about diffusion of innovation...
01:56...and a lot of other things that are wrapped up and why this curve is the way it is, there is...
02:00But from our discussion today, that's an important starting point.
02:02There's a few things this curve is not.
02:04This curve is not spatial.
02:07It's not temporal.
02:08It's not even data driven.
02:10In fact, once you get beyond the idea that this curve is meaningful in some way...
02:15...that we all kind of nod our head and go, "yeah, there's a distribution of practice out there."
02:19This curve doesn't even exist.
02:21The people who launched the green building movement had this curve in their head.
02:25They didn't know...they didn't have a way to understand why it exists, how it works, how it varies from place to place...
02:32...or how it changes over time.
02:34Yet, over the past 15 years, they put in place a set of instruments that work through people, practices, and buildings...
02:43...to move that curve.
02:45The amazing inflection point we're at right now is that we can begin to characterize that distribution...
02:54...with real data for real places.
02:56We can characterize it retrospectively.
02:58We can characterize it now, and we can characterize it going forward...
03:02...and ask ourselves how we actually change that prevalence of practice.
03:06And that's the moment we're in.
03:08So I want to give you just a quick snapshot.
03:10So one man at the station of green building is green buildings.
03:14And so across the...around the world, the organization I work for, US Green Building Council...
03:20We recognize at least 6,000 different green buildings that represent over a billion square feet of commercial space.
03:28That's important, but it's not as important as where we're going.
03:32So in the pipeline are another 30,000 buildings...
03:35...and I want to just convey that each one of these buildings represents a nexus of decision making.
03:41It represents decisions about energy, water, air, indoor environmental quality, public health, storm water.
03:48So each of these projects is a nexus of decision making, much like the computer wants to be.
03:58There was some magic switch that he did before.
04:07That was not the magic switch.
04:12That was like you can get this one.
04:13[inaudible from audience]
04:21Which one are we on?
04:23Good. There we go right there.
04:24Okay. So each one of those things represents a nexus of decision making.
04:29And let me underscore what those things are.
04:31The reason this connection...for understanding the connection between...this thing.
04:39You didn't know that I was giving a talk on artificial intelligence.
04:41Actually, I'm going to switch over and give a talk on artificial intelligence and the Windows operating system.
04:51Alright. I'm going to just step away from the machine for a second.
04:57Okay. We'll give that a try and I will step away.
05:07So over the last decade, we've come to understand...we have a curve.
05:11We're trying to move that curve by identifying and rewarding best practices.
05:16And today we've reached a point where the family of tools for doing that...
05:27So we range from neighborhoods and homes, the new construction process, commercial interiors, building shells...
05:34...the whole building, and we go through the entire operational life of an existing building in operation.
05:40So we span scales from hundreds to thousands of acres to the scale of a tiny commercial interior of a few thousand square feet...
05:48...and we go through the entire life cycle of the building which may last 50, 100, 200 years.
05:53So we have a set of tools.
05:55Those decisions that we're trying to influence, that curve, is actually made up of these decisions over time.
06:02And the question is, at this inflection point, do we have the capability to come back...
06:07...and bring data and information and analytics to what up to now has been a process of...
06:13...kind of professional judgment and gestalt.
06:15And I want to demonstrate that I think we do.
06:18And the vision that I want to offer you and what I think is profoundly compatible with geodesign...
06:23...and may in some ways be the same thing, is a notion that as we move from the first 15 years of green building practice...
06:31...which is dominated by this notion of best practices, a conceptual notion of a distribution of practice...
06:39...that the next 15 years of green building practice are going to involve the use of information technology...
06:46...geospatial technologies, and GIS to create a practice that's driven by evidence, that's informed by place...
06:55...and powered by information.
06:57Let me tell you why I think we're at that crossroads and give you a demonstration of what that could look like.
07:03So now I'm going to be even more ambitious with this machine and try to click on something.
07:08There we go. Alright.
07:12Alright. So what I want to show you is a portal that we've created for the...that first time...
07:18...gives us the ability to understand the spatial and temporal dimensions of green building practice.
07:25And I'm going to show you an example from the state of Illinois.
07:28And it's a platform that we call the Green Building Information Gateway.
07:31This platform was built using the Flex Viewer API on top of ArcServer technology.
07:37It draws on a set of data that we, for the first time...
07:41...can expose information about those different project types on a near-real-time basis through a process we call lead automation.
07:49So what we've done is use GIS as an analytical front end on a near real-time data stream...
07:55...about actual built environment projects on the ground.
07:58And so to just to give you a quick idea about how powerful this is, from my perspective...
08:03...so some of it is what you would think. Right?
08:05It's dots on a map.
08:06That's kind of nice.
08:09Keep in mind that it's dots on a map that no one in our industry ever saw before.
08:13And when we click on a dot on the map, I get some attributes about that, which is, that's pretty basic, right?
08:20I find out about...what I capture from the green building process is...
08:24...I capture real, third-party verified information about the environmental performance of that building.
08:30I know about its site.
08:31I know about specific issues like water, energy, materials, indoor environmental quality.
08:36And I can capture on the bottom cross-cutting metrics...
08:39...like how do those factors combine to deal with greenhouse gas emissions reduction.
08:44That's nice. That's fine.
08:45That's the kind of transparency we need.
08:48But that's not the kind of information that moves that distribution.
08:52How can I use that information to actually find that missing diagram, actually build that diagram from real data?
08:58And that's what this is up here.
09:00So if I begin to say...if I click on here and I say, now put that project in context.
09:05What is this project?
09:07I click and I start to see that distribution.
09:10Here's that missing histogram.
09:11This is the distribution of achievement for all lead-certified buildings in the state of Illinois.
09:17So the building I clicked on is one of the best in the area...
09:20...keeping in mind that this distribution that I found is the one that is already much better than standard practice.
09:26But I can look at this, not just on the dimension of total achievement, like what's the aggregated thing you did?
09:32But I can break it down to specific issues.
09:34I can say, how are buildings performing with regard to energy including energy efficiency, on-site renewables, and commissioning...
09:41...those kinds of things.
09:42And I get this is a distribution.
09:43I say, where does this building fall?
09:45And if I have this information in hand, the question becomes, if I'm a portfolio owner or a local government...
09:52...and I can say, this is what the market's delivering in the state of Illinois...
09:55...why would I accept a below-average project?
09:58If this is what the market's capable of delivering and I can find it by type...
10:02...I can refine it by distance, I can refine it by vintage, and I can say, this is what the market's delivering...
10:08...and I can expose that information to decision makers on a near-real-time basis.
10:13Why would I accept anything down here going forward?
10:17The ability to empower, to show people that distribution, show them where an existing or a perspective project falls...
10:25...and incentivize the process to push that distribution continuously.
10:29Every day we punch another project into that.
10:31So I could show you all the nifty functionality about that we've enabled in ArcServer...
10:36...but I'm going to also invite you to talk to myself or Mira Panek who's right down here in any of the breaks...
10:43...and we're pleased to give you a hands-on demo.
10:44Since time is really, really tight, I'm going to just go back to the presentation real quickly...
10:49...and say that there's another way to access the same technology.
10:52We can put it in your hand.
10:54And we can...if you go to the App Store right now, you can download a similar set of functionality...
11:00...and in two weeks, you'll be able to download this functionality for the entire country.
11:03So you can click on any public lead project in the entire country, and you can compare it.
11:08You can compare a project on the left to the average for an entire state on the right.
11:13And you can put that project in context in near-real-time.
11:15You can bring this to the charette.
11:17You can bring it to the table, and you can look at the consequences of different decision making.
11:21And so in...so this is where you can find out more.
11:25I'm going to just close by saying, what we are going for here in the 30 seconds I have remaining, is to say...
11:31...we are seeking to bring this kind of transparency, this kind of augmented reality to the built environment.
11:38And by providing multicriteria data, and those data provide the basis for a universe of information tools that don't exist...
11:47...that we're only scratching the surface of.
11:49And we think by doing that, we're going to use GIS-powered information to advance practice...
11:56...and create better places for people in the environment.
11:58And I hope I've only teased you.
12:00So please come and talk to me and Mira over the next couple of days and we'll do better.
Using the Green Building Information Gateway
Chris Pike from US Green Building presents "Using the Green Building Information Gateway" at the 2011 GeoDesign Summit.
- Recorded: Jan 6th, 2011
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- Published: Feb 18th, 2011
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