PlanIT Impact Unveils Cloud-Based Building Sustainability Scoring Tool


    PlanIT Impact announced a building sustainability scoring system that is purpose-built for the design phase. According to the company, PlanIT Impact’s 3D planning tool and the PlanIT Impact Score make it easy for architects and builders to collaborate with multiple teams and constituencies, gather data inputs in real time, and more accurately model material costs and the impact of physical attributes of the land/geo-location and structure based on federal and commercial data sources. The subscription, cloud-based assessment tool incorporates four key aspects of sustainable building design — energy, stormwater runoff, water use, and transportation access with Walk score.

    PlanIT Impact was founded by experienced architects and funded by the National Science Foundation/US Ignite, the Mozilla Foundation, and Digital Sandbox, Kansas City.

    “PlanIT Impact is the industry’s first and only cloud platform that helps designers achieve sustainability through a multi-faceted scoring derived from a large pool of open data,” said Dominique Davison, AIA, LEED AP, CEO of PlanIT Impact. “The platform works from a project’s inception to completion, and all the points in between. Best of all, we take an integrated approach that dovetails sensibly with existing LEED efficiency initiatives. This gives building designers great options to consider all possibilities and know the impact of those decisions.”

    PlanIT Impact Energy Module scores translate to Energy Optimization points for LEED. PlanIT Impact makes early, data-driven decisions that track to LEED projects while integrating into the web of interaction between differing project teams. The tool takes input from any direction and dynamically updates scoring so that architects know exactly how decisions impact the score. For uninterrupted workflow, PlanIT Impact supports other software tools, including SketchUp, Rhino, and Revit. PlanIT Impact currently indirectly supports several LEED categories/credits.

    Benefits include the following:

    • all relevant project/design data is unified into a single view, where multiple measurements and variables can be input and considered holistically;
    • return on investment insights help define ProForma — estimated cost of building performance and simple payback;
    • open data is leveraged with dynamic retrieval of key data and geometries from the model; and
    • the tool provides an informed and holistic approach to resource allocation.

    Leveraging open data

    PlanIT Impact takes advantage of open data sources, including federal government entities and private companies, to contribute geo-specific, accurate data into the preconstruction score. U.S. Census data is used to understand local drive times, and NOAA provides local rainfall/weather data. WalkScore is now publishing statistics regarding the precise proximity of desired resources, such as parks, stores, libraries, and businesses. 

    PlanIT Impact in action

    The Millhouse development in Kansas City benefited from PlanIT Impact by helping the developers better understand operational costs that would make affordability more attainable for future tenants. “This doesn’t feel like an energy modeling tool — it’s very intuitive, providing the flexibility and full breadth of data sources required for accuracy and timely efficiency scoring,” said Graham Still, senior designer for DRAW Architecture.

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