Center for Integrated Design


The Integrated Design Lab (IDL) transfers the findings of its research through guidance and technical assistance to leading building industry partners. As consultants to project teams across North America, the IDL provides guidance through its advanced modeling and monitoring capabilities in building energy use, integrated design thinking, integrated lighting, daylighting, heating, passive systems, ventilating, and air conditioning systems. These advanced design and engineering skills are transferred to its building industry partners through the delivery of radically more sustainable buildings and communities.

The IDL has formed strategic alliances with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, utility partners, and leading design teams to influence the world’s highest performing buildings. Our expertise lies in identifying design opportunities to achieve the most ambitious project goals. This includes goal setting, energy strategy development, daylighting design guidance/simulation and whole building energy modeling. Our team works with design and ownership teams on new construction and deep renovation projects with an emphasis on commercial, education, and healthcare facilities.

Projects where the IDL had a substantial role in technical assistance design have won numerous national and regional awards including: six national AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top 10 Awards since 2005, and in the last year an AIA National COTE award, four Seattle Chapter AIA awards and three AIA Northwest and Pacific Regional Awards.

Work examples include:

Seattle Buildings Tune-Up Accelerator (City of Seattle & Department of Energy)

Commercial Code Enhancement Technical Briefs (NEEA)

AIA Seattle 2016 Honor Awards: Energy Innovation Award

Campus Illumination: An Implementation Strategy for Sustainable Exterior Lighting (University of Washington)

Olympic Highschool Modernization and Renovation (SKL Architects)

Harrison Medical Center Expansion (NBBJ)

View Dynamic Glass A/V Light Control Study (NEEA)

Spark Tool Development and Implementation 

University of Washington Medical Center Phase II Expansion (NBBJ)

Rowland Hall Middle School (EHDD)

Seattle Children’s Hospital: Strategic Energy and Water Plan (SCH)

If you are interested in talking to us about our Technical Consulting Capabilities, please contact Christopher Meek or Heather Burpee