ISG’s principal services are consulting, training & education, and network-building.

ISG works with clients’ and ISG’s building professionals. We collaborate with your team to add a step – the charrette – into the design process. Charrettes save time and money and result in more efficient, comfortable and sustainable buildings

Buildings are complex structures that require coordination. Integrative design embraces complexity by assembling carefully tailored groups of design professionals and other stakeholders together for intense collaborative brainstorming sessions called charrettes. A charrette can be a half-day session or a series of full-day sessions depending on client needs and budget. The result is preliminary designs for high performance building from which the client’s design professionals create working drawings.

Integrative design embraces complexity by facilitating collaborative design; it incorporates diverse ideas and approaches to harmonize designers and design elements related to energy, materials, site, climate, construction, resilience, economics, culture and society.

​​Click on our You Tube video for the basics on charrettes.

1. Consulting services:

  • Helping clients to establish realistic, measurable performance goals;
  • Creating tailored design teams;
  • Arranging project-specific charrettes;
  • Charrette facilitation;
  • Contributing ISG sustainability expertise during charrettes;
  • Recording and reporting on charrettes and outcomes;
  • Reviewing all final reports on process-related content.

2. Training & education:

  • Seminars at Carleton on best practices in building;
  • Customized seminars to industry, academic, nonprofit and government stakeholders;
  • Print and electronic resources on sustainable built environments;
  • Integrative design process training.

3. Networking:
​ISG and 1125@carleton are a hub for a large and growing network of sustainability researchers and practitioners.  Our network is our most valuable asset, and our network partners are essential for integrative solutions. Networking and collaboration are built into everything we do!