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Cloud-based building sustainability scoring tool unveiled

Tool provides the “fastest and most affordable solution” for designers to understand the cost and ROI impact of energy and water

Architects and builders who aspire to create sustainable buildings can more easily collaborate
Architects and builders who aspire to create sustainable buildings can more easily collaborate

PlanIT Impact allows building performance to be measured throughout the design process

Tool has already been used to drive sustainability in the Milhaus urban development in Kansas City

PlanIT Impact has introduced a cloud-based building sustainability scoring tool aimed at architects, engineers and buildings.


The demand for sustainability and efficiency associated with new construction is higher than ever, as monthly energy costs constitute four fifths of total building lifecycle expenses, according to the web application provider. Thus, sustainable construction practices promoting “net zero” building designs have become a primary industry objective.


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


Using the 3D planning tool and PlanIT Impact Score, architects and builders can 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 company said.


“PlanIT Impact is the industry’s first and only platform that helps designers achieve sustainability through a multi-faceted scoring derived from a large pool of open data. It works from a project’s inception to completion, and all points in between,” said Dominique Davison, CEO of PlanIT Impact.


“Best of all, PlanIT Impact features an integrated approach that dovetails sensibly with existing LEED efficiency initiatives. This gives buildings designers great options to consider all possibilities and know the impact of those decisions.”


The PlanIT Impact assessment tool incorporates four key aspects of sustainable building design: energy; storm water run-off; water use; and transportation access with Walk Score.


The benefits are said to include:

  • All relevant project/design data unified into a single view, where multiple measurements and variables can be input and considered holistically;
  • ROI insights help define ProForma: estimated cost of building performance, simple payback;
  • Leverages open data with easy, dynamic retrieval of key data and pulls geometries from model;
  • Informed and holistic approach to resource allocation.


PlanIT Impact claims the tool was successfully implemented to drive sustainability for the Milhaus urban development project in Kansas City. The project will include 182 market-rate apartments and 12,000 square feet of commercial space.


“This doesn’t feel like an energy modeling tool – it’s very intuitive, providing the flexibility and a wide breadth of data sources required for accuracy and timely scoring,” added Graham Still, senior designer for DRAW Architecture.


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