New York City releases Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles

Addresses sustainability, resiliency, healthy living.

March 17, 2016 |
New York City releases Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles

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The New York City Department of Design and Construction has released Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 Guiding Principles.

The document “outlines shared aims that ensure equity, sustainability, resiliency, and healthy living are integral to the design and construction process,” according to a department news release. “This publication supports Design and Construction Excellence 2.0 (DCE 2.0), our program that, through partnerships with renowned design and construction professionals, delivers innovative and enduring public buildings and infrastructure.”

The document contains sections on sustainability, resiliency, and healthy living. It includes brief case studies illustrating how various projects met certain goals.

The guide does not set out design mandates; instead it examines goals intended to achieve better building designs. “These aims are not meant to be prescriptive but to encourage the development of solutions, ranging from minimizing greenhouse gas emissions to design that engages groups who may feel left out, that enhance building performance,” the release says.

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