Landscape Performance: Tools to Estimate Benefits and Promote Sustainable Landscape Solutions ULI Fall Meeting, October 26...
Landscape Architecture Foundation <ul><li>501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1966 to...
Scholarship Programs <ul><li>Leaders in Landscape Scholarship Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endowed by donors </li></ul></...
FIT Workshop 11/16/10, Slide  Landscape Performance
Performance Landscape Performance Series Slide
A Case Study Comparison <ul><li>Reduces water use by 30% compared to a building with standard code-compliant fixtures </li...
A Case Study Comparison <ul><li>Stormwater planters  </li></ul><ul><li>10 new trees </li></ul><ul><li>Native and adapted p...
A Case Study Comparison <ul><li>Captures and cleans stormwater runoff </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the urban heat island effe...
From Features to Claims to Benefits <ul><li>Reduces stormwater runoff </li></ul><ul><li>Captures and infiltrates 30% of al...
Landscape Performance Series <ul><li>Case Study Briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits Toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Fact Libr...
Landscape Performance Series <ul><li>a collection of resources </li></ul><ul><li>designed to make “landscape performance” ...
Target Audiences <ul><li>Landscape Architects </li></ul><ul><li>Allied Professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Architects ...
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Fast Fact Library
 
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Benefits Toolkit From National Tree Benefit Calculator, by USDA Forest Service and Casey Trees
Landscape Performance Series Slide
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Quantifying Benefits <ul><li>Determine from design parameters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stormwater modeling, area calculations...
 
LAF 2011 Priorities <ul><li>Build Content </li></ul><ul><li>Roll-out LPS to Landscape Architects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASL...
Outreach to-date <ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASLA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CELA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li...
Outreach to-date <ul><li>Office Visits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AECOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AHBE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
LAF Website Traffic
 
Case Study Investigation (CSI) <ul><li>Document high-performing landscape projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 New LPS Case S...
Landscape Performance Series <ul><li>Case Study Briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits Toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Factoid Librar...
Barbara Deutsch Executive Director [email_address]   202-331-7070 x12   www.lafoundation.org
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  • Thank you for the opportunity to present the latest thinking and work the Landscape Architecture Foundation/ I am honored and delighted to be here— I am a board member . . . And I serve on the board because . . . This presentation provides an overview of the Landscape Performance Series, a new online, interactive set of resources from the Landscape Architecture Foundation.
  • LAF was founded in 1966 by Ian McHarg and leading landscape architects of the day to increase our collective capacity to solve the environmental crisis. LAF does this by investing in research and scholarship. Since 1986, LAF has invested nearly $600,000 in research initiatives and awarded over $775,000 in scholarships and fellowships to nearly 450 students. LAF’s latest research initiative is the Landscape Performance Series, which was launched in Sept 2010…
  • LAF is the leader in providing scholarships for landscape architecture students LAF is also like a thinktank for the profession Not just best practices but next practices/ where needs to be And where the profession needs to be is designing for landscape perofrmance
  • The issue leading to the big idea is that Design professionals, property managers, regulators and the general public have become increasingly aware of techniques to improve a building’s health and efficiency, yet there remains a general lack of understanding about landscape and its potential to make a significant contribution toward achieving sustainability. So the big idea is to make the concept of “Landscape Performance” and as well understood as “Building Performance” is today. Implicit in this idea is the understanding of both “Landscape” and “Performance”. “ Landscape” encompassing planning and design for natural processes, natural resources, and people; and inclusive of a hierarchy of scales including the built and natural environments. “ Performance” providing a measure or the efficiency with which something fulfills its intended purpose. So “Landscape Performance” is putting it together to achieve sustainability- Most everyone believes “green” is good, and more green is better, but how much do we need to turn this ship around and truly sustain life on this planet as we know it?
  • SO performance is key-- As a shift in thinking beyond green improvements within individual buildings and other landscape components is required to achieve this awesome challenge. There is no one system or target for achieving sustainability but here’s one example. As you can see you can’t achieve Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Net-Zero Water, Biodiversity, or livability . . . . w/o considering landscape and using an interdisciplinary and systems approach. So if want to be part of the solution for these performance objectives, need to be able to quantify the benefits of landscape solutions
  • This is the National Association of Realtors building here in Washington, DC It was the first LEED certified building in DC, getting a Silver rating in 2004. I knew of it, Googled it, and just from the links on the first page, I was able to pull these quantified benefits. In this sense, the architects, engineers and others who work on buildings seem to be way ahead of landscape architects and others dealing with the site. And when its time to value engineer a project, having these numbers – especially when they can be translated into cost savings – carries a lot of clout.
  • By contrast, here is a typical case study for a landscape. Lists Features not benefits Can’t go to the drawing board with these-- can’t show how it contributes to Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, . . .
  • Lists qualified benefits or claims-- still can’t contribute to the bottom line for performance objectives e.g. Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Net-Zero Water, etc
  • Need for quantified data to fully participate in integrated solutions with performance benefits e.g. Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Net-Zero Water, etc
  • To help fill this critical gap in the marketplace, LAF developed the Landscape Performance Series The LPS is an online interactive… read rest The LPS consist of 4 components: Case Study Briefs, a Benefits Toolkit, a Factoid Library, and Scholarly Works. I’ll be going into more detail and showing you what each of these looks like in today’s presentation. The url is here and I’ll also make it available at the end
  • Before we show you the components, it’s useful to quickly run through what the LPS is and what it is not. There are a lot of people working on sustainability and this is intended to help you understand the niche that the LPS fills. Read through bullets: Sustainable Sites Initiative and Landscape Performance Series are two separate and distinct programs that dovetail nicely together: SITES is on the front end to help you design for sustainability LPS is on the back end showing how landscapes are performing This is just the start, the vision is to have 100s of case studies, 100s of tools and factoids To be a hub of dialogue Not just for LAs but all those working to achieve sustainability/ all those who need data to make their case for sustainability
  • Priority to build content and roll-out
  • Transition to website here, if you have Internet access and skip slides 10- This is what you’ll see on the LPS landing page – an overview and a description of each of the 4 components, which can be accessed using the links on the right or the navigation buttons on the left. And if you scroll down below the fold…
  • … you see a toolbar to search the entire LPS by performance benefits. This allows you to search across components – Case Studies, tools, factoids, etc.
  • So say that I’m interested in the economic benefits of landscape I could select “Economic (view all) or any one of the subcategories, hit the “Go” button And…
  • … the search will return these 8 case studies, each of which has a quantified economic landscape benefit And…
  • ..if I scroll down, I’ll also get these results from the Factoid Library, Benefits Toolkit, and Scholarly Works. I’m going to use this screen to show you what the various LPS components look like.
  • So, let’s start by taking a look at the Factoid Library I’ll click on the first link here…
  • ..and I’m taken to that entry in the Factoid Library Read factoid The Factoid library is a searchabe collection of landscape benefits derived from published research. If I know I need a factoid to make the case for… I can search within the factoid library…
  • Going back to the search return page from when we searched on Toolkit
  • Going back to the search return page from when we searched on Toolkit
  • … the search will return these 8 case studies, each of which has a quantified economic landscape benefit And…
  • Different from typical marketing sheets-- As you can see the first thing you see are the comparative images-- to show the value of design; and the performance benefits not just one liners-- Ecological benefits, social benefits, and economic benefits And each case study has a pdf showing how the performance benefit was determined
  • It is inspiring to see the creative and critical thinking across all the case studies-- there is no one way to calculate many of the benefits-- you can decide if the method works for your project or not and use it or learn from it for your own work
  • The case study also includes other traditional case study types of information . . . List of features that led to the performance benefits
  • Here is another example whereby no built pipes were used to manage the flows . . . Read benefits . . . Eliminated $30m stormwater impact fees and $40m infrastructure costs ove rthe life of the project-- that is $70million that can go above ground and provide multiple benefits-- can’t have a picnic in a tunnel . . .
  • Many ways to quantify benefits- -all are acceptable for differnent
  • Vision is that people understand the contribution that landscape solutions make toward achieving sustainability-- can’t achieve it without it The vision is 100s of case studies, 100s of factoids, tools, and scholarly works . . . This is just the start but like the buddhist monk thich naht hanh we have to start where we are The vision is to change practice so that we design and document high-performing landscapes and get this information outside the choir to all the others workign to achieve sustainability
  • Priority to build content and roll-out
  • Outreach has been incredibly strong
  • Benchmark above average for organizations our size and topic Stats from 9/1/10 (launch) – 8/25/11: 52,773 visits from 152 countries/territories 83% from U.S., 2.3% from Canada, 1% from China, 1% from U.K. May only be a few people but almost every country in the world has viewed the LAF site
  • But building case study content proved more diffficult. Have online form and did several calls to encourage submissions…but limited success
  • To respond to these challenges, LAF created CSI. Marries, LAF programs by investing in students to produce much-needed research.
  • Thank our generous sponsors JJR/Roy Fund and AECOM without which the LPS would not be possible. There are may ways to support LAF: Thought leadership Financial support Program participation Board service so if you think this work is important and like what you see, then please make an investment in LAF. The world needs what we have to offer but we need to get it out there so others can receive what we have to offer. The LPS does that!
  • Landscape Performance: Tools to Estimate Benefits and Promote Sustainable Landscape Solutions (Barbara Deutsch) - ULI fall meeting - 102611

    1. 1. Landscape Performance: Tools to Estimate Benefits and Promote Sustainable Landscape Solutions ULI Fall Meeting, October 26, 2011 2011 TRB Annual Conference January 25, 2011 Washington, DC
    2. 2. Landscape Architecture Foundation <ul><li>501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Washington, DC </li></ul><ul><li>Founded in 1966 to preserve, improve and enhance the environment </li></ul><ul><li>Increase our collective capacity through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Research – Invested over $600,000 since 1986 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholarship – Awarded over $800,000 to 450 students since 1986 </li></ul></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    3. 3. Scholarship Programs <ul><li>Leaders in Landscape Scholarship Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endowed by donors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$2,500- 5,000 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual criteria </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Olmsted Scholars Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Leaders in sustainable planning and design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$25,000 award </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Started 2008 </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. FIT Workshop 11/16/10, Slide Landscape Performance
    5. 5. Performance Landscape Performance Series Slide
    6. 6. A Case Study Comparison <ul><li>Reduces water use by 30% compared to a building with standard code-compliant fixtures </li></ul><ul><li>Uses 51,300 kBtu/ft 2 of energy annually, a 39% reduction from base case </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces carbon emissions by 19 lbs CO 2 /ft 2 , or 50% by purchasing renewable energy. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides daylight for 75% of regularly occupied spaces and views for 90% of occupied work areas </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    7. 7. A Case Study Comparison <ul><li>Stormwater planters </li></ul><ul><li>10 new trees </li></ul><ul><li>Native and adapted plants </li></ul><ul><li>Permeable pavers </li></ul><ul><li>5 new seating areas </li></ul><ul><li>Local stone </li></ul><ul><li>FSC-certified wood </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    8. 8. A Case Study Comparison <ul><li>Captures and cleans stormwater runoff </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the urban heat island effect </li></ul><ul><li>Sequesters carbon </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces potable water use </li></ul><ul><li>Cleans the air </li></ul><ul><li>Increases social value of space </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    9. 9. From Features to Claims to Benefits <ul><li>Reduces stormwater runoff </li></ul><ul><li>Captures and infiltrates 30% of all rain falling on the site. </li></ul><ul><li>Sequesters carbon </li></ul><ul><li>Traps 1,500 lbs of carbon annually in tree biomass. </li></ul><ul><li>Increases social value of space </li></ul><ul><li>Increased café patronage by 30% on weekdays and 50% on weekends. </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    10. 10. Landscape Performance Series <ul><li>Case Study Briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits Toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Fast Fact Library </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly Works </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide An online interactive set of resources that provides tools and information to quantify benefits, show value, and make the case for sustainable landscape solutions. www.lafoundation.org/lps
    11. 11. Landscape Performance Series <ul><li>a collection of resources </li></ul><ul><li>designed to make “landscape performance” as well understood as “building performance” </li></ul><ul><li>NOT a rating system </li></ul><ul><li>focused on built, performing projects </li></ul><ul><li>generating demand for sustainable landscape solutions </li></ul><ul><li>a resource that will grow over time and with your participation </li></ul><ul><li>Not just for Landscape Architects </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    12. 12. Target Audiences <ul><li>Landscape Architects </li></ul><ul><li>Allied Professionals </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Architects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engineers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Planners </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Developers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real estate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Non-profit organizations with similar missions </li></ul><ul><li>Federal and municipal agencies </li></ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul>
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    20. 20. Fast Fact Library
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    23. 26. Benefits Toolkit From National Tree Benefit Calculator, by USDA Forest Service and Casey Trees
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    30. 37. Quantifying Benefits <ul><li>Determine from design parameters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Stormwater modeling, area calculations, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rating system submittals (LEED, SITES) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gather additional information </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use public information (property tax, GIS data) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contact other project stakeholders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Estimate using rules of thumb </li></ul><ul><li>Use online calculators and tools </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain actual measurements/monitoring data </li></ul><ul><li>Combine Methods </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide
    31. 39. LAF 2011 Priorities <ul><li>Build Content </li></ul><ul><li>Roll-out LPS to Landscape Architects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASLA Annual Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CELA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LABASH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ASLA Chapters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Develop Strategies for 2012 Roll-out to target audiences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allied Professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-profit organizations with similar missions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal and municipal agencies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporations </li></ul></ul>
    32. 40. Outreach to-date <ul><li>Conferences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ASLA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CELA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GreenBuild </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LABASH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Loeb Fellowship 40 year Reunion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting (TRB) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seattle Public Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transportation Enhancements Annual Meeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tri-State ASLA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>UT Austin/ Xtreme LA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Arizona/ Xtreme LA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urban Land Institute (ULI) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WASLA </li></ul></ul>
    33. 41. Outreach to-date <ul><li>Office Visits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AECOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>AHBE </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Andropogon </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDSA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mia Lehrer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MIG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NUVIS/ CLASS Fund </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCPC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OLIN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PWP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sasaki </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SWA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TBG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Valley Crest Design Group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WRT </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Webinars </li></ul><ul><ul><li>AECOM </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Workshop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>EDSA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GGN </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HOK </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>JJR </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Virginia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University of Washington </li></ul></ul>
    34. 42. LAF Website Traffic
    35. 44. Case Study Investigation (CSI) <ul><li>Document high-performing landscape projects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>30 New LPS Case Study Briefs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Unique research collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty Research Fellow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LAF-funded student research assistant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Design leader(s) from practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Change practice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design for performance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collect performance data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document high-performing projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate performance in design education </li></ul></ul>Guided by practice Enhanced by research
    36. 45. Landscape Performance Series <ul><li>Case Study Briefs </li></ul><ul><li>Benefits Toolkit </li></ul><ul><li>Factoid Library </li></ul><ul><li>Scholarly Works </li></ul>Landscape Performance Series Slide www.lafoundation.org/lps Thank you to our Landscape Performance Series Sponsors: Founding Partner Annual Sponsor Special Commitment The CLASS Fund/Ralph Hudson Environmental Fellowship AILA/Yamagami/Hope Fellowship
    37. 46. Barbara Deutsch Executive Director [email_address] 202-331-7070 x12 www.lafoundation.org

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