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Integrative Design Workshop with 7group

June 7, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT

GBA is partnering with 7group to offer a unique half-day workshop where we’ll examine how integrative design thinking actively seeks to design and construct projects that are cost-effective to design, build, and operate for the life of any project.


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7group literally wrote the book on the Integrative Design Process and was integral to the design process of Phipps Conservatory’s Center for Sustainable Landscapes, where this workshop will be held. This is a special chance to learn from 7group’s John Boecker, an internationally recognized  integrative design consultant.


The session begins by looking at natural systems as our model for whole systems thinking, followed by concrete case study examples. Exercises help attendees experience how an integrative process can shift our mental model to embrace living systems thinking and move beyond mere green buildings toward restorative and regenerative design. Discussion also addresses how to neutralize first costs, while achieving high levels of building performance.


We’ll ask questions, challenge assumptions, and unearth the unique purpose of each project team member in this interactive session. You are welcome to attend as an individual, or as part of a project team. Building owners, developers, contractors, trade specialists, architects, engineers, and students are will find this information useful. You won’t want to miss it!






John Boecker is a founding partner of 7group and serves as an internationally recognized, multi-disciplinary consultant focused on integrative design and regenerative development. As an architect, his practice has worked exclusively on green buildings since 1996. He designed two of the world’s first 13 LEED certified projects, taught as LEED FacultyTM from 2001-2013, served on the LEED Steering Committee from 2002-2009, and he chaired the USGBC’s national LEED Curriculum Committee from 2002-2007. Along with his 7group partners and Bill Reed, he co-authored The Integrative Design Guide to Green Building:  Redefining the Practice of Sustainability, the seminal text book for guiding integrative design and construction published by John Wiley & Sons in April 2009. As a highly sought keynote speaker and educator, John has facilitated hundreds of workshops on the benefits of integrative design and regenerative development in 36 states and 14 countries. Learn more about John here.



  • Become familiar with the concepts that support an integrative design process, and experience frameworks for working on system transformation.
  • Gain insight into the underlying principles of the Integrative Process credit in LEED’s newest version (specific to LEED BD+C, v4).
  • Understand how the integrative design process can help project teams achieve goals related to water efficiency (like Indoor and Outdoor Water Use Reduction, LEED BD+C, v4) in a streamlined and cost-effective way.
  • Understand how the integrative design process can help project teams achieve goals related to energy efficiency (like the Minimum Energy Performance pre-requisite and Optimize Energy Performance credit, LEED BD+C, v4) in a streamlined and cost-effective way.


GBCI CMP AIA logo This event is approved for 4.0 LEED AP BD+C CEUs and for 4.0 AIA HSW credits.

Partnering with USGBC and AIA, GBA makes it easy for our members to report continuing education credits.  Please provide your GBCI and/or AIA number so we can auto-report your credits (for applicable events).  Non-members can still earn continuing education credits but will need to self-report their GBCI CEUs.


June 7, 2017
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Leslie Montgomery


GBA Member
GBA Non-Member
Individual Membership + Event Fee (member rate)


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Inc.
One Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213 United States
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