Green Gauges

The goal of Green Gauges is to help institutions clearly understand the measurable effectiveness of sustainable building strategies.

The information generated by the process shows what particular systems and approaches are being considered to achieve a sustainable building, and answers the basic questions:

“What does it cost?”

“What does it save?”

Green Gauges is a guided process developed by Williams College to communicate fundamental information about a project’s green building characteristics. This process is employed in addition to—and interwoven with—the standard practice of architectural design and documentation.

The first part of Green Gauges allows the Design Team and Owner to evaluate various options early in the design phase, and make informed decisions as they relate to the Owner’s cost and sustainability objectives. The next part of the process tracks the results of the built systems, to see whether the building is performing as intended.

Six contractual deliverables are required during design and construction. Each deliverable communicates specific information from the Design Team to the Owner about the fundamental building strategies being developed, and how those strategies impact cost, energy and operational carbon. The review of the deliverable by the Design Team and Owner provides the opportunity to evaluate key information, make decisions, and attain approval for the project’s next steps.