Zofnass methodology published in Infrastructure Sustainability and DesignMar 27, 2012
Recently released, Infrastructure Sustainability and Design compiles the first two years of research of the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure.
The Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure was founded in 2008 by a generous donation from Paul and Joan Zofnass, and is based at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Its activities are extended to several schools at the University including Public Health, Government, Business, and the Center for the Environment.
The Zofnass Environmental Evaluation Methodology guidelines for infrastructure design, engineering, and construction are defined along four axes: allocation of resources, impact on the natural world, climate change, and quality of life. Zofnass has synthesized the voices of experts from the fields of engineering, planning, public health, environmental design, architecture, and landscape architecture to create a scalable rating system. Identifying a broad net that covers the spectrum of infrastructure works, the Zofnass methodology assigns a separate value for each project phase, considering that sustainability issues can be radically different over the lifespan of a project. The point-based system can be transformed to a series of guidelines to navigate the decision makers towards a sustainable infrastructure project.
The book features essays by GSD faculty including Richard T.T. Forman, Andreas Georgoulias, Pierre Belanger, Spiro Pollalis, Dan Schodek, and Dean Mohsen Mostafavi as well as Zofnass Research Associates Anthony Kane and Jill Allen.