Performance Building Systems


 Management is prediction. The theory of knowledge helps us to understand that management in any form is prediction. … Rational prediction requires theory and builds knowledge through systematic revision and extension of theory based on comparison of prediction with observation. 

 W.E. Deming


Building Catalyst and Performance Building Systems provide design and building teams new and effective tools and process needed to give their customers much higher value through greater knowledge. This will lead to lower total cost of ownership and/or increased occupant benefit and value. This knowledge begins with more certain prediction of outcomes needed to create stability and confidence. From there, integrated and motivated building teams will be able to manage, measure and then reduce variation – which is waste.

The process of predicting outcomes begins well before the facility design. Through a comprehensive and integrated BIM approach, the building team will be able to predict the program, scope and cost beginning at the very inception of a space or project need.

Through Building Catalyst we are able to dynamically prototype one or many solutions to a particular building composite of spaces, attributes and performance requirements. If the occupancy functions, attributes and performance requirements are given, then the program, scope and cost can be predicted with a range of variation. Furthermore, with Catalyst, the user will be able select the basis of results from a “market average” and/or other single or multiple completed real-world projects. This gives greater confidence and accountability to the whole team to be able to deliver results where they so choose. Finally, the user will be able to track and adjust course throughout the design and construction process to improve certainty of outcome.

A comprehensive description of this predictive modeling approach is at: