Buildings often fail to perform in practice as expected during design. A building design process devoid of quantitative feedback does not detect or correct problems either in a building or in the process itself. One cause of this is the lack of a consistent method for documenting and communicating information about the intended performance of a building.

     A facility's design intent is expressed as a set of qualitative Objectives that are developed into focused Strategies and then into quantitative Metrics. A Design Intent Document is intended to capture and preserve this information across the building's life-cycle, helping to ensure that:

...participants in project planning are able to clearly document their desired performance objectives during initial project planning.

...evalutaions of proposed solutions during design are better supported and the resulting decisions (including rejection o preliminary recommendations) are better documented for sharing among design team members.

...assessment of multi-criteria design changes during construction and operations and maintenance (O&M) is improved.

...the commissioning process is more comprehensive and cost-effective when supported by access to clearly specified performance targets.

...O&M evaluation of the day-to-day performance of systems and the early detection and diagnosis of maintenance problems are enhanced through performance benchmarking.

...performance contracting and measurement and verification is supported in a structured and proactive manner.

...formal, post-occupancy evaluation is more easily performed.

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