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Sustainable Design and Practice Infographics

Sponsored by Idaho Power, the University of Idaho Integrated Design Lab (UI-IDL) developed this series of infographics to communicate sustainable design and practice. They show five different building types and their impacts on efficiency. Architects and engineers can also use this information to make early energy-efficient design decisions that result in non-energy benefits.

Energy and cost savings attributed to efficiency measures are well documented. However, with additional opportunities to increase comfort, efficiency, community involvement and customer satisfaction, sustainable design and practice could have an impact on your bottom line far beyond reduced utility bills.

Currently, there are five printable, single-sided 8.5x11" infographics describing specific benefits and strategies for grocery, hotel, multi-family housing, office and retail building types.


  • Readily available and easily understandable information means increased participation in efficiency programs by designers, employees and users of a space.
  • Sustainable design and responsible energy consumption can increase a user’s comfort and appreciation, leading to more positive user experiences and an increase in community support and interaction


  • Strategies for specific occupancy types highlight the easiest and most effective solutions for each unique set of needs. Efficiency tips for additional building types can be found on the Idaho Power website.
  • Energy strategies that go beyond building design and highlight savings opportunities in day-to-day operation mean greater energy savings with minimal cost.

Cost Savings

  • Broadening the scope of sustainable design beyond simple utility cost payback gives a more accurate picture of the financial benefits.
  • Better information during the design phase means a more accurate prediction of a building’s performance, avoiding costly changes down the road.
  • Energy companies offer financial incentives to help offset the costs of implementing energy efficient products and strategies. Available for new construction and major renovations, retrofits, and custom projects, Idaho Power helps make it more affordable than ever to incorporate energy-efficient design decisions into your project. Additional information on Idaho Power incentive programs can be found on the Idaho Power website.

Contact IDL

Integrated Design Lab

Physical Address:

322 E. Front St. Suite 360A
Boise ID 83712

Phone: 208-364-4621