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Project Activities

RMI recently released the 10xE design principles, Version 1.0, and is gathering feedback and collecting ideas for adjustments. If you are a design professional or a client of designers, and would like to offer feedback, send your thoughts to the 10xE project manager at 10xEinfo@rmi.org.

RMI also recently released two 10xE case studies and is developing additional case studies.

Stanford Global Ecology Center

The new building for Stanford's Department of Global Ecology was completed in 2004 with modeled energy savings of 72 percent (not including the server room) over a 2001 California Title-24 compliant building—the strictest energy code in the U.S.

The goal of this design was to minimize environmental impacts, while also maximizing occupant comfort and health. 10xE is featuring cases like this to help develop design criteria. Learn more about Stanford's building

Seeking Academic Collaboration

Additionally, we are engaging potential academic partners, that is, engineering and other design teachers who would like to experiment using 10xE case studies and principles in their classrooms. We are particularly interested in expanding 10xE materials into short courses, say, one-to-three week “Maymester”-type courses where students collaborate intensively for short periods. Such courses may be well suited for teaching this important approach to design. Please look through the partnership and involvement opportunities, and contact us for further details.


2/1/10 - Autodesk Collaborates with RMI to Address Sustainable Design Challenges

Autodesk logoAutodesk collaborates with leading innovators who are addressing sustainable design challenges. Through public and private relationships, Autodesk provides technology and support for initiatives that promote sustainable design. 

Autodesk and RMI are collaborating to support RMI’s 10xE initiative. Among other things, by combining RMI’s integrative design approach and Autodesk’s experience in building information modeling, sustainable design and digital prototyping technology, the 10xE initiative aims to have designers and engineers take a more holistic design approach, with a stronger focus on energy and resource efficiency. The outcome of this project will be case studies that highlight 10xE design principles. The case studies, and the design principles they reflect, will be used to create a variety of teaching tools and to help transform engineering design pedagogy and practice, with the hope of unleashing the next wave of engineering innovation that our world truly needs. Learn more about Autodesk

1/6/10 - RMI and AIChE Cosponsor Design Case-Study Competition

RMI today announced that it was collaborating in a student design case-study competition with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The competition is for case studies that describe the designs behind radically efficient processes, devices, and systems that cost nothing or little more than standard design. The case studies must also describe how much energy and resources these processes, devices, and materials save over conventional designs.

5/27/09 - First Round of Conference Calls a Success

RMI's 10xE project held a series of conference calls with a group of distinguished engineers and engineering professors.

The three groups included, among others:

  • Gary Lawrence (ARUP)
  • Sridhar Kota (University of Michigan)
  • Leidy Klotz (Clemson), Mike Bertolucci (Interface)
  • Hans Zulliger (Foundation for the Third Millennium)
  • Judy Walton (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education)
  • Clark Bisel (Flack + Kurtz)
  • Gil Masters (Stanford)
  • Eric Beckman (University of Pittsburgh)
  • John Kennedy (Autodesk)
  • Sandy Mendler (Mithun)
  • Andy Ford (Fulcrum Consulting)
  • Alisdair McGregor (ARUP)
  • Dan Nolan (DoD)
  • Eng Lock Lee (Electric Eye)
  • Charles Ainger, and Gary Downey (VA Tech)

Getting the input of both teachers and practitioners is vital to 10xE.
 Some of the comments RMI's project team (Amory Lovins, Alok Pradhan, Ari Yi, Tripp Hyde, Tali Trigg) heard included:

  • "Bullet-proof" any business arguments;

  • Make sure to include architects and contractors, not just engineers;

  • Include detailed descriptions of the processes and what prompted decisions throughout the processes;

  • Show detail in the technical numbers and how the calculations were made (engineering profs like to get students to rework the problems);

  • Consider the different audiences and how to present the material for those audiences.

"It's great you guys are doing this," one of the participants commented. "It's needed and it's timely."

We think so, and we think if we do it carefully enough it could have a tremendous influence on the design, building, and retrofitting of power and industrial plants, commercial and residential buildings, and vehicles and transportation systems.

For more information about Factor Ten Engineering, please contact the 10xE project manager.

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