Different Sustainable Design methods, frameworks and green building rating systems have been developed since the first definition of Sustainable Development of the Brundtland report. Bioclimatic approach to architectural design can be found in vernacular architecture and was proposed formally in a series of research and professional publications since the 1950s. The bioclimatic approach is about making design strategies based on the local climate, utilizing natural resources and energy flows to provide for physiological and psychological needs for human health and comfort. Climate Change, a Linear Economy and the high impact of the built environment on the planet require an immediate transformation to achieve the UN SDGs and IPCC SR1.5°C climate goals.
This study makes a review of Sustainable Design Methods, with links to a Circular Economy, and the new paradigm for the design and construction of the built environment with Building Information Modelling. Regenerative Design holds the promise for shifting from the current practice focused on reducing environmental impacts and increasing efficiency towards designing buildings and cities that are regenerative, climate neutral, restore ecosystems, allowing human and natural systems to co-evolve. A Regenerative Design framework is proposed based on a holistic approach with digital design tools. State of the art BIM integrated workflows, tools and metrics are used and cross-checked on a case study for Ljubljana. The research is a contribution to the selection of methods, KPIs and Information Requirements from the Client-side and for the project team based on ISO 19650 series for Regenerative Design and Development.