THE ZOFNASS ECONOMIC PROCESS TOOL USER MANUAL
The Zofnass Economic Process Tool User Manual is the auxiliary textbook which expands on the methodology used to quantify each credit of Envision. The manual includes an explanation paragraph and a table that presents the equation used for each credit. It also includes a diagram that visualizes the relationships between the externalities and benefits, as well as their relationship to other credits in the Envision™ Rating System.
The manual is structured similar to the Envision™ manual, and covers 55 Envision™ credits according to their category. Each credit includes an explanation paragraph (which covers the purpose of the credit), suggested design cases for its application, the methodology used to quantify the benefits of the credit, and a relationship diagram (a visualized summary that illustrates the connection to other Envision™ credits).
The manual is the hardcopy manuscript for the web application, which lays out the methodology used for quantifying and monetizing externalities in sustainability. The text layout of the manual makes it easier for professional to communicate and audit the information. In future iterations of the Zofnass Economic Process Tool, this will support the development of more rigorous, credit-specific, models.
Besides the 38 credit specific models, the manual covers 17 credits which are considered unquantifiable. The unquantifiable credits are mostly from the Leadership category with several credits from the Resource Allocation, Quality of Life, and Climate and Risk categories. These credits address support for general planning processes or guidelines, such as avoiding traps and vulnerabilities in design or monitoring energy and water systems. These important sustainability guidelines are difficult to quantify as they require different measurements for each new project. The benefits change widely between project types and therefore cannot be accounted in a repeating metric or unit embedded in the web application.
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