Identifying energy efficiency strategies while balancing real-world constraints such as budget can be challenging. This interactive session demonstrates how energy-efficiency goals—when addressed beginning in schematic design—can be successfully achieved, saving valuable resources such as design time and client budgets. The session begins with an overview of how comparative analysis assists in achieving energy conservation goals alongside factors that drive energy use. A case study building forming the basis of the charrette will be presented, including an overview of conservation strategies available for consideration. Participants will utilize live polling as we assemble “bundles” of selected energy efficiency measures to play out what-if scenarios, discussing the merits and challenges of each bundle. Results of charrette permutations will be revealed alongside energy-savings trends, dispelling common misconceptions about the link between budget and energy savings. Performance of the built case study building will also be reviewed.