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High Performance Buildings: It’s Not Just Energy Efficiency

Linda Hardesty

Legrand chartLegrand’s whitepaper The Drive for High Performance Buildings finds that performance buildings are driven by several factors beyond energy efficiency including security, information technology, environmental and regulatory forces, and changes in building design and management.

The white paper says buildings have evolved over decades, but there’s now a “paradigm shift” in expectations in the built environment impacting the building sector, from corporate offices to hospitals, retail and universities. According to Legrand, high performance buildings consider building operations holistically – accounting for everything from energy and water consumption to lighting and sound levels – with the ultimate goal of providing sustainable design principles to ensure optimal performance over extended periods of time.

Across the building community, there has been particular emphasis on five key attributes as follows:

Functional/Operational

  • Accessible
  • Durable
  • High Performance IT Infrastructure
  • Spatially Efficient

Safe & Secure

  • Secure by Design
  • Resilient

Sustainable

  • Energy Efficient Appliances and Equipment
  • Energy Efficient Building Envelope
  • Environmentally Preferable Materials and Products
  • Environmentally Responsive Site Planning
  • High Performance HVAC
  • High Performance Electric Lighting
  • Pollution/Waste Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Transportation Efficient
  • Water Efficient

Cost-Effective

  • Commissioned
  • Energy Efficient
  • Life Cycle Cost Optimized
  • Optimized O&M
  • Plug Load Management

Healthy & Productive

  • Acoustic, thermal and visual comfort
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Daylighting
  • Superior Indoor Environmental Quality

In addition to the new whitepaper, all energy saving resources, including Organizing for Results, Power Down Day Toolkit, Legrand’s Corporate Energy Policy, Energy Management Handbook and Energy Project Evaluation Tool, are available at no cost on the company’s website.



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