It seems like high performance buildings are all anyone is talking about these days. But why? High performance buildings are not just a marketing strategy. There is real value in building and occupying a sustainable building. Here are just a few of the reasons why:
Cost Saving Measures
The focus on high performance buildings has been growing, not only for sustainability concerns, but also for cost saving measures. It is often true that building a sustainable building is more expensive than the alternative building type. However, the initial construction cost is a small proportion of the total life of the building. Building owners are more aware of this than ever. A high performance building is more efficient to operate and maintain. Over time, ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation costs are typically lower in high performance buildings.
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There is a growing trend in the industry on the awareness of a building’s impact on its occupants. Last week, we blogged about the AIA and the WELL Building’s partnership that focuses on advancing support and research on this area specifically. Traditionally, a high-performing building was based on its impact on the environment. Now however, this notion is changing and focusing on a building’s performance for its occupants. Amenities and features are being included in high-performing buildings so that occupants can perform at the highest level.
Weather events, acts of public protest and other unthinkable events can damage a building in a matter of minutes. Today, buildings need to be able to withstand these events. When there is damage, buildings need to be able to work efficiently throughout repairs and run as effectively as before any destruction. The longevity of a building is a worthwhile investment.