Anatomy of a High-Performance Building

Con­trac­tors know that modern building owners will no longer settle for tra­di­tion­al designs, materials, and methods that waste energy and money. Pragmatic com­mer­cial building owners keep cost-effec­tive­ness at the forefront, which includes energy effi­cien­cy. However, they are also not willing to com­pro­mise on a com­fort­able and visually appealing envi­ron­ment for their tenants. An energy efficient building combined with a desirable rentable space keeps prof­itabil­i­ty high. High-per­for­mance buildings combine cost-effec­tive­ness with comfort.

High-per­for­mance buildings don’t just include a couple improve­ments here and there. This method of building design and con­struc­tion looks at the entire com­mer­cial building as a whole. Ignoring any element of the building process can waste energy, money, and comfort. Each part of the design assists and enhances the others. When imple­ment­ed properly, a high-per­for­mance building design will result in high­lights like excellent indoor envi­ron­men­tal quality, an envi­ron­men­tal­ly respon­si­ble space, strength, safety, and cost-effectiveness.

A builder of high-per­for­mance com­mer­cial buildings under­stands how each part of the building con­tributes to the whole. This includes both passive and active con­struc­tion features that make a building energy efficient and com­fort­able. For more infor­ma­tion on how to build or renovate a high-per­for­mance building, check out the info­graph­ic below.

Bautex Systems knows what it takes to build a high-per­for­mance building through tried and true methods. These include passive strate­gies or methods that don’t require mechan­i­cal system inter­ven­tion, like shading, ven­ti­lat­ed facades, and proper building ori­en­ta­tion for the direction of the sun. These methods make the building cooler and require less energy from air con­di­tion­ing. Bautex Systems also uses active strate­gies in com­mer­cial buildings, such as using tech­nolo­gies like mass walls to ensure a tight building envelope that doesn’t let air leak in or out. Additions like energy-efficient LED lighting and local controls for HVAC systems in each office suite also ensure tenant comfort while main­tain­ing energy efficiency.