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.