What is a High Performance Building?
A high performance building, sometimes referred to as a ” green building “, has reduced impact on its environment. As much as possible, existing or new buildings in this category take advantage of natural daylight, utilize materials and systems to provide excellent indoor air quality, conserve energy, and reduce the overall carbon footprint. As a result, high performance buildings provide superior working conditions, reduce sick time and increase both productivity and morale.
Sustainable planning, design, construction, operations, and maintenance, impact quality for users, reduce environmental impacts, and deliver financial rewards through reduced energy and turnover costs.
Key principles of high performance building design, operations, and management include:
- Sustainable Site Design
- Water conservation
- Energy efficiency
- Low-impact building materials ( recycled – sustainable )
- Indoor environmental quality
- Lower CO2 emissions
- Stewardship of resources
What is LEED?
Most importantly, LEED is a component of high performance building design, operations, and management, but not the entire solution, not the only approach.
LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving environmental quality and human health.
It is a voluntary program that addresses most building types, and focuses on principles and strategies rather than specific technologies, which often vary from project to project. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council USGBC, LEED provides building owners and operators an initial framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.