High-performance architecture is not a trend. Worldwide, we’re seeing a shift from the more traditional schools of architecture to the sleek, sustainable designs that are being implemented in every city. The structures offer greater tenant satisfaction and value to property owners – so what is it exactly about these buildings that sets them apart from the rest?
In this article, we will cover the features and amenities that, when combined, are considered high-performance architecture.
This is the first article in our ongoing series about high-performance commercial development projects. In this series, we will cover such topics as: the components and benefits of high-performance design, the effects that high-performance design has on your development organization, and the effects that it has on the final product. If you have found this article of use, you may like to take a look at the rest of the series.
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High-performance buildings are more durable than their more traditional counterparts. Through the integration of better quality construction methods and materials, a high-performance building has a longer lifespan, requires less maintenance, and retains its efficiency throughout its lifespan.
High-performance design incorporates sustainable practices. At the heart of sustainability is the concept of creating a product that is beneficial to all of its related elements. This means that the building is less wasteful of the owner’s assets, offers more well-being to the tenant, and fits in better with its environment.
Through the magic of digitalization and the increasingly affordable integration of systems, a high-performance building is a high-tech masterpiece. Between security systems that are effective without being bothersome to the tenant, HVAC and plumbing systems that manage themselves efficiently, and maintenance strategies that keep the building running at a higher rate of efficiency, the perks outweigh the initial cost differences by far.
In this case, we are talking about power. Through the use of integrated systems, efficient design, and potentially renewable aspects, your development products run at a higher rate of efficiency for a longer period of time than non-high-performance buildings.
High-performance buildings offer better indoor air quality, natural light, reusable construction materials, and comfortable tenant space, meaning that the effect on human health, both physically and psychologically, is extraordinary.
In this case, we don’t just mean that the structures are better for the planet than their traditional counterparts, but also that the structure complements its neighborhood and occupants, through seamless integration of design within the site’s environment. Between the use of natural light, airflow, consciously considered views, noise reduction, etc, the building becomes a contributing addition to the quality of its environment.
Now that we have covered the components of high-performance design, let’s take a look at the benefits of these traits in the next article.