Benefits of Building Performance
Building performance provides a wealth of benefits to home and building owners, operators, occupants, the environment and much more. Read about these and other benefits below and visit our Member Directory to find a company to help you receive the many benefits of building performance!
How Can Building Performance Help You?
Building performance is a way to describe and measure how well a building performs – or the benefits that it offers residents, workers, owners and maintenance managers (to name just a few) – regarding a variety of criteria that include:
Energy Efficiency and Savings:
Lower energy usage saves money and reduces a home or building’s impact on the environment. With U.S. residential and commercial buildings accounting for roughly 40% of the nation’s energy usage, opportunities to improve energy efficiency make a big impact on individual buildings and the nation’s energy security.
Lower water and resource usage also saves money while lowering a home or building’s environmental impact.
Health and Safety:
Improved home and building performance creates a healthier environment for residents, occupants and workers that is free from indoor air issues, mold and mildew, rid of combustion safety and water issues, and much more. Home and building performance contractors help residents and businesses address safety issues in homes and buildings like combustion safety, electric and gas usage, material hazards and more.
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Comfort and Productivity:
High performance buildings not only perform better, but they’re more comfortable, providing higher customer satisfaction to builders and developers and also increased productivity and employee morale for businesses.
Reducing energy, water and other resources through high performance design, construction and maintenance reduces environmental impacts from buildings, which account for 40% of the nation’s energy usage. Additionally, “green” materials provide lower environmental impact and high performance buildings strategies, such as passive design, promote additional indoor air quality and health benefits while maintaining design and functionality.
Durability and Maintenance:
When you build or retrofit a building to perform better, it’s going to last longer affording the occupants and owners less maintenance and improved durability for years to come.
A better home or building is worth more in the marketplace, affording home and building owners the opportunity to earn an increased return on investment for their added performance features when compared to standard homes and buildings.
Control Systems and Automation:
High performance buildings incorporate technology and systems that make them easier to operate and, in some cases, autonomous, HVAC, lighting, ventilation and other controls can be automated to ensure that the building is operating at optimal performance with little ongoing interaction with the occupants.