Legrand recently released its latest installment in a series of white papers examining trends and drivers in the High Performance Buildings (HPB) market. The white paper, entitled “Where is ‘High Performance’ for Buildings Headed?”, evaluates the growing range of performance attributes today’s buildings are expected to achieve and observes that significant gaps remain in the influential mechanisms that shape the HPB landscape.
According to Legrand’s research, for today’s buildings to be considered “high performance,” they must be optimized across multiple attributes, including energy efficiency, sustainability, productivity, security, and functionality, and they must do so cost-effectively throughout their lifetimes. Legrand’s research indicates, the building performance mechanisms available in the market today do not comprehensively address or incentivize all of these attributes.
The paper underscores an area of increasing attention in the HPB arena: building occupants. Legrand describes ways in which HPBs deliver greater economic, social, and environmental value for both building owners and occupants. By focusing on occupant health, comfort, and security, companies can reap a return on their investment through employees that are more productive in their daily work environments.
Legrand also discusses the progression of smart, sustainable spaces in HPBs, offering several examples of technologies that building owners are deploying to effectively enhance the sustainability and performance of their buildings, including sensors that measure temperature and automatically adjust lighting according to a space’s occupancy.
“Our latest white paper shares all of the current trends taking place in High Performance Building construction,” said Susan Rochford, VP of energy efficiency, sustainability, and public policy for Legrand, North and Central America. “We published it to encourage dialogue within the building community about the path to achieving the full potential of high performance buildings, ultimately leading to the development of effective solutions that will meet the unique needs of all stakeholders in the industry.”
This white paper is one of a three-part series of educational research that discusses the status, regulations, policies, and other key variables that are shifting the performance expectations of today’s built environment.