The Benefits of Building Performance
Building performance offers business owners, building operators, maintenance managers and others opportunities to improve the performance of commercial, governmental, institutional, industrial and other types of buildings that help their owners and operators save energy, save water, improve health and safety, improve building value and many other benefits.
Home performance is used to make a new or existing home perform better, affording residents lower energy usage, improved health and safety, increased home durability with lower maintenance, improved value and many other benefits.
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.
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.