High Performance Buildings Blog

Energy Conservation Measures: Making the Business Case Before and After

Trane High Performance Buildings April 22, 2013 05:00 AM

Energy conservation measures (ECMs) in commercial buildings can range from CFL lighting to the installation of a maximum efficiency HVAC system, but they typically fall into the categories of water, electricity or gas. When considering ECM investments, building managers must weigh the upfront costs of the investment with the energy and financial savings, and make the argument to leadership as to why the investment is worth precious capital dollars in the journey to becoming a high performance building.

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Upping the Ante on Sustainable Buildings

Trane High Performance Buildings April 15, 2013 05:00 AM

An office is building in Seattle is taking the concept of sustainable building to a whole new level: Think LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification on steroids.

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Too Much of a Good Thing: The Balance Between Building Envelope and Occupancy Comfort

Trane High Performance Buildings April 8, 2013 05:00 AM

A building envelope is the outer shell of the building that is used to help maintain the indoor environment and control its climate. There’s been a lot of discussion in the high performance building industry about how to leverage this component efficiently and how to manage any trade-offs with occupant comfort, so I read with interest this article from Consulting-Specifying Engineer Magazine about testing and commissioning best practices.

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Lessons Learned from 100 Years of Building Innovations - Part 2: Opportunities Abound Today in Existing Buildings

Trane High Performance Buildings April 1, 2013 05:00 AM

In the last post we talked about how modern technologies and building practices are boosting building performance. But with construction starts remaining low, the real opportunity to unlock energy savings potential lies within the current building inventory. In this post we’re expanding on the energy saving opportunities with existing buildings.

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Lessons Learned from 100 Years of Building Innovations – Part 1: The Future of Building Performance

Trane High Performance Buildings March 25, 2013 05:00 AM

Sustainable technologies like wind and solar get a lot of press coverage, but when it comes to satisfying the world’s almost insatiable appetite for energy nothing today beats energy efficiency.

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