Realizing the Full Potential of High Performance Buildings

Trane Intelligent Services delivers sustainable performance improvements

By Paul McMurphy and Leon Surbaugh
Trane Intelligent Services

Technology advancements and the ability to turn raw building system data into usable information have enabled a step-change improvement in the way that commercial buildings are operated and maintained. Building owners and operators can now use real-time information to make data-based decisions. The result is a better performing building that helps an organization achieve its mission and accomplish its most critical operational and financial goals.

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High Performance Buildings: Achieving Superior Performance for Life

The high performance building concept has been around since the late 1990s, starting with the high performance schools movement that has since been embraced by school districts in most states. A decade later, high performance building principles are being applied worldwide in nearly every type of structure, from schools and municipal buildings to hospitals, technology centers, industrial plants and other kinds of facilities.

Studies have demonstrated that high performance buildings use fewer resources, have a smaller environmental footprint and provide a better place for people to work, visit and live. High performance buildings tend to have better occupancy rates, command higher rents and retain value or appreciate faster than comparable structures in the same real estate market.

So it stands to reason that more new buildings than ever before are being designed to enhance their performance in such dimensions as energy and water efficiency, environmental impact, operational reliability and occupant health and welfare. Meanwhile, owners and operators of existing buildings are using new technologies and practices to turn their older facilities into high performance buildings.

Read more to learn how high performance building concepts are changing the way buildings operate.