Learn the difference between a High-Performance Building & a building built through conventional means
When addressing the differences between Conventional and High-Performance Buildings, there are numerous significant distinctions. Regarding costs, a High-Performance or green building may initially cost 15% to 30% more than its conventional counterpart. This cost is influenced by the extent of conservation methods planned during the pre-design stage of building construction and the level of certification aimed for in the corresponding high-performance building. However, such buildings can yield savings of approximately 20% to 30% in operational costs, 10% to 20% in maintenance costs, and 10% in life cycle costs, respectively.
Some of the key aspects of a High-Performance Building include the following:
Due to the adjustment of the building’s orientation with the natural environment, it allows for natural ventilation and sunlight to enter the building. This improves occupant well-being and enhances productivity. The building is also constructed with certified green materials to prevent the likelihood of ailments due to material off-gassing.
High-performance buildings are optimally designed in harmony with the natural environment to ensure that occupants are thermally, acoustically, and visually comfortable while conducting their daily tasks.
As mentioned, such buildings are designed to achieve savings, particularly through energy, water, and resource conservation measures that are implemented.
High-performance buildings have pre-established systems in place to ensure that all measures and building components are properly integrated. This is typically achieved through digitalization of the building’s systems.
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