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E d i t o r ’ s c o M M E n t a r y Defining Performance H igh P ErforMing b uildings 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329-2305 Phone: 404-636-8400, Fax: 404-321-5478 www.HPBmagazine.org, E-mail: HPBmagazine@ashrae.org Editorial advisory Board W hat makes a building high performing? A column by two of our editorial advisors in this issue tries to answer this question. It summarizes data and lessons learned for eight buildings. The buildings were selected from a database of about 60 buildings that have been published by this magazine. Many of these eight buildings share common elements: the envelope, daylighting, lighting controls, renewable energy, water conservation and other efficient systems. But the overall conclusion from this review was that one size does not fit all. There is no one formula or menu of features or design techniques that apply to all projects. “This means,” say the authors, “that a lot depends on the creativity, innovative skills and effort of the design team, and on the particular situation a team is facing.” One other overriding characteristic, they note, is the commitment of the team’s leadership, including the owner or the owner’s representative, who often task the design team with developing an example of sustainability that could be used as a learning tool. OUR COVER features a case study that looks beyond the traditional performance strategies such as envelope upgrade, HVAC efficiencies, water conservation, and daylighting and dimming. It’s also this magazine’s most detailed look at commercial interiors and the impact on workplace performance. This case study is about the national headquarters for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a high-profile environmental organization that renovated industrial space as a sustainable space in 1988, long before there was a sustainability movement. Several years ago, NRDC turned to the same architect to design a floor of its building into a prototype for other floors and NRDC offices. The result is the highest-rated LEED-CI space in the world. This was accomplished mainly by extending foundational high performance strategies of best practice to include human factors and productivity, risk avoidance, long term habitation and renovation efficiencies, etc. ANOTHER CASE study opens a new area of performance metrics by trying to minimize suburban sprawl. Specifically, this nearly NZEB project in Florida involved the addition of a credit union with a community room to an existing ice cream shop. Two other case studies are focused on long-term dividends, including a multibuilding school that is designed to grow into a NZEB campus. We hope you enjoy this edition, and hope it contributes to the progress the building community is making towards a sustainable future. The Editors Lindsay Audin, Energywiz David Grumman, P.E., Grumman/Butkus Associates Sheila Hayter, P.E., National Renewable Energy Lab Adam W. Hinge, P.E., Sustainable Energy Partnerships Vivian Loftness, FAIA, Carnegie Mellon University Kent Peterson, P.E., P2S Engineering Donald Winston, P.E., The Durst Organization Editorial Fred Turner, fturner@ashrae.org Sarah Foster, sfoster@ashrae.org associatE Editors Rebecca Matyasovski, rebecca@ashrae.org Charlotte Tubbs, ctubbs@ashrae.org Christopher Weems, cweems@ashrae.org Jeri Eader, jeader@ashrae.org Editorial assistant Chad Bedwell, cbedwell@ashrae.org Editor Managing Editor d E s i g n Susan Carabetta, Carabetta Hayden Design P u B l i s h i n g s E r v i c E s a n d c i r c u l at i o n Publishing sErvicEs ManagEr Production David Soltis Jayne Jackson, Tracy Becker Greg Martin, gmartin@ashrae.org Vanessa Johnson, vjohnson@ashrae.org advErtising advErtising salEs ManagEr advErtising Production P u B l i s h E r W. Stephen Comstock M i s s i o n s tat E M E n t High Performing Buildings describes measured performance of practices and technologies to promote better buildings, presenting case studies that feature integrated building design practices and improved operations and maintenance techniques. issn 1940-3003 (print) and 1940-3054 (digital) Published Quarterly Copyright 2012 by ASHRAE, 1791 Tullie Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329-2305. Standard class postage paid at Atlanta, Georgia, and additional mailing offices. subscriptions High Performing Buildings is free to qualified subscribers. Nonqualified subscriptions cost $19 in the U.S. and Canada and $31 outside the U.S. and Canada. Single copies are $6 in the U.S. and Canada and $12 outside the U.S. and Canada. Subscriptions can be completed at www.HPBmagazine.org/subscribe. Postmaster Canadian Agreement Number 40037127. Canadian return address: Station A, P.O. Box 54, Windsor, ON N9A 6J5. 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Greenhouse Wood Use Net Energy Gases Wastewater Solid Waste 13 tons (89 28 Million 8,443 lbs co2 40,665 2,469 trees saved) btus saved equiv. saved gallons saved pounds less Publication disclaimer ASHRAE does not necessarily agree with any statement or opinion in this publication. The appearance of any technical data, editorial material or advertisement in this publication does not constitute endorsement, warranty or guarantee by ASHRAE of any product, service, process, procedure, design or the like. http://www.HPBmagazine.org http://www.HPBmagazine.org http://www.HPBmagazine.org/subscribe http://www.HPBmagazine.org/addresschange

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High Performing Buildings - Spring 2012
Evie Garrett Dennis Campus
Magnify Credit Union South Lakeland Branch
Natural Resources Defense Council
What Makes Buildings High Performing
University of Florida’s William R. Hough Hall
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High Performing Buildings - Spring 2012