Building owners a driving force in green design, retrofitting


retrofits 300x248 Building owners a driving force in green design, retrofitting

PHOTOS.COM A US$500 million retrofit of the Empire State Building is aimed at cutting energy consumption 38 per cent annually.

Green buildings command premium tenants and premium leases.

While designing to LEED standards with innovative materials and configurations has taken hold in North America, there’s still a long way to go before we reach the levels of sustainable design, construction and operation in jurisdictions like Europe.

Designing and building alone is not enough, say those involved.

The efficiency of a building is a combination of three factors: its design, materials and construction, the people who occupy it and the way it’s managed — each as critical as the other.

That’s where “smart” design comes in, getting the building to adjust operations via control systems and continuing analysis of data pulled from critical monitoring of operations.

There are, of course, some exemplary structures in North America both in terms of new construction and the fast growing trend of retrofitting existing buildings.

And smarter, sustainable design is increasingly being driven by building owners, not just architects and engineers.

Green buildings command premium tenants and premium leases.

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