Outcome-based design: The future of high-performance buildings

As assessing building performance becomes outcome-based, clients and architects may find themselves increasingly linked.

Architects pride themselves on their ability to design buildings that operate at a high level of occupant satisfaction. Yet the complex interplay of variables, which can’t always be predicted or managed, may create the perception that these buildings are not performing as advertised. The building owner might not service a high-performance building’s heating and cooling systems regularly; tenants may set thermostats too low or high, or leave the doors and windows open at inopportune times; or an unexpectedly cold winter could diminish a building’s advertised efficiency.

The introduction of building rating systems and certification standards has been a significant market driver for high-performance buildings, but their effectiveness is contingent on a tenant’s commitment and ability to stick to building targets such as energy use goals. Emerging rating systems like LEED v4, the Living Building Challenge, and theWELL Building Standard™, however, aim to raise the ante for both owners and architects by verifying actual performance outcomes.

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