When we talk about high performance buildings, we’re not just speaking of super-efficient equipment, appliances, and building materials. Indeed, the world is full of manufacturers and suppliers touting a bewildering array of products and technologies claiming to be “the answer” to your needs for clean air, higher efficiency, environmental responsibility, etc…
The home that you live in or the building in which you work is a complex, integrated, and dynamic system. Any attempt to use a specific product or technology to address everyone needs is misguided at best and actually dangerous at worst.
When designing a new home or upgrading an existing home, a systemic approach must be taken, considering location, orientation, the buildings. intended purpose, local environmental factors, and most importantly, the needs and special considerations of the occupants.
New construction techniques and more advanced building materials are resulting in better performing and more efficient homes everywhere. As with any system however, higher performance means closer tolerances. We simply can’t get away with the design oversights and inexact construction techniques that we have in the past.
Misuse of new building materials and incorrect implementation of new construction practices are adding to the problems. As a result, premature structural failures, dangerous carbon monoxide levels, indoor air quality problems, mold, and other issues are occurring at an alarming rate. We are here to help you navigate the world of high performance housing. Please call us with any questions you may have.Read More