Energy + Performance
How can three important elements of sustainable buildings - energy efficiency, resiliency, and health and wellness - be integrated for better overall outcomes? How can the returns of sustainable building strategies with less quantifiable benefits - i.e. resiliency and health & wellness - be paired with more predictable returns of energy efficiency to calculate an overall return on investment?
We will tackle all these questions and more as we look at specific case studies where the elements of energy efficiency, resiliency, and health and wellness were integrated successfully. Three leading green building frameworks - LEED, WELL, and RELi - will be evaluated for overlaps and complementary strategies that lead to high-performance, resilient, and wellness-oriented designs. Topics like passive survivability, natural ventilation, zero net energy design, flood protection, occupant comfort, and more will help guide the technical underpinnings to this high-performance design discussion when energy, resilience, and health are incorporated holistically.