Improving Sustainability of Buildings Through a Performance-Based Design Approach: Preprint

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The design of most buildings is typically driven by budget, time, safety, and energy codes, producing buildings that just meet these minimum criteria. To achieve better or even exceptional energy performance in buildings, the design team needs to work with the building owner and others involved in the building process toward a focused energy performance goal. This paper describes theperformance-based design process for buildings and benefits of this approach.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2004
EventWorld Renewable Energy Congress VIII - Denver, Colorado
Duration: 29 Aug 20043 Sep 2004


ConferenceWorld Renewable Energy Congress VIII
CityDenver, Colorado

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-550-36276


  • commercial buildings
  • daylighting
  • high-performance buildings
  • high-performance design
  • performance-based design
  • World Renewable Energy Congress


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