Top 9 reasons to find out more about HPB 1. Integrated Design offers the most cost effective means to achieving energy efficient and environmentally sustainable design. 2. The High Performance Plan (HPP) is an interactive road map in the High Performance Program that assists project teams in making the most cost effective decisions for the life cycle of the building. 3. Dovetails with LEED The HPP includes all LEED requirements and automatically will populate a LEED checklist based on responses provided. The HPP also references industry specific programs, such as GreenGuide for Healthcare, Green Globes, CHPS and STARS. At every step of the HPP process, you’ll know exactly where your project stands against your specific goals and the USGBC’s rating system. 4. Life Cycle Cost Analysis balances the long term operations and maintenance with your first cost budgetary concerns. By working with our estimators and using information provided by Energy Models, we can help the project tem maximize the return on investment. 5. Energy Modeling is an integrated whole building hourly energy simulation. Simply stated, it is a tool used to predict annual energy consumption in a building. 6. Whole Building Simulation for LEED modeling is available to satisfy the requirements of LEED Energy & Atmosphere Credits. In addition to modeling the building and creating the documentation for the submission, we can provide full LEED Project Administration to facilitate the submission process for both Design and Construction Credits. 7. Utility Consumption Analysis Using benchmark data for similar buildings from the Department of Energy’s 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), this national sample survey collects energy-related building characteristics, consumption and expenditure data on U.S. Commercial Buildings. 8. Grand, Rebate and Financial Incentive We can help you develop action plans to offset the first costs of energy conservation measures. In many cases, rebates and incentives may also be available for ongoing operation and maintenance, including discounted utility rates. 9. Public Information and Carbon Footprint Monitoring: We can design an information monitoring and smart metering display system that can be used for tracking, reporting and sharing the sustainable design features of a building and real-time energy use data. This type of system can be used for educating building occupants and for monitoring the effects of the energy conservation measures in real time. About the Author: Gilbane Inc. comprises two operating companies: Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company. These two often work jointly as one company to provide integrated expertise in finance, property development, planning and commercial construction. For more information please call 1-800-GILBANE or visit http://www.gilbaneco.com. Please visit http://www.buildbest.us/2011/06/top-9-reasons-to-find-out-more-about-hpb/ to read the original article.
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