Implementing the
High Performance
Building Guidelines

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Stephen Campbell, architect
William Reed, architect

In order to assist the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) with critical early implementation steps, the Design Trust, its fellows, and DDC agreed to continue the partnership established during the High Performance Building Guidelines project.

In Implementing the High Performance Building Guidelines, project fellows helped the DDC’s client agencies to understand the building-guidelines document and its implications for their own building programs. The fellows tailored the guidelines to each agency’s particular mission and needs and oversaw their application on selected capital projects scheduled for construction or renovation.

The design of several major building projects were carried out in full accordance with the guidelines, including a Brooklyn branch library, two daycare centers, the expansion of the New York Hall of Science in Queens, and the Queens Criminal Court complex.

The successes of this project — and some failures — were documented in a companion implementation booklet, which describes a number of pilot projects, compiles comments from participating architects, and outlines challenges and goals facing further high-performance implemetation.

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