performance buildings maximize operational energy
savings; improve comfort, health, and safety
of occupants and visitors; and limit detrimental
effects on the environment. These guidelines,
developed with the New York City Department of
Design & Construction (DDC), provide instruction
in the methodologies that form the underpinnings
of high performance buildings.
This document also
indicates how these practices can work within
the City of New York's existing policies for capital
project administration and facility management,
and it identifies opportunities to improve DDC’s
business practices, which will in turn yield
the highest overall return for the City’s
In preparing these guidelines,
DDC and the Design Trust sought significant input
from the very technical personnel who will implement the recommendations
on future projects. More than 20 DDC staff members researched, wrote,
and illustrated much of the material under the
supervising expertise of outside consultants.
The effort also involved significant contributions
from other New York City agencies.