High Performance
Building Guidelines

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Design Trust for Public Space
New York City Department of   Design & Construction

Publication Data

Date: April 1999
Trim Size: 8.5 " x 11 "
Pages: 144
Binding: Saddle stitch

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High 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 capital investments.

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.

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