Introduction to High Performance Buildings & Careers
Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM) (PDT)
Code compliance is a minimum standard for building performance; by contrast, “high performance” refers to buildings that are designed, built, and commissioned to achieve above-code, optimized performance. The magnitude of the opportunity to fill this gap cannot be over-emphasized. For example, field research found that a single-day high-performance retrofit can improve HVAC system performance in new homes by an average of 25%. While the mainstream building industry strives for code compliance, a small fraction of those in the industry adopt high-performance practices and produce homes and commercial facilities with lower energy use, greater resilience, exceptional durability, outstanding comfort, and zero onsite emissions. These individuals are consistently in demand, command higher wages, win awards, and have the satisfaction of building a better world for themselves, their families, and communities. The secret sauce? Setting quantitative goals, measuring performance, and marketing the superior outcomes. This class is an introduction to the opportunities presented by working in the realm of high-performance buildings, and how to create a place for yourself within that realm. It will also introduce 3C-REN’s new High Performance Fundamentals Program, which will continue to be rolled out throughout 2022.