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HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDINGS: SUSTAINABLE, HEALTHY, EFFICIENT, & COST-EFFECTIVE

    LEED NASCO is an award-winning best value GC/CM firm that specializes in projects for some of the most demanding agencies in the world. Whether for federal, higher education, municipal, industrial or commercial clients, NASCO’s high-performance design-build services utilize sustainable and integrated design strategies to achieve energy savings, lower operational costs, and provide healthier, more productive environments.

    In collaboration with the Owner, NASCO sets performance benchmarks, provides measurements, and guarantees results. Design, equipment, material and technology decisions are based on a life-cycle performance and best overall value. LEED™, Energy Star™ or Green Globes™ certification are optional components of our high-performance infrastructure. In addition to new construction projects, clients have the option to set the certification rating for existing buildings, e.g., (LEED™-EB), that are upgraded or renovated to new performance standards, as well as more effective operations and maintenance procedures.

    NASCO is committed to integrated planning, design, construction and operations of sustainable and energy efficient buildings and systems. NASCO has the capabilities to review, analyze, and participate in the design of a multitude of sustainable and high-performance building concepts. Our staff and consulting partners have been involved in this activity on many projects and our experience with high performance infrastructure and energy conservation projects is extensive.

    High-Performance—What Does It Mean?

    Green• Better does not mean bigger or more expensive! It means healthy, safe, comfortable, productive, and efficient.

    • The less money clients spend on energy, utilities, and operational expenses over the life of the facility, the more resources they have for improving their services.

    • The integrated design process should support the client’s goals, mission, and vision.

    • New high-performance facilities or renovated existing buildings should use at least 30% less energy than the current International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).

    • Leveraging long-term cost-avoided energy and operational savings can provide public agencies millions of dollars of financial resources with which to implement a myriad of Energy Conservation Measures (ECMs) and Facility Improvement Measures (FIMs). This can go a long way in cost-justifying desired upgrades as well as reducing deferred maintenance issues.

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    TRUE LIFE-CYCLE PERFORMANCE: INFORMATION NOT DATA

    High PerformanceAny institution or agency that is serious about implementing high-efficiency and high-performance facilities must employ a design and delivery process that incorporates a true life-cycle performance analysis as part of the design and decision-making process. Better designs, equipment and systems may, at times, have slightly higher first costs, but will return substantial savings at a rate many times the original investment. NASCO and our partners can help our clients evaluate the direct and indirect financial, operational and environmental impacts made by specific engineering, design and equipment decisions.

    A life cycle considerations provide a comprehensive understanding of potential options and their impact (positive and negative) over the long-term ownership of the facility. This review can include all building systems and operating costs, including energy, operations/maintenance, staffing, repairs and replacements. We can assist in developing benchmarks, and performance targets that allow our clients to better understand the impact of costs for large-scale systems and individual components.

    High PerformanceThe goal of focusing on life-cycle performance is to quantify the real cost of operating and owning the facility over time in order to provide real information with which to make fully informed design and construction decisions, with the goal being to save significant money over time – as well as deliver better comfort and performance.


    Useful Information vs. Data: A Better Way to Make Decisions
    In a world inundated by data, we focus on providing useful information. By focusing on performance and estimating those factors that affect long-term financial and operational efficiencies, NASCO can offer our clients and design partners a innovative approach to design and construction.

    Good information results in effective decisions, that lead to better facilities, that cost significantly less to own, operate and maintain. At the same time they provide safer, healthier and more productive environments. True life-cycle performance should consider a number of factors and inputs in order to optimize sustainability, performance and cost-control.

    The following is a summary of just some of the considerations that can be part of life-cycle performance analysis and decision-making:

    • Utility and Energy Costs
    • Annual Preventive Maintenance Costs
    • Major Repair & Replacement Costs
    • First Costs (capital and finance)
    • Capital Renewal Costs
    • Facility renovations or upgrades
    • Risk Management
    • Performance Benchmarks
    • Sustainability and Carbon Footprint Benchmarks
    • Desire to achieve net-zero energy use

 

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