What is a high
A high performance building is energy
efficient, has low short-term and long-term life-cycle
costs, is healthy for its occupants, and has a relatively
low impact on the environment. High performance buildings
use key resources such as energy, water, materials and land
much more efficiently than buildings simply built to code or
through a standard design process. If you are planning on
applying for a BEST grant and asking for more than 25% of
the total funding for your project to come from the State,
you may be required to comply with the High Performance
Certification Program (HPCP).
HPCP means a building
renovation, design, and construction standard that:
measurable, add verifiable by an independent
third party (USGBC and eventually CHPS);
Reducing the operating
cost of state-assisted facilities by reducing
the consumption of energy, water, and other
Results in the recovery of
the increased initial capital costs over time by
reducing long-term energy, maintenance, and
Improves the indoor
Encourages the use of
products harvested, created or mined in CO;
Protects COís environment;
Complies with standards
for treatment of historic properties.
State-assisted facility means a
facility constructed or a major facility constructed or
renovated in whole, or in part, with state funds:
designed, or constructed with at least 25%
Includes a HVAC system;
Hasnít entered into the
design phase prior to 01-01-2008;
The Office of the State Architect
adopts and updates the HPSCP.
CDE is to achieve the highest
performance certification possible:
A certification is defined
as obtainable if the increased initial cost of
the project, including the value of money, can
be recouped for decreased operational costs
within 15 years;
If the increased initial
cost canít be recouped within 15 years, an
accredited professional shall assert in writing
that as much as possible the substantial
renovation has been consistent with the HPSCP.
If the applicant estimates that the increased cost
will exceed 5% of the total cost of the project the
Division staff will examine the estimate upon receiving
a grant application.
If the project is less than
5,000 sf is subject to HPSCP but certification may
not be required.
you design a high performing school?
The design process starts with
cooperation among building owners, facility managers, users,
designers and construction professionals through a
collaborative team approach. Each design decision regarding
site orientation, window location and treatments, lighting,
heating, air conditioning, ventilation, insulation, material
selection, and controls must be integrated throughout the
design, construction and operation in order to create a high
The project considers the true cost of
a building through the life cycle assessment of each
individual building component.
The project is developed to
minimize demolition and construction wastes and the use of
products that minimize waste in their production or
The building can be easily reconfigured and reused
as the use of the building changes.
The process will educate
building occupants and users to the philosophies, strategies
and controls included in the design, construction and
maintenance of the project.
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