To the Reader:As we enter the new century, the City of New York is in a unique position to improve the overall quality andperformance of public buildings that are constructed and renovated by the Department of Design and Construction(DDC). We can do that by increasing our reliance on energy and environmentally efficient construction technologiesand practices, by taking advantage of the strides that have been made over the past few years in the field of‘green buildings.‘Key to the success of that effort is our ability to make responsible investments to improve the environment withoutconstraining economic activity. We are now in a position to do that, and, under the leadership of Mayor Rudolph W.Giuliani, are moving ahead to make New York City an environmental prototype for the 21st Century.These
outline strategies and techniques that can move us toward that goal. They set out a range of ’bestpractices‘ for planning, designing, constructing and operating healthier, more energy – and resource – efficientfacilities. Such high performance buildings can earn long term life cycle savings for New York City, and may also helpstimulate the markets for environmentally efficient technologies. By integrating high performance features into itscapital projects, DDC adds value to the City‘s capital assets while helping to protect the environment and supportlocal economic activity.
Luis M. Tormenta, P.E.
Design Trust for Public Space Preface
In 1998, the Design Trust for Public Space offered to sponsor the Department of Design and Construction’s productionof
High Performance Building Guidelines
. A private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the design andunderstanding of public space in New York City, the Trust funds and manages projects that deploy creative designresources to affect significant issues of urban policy or the public built environment. This project was selected becauseit acknowledges and strengthens the essential role of public sector design in environmental stewardship. By educatingboth public sector capital designers and planners in the “why” and “how” of sustainable design, the research andresulting guidelines will help transform DDC’s building practices. The Trust is pleased that this initiative has been ableto build upon DDC’s previous efforts in creating environmentally sound design, and believes that the adoption of
High Performance Building Guidelines
will help situate New York City at the forefront of large municipalities committed toenvironmentally responsible building.We are confident that the results of this collaborative effort will bear out the Design Trust’s belief that New York City’spublic environment is indeed well served when public and private practitioners come together to focus on design.Throughout the project, DDC and the Design Trust worked as partners, and were supported by an interagencySteering Committee, including members from the Office of Management and Budget, Mayor’s Office of Construction,the Office of Energy Conservation, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. Thiscollaboration jointly developed the framework of the study, staffed it with appropriate professional expertise, recruitedin-house and interagency contributing authors, monitored its progress, and secured foundation project fundingthrough the Trust.The Design Trust wishes to acknowledge the critical support of the New York State Energy Research and DevelopmentAuthority, who underwrote the involvement of environmental design experts Steven Winter Associates, who providedcritical technical assistance and information. We are particularly grateful to the Mayor’s Office of GrantsAdministration for their invaluable guidance with respect to foundation project support. We are deeply grateful tothe Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, the Energy Foundation, and the New York State Council on the Arts, for theirfinancial support of this project.