WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Legrand, a global leader in power, light and data solutions, has released its latest high performance building research in a whitepaper entitled, “The New Dynamic of High Performance Buildings: Advanced Electrical Design Principles in Practice.” The whitepaper identifies electrical systems as a critical component of the design and operation of HPBs, and explores the five guiding principles of electrical design in buildings striving for optimal performance.
“The high performance building movement continues to evolve and mature, and the design disciplines that affect building operations and functionality must follow suit,” said Susan Rochford, Legrand’s Vice President of Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy. “Our findings illustrate key design considerations and approaches building designers, managers and operators must consider in the design and build of projects that aim to achieve high performance designations and goals.”
According to Legrand, the following guiding principles should be considered in design processes to ensure planned electrical systems fully contribute to building performance:
- Employment of lifecycle planning: Successful system design requires deep understanding of client needs, the intended mission of the building and its spaces, and an understanding of the building’s use for its entire lifespan.
- Focusing on building occupants: Understanding how occupants use the spaces in a building can help design teams make more informed decisions earlier in the process, saving resources throughout the construction and operation phases of the building lifecycle.
- Enabling of device connectivity: HPBs must connect a wide variety of devices across the built environment to capture data reporting on the building performance.
- Embracing IT and open systems: In HPBs, electrical and IT infrastructures are rapidly converging, and the use of open-source protocols ensures that electrical systems can effectively integrate with other building systems, rather than continue to operate independently.
- Harvesting of system data: When electrical and IT infrastructures are in place, various analytical tools can monitor a range of performance indicators, informing managers about many facets of the building’s operations.
The whitepaper also illustrates the applications of these principles and the significant contributions achieved by “whole building design” in HPB projects in the healthcare, commercial and education markets.
To read “Advanced Electrical Design Principles in Practice” in its entirety, visit http://www.legrand.us/aboutus/sustainability/edp-white-paper.aspx.
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value and acquisitions are prime vectors for growth. Legrand reported sales of close to $6 billion in 2013. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, NuVo, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, WattStopper, Wiremold, and the recently acquired C2G and Quiktron product lines. The company is listed on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, Corporate Oekom Rating and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819). www.legrand.com
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