High Construction Strengthens Design-build Process, Goes Beyond LEED with its Energy Reduction and Building Performance Offerings

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With the addition of its Energy Solutions Group, High Construction Company has evolved its offerings to provide the needed resources and a full array of options to reduce energy use and operating costs of new buildings.

With the addition of its Energy Solutions Group, High Construction Company has evolved its offerings to provide the needed resources and a full array of options to reduce energy use and operating costs of new buildings. High Construction is the only design/build general contractor in Central Pennsylvania offering dedicated energy solutions professionals and comprehensive design and construction services.

The Energy Solutions Group provides lifecycle design input that can reduce the operating costs of new buildings by at least 30 percent over traditionally constructed buildings. The analysis and input process may include the steps needed for LEED certification, but it can also adjust the focus away from the scorecard concept and onto the building’s actual energy performance without the application process and significant administrative expense of LEED certification.

“What may gain points on a LEED score may not be the right solution for a particular building, and it takes operational and field experience to know the difference,” explains Michael Mumper, Energy Solutions Group director. “The forecasted results of our solutions are based on operational parameters that can be explained to an owner or building operator. This is vitally important in that once those parameters are established and understood, they become the key pieces of information to monitor and verify, so that the expected energy performance will, in fact, be realized,” Mumper says.

Energy Solutions applies performance models to develop design predictions, and that analysis is used to help building owners establish financial performance criteria over the life of their buildings. When assessing the total cost of owning a building, from design until the end of life of that building, 75 percent of costs occur after construction in the form of utility expenditures and equipment replacement. In real numbers, if a building costs $6 million to build, it will cost approximately $18 million to maintain over its life.

The Energy Solutions Group provides the input to the building design process that allows owners and decision makers to be informed of not only the general opportunity for savings, but also the precise quantification of those savings over time.

With that information, it is possible to build financial models that can contrast the initial cost of design and construction to the operating cost over future years. This approach has provided building owners the ability to save money starting the day their buildings are completed.

This new offering also helps building owners understand the vast amount of new technology that is being offered in building equipment and systems today. The Energy Solutions Group possesses the operational experience and engineering expertise to cut through vast amounts of vendor marketing data to match the right technology with the proper building application.

The Energy Solutions Group also provides retrofitting analysis and services for existing buildings.

About High Construction Company
High Construction Company provides design-build, general contracting, and construction management services, as well as energy solutions, throughout the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. High Construction specializes in the commercial, manufacturing, processing, distribution, education, hospitality, retail, health care, and multi-family residential markets. Recognized as the 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 General Contractor of the Year by the American Subcontractor's Association of Central Pennsylvania, the family-owned business is headquartered in Lancaster, Pa. High Construction is an affiliate of High Real Estate Group LLC. For more information about High Construction, call (717) 291-2276 or visit http://www.HighConstruction.com.

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