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The Evolution of High Performance Buildings

Legrand Research Takes an In-depth Look into the Changing Landscape of High-Performance Buildings and the New Expectations They Face

WEST HARTFORD, Conn., August 6, 2013 – Legrand, a global leader in infrastructure solutions, released a whitepaper entitled, “The Drive for High Performance Buildings” focused on the new driving forces behind high performance buildings that are creating even higher expectations in the built environment. The whitepaper is the first in a three-part series to explore the evolution and impacts of high performance buildings on owners, architects and leaders in the building community. 

According to Legrand North America President and CEO, John Selldorff, High Performance Buildings are driven by several factors beyond energy efficiency including security, information technology, environmental and regulatory forces, and changes in building design and management. 

“In addition to reducing current operating and maintenance costs, committing to high performance buildings enhances our work and lifestyle everyday,” said Susan Rochford, Legrand’s vice president Energy Efficiency, Sustainability & Public Policy. “Because of these new driving factors, high performance buildings are increasingly able to accommodate changes in the use and function of a space and anticipate the infrastructure needs of tomorrow.” 

The whitepaper explores the key drivers creating a “paradigm shift” in expectations in the built environment and how those drivers impact the building sector, from corporate offices to hospitals, retail and universities. Also included is a review of codes and standards and details regarding five key attributes of high performance building performance:  sustainability, cost-effectiveness, safety and security, productivity and functionality. 

Key Highlights include:

  • Impact on Infrastructure: Beyond providing shelter and safety, buildings are a major contributor to the U.S. economy, driving demand for services and generating jobs. 

  • Key Drivers for Change: Accounting for the majority of our nation’s electricity use, corporate, government and private sector leaders are finding ways to reduce building impact and increase productivity.

  • Building Information Modeling (BIM) Tools: Gaining wider adoption, this tool allows easy analysis of competing performance attributes, and collaboration and coordination between building construction disciplines.

To improve the performance of its own buildings, Legrand has adopted an approach that begins with collaboration across the people, process and technology on every project. That is why the company has developed strategies to improve energy efficiencies for significant bottom line savings, employee engagement and industry wide outreach efforts. Legrand continually develops ways to proactively address its own high performance building challenges and then shares those tools and resources to help other companies on their sustainability journey. In addition to the new whitepaper, all energy saving resources, including Organizing for Results, Power Down Day Toolkit, Legrand’s Corporate Energy Policy, Energy Management Handbook and Energy Project Evaluation Tool, are available at no cost at

To read “The Drive for High Performance Buildings” in its entirety, click here or visit to learn more.

About Legrand 
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 $5.8 billion in 2011. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, Middle Atlantic, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold. The company is listed as LR.PA (PARIS: LR) on NYSE Euronext and is a component stock of indexes including the CAC40, FTSE4Good, MSCI World, ASPI and DJSI (ISIN code FR0010307819).  


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About the Better Buildings Challenge The Better Buildings Challenge is a voluntary leadership initiative that asks chief executive officers, university presidents, and state and local leaders to make a public commitment to energy efficiency. Through the Better Buildings Challenge, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is highlighting leaders that have committed to upgrading buildings and plants across their portfolio, and providing their energy savings data and strategies as models for others to follow. The goal of the Better Buildings Challenge is to make American commercial and industrial buildings at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020.