Getting a High Performance Building without Compromises


 Our best performing buildings do not go without compromises. In today’s industry there are several tradeoffs when a building transitions from design phase, to construction, to completion, and to operational. A building maybe intended to perform like a racehorse but end up performing like a donkey. There are the common compromises to meet budget contrarians, to meet deadlines, or just simple logistics. Another thing to take into account is the transfer of information from Owner to Architect to Engineer to Equipment Representative to Contractor to Commissioning Agent to End User. Because of the process many initiatives are incomplete or unable to execute. As common human interactions it is very hard to get a large group of people to ever agree on a single path. Why aren’t all teams involved in the process? Why are there handoffs and large degrees of loss during the transitions? Why are we not using known practices to guide decisions? I will discuss ideas in a way to make your building more energy-efficient, produce less carbon, and are more comfortable for the occupants.


Adam Herzer, CEM, CxA, CxA+BE, BECxP, PEM, MFBA, LEED GA, Fitwel Ambassador
Senior Project Manager
Advanced Building Performance

Mr. Adam Herzer has over 17 years of experience in the engineering field and has assisted in the design of 46 LEED buildings. His technical profile follows under energy modeling with Trane Trace and cost calculations with RS Means. His other technical expertise is as follows:

Professional Experience (Representative)

• 901 K St. N.W. Washington, DC / 374,000 SF Commercial Office Building
• 1333 H St. N.W. Washington, DC / 274,151 SF Commercial Office Building
• 5300 Western Avenue Chevy Chase, MD / 178,944 SF Commercial Office Building
• 300 Maple Ridge Dr. Cumberland, RI / 101,170 SF Manufacturing Facility
• 141 Parsippany Rd. Whippany, NJ / 270,000 SF Customer Fulfillment Center
• 143 Sparks Ave. Pelham, NY / 47,572 SF Service Center Facility

Energy Audits/Assessments

• 810 First St. N.E. Washington, DC / 191,000 SF Commercial Office Building
• 7201 Wisconsin Avenue – Bethesda, MD / 170,000 SF Commercial Office Building
• 1301 N Hagadorn Road, E. Lansing MI / 87,000 SF Commercial Office Building
• 492 Old Connecticut Path Farmingham, MA / 171,000 Commercial Office Building

Building Design - Mechanical and Controls

• American University Law School / Higher Education Building
• Gallaudet University - Sorenson Language and Communication Center / Higher Education Building
• MGM Grand Marque - National Harbor / Casino & Hotel
• Rabat Morocco Embassy / Department of State US Embassy
• Recife Brazil Embassy / Department of State US Embassy
• Rio Brazil Embassy / Department of State US Embassy
• Sao Paulo Brazil Embassy / Department of State US Embassy
• Montevideo Uruguay Embassy / Department of State US Embassy
• Brussels NATO / Headquarters Building
• Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Brock Environmental Center / Net-Zero, Zero-Water

Education Center
• FRIB - Michigan State University / Linear Accelerator
• BAE Systems - Sterling Heights Facility / Defense Contractor Facility