Case Study

FutureU: Leaving a thoughtful legacy of smart building energy choices

What makes for a building with “good bones”? Usually you can sense it when you walk through the door. Something about the space—the air, the floors, the character—just feels correct.

Not every building has good bones. And unfortunately, in too many cases, 50 years of maintaining by emergency have only served to accentuate the deficiencies.

This white paper discusses why we, as individuals and as groups within complex institutional systems, have a propensity to focus on short-term gains at the expense of long-term, energy-efficient solutions. It also suggests ways schools can advance past common stumbling blocks in terms of financing, designing for building efficiency upgrades, and taking advantage of bigger-picture opportunities.