High Performance Building Week Begins!

High Performance Building Week:

Challenges and Solutions for Improving Resiliency, Workforce Development, Energy and Water Efficiency

June 13 – 17, 2016

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA – High performance buildings play a central role in solving some of the nation’s most pressing challenges. Members of the High Performance Building Coalition work with Members of Congress during High Performance Building Week to expand awareness of the importance of high performance buildings.

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“As the Co-chair of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus, I’m pleased to once again take part in High Performance Building Week," said US Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large). "As in years past, this week is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the major impact buildings have on public health, safety, and the environment and to discuss the challenges and opportunities we face in improving building performance. I thank my Caucus Co-Chair, Rep. McKinley, for his work on these issues and look forward to learning more over the course of the week.”

Rep. David McKinley (R-WV-1) said: “As one of only three licensed engineers in Congress, I understand the importance of advancing innovative building technologies and energy efficiency to help produce an ‘internet of things,’ smart buildings, and power grids. High Performance Building Week is a unique opportunity to bring building professionals together to address these challenges, share ideas, and offer solutions.”

“With the tremendous work of the High-Performance Buidling Coaltion (HPBC), this year’s High Performance Building Week will be the best yet,” Dain Hansen, Chair of the Coalition and Sr. Vice President of Government Affairs at the IAPMO Group said. “The events highlighted this week will provide a great opportunity to learn of the many initiatives being supported by the industry. The Coalition has already achieved great success on many of our policy priorities, and we look forward to our continued work with the High-Performance Building Caucus, led by the co-chairs Reps. David McKinley (R-WV-1) and Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large) to help each facet of the building industry through sound policy.”

Monday, June 13, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | 122 Cannon House Office Building

Congressional Luncheon Briefing—Federal Engagement in Efficiency Standards

Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) published a strategic roadmap detailing the standards and conformity assessment programs needed to enable a more energy- and water-efficient built environment. Developed by over 160 public- and private-sector experts from more than 50 member organizations and 4 federal agencies, the roadmap established a national framework to which US industry, government, standards developing organizations, and others can look to enable greater energy and water efficiency capabilities for the nation’s buildings.


Tuesday, June 14, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | B369 Rayburn House Office Building

Congressional Luncheon Briefing— OMB A-119 – The US Government’s Standards Policy – A Prime Example of Congress and the Executive Branch Working Together

Since 1982, the Federal government has followed an OMB policy of encouraging Federal agencies to use voluntary consensus standards developed in the private sector, in place of government unique standards and specifications. In 1996, Congress enacted legislation to make sure the policy continued and the benefits would not be lost with changes in the Executive branch. These two complimentary actions, and the updates to the original OMB A-119 circular, have created a system of governmental use of standards developed in the private sector that saves taxpayers money, improves program results and regulatory compliance, and supports international trade and competitiveness. Our panel will describe the current system, and the benefits it delivers for taxpayers, the US economy and Federal programs.


Tuesday, June 14, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. | United States Capitol Visitor Center (HVC-200)

Congressional Reception

Welcoming remarks by High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Co-Chairs Representatives David McKinley (R-WV-1) and Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large) (invited)

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(Please RSVP by 3:00 p.m. on Monday, June 13th)


Wednesday, June 15, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | 2103 Rayburn House Office Building

Congressional Luncheon Briefing— Meeting State and Local Demand for High Performance Green Residential and Commercial Buildings

Around the country States and cities are calling for high performance green residential and commercial buildings. But what exactly are high performance buildings, why is there a demand, what tools are available to meet this demand, what challenges exist, and how can Congress help? Join us for a fast-paced series of presentations from experts on cutting-edge trends in the building industry.


Thursday, June 16, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | 2253 Rayburn House Office Building

Congressional Luncheon Briefing— Achieving a High-Performance Built Environment: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council

The US building industry is a dynamic and evolving industry and the challenges it faces have significant implications for the nation’s economy and citizens. Each year, the National Institute of Building Sciences, through its Consultative Council, brings together key stakeholders from across the industry to examine the challenges and opportunities before both the industry and the nation. This briefing will provide insight from the Council’s 2015 report and focus on assuring a strong building industry workforce, advancing community resilience and assuring policies and regulations support the cost effective achievement of a high-performance built environment. 

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 The High Performance Building Coalition is a coalition of approximately 200 organizations that provides guidance and support to the High Performance Building Caucus of the US Congress. The Coalition supports legislation and policies that protect life and property, promote innovative building technologies, enhance US economic competitiveness, increase energy and water efficiency in the built-environment, advance sustainable and resilient communities, and support the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns. More information can be found at www.hpbccc.org.


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