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June 19, 2008 - Formed to advance mission of developing environmentally friendly, high performance buildings through use and development of voluntary consensus standards, HPBC released report to Congress offering assessment of current voluntary consensus standards and rating systems for high performance buildings, how they can be used, and what other standards are needed. ANSI is one of 100 private sector and governmental organizations who have come together to advance this work effort.

High Performance Building Council Set to Unveil Final Report to U.S. Congress


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American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
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New York, NY, 10036
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Press release date: June 11, 2008

The High Performance Building Council (HPBC), a multi-stakeholder group formed to advance the mission of developing environmentally-friendly, high performance buildings through the effective use and development of voluntary consensus standards, will unveil its final High Performance Building report to the U.S. Congress and the Department of Energy during a luncheon briefing scheduled for June 18, 2008.

The HPBC's report to Congress will offer an assessment of current voluntary consensus standards and rating systems for high performance buildings, how they can be used, and what other standards are needed. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is one of approximately 100 private sector and governmental organizations who have come together to advance this work effort.

Launched under the auspices of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS), the HPBC was formed in 2007 to address the needs outlined in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Section 914 of the Act addresses the development of high performance buildings that combine the objectives of reducing resource energy consumption while improving the environmental impact, functionality, human comfort, and productivity of the building. [see related article]

The upcoming briefing will be held on June 18, 2008, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the U.S. House of Representatives, 2325 Rayburn House Office Building. Attendance is free of charge; however registration is required by Friday, June 13. Gordon Holness, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) society officer and treasurer, will moderate the event.

To learn more about the High Performance Building Council and to register for the luncheon briefing, please click here.

HPBC Participants
In addition to the Institute's participation in the HPBC work effort, many members of the ANSI Federation have joined in the Council's activities, including:
Acoustical Society of America (ASA)
Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA)
Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
American Forest and Paper Association (AFPA)
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)
American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC)
American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI)
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)
American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
American Welding Society (AWS)
ASTM International
Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA)
EIFS Industry Members Association (EIMA)
Green Building Initiative (GBI)
Greenguard Environmental Institute (GEI)
IEEE
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA)
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
International Code Council (ICC)
International Window Cleaning Association (IWCA)
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)
NSF International
Portland Cement Association (PCA)
Sheet Metal and Air-Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA)
Steel Door Institute (SDI)
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
U.S. Department of Energy (DoE)
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Water Quality Association (WQA)
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