High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress

2015 High Performance Building Week (June 8-12)
Final Agenda

High Performance Building Week is an annual celebration of high performing buildings organized by the coalition of building industry stakeholders that support the HPB Congressional Caucus.

The High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress was formed to heighten awareness and inform policymakers about the major impact buildings have on our health, safety and welfare and the opportunities to design, construct and operate high-performance buildings that reflect our concern for these impacts. Fundamental to these concerns include protecting life and property, developing novel building technologies, facilitating and enhancing U.S. economic competitiveness, increasing energy efficiency in the built-environment, assuring buildings have minimal climate change impacts and are able to respond to changes in the environment, and supporting the development of private sector standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) is a private sector coalition providing guidance and support to the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress.

The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition will work with the Congressional Caucus to promote and showcase best practices in building design and focus on issues reflecting all aspects of high-performance buildings including:

  • Accessibility
  • Aesthetics
  • Cost-Effectiveness
  • Functionality
  • Historic Preservation
  • Productivity
  • Safety and Security
  • Sustainability

  • Why Focus on High-Performance Buildings?

    From the materials produced to construct buildings and the energy used to operate them, buildings consume vast amounts of resources and are responsible for nearly half of all greenhouse gas emissions. High-performance buildings, which address human, environmental, economic and total societal impact, are the result of the application of the highest level design, construction, operation and maintenance principles—a paradigm change for the built environment.
    • Our homes, offices, schools, and other buildings consume 40% of the primary energy and 70% of the electricity in the U.S. annually.
    • Buildings consume about 12% of the potable water in this country.
    • The construction of buildings and their related infrastructure consume approximately 60% of all raw materials used in the U.S. economy.
    • Buildings account for 39% of U.S. CO2 emissions a year. This approximately equals the combined carbon emissions of Japan, France, and the United Kingdom.
    • Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors.
    • Poor indoor environmental quality is detrimental to the health of all Americans, especially our children and elderly.
    • Residential and commercial building design and construction should effectively guard against natural and human caused events and disasters (fire, water, wind, noise, crime and terrorism).
    • The U.S. should continue to improve the features of new buildings, and adapt and maintain existing buildings, to changing balances in our needs and responsibilities for health, safety, energy efficiency and usability by all segments of society.