The High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) has issued a report that focuses on federal buildings as principal targets to incorporate characteristics of high-performance buildings. The report, "Producing High-Performance Federal Buildings," was delivered to members of Congress as a guide for upcoming legislation.

Components of this report include requirements for:

  • True life-cycle analysis and decision-making for the acquisition of federal buildings
  • Total building commissioning for the federal building stock
  • Integrated project delivery, including whole building design, procurement, and construction, for federal buildings
  • Building information modeling (BIM) and support building data interoperability for federal buildings
  • Comprehensive education and training and higher levels of competence in the federal building design, property management, operations and maintenance, and procurement communities
  • Collection, storage, dissemination, and utilization for federal building performance data
Congress is looking to HPBCCC for recommendations of energy-reduction measures in federal structures, according to Evan R. Gaddis, president and CEO of Rosslyn, Va.-based NEMA, a leader in shaping federal policies pertaining to high-performance buildings and also a founding member of the HPBCCC. “I am pleased that Congress feels confident in the HPBCCC’s abilities and contributions, so much so that it is willing to reach out and ask for input on such important policies as high-performance federal buildings,” Gaddis says. “NEMA joins other members of the HPBCCC in providing a wealth of expertise, proficiency, and knowledge.” A copy of the report can be downloaded from the NEMA Web site.