The Consultative Council identified six building industry topics for initial examination in 2010, which topical committees will address. A leading organization within the building community will facilitate each topical committee. Committee membership is open to anyone interested in contributing to the discussion. The topical committees will follow an open consensus-based process to do their work as identified in the Consultative Council Consensus Procedures.
- Defining High-Performance/Common Metrics - Before owners and design teams can produce high-performance buildings, there must be agreement on what attributes are included in such performance and how they are to be measured. Fundamental to the development of high-performance building is agreement on a common definition that structures can be measured against. This topical committee will examine the steps necessary to define high-performance and make recommendations on how such a definition and its supporting metrics can be developed. Facilitated by the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
- Energy and Water Efficiency - Energy and water use within buildings have been identified as areas where concerted efforts could result in greater efficiency and less waste. This topical committee will identify the needs to achieve efficient energy and water use and offer recommendations to achieve these efficiencies. Facilitated by International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).
- Education and Training - As buildings get increasingly complex and are subject to numerous goals and requirements, a skilled workforce representing all aspects of the building industry from laborers to professionals will be required. This topical committee will discuss how to attract the best and brightest to building careers and how to assure current employees have the requisite skill sets. Facilitated by United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry (UA).
- Codes and Standards Adoption and Enforcement - While policymakers look to codes and standards as a vehicle for improving the performance of new buildings, such codes and standards will only provide results if they are adopted and enforced at the state and local level. This topical committee will examine barriers to adoption and enforcement of existing codes and standards, and make recommendations on how such codes and standards can be effectively utilized. Facilitated by National Institute of Standards and Technology.
- Sustainability - Considerable attention has been given to the need for buildings and related infrastructure to be sustainable over their life-cycle. In achieving sustainability, everything from individual building materials to completed structures must be examined and understood. This topical committee will explore the needs to achieve sustainable buildings and recommendations on how to integrate their findings into the building professions’ standard practices. Facilitated by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
- Existing Buildings - Over 70 percent of the buildings present in 2030 already exist today. However, considerable focus has been on the opportunities to improve the performance of new buildings. Existing buildings require unique solutions, but will be critical to achieving the goals set by the building sector. This topical committee will identify the unique challenges and offer recommendations for addressing these challenges. Facilitated by Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).
To participate in a topical committee, please contact Ryan Colker, Director of the Consultative Council at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 289-7800 , ext. 133.