Consultative Council Releases Recommendations to Advance the Building Industry
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Report Featured at High Performance Buildings Caucus Event
High Performance Buildings Caucus, recognizing the unique nature of the
publication, hosted a briefing today to announce release of the
National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council 2012
Report, "Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the
Consultative Council,” and discuss its contents.
Council, a representative council of the nation’s building community,
prepares the report annually, as required by the Institute’s enabling
legislation. This year’s report is a pathway toward high-performance
buildings. It offers specific recommendations, implementable in the near
term, which can serve as the basis for a national buildings policy.
David McKinley (W.Va.) and Peter Welch (Vt.), co-chairs of the High
Performance Buildings Caucus, hosted the briefing on Capitol Hill May
13, 2013, as the kickoff event for High Performance Building Week.
King, immediate past chair and National Insulation Association
representative for the Consultative Council, moderated the event, which
included presentations by Pete DeMarco, chair of the Council’s Energy
and Water Efficiency Topical Committee and the International Association
of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials’ Council representative; Richard
Wright, chair of the Council’s Sustainability Topical Committee and a
representative of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Sara Yerkes,
Consultative Council vice chair and the International Code Council’s
representative; and Ryan Colker, director of the Consultative Council.
Findings & Recommendations
Key findings and recommendations from the report are as follows:
building industry and policymakers should identify baseline metrics to
measure the achievement of high performance and coordinate existing
efforts in this area.
- The building community must engage with
climate and weather scientists to help identify the information required
to adapt buildings to climate change, and to develop the practices,
standards, codes and guidelines needed to implement that adaptation into
the built environment.
- All stakeholders should work to identify
areas for streamlining the regulatory process and finding and applying
solutions that eliminate overlap, duplication, inconsistencies and
inefficiencies in the application of regulations, processes and
procedures applied to the built environment.
- The building
industry and regulatory community should identify ways to improve the
current process of code compliance, as well as look for alternative
processes—particularly as state and local governments are faced with
- Building owners must recognize the value of
retro-commissioning and the importance of well-qualified
- Policymakers should support the
building industry in quantifying the impact of retroactive application
of requirements on the existing building stock.
foundations and research institutions should provide financial,
political and technical support for multi-disciplinary research that
supports achievement of high-performance buildings.
policymakers, code developers and the industry at large should focus on
developing an approach to time-dependent valuation of energy, conducting
research to support guidance on proper pipe sizing to save resources
and protect human health, and determining how thermal insulation on
potable and other hot water delivery systems impacts both energy and
The Institute’s 2012 Annual Report, which is
submitted to the President of the United States, contains a summary of
the Consultative Council Report.
View the briefing agenda.
Download the Consultative Council Report.
Learn more about the Consultative Council.