In January, 2017, the National Institute of Building Sciences' Board of Directors voted to successfully sunset the High Performance Building Council, thereby, passing the mantel of the Council's work to the building industry.
The Institute founded the HPBC in 2007 in response to a request from the U.S. Secretary of Energy to assess the existing voluntary standards and rating systems that defined high-performance buildings at the time. Using the integrated approach of the WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®, which describes high-performance buildings in terms of eight attributes (cost-effectiveness, safety and security, sustainability, accessibility, functionality, productivity, historic preservation and aesthetics), the Council conducted industry-wide research and analysis. The HPBC delivered the resulting report, Assessment to the U.S. Congress and the U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings, to the Department of Energy (DOE) in 2008.
In the years since, the HPBC worked on the Owners Performance Requirements Tool (OPR) and related report for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science & Technology Directorate (S&T); the report, A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, for DOE; and the National Performance Based Design Guide based on research and development supported by DHS S&T and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Public Buildings Service.
The overall mission of the HPBC has permeated into virtually all of the Institute’s other councils and committees; high performance is a primary theme of the Institute’s conferences; and the Institute’s Consultative Council prioritizes high-performance buildings in its recommendations to the president of the United States and Congress. Most significantly, other organizations, including the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, have implemented key activities in support of HPBC goals and are taking steps to move the effort forward across the industry.
The Institute thanks the HPBC Executive Committee and the HPBC membership for their role in achieving these significant accomplishments. As an industry leader and advocate, the Institute will continue to support the industry in developing solutions for high-performance buildings.
Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-058)
Section 914. Building Standards.
- Definition of High Performance Building – In this section, the term "high performance building" means a building that integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.
- Assessment – Not later than 120 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall enter into an agreement with the National institute of Building Sciences to -
- conduct an assessment (in cooperation with industry, standards development organizations, and other entities, as appropriate) of whether the current voluntary consensus standards and rating systems for high performance buildings are consistent with the current technological state of the art, including relevant results from the research, development and demonstration activities of the Department;
- determine if additional research is required, based on the findings of the assessment; and
- recommend steps for the Secretary to accelerate the development of voluntary consensus-based standards for high performance buildings that are based on the findings of the assessment.
- Grant and Technical Assistance Program – Consistent with subsection (b) and section 12 (d) of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (15 U.S.C. 272 note), the Secretary shall establish a grant and technical assistance program to support the development of voluntary consensus-based standards for high performance buildings.
Energy Policy Act of 2005
SEC. 914. Building Standards.
(a) Definition of High Performance Building – In this section, the term "high performance building" means a building that integrates and optimizes all major high-performance building attributes, including energy efficiency, durability, life-cycle performance, and occupant productivity.
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007
TITLE IV - Energy Savings in Buildings and Industry
SEC. 401. Definitions.
(12) HIGH-PERFORMANCE BUILDING- The term 'high-performance building' means a building that integrates and optimizes on a life cycle basis all major high performance attributes, including energy conservation, environment, safety, security, durability, accessibility, cost-benefit, productivity, sustainability, functionality, and operational considerations.
Should you have any additional questions about the High Performance Building Council, please contact the Institute staff liaison to the HPBC:
Roger J. Grant, CSI, CDT
Program Director, HBPC Liaison
National Institute of Building Sciences
1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-1092 Fax