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Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Building

Cover of Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. DOE on High Performance Buildings

The National Institute of Building Sciences was one of seventeen association sponsors of the briefing to the new High Performance Building Congressional Caucus on June 18, 2008 at the Rayburn House Office Building to present the recently released report on the Assessment to the U.S. Congress and U.S. Department of Energy on High Performance Buildings. Bill Coad, NIBS Board of Directors member and past President of ASHRAE presented the report and Get Moy, High Performance Building Council Chair provided an overview of the newest NIBS Council.

Download the Report PDF

High Performance Based Design for Building Envelopes

The National Institute of Building Sciences is performing groundbreaking work for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Infrastructure Protection and Disaster Management Division (IDD). The project, entitled High Performance Based Design for the Building Envelope (HPBDE), establishes metrics, baseline and benchmark performance levels, as well as outcomes for those performance levels, for the critical attributes that define high-performing building envelopes. In addition, the Institute is developing an online Owners Performance Requirements (OPR) Tool to support decision-making by building owners to make the HPBDE data interactive.

The purpose of the project, which is part of the DHS IDD Resilience Program, is to provide building owners with a means to incorporate high-performance goals for explosive blast and chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) protection into their building programs, along with goals for safety, energy, environment, durability and cost effectiveness as defined in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA).

July 20, 2011 Workshop

On July 20, 2011, the Institute's High Performance Building Council (HPBC) convened a workshop in Washington, D.C., in order to get industry input and kick-off a review period for the draft project report. Held at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Headquarters, the workshop brought together more than 60 public and private sector industry experts.

The following documents and presentations are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs PDF.

Workshop Agenda

Workshop Presentations:

Industry Review

Phase I of the HPBDE project has been completed. Members of the HPBC and others interested in high-performance building envelope systems are being called on to review the work and provide comments that will be incorporated into the next version of the OPR Tool, which is currently available to the public for review and use. The HPBDE Project Report and a link to the BETA Version of the OPR Tool are available at www.oprtool.org.

High Performance Attributes Metrics Standards Matrix

Based on its work on the HPBDE project and past efforts of the Institute aimed at defining performance above baseline and the standards that define that performance, the HPBC has released a Matrix of based on the performance attributes defined in the EISA 2007. The matrix includes metrics and the standards they are based on for defining attribute performance. The matrix attached here is available for review and comment from HPBC members and industry.

National Performance Based Design Guide for Buildings

Based on work on the HPBDE project, the General Services Administration P100 Design Standard and past efforts of the Institute, the HPBC is preparing a National Performance Based Design Guide (NPBDG) that will identify performance above baseline for major building systems and subsystems along with how that performance can be measured and verified. The NPBDG is currently available for limited review by HPBC members. More information about the NPBDG is available in the report below.

National Performance Based Design Guide for Buildings PDF

To request review materials, contact HPBC staff liaison, Roger Grant.

For more information any of these resources, contact Roger Grant, Program Director at the Institute and HPBC Staff Liaison, with any questions.

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