The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council (SBIC) focuses on achieving high-performance buildings through the efficient use of energy and resources. SBIC works to unite and inspire the building industry toward higher performance—through education, outreach, advocacy and the mutual exchange of ideas—and to dramatically improve the long-term performance and value of buildings by advancing a whole building approach to design, construction and operation.
In addition to promoting sustainable design and construction strategies, the Council maintains an overarching philosophy that sustainability, while an essential element of a building's performance, cannot stand alone. Communities and individual building owners and building occupants place numerous expectations on buildings, from disaster resistance to the increased need for accessibility and security in the face of a changing population and global environment. An inclusive, integrated perspective, called Beyond Green™, is required. Understanding and applying a whole building approach, from design through occupancy, not only makes sense, it results in high-performance buildings that address the numerous expectations placed on buildings.
Through publications such as Beyond Green™: Guidelines for High-Performance Homes;
the High-Performance School Buildings Resource and Strategy Guide
and the Beyond Green™ High-Performance Building and Community Awards
, SBIC highlights the concepts of high performance and whole building design established by the U.S. Congress and described within WBDG Whole Building Design Guide®
(the largest online resource of buildings-related information in the world).
The Council focuses on supporting research and development; the dissemination of information, education and training; information exchange; publishing guidance; and conducting forums and workshops to fulfill its mission. This is accomplished through the development or recommendation of standards, guidelines and conformity assessment programs; stimulating innovation in government and within the sectors of the economy; and promoting increased understanding and communications among architects, engineers, contractors and owners; insurance, banking, investment and appraisal companies; voluntary standards organizations; government agencies; and other sectors of the economy.
For further details on the Council, please contact:
Director, Consultative Council/Presidential Advisor
National Institute of Building Sciences
1090 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 289-1092 Fax