Congressional Coalition files report on high-performance federal buildings

A Congressional Coalition issued recommendations regarding the development of high-performance federal buildings.

By Source: ASHRAE May 8, 2009

The leadership of the High-Performance Building

Congressional Caucus Coalition issued recommendations that will allow the

widespread development of high-performance federal buildings. The report, “Product

High-Performance Federal Buildings” , was developed at the request of Rep. Russ

Carnahan, D-Mo. Carnahan is a the co-chair of the High-Performance Building

Congressional Caucus; a committee tasked to heighten awareness and inform

policymakers about major impact buildings have on health, safety, and welfare.

“These recommendations, if implemented through upcoming

energy legislation, will provide an effective transition to reduced energy

consumption, enhanced sustainability, improved building operation and

maintenance, and more efficient use of national resources in the federal

building stock,” said Doug Read, program director of government affairs for the ASHRAE , and chair of the Coalition.

The report’s recommendations include:

  • Requiretrue life-cycle analysis and decision-making for the acquisition of

    federal buildings

  • Requiretotal building commissioning for the federal building stock
  • Requireintegrated project delivery, including whole building design, procurement

    and construction for federal buildings

  • Requirebuilding information modeling and support building data interoperability

    for federal buildings

  • Requirecomprehensive education and training and higher levels of competence in

    the federal building design, property management, operations and

    maintenance, and procurement communities

  • Requirethe collection, storage, dissemination and utilization for federal

    building performance data