American High-Performance Buildings Coalition makes its debut
More than 27 associations representing a wide range of interests in the building and construction industry announced the formation of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition. The coalition's goal is "to promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data," according to a July 18 release.
“As energy efficiency and building performance become increasingly important priorities for the public and private sectors, green building standards and rating systems should be based on the best available data, gathered from a range of stakeholders with relevant expertise. This coalition brings together industry leaders with an incredible range of relevant expertise in manufacturing, material science and building performance, who will work to bring needed perspectives to this important work. The coalition will advocate for performance- and consensus-based standards for green building, which are the best way to achieve exceptional energy-efficiency,” said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics for the American Chemistry Council, in the release.
The coalition announcement comes as the U.S. General Services Administration is in the process of reviewing the use of green building standards by the federal government and the U.S. Green Building Council revises its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building rating system.