Congressional Coalition files report on high-performance federal buildings
A Congressional Coalition issued recommendations regarding the development of high-performance federal buildings.
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:
true life-cycle analysis and decision-making for the acquisition of
total building commissioning for the federal building stock
integrated project delivery, including whole building design, procurement
and construction for federal buildings
building information modeling and support building data interoperability
for federal buildings
comprehensive education and training and higher levels of competence in
the federal building design, property management, operations and
maintenance, and procurement communities
the collection, storage, dissemination and utilization for federal
building performance data
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