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High-Performance Building Week Kicks Off Today

05/19/2014 9:00AMSign-up to receive press releases.

High Performance Buildings (HPB) Week, which commences today and continues through May 23, is an annual celebration organized by the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition—a group of approximately 400 building industry advocates and stakeholders. The goal is to heighten awareness of and inform policymakers about the impact buildings have on health, safety, and welfare, and the opportunities to design, construct, and operate buildings that reflect concern fo r these impacts.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been a member of the coalition since its founding. Patrick Hughes, NEMA’s policy director for high-performance buildings, serves on the executive and the policy committees.

Today, NEMA High-Performance Buildings Council (HPBC) members take to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staffers about federal policies to promote energy efficiency in commercial and residential buildings.

On May 20, NEMA will host its annual HPBC meeting at its DC Metro area headquarters. Open to all NEMA members, HPBC includes representatives from 35 member companies.

Also in observance of HPB Week, NEMA will host a week-long podcast series featuring industry experts who will discuss the landscape for high-performance buildings. Below is the podcast schedule.

Patrick Hughes, NEMA Policy Director for High Performance Buildings 

(May 19)

HPB Week—Part 1: What is the purpose of High-Performance Buildings (HPB) Week?

Bryan Chun, Associate, Hickok Cole Architects (May 20)

HPB Week—Part 2: What went into building NPR’s new high-performance headquarters?

Kimi Narita, Outreach Manager of the City Energy Project at Natural Resources Defense Council (May 21)

HPB Week—Part 3: What is the City Energy Project?

Ryan Franks, NEMA Technical Program Manager (May 22)

HPB Week—Part 4: What are the benefits of energy storage in high-performance buildings?

Steve Griffith, NEMA Program Manager (May 23)

HPB Week—Part 5: What is the relationship between the Smart Grid and high-performance buildings?

Be sure to follow the conversation during High Performance Building Week on Twitter at #HPBWeek2014.


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 350 electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers that make safe, reliable, and efficient products and systems. Our combined industries account for 360,000 American jobs in more than 7,000 facilities covering every state. Our industry produces $106 billion shipments of electrical equipment and medical imaging technologies per year with $36 billion exports.

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