NEMA’s High-Performance Buildings Council (HPBC) was established to promote the adoption of high-performance technologies and systems that increase the energy efficiency, safety, resilience, sustainability, productivity, and security of federal, commercial, and multi-family residential buildings.
Buildings consume 70% of all electricity and 40% of primary energy in the United States, and much of that is wasted. Existing technologies such as lighting, energy-efficient motors, variable-speed drives, and integrated building controls and automation systems can reduce building energy consumption by 50-70% or more, and the use of onsite generation resources, such as solar photovoltaic panels, can bring a building’s net energy use to zero. Some buildings even produce more energy than they consume over the course of a year.
The HPBC’s objective is to increase demand for high-performance buildings through:
Government Relations: Developing
and advocating for federal, state, and local policies that promote
Market Transparency: Encouraging
performance transparency through building labels, ratings, and benchmarking and
Financing Solutions: Developing
and promoting financing solutions for building owners to assist with the
upfront cost of investing in high-performance buildings
Codes and Standards: Laying
the groundwork for high-performance buildings through the development,
adoption, and enforcement of codes and standards
Education and Marketing: Marketing high-performance building products and solutions to building owners and managers to educate them on how these solutions can increase the performance, safety, security, and sustainability of their buildings