NEMA established the High-Performance Buildings Council (HPBC) 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 percent of all electricity and 40 percent 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 to 70 percent or more. 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 a year.
The Council’s objective is to increase demand for high-performance buildings through:
- Government Relations: Developing and advocating for federal, state, and local policies that promote high-performance buildings
- Market Transparency: Encouraging performance transparency through building labels, ratings, and benchmarking and disclosure
- Financing Solutions: Developing and promoting financing solutions for building owners to assist with the up-front 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
Staff Contact: Marc Neufcourt