“This is an important week in that not only is it High Performance Building Week, it’s been informally coined Infrastructure Week, as the administration is kicking off a push improve the nation's infrastructure,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president & CEO, USGBC. “In the U.S. there is a need for massive infrastructure improvements in roads and bridges, as well as hospitals and schools—all of which make up the built environment.”
“Through the LEED green building program, we are not only helping to build better buildings, we’re advancing new innovations and technologies, promoting energy that is clean and efficient and powering green jobs and the green economy,” added Ramanujam.
The HPBC is a private sector coalition providing guidance and support to the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress. The Caucus is co-chaired by Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) and Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT).
“High-Performance Building Week is a time when the industry can come together with a unified voice to raise awareness of policy initiatives, organizational priorities, and cutting-edge innovations that drive the construction and building industry throughout the country,” said Dain Hansen, chair of the High-Performance Building Coalition and senior vice president with The IAPMO Group. “This year we have a full slate of briefings, receptions and a congressional lobby day to unveil the broadly supported policy and appropriation priories for the industry. Buildings play a vital role as a part of America’s infrastructure, and Congress and the White House need to hear from our community in making sound policy.”
The High-Performance Building Coalition has planned several events this week in D.C., highlights include:
- High Performance Building Coalition Day on the Hill Wednesday, June 7, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. - Coalition members are heading to Capitol Hill to meet with High Performance Building Congressional Caucus members and their staff.
- Congressional Reception Wednesday, June 7, 5-7 p.m. Location: 101 Constitution Avenue, Suite 825 East, Washington, DC 20001
- Congressional Briefing: The Critical Role Buildings Play in America’s Infrastructure Thursday, June 8, noon-1 p.m. Location: 2103 Rayburn House Office Building