Recommendations implementable in the near term that can serve as the basis of a national buildings policy were shared during a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by the High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress to kick off High Performance Building Week May 13.

The recommendations, from the National Institute of Building Sciences2012 Consultative Council Report, “Moving Forward: Findings and Recommendations from the Consultative Council,” included:

• The building industry and policymakers identifying baseline metrics for measuring performance and coordinating ongoing efforts in this area.

• The building community working with scientists to identify and implement practices, standards, codes, and guidelines needed to adapt the built environment to climate change.

• Stakeholders working to identify ways to streamline the regulatory process and eliminate overlap, duplication, inconsistency, and inefficiency in the application of regulations, processes, and procedures.

• The building industry and regulatory community identifying ways to improve the code-compliance process and looking for alternative processes.

• Building owners recognizing the value of retrocommissioning and the importance of well-qualified retrocommissioning authorities.

• Policymakers quantifying the impact of retroactive application of requirements on existing buildings.

• Policymakers, foundations, and research institutions providing financial, political, and technical support for multidisciplinary research supporting the achievement of high-performance buildings.

• Utilities, policymakers, code developers, and the industry at large developing an approach to time-dependent valuation of energy, conducting research on pipe sizing, and determining how thermal insulation on potable- and other hot-water delivery systems impacts energy and water use.