High Performance Building Week 2012

Smart Technology and Building Efficiency: Information and Communications Technology to Enable Energy Savings in the Building and Beyond

Thursday, May 17, 2012 • 9:00 - 10:30 am
U.S. House of Representatives
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Buildings account for approximately 70% of electricity consumption, 40% of energy use and 40% of all CO2 emissions in the United States.   Greater adoption of smart building design and technology could yield $40 to $50 billion in gross national savings in 2020. This briefing will address how information and communications technology (ICT) can reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions and provide an introduction to the Sustainable Technology Environments Program (STEP) rating system and guide, which encourages the use of ICT to make buildings smarter, reduce paper consumption and reduce GHG emissions associated with travel.

Moynihan Symposium on Public Design

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 • 1:00 - 5:30 pm
Washington Convention Center

Dialogue on Performance Metrics and Benchmarking

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm
1828 L Street NW, Suite 810
Washington, DC

As attention to building performance has grown, so too has the number of tools and programs for the measurement and reporting of performance attributes. Each tool and program has developed to fill a specific need, but nonetheless, there appears to be confusion as to the purpose and need for so many different schemes. This dialogue will provide an opportunity for interested members of the building community to discuss the various programs, identify opportunities for consistency where appropriate, and further differentiate the programs. Dialogue outcomes may include identification of opportunities to promote the importance of benchmarking and the valuable role of underlying datasets like the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS).

Programs to be covered include: EPA Energy Star, DOE Commercial Building Asset Rating, USGBC LEED, GBI GreenGlobes, ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient, BOMA 360, ASHRAE/GBA DASH, DOE Building Data Taxonomy, and ASTM BEPA. 

High Performance Building Congressional Reception

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 • 5:00 - 7:00 pm
U.S. House of Representatives
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Introduction to High Performance Buildings: How Buildings Keep Americans Safe, Grow the Economy, and Protect the Environment

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
U.S. House of Representatives
2325 Rayburn House Office Building

Through our homes, offices, places of worship and more, buildings have become powerful symbols of American life and values. Buildings are much more than symbols, however – they are also tools for accomplishing vital national goals, such as keeping Americans safe, growing the economy, and protecting the environment. The best buildings are called “high-performance,” but what does this term really mean in practice, and how do we get there? A series of experts in the building industry will present answers to these questions, explain how issues interrelate, and provide resources to learn more. 

American Society of Landscape Architects Congressional Green Roof Tour & Reception

Monday, May 14, 2012 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm
ASLA Headquarters' Rooftop
636 Eye Street NW
Washington, DC