Volume 47, Issue 9 - September 2012

Energy&Environment


Building, Design Industry Groups Establish Buildings Coalition


Several organizations have come together to form the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC), which intends “to unify leading building and construction industry parties to develop a fresh set of green building standards and implement these guidelines in federal, state and local governments.” The AHPBC consists of 27 industry organizations, all of which also backed the delay of the 2012 LEED rating system after speaking out against the LEED revisions last month.

In June 2012, the AHPBC released a joint statement along with the other organizations, including the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA), the National Association of Manufacturers and the Adhesive and Sealant Council—to name a few. In the statement, the AHPBC said it saw the delay of the 2012 LEED standards as a “positive step toward improving the LEED process.”

“However, the group vows to continue its push for much needed improvements at [the] U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC),” writes the group. Additionally, AHPBC says it will work in accordance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

“USGBC has made the right decision to delay the balloting of LEED v4. It should be the first step of many to correct serious problems that remain in the process for developing LEED. This additional time should be used to open the LEED decision-making process and allow for a true consensus-based approach leading to an actual ANSI standard. We hope that over the next year, USGBC will welcome input from a broader array of material suppliers and incorporate building science into the LEED credit system. We are prepared to work with USGBC to help develop high-performance building standards rooted in science that will promote lifecycle approaches and advance energy efficiency and sustainability,” the organizations wrote in the statement.

According to the AHPBC, the organizations intend to “promote and support the development of sustainable building standards, which are based on consensus and scientific performance data.”

The USGBC has released a statement in response to the formation of the AHPBC.

“We welcome the announcement of the formation of the AHPBC, but as Ronald Reagan once said, we will ‘trust but verify,’” said Roger Platt, senior vice president of global policy and law at USGBC. “Like the newly formed coalition, USGBC also supports the use of green building codes and standards, in addition to third-party rating systems like LEED and has proudly worked with leading code development organizations to co-release the leading mandatory green building codes.”

BISEM Completes Work on PV Curtainwall Retrofit
BISEM Inc., a provider of photovoltaic curtainwall systems, recently worked with the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to complete a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) curtainwall retrofit. The installation of a 392-square-foot BIPV curtainwall took place at SMUD’s LEED Platinum-certified customer service center.

According to information from BISEM, the system now provides 100 percent of the DC power to run the cooling of the building’s technology demonstration area.

The completed installation at SMUD includes 49 cadmium telluride thin-film modules, designed to turn solar energy into electricity.

“Sustainable building envelope products are the future of the construction industry,” says Nick Bagatelos, president of BISEM Inc. “We are passionate about bringing these new systems into the market and eager to work with SMUD to showcase our multi-trade solution that we believe to be a critical component to the design of a net zero energy commercial building.”


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