As part of High Performance Building Week, 2020-21 ASHRAE president Charles E. Gulledge III spoke on the panel Building Better: Congressional and Private Sector Efforts to Promote High Performance Buildings. The event was organized by High Performance Buildings Caucus co-chair Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) and the High Performance Building Coalition, which is comprised of more than 200 manufacturers, trade associations and other stakeholders who support policies and legislation that advance the next generation of buildings.

Others on the panel included chief executives from the International Code Council , the Green Building Initiative and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials.

Gulledge spoke from ASHRAE’s current society theme, “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0,” which focuses on reimaging the building industry.

“With the technological transformation of how we design, build and operate buildings, the lines within the built environment including energy and infrastructure are increasingly blurred,” said Gulledge. “We must think about how existing buildings fit into this transformation. About half of the commercial buildings in the U.S. were constructed more than 35 years ago. Revitalizing these existing buildings represents Congress’s single best opportunity for making a significant impact on sustainability, resiliency, and energy efficiency. ASHRAE is committed to working with Congress to provide resources and knowledge which continually drive the innovative and strategic improvements needed during this transformation of the built environment.”