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ANSI-Accredited Standards Developing Organizations Invited to Participate in High-Performance Buildings Standards Initiative

New York, May 18, 2007

ANSI-accredited standards developing organizations are invited to participate in the work of the recently formed High Performance Building Council (HPBC) launched under the auspices of the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) in response to the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act calls for an assessment of current voluntary consensus standards and rating systems for high performance buildings, how they can be used, and what other standards are needed to build truly high performance buildings. One of the first tasks of the Council is to define a "high performance building" and conduct an assessment of the current standards landscape.

To assist in this effort, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) will provide the HPBC with data on current American National Standards, as well as relevant standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

“This initiative also provides ANSI-accredited standards developers with an opportunity to participate directly in the work of the HPBC,” said Anne Caldas, ANSI director of Procedures and Standards Administration. “The scope of this activity is broad and organizations have the opportunity to make a significant impact. I encourage all interested developers to contribute to this effort.”

Organizations interested in participating in this activity may send an e-mail to Ellen Larson Vaughan of the Sustainable Building Industry Council (SBI) (, with a copy to Anne Caldas (

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