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 Rep. Peter Welch New Co-Lead for HPBCC

WASHINGTON—High-performance buildings help create local jobs, while lowering overall costs and enhancing their communities. In recognition of the critical need to improve our nation’s public and private buildings, where people spend about 90 percent of their time, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) has taken up the important task of co-leading the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus.

Formed in 2008 with ASHRAE as the lead organization, the Caucus heightens awareness among federal policymakers about the major impacts that buildings have on the health, safety and welfare of the general public, and the opportunities to design, construct and operate buildings addressing these factors.

Specifically, the Caucus focuses on the eight aspects of high-performance buildings outlined in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007:

  • Accessibility;
  • Aesthetics;
  • Cost-Effectiveness;
  • Functionality;
  • Historic Preservation;
  • Productivity;
  • Safety/Security; and
  • Sustainability.

"This Caucus is about finding practical ways to make progress in Washington," Welch said. "Despite the heated political rhetoric, common ground does exist. For example, while there are big differences on energy policy, everyone agrees that using less energy is a good thing. So why not work together make homes and buildings more energy efficient? It’s simply common sense. This Caucus will help identify more areas where we can work together, and I am pleased to serve as its co-chair."  

"The Coalition is delighted with Welch’s new leadership role as the Democratic Co-Chair of the Caucus," said Doug Read, chair of the Caucus Coalition. "His leadership over the years on building energy efficiency and sustainability has resulted in the introduction and passage of several key bills in Congress. The Coalition looks forward to working with him and the rest of the Caucus to continue educating members of Congress on the importance of high-performance buildings issues."

The Caucus is supported by the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition, a broad-based group of over 160 technical societies, associations, and businesses. Since 2008, the Coalition has held over 40 briefings on Capitol Hill to help educate policymakers and bridge the gap between the often highly technical and highly political worlds inhabited by the building community and Congress.