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Federal Agenda for High-Performance Buildings Released

The National Science and Technology Council has released a report detailing research and development opportunities for the federal government in the area of net-zero-energy buildings.

The report calls on federal agencies to support the design and construction of buildings that will: produce as much energy as they consume; double the service life of materials, products, and systems; halve the use of domestic water; and improve occupant health, productivity, and comfort.

It goes on to define steps these agencies need to take to achieve these goals, thus providing focus for a broad mandate given to the agencies in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (see

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Vol. 17, No. 2). Both those acts directed federal agencies to support the development of high-performance buildings; the 2007 act specifically created the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Buildings Initiative (see

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Vol. 17, No. 9).

The report is available for download at www.bfrl.nist.gov/buildingtechnology/documents/FederalRDAgendaforNetZeroEnergyHighPerformanceGreenBuildings.pdf.

Published November 24, 2008

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