The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), along with nine other organizations, is forming a consortium in response to the U.S. Department of Energy request for consortia to advise the department on high-performance building issues. The High-Performance Commercial Green Building Partnership (HPCGBP) will provide guidance and technical leadership on key sustainability issues to the Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Program.ASHRAE will serve as the Partnership’s Secretariat.

Other members of the HPCGBP’s steering committee currently includes the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, American Institute of Architects, Alliance to Save Energy, Building Owners and Managers Association, International Code Council, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, National Association of State Energy Officials, National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The partnership intends to be recognized as a “Partnership Consortium” by the Department of Energy as requested in response to the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Section 421. Partnership participants reflect all disciplines necessary to design and build high-performance commercial buildings, including engineers, building code agencies and organizations, and building owners and operators.