The Center Joins New American High-Performance Buildings Coalition

Washington, D.C. – July 18, 2012 – The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing
(Center) joined other leading organizations today in announcing the launch of the American
High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC). The AHPBC is a coalition of industry groups
and companies that have come together to promote and support the development of
performance-based building standards.
The coalition will provide a critical voice of experience and expertise in the formation of
building standards and promote the use of scientific data in the development of green
building certification systems. A main objective of the coalition is to encourage federal and
other government agencies to adopt systems that are developed through open and
transparent processes.
“Today's highest performing building materials combine long-term durability with energy
efficient properties and numerous other environmental benefits. Green building
certification systems and standards should promote the use of these important materials,
rather than penalize their selection,” said Craig Silvertooth, President of the Center. The
Center will represent the roofing industry on the coalition’s steering committee.
The announcement comes as the General Services Administration (GSA) prepares to issue a
proposed recommendation on the federal government’s use of green building certification
systems.
The Center has urged GSA to consider the use of Green Globes and ASHRAE 189.1 as
alternative green building certification systems. Both systems are developed through a
robust, open and transparent process, which includes the broad participation of industry
experts.
Additional information on the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition can be found
on the coalition website at www.betterbuildingstandards.com.
The Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing is a non-profit organization
headquartered in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to promote the development and use
of environmentally responsible, high performance roof systems and technologies. For more
information on the Center, visit www.RoofingCenter.org.

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