H.Res. 492 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Russ Carnahan (D-MO) on April 2, 2009.
H.Res. 492 would resolve that Congress:
- "Supports the goals and ideals of High-Performance Building Week;
- "Recognizes and reaffirms our Nation's commitment to High-Performance Buildings by promoting awareness about their benefits and by promoting new education programs, supporting research, and expanding access to information;
- "Recognizes the unique role that the Department of Energy plays through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Program, which works closely with the building industry and manufacturers to conduct research and development on technologies and practices for building energy efficiency;
- "Recognizes the important role that the National Institute of Standards and Technology plays in developing the measurement science needed to develop, test, integrate, and demonstrate the new building technologies; and
- "Encourages further research and development of high-performance building standards, research, and development."
The High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition has declared the week of June 15 through June 19, 2009, as "High-Performance Building Week" in the United States. High-performance buildings, which address human, environmental, economic, and total societal impact, result from the application of the highest level of design, construction, operation, and maintenance principles.