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Industry comment: Jared Blum

The American High-Performance Buildings Coalition: Supporting open and consensus-based green building standards

In fact, we have received two US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awards for our environmental efforts in addressing ozone depletion and climate change. We believe that now, more

Jared Blum, President, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA)


s president of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association

(PIMA), my organisation represents manufacturers of polyiso insulation, one of the leading roof insulations used in commercial roofs in the USA. With exceptionally high thermal

performance, the use of polyiso insulation has grown significantly over the past 30 years and we are proud to represent some of the most innovative and effective materials that can improve energy efficiency and environmental performance in buildings. The association has a long track

record of supporting improvements both in building-design and products.

than ever, the building- products industry and design communities must come together to ensure the best minds from all sectors create building performance standards based on science and work in real-world settings. This is why PIMA is pleased to be a part of the American High-Performance Buildings Coalition (AHPBC). Launched on July 18, 2012,

AHPBC is a group of more than 30 organisations and includes leaders and experts in building-product and building- material sciences who believe green building standards should be based on the best possible information. Many of the essential construction

materials our members manufacture, such as insulation, roofing, windows and sealants, allow private-sector and federal-government buildings to achieve energy efficiency, which is critical to reducing environmental impact and ensuring a sustainable future. Our industries are among the world’s

largest investors in green research and development.

With buildings using approximately

Each month Building Test News invites a leading industry figure to comment on an important issue. Here Jared Blum, President of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA), explains why the American High-Performance

40% of the USA’s total energy consumption, green building standards play an important role in the manufacturing of energy- efficient products. It is important that organisations setting energy-efficiency and sustainability standards use a consensus-based and transparent process, grounded in good science. This is why the coalition’s focus is

to advocate for performance- and consensus-based standards for green building, which are the best ways to achieve high-performing buildings that are exceptionally energy-efficient. Our coalition is not advocating for or against specific green building standards; we want those standards to meet certain basic levels of openness and transparency. This way we can all continue to work towards a high- performing and long-lasting built environment, using the best information available from experts across industries. AHPBC is calling for green building

codes, standards, rating systems and credits developed in conformance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the established voice of the US standards and conformity assessment system. An open, consensus-based process will help ensure we are working towards our common objective of producing more energy-efficient buildings with the best knowledge, information and materials available to achieve these goals. Jared Blum, President, PIMA, USA

Buildings Coalition (AHPBC) believes a more open, consensus-based approach to green building standards is called for. If you would like to comment on this, or any other issue, contact

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