A new report by the National Institute of Building Sciences Consultative Council highlights four several areas that need focus to improve sustainability in buildings and infrastructure. The recommendations include:
- The building community should work to define metrics for achieving high-performance buildings—including both qualitative and quantitative measures.
- The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Institute, and others should encourage cities and smaller communities to adopt and enforce updated model codes.
- Regulators and the building industry should support efforts by codes and standards developers and adopting jurisdictions to format criteria in ways that simplifies and enhances the ability to verify compliance.
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