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Briefing to Focus on Secure and Sustainable U.S. Embassies
March 22, 2011

As iconic symbols of diplomacy, U.S. Embassies are subject to a range of security and terrorist threats. The ongoing threats to those who live and work in overseas diplomatic facilities drive the security, design, construction and operations of U.S. Embassies.

A briefing of the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC)— established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)—in late March will highlight how sustainable design practices and operations in U.S. Embassies can effectively reduce the consumption of resources at diplomatic facilities, while enhancing security.

Top industry leaders will discuss sustainable building initiatives at U.S. Embassies around the world and how sustainability and security result in design excellence.

“During these turbulent times, we must take into consideration the safety of U.S. citizens as well as the sustainability of the buildings they live and work in,” Doug Read, ASHRAE’s program director for government affairs, said. “We can see that the balance between the two can be struck, leading to security and sound building design.”

The briefing will be held 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, March. 29th at 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.

Representatives Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), who serve as co-chairs of the High-Performance Building Caucus, have been invited to deliver opening remarks, followed by presentations by Lydia Muniz, deputy director, Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), U.S. Department of State; Paul Phillips, American Institute of Architects, principal, Karn Charuhas Chapman & Twohey; and Faye Harwell, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Rhodeside & Harwell.

Congressional staff and press are invited to attend the briefing by RSVPing to Patricia Ryan at or by fax (202-833-0118) by close of business Friday, Mar. 25th.

The High-Performance Buildings Caucus of the U.S. Congress heightens awareness and informs policymakers about the major impact buildings have on our health, safety and welfare and the opportunities to design, construct and operate high-performance buildings that reflect our concern for these impacts.

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