The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and nine other design, building, professional, energy and standards groups are forming a consortium to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy in its efforts to bring high-performance commercial buildings to market.

ASHRAE said the other groups that make up the steering committee for the High-Performance Commercial Green Building Partnership include the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, American Institute of Architects, Alliance to Save Energy, Building Owners and Managers Association, International Code Council, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, National Association of State Energy Officials, National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The groups are responding to the DOE's call for organizations help promote, develop and achieve marketable net-zero energy commercial buildings by 2025. Coalitions that are formally recognized by the DOE as members of the High-Performance Green Building Partnership Consortia will work with its Buildings Technologies Program on the Net-Zero Energy Commercial Building Initiative.

The partnership of the 10 the groups is seeking recognition from the DOE.