James Freihaut, professor of architectural engineering at Penn State, was recognized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy during the committee’s 30th Jubilee Session on Sept. 22. Freihaut was honored for his contributions to the committee for the past 30 years.
The UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy aims to provide access to affordable and clean energy and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the carbon footprint of the energy sector, according to the UNECE website. The committee develops normative instruments, including standards and best practice guidance in energy efficiency, renewable energy, natural gas and methane.
Freihaut has dedicated his career to improving sustainability and safety in buildings. In addition to contributing to the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy’s mission, framework and guidance for the building sector, Freihaut helped develop the committee’s High-Performance Buildings Initiative. This initiative focuses on disseminating its framework guidelines internationally for energy efficiency standards in buildings. With a goal of improving health and quality of life with the built environment, the initiative aims to provide resources to educate, advocate and advise transformations to high-performance buildings that are sustainable and reduce the global carbon footprint.