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Dec. 1, 2009: High-Performance Standard and Standard 90.1 Set Foundation for Green Building Codes

December 1, 2009
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ATLANTA - A proposed high-performance building standard and a stronger version of Standard 90.1, both being released next year, together will provide a total green resource for local and state governments looking to set building code requirements to reduce energy use, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being developed by ASHRAE in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The standard is slated to be the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States when published early in 2010.

It covers key topic areas typically included in green building rating systems: site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources.

ASHRAE and IES also are working to strengthen the requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings. It is estimated that the 2010 standard will result in 25 to 30 percent energy savings over the 2004 version. The 2010 standard is expected to be released in mid-2010.

“Both standards are written in mandatory language to allow for adoption with building codes,” said Gordon Holness, ASHRAE president. “They are being developed using the widely respected American National Standards Institute consensus procedures. As such, their strength comes from the volunteer committee of experts from all facets of the building industry. In addition, the requirements in the draft standard were strengthened through the public review process with input from a variety of building industry professionals.”

Publication date: 11/30/2009

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