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"By implementing the goals in this roadmap, buildings employing sustainable technologies will flourish, the critical need for contributions by ASHRAE members will be better understood, and the quality of life will be enhanced in the present and long into the future," said Lee Burgett, P.E., ASHRAE president.
Ron Jarnagin, who chaired the committee that wrote the roadmap, agreed.
"Implementation of the roadmap will help propel ASHRAE into a leadership position in sustainability, energize our members, raise our spirits, attract and retain young members, and contribute substantially to the well being of our world," he said.
Jarnagin noted that sustainability has become a strong focus for ASHRAE and the industry with the growing realization of the impact on future generations.
"Efficient energy use is of prime importance but so are the materials used, what is emitted and disposed of, and how we impact existing ecosystems," he said. "We cannot do these things at the expense of human health and well-being. As an organization of professionals responsible for the total life cycle cost of the building, ASHRAE has expertise that impacts elements related to sustainability."
These elements include energy use, atmospheric emissions, building materials, indoor environmental quality, engineering design and architecture, land use, water use, and waste management and disposal.
As part of the roadmap, ASHRAE will explore making its meetings greener, developing a standard for recycling used equipment, and funding more sustainability-related research projects.
Recommendations in the roadmap include:
Publication date: 02/06/2006