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Sept. 28, 2006: ASHRAE Looks at Making ASHRAE Handbook More 'Sustainable'

September 28, 2006
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ATLANTA - To help the industry respond to sustainable building issues, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is working to ensure guidance on sustainable design is incorporated in the ASHRAE Handbook.

ASHRAE is conducting a review of the sustainability content of all Handbook chapters and is looking at writing a new chapter on sustainability with a view toward integrated building design in its Fundamentals volume.

"While the word ‘sustainability' only recently entered the vocabulary of ASHRAE, the Society was involved with sustainable building and HVAC equipment design long before the term was coined," said Norm Maxwell, P.E., chair of the Handbook Committee.

He noted that ASHRAE has funded research for decades to allow builders and manufacturers to design and build higher efficiency buildings, HVAC systems, and refrigeration equipment.

In addition to designing systems that will save energy and therefore operating costs, sustainability requires design professionals to take into account the length of service of the equipment that is proposed, he said. The end result must be a total building concept that will not have to be replaced quickly and have a long service life.

"Given the current interest in sustainable buildings and technologies and ASHRAE's long history with high efficiency buildings and HVACR systems, it is appropriate that design guidance related to sustainability be incorporated in the ASHRAE Handbook," he said.

To provide feedback on incorporating sustainable design guidance in the ASHRAE Handbook, visit the "Comment on the Handbook" section at www.ashrae.org/handbook.

Publication date: 09/25/2006

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