WASHINGTON - The U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Agriculture (USDA) would be required to meet energy efficiency requirements in ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 under the new energy bill signed into law by President Bush.
Under existing law, HUD and the USDA are required to write
energy-efficient standards for public and assisted housing and housing with
federally insured mortgages. Such standards have to be at least as stringent as
ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1989, Energy Standard for Existing Buildings
Except Residential, and Council of American Building Officials (CABO)-1992.
When either 90.1 or CABO is updated, the agencies have a year to revise their
standards, but this has rarely taken place.
Under the new law, HUD and USDA will be required to implement
standards at least as stringent as Standard 90.1-2004 or the 2006 International
Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for all new construction and rehabilitation of
public and assisted housing and housing with federally insured mortgages. Upon
revision of 90.1 or IECC, HUD and the USDA have one year to update their
standard to meet or exceed the revised requirements. If they do not do so
within a year, all new construction and rehabilitation of housing covered by
the federal standard will need to meet the revised IECC or 90.1, following a
positive determination by the U.S. Department of Energy and HUD/USDA
determination that it would not negatively impact availability or affordability
“This provides additional validation of the importance of energy
savings in Standard 90.1 and also provides a baseline for all public and
assisted housing and federally insured mortgage property in all states,” said
Doug Read, ASHRAE director of government affairs.