ATLANTA - The latest publication in the Advanced Energy Design Guide series from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is designed to help guide the construction of warehouses using off-the-shelf technology that can cut energy use 30 percent or more annually.

TheAdvanced Energy Design Guide for Small Warehouses and Self-Storage Buildings, published by ASHRAE, gives guidance to the building design team on how to use best design practices to create energy-saving warehouses. Written in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the U.S. Department of Energy, the book is available for free in electronic form and hard copies are available for purchase. The Metal Buildings Manufacturers Association (MBMA) contributed to the book’s authorship.

The book, intended for use by contractors, designers, and owners of small warehouse buildings, covers an integrated design process for delivering energy efficient warehouses as well as sets of prescriptive requirements for efficient warehouses in each climate zone. Case studies of exemplary warehouse designs are also provided, as well as detailed “how-to” design guidance to help guide construction teams. Recommendations cover the subject areas of building envelope, lighting and daylighting, HVAC, and service water heating.

The Guide covers warehouses up to 50,000 square feet and self-storage buildings that use unitary heating and air conditioning equipment. Warehouse and storage buildings represent a significant amount of commercial floor space in the United States and account for nearly 8 percent of energy use in commercial buildings, says ASHRAE.

“The Guide provides a clear, straightforward prescriptive path to meeting the 30 percent target savings,” said Ron Jarnagin, chair of the committee that wrote the publication. “Recommendations are easy to apply, allowing contractors, consulting engineers, architects, and designers to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analyses.”

To download the free electronic version ofAdvanced Energy Design Guide for Warehouses and Self-Storage Buildings, visit

The cost of the print version is $59 ($47 members). To order a print copy of the book, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit

Publication date:05/26/2008