ATLANTA - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced a new User’s Manual has been published to educate industry professionals on how to meet the requirements of Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

“Because of the breadth of the key topic areas covered in the standard - site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources - it is important for users to have a thorough understanding of how they come together to create a sustainable building,” said Kent Peterson, former chair of the Standard 189.1 committee. “The User’s Manual aids architects and engineers in applying the standard to design; general and specialty contractors in constructing buildings that are in compliance; and plan examiners and field inspectors in enforcing the standard where adopted into code.”

The new User’s Manual provides explanations of the standard’s requirements and examples of its application. It contains sample calculations, forms to demonstrate compliance, and references to helpful resources and websites. This User’s Manual is also suitable for use in educational programs. The cost of the Standard 189.1 User’s Manual is $93 ($79, ASHRAE members). It is available online through the

Publication date:01/10/2011