ATLANTA – The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is currently investigating whether or not to renovate its headquarters in Atlanta as a sustainable building, and has selected Richard + Wittschiebe, an Atlanta architectural firm, to develop a schematic design for the project.

The proposed renovation addresses the four goals outlined in ASHRAE's recently adopted strategic plan by demonstrating sustainable construction, providing space and a laboratory for educational programs, demonstrating ASHRAE's expertise, and providing a global headquarters with technology features to serve the needs of members anywhere in the world.

"This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of using ASHRAE's standards and to walk the talk by creating a showcase for sustainable renovation," said William Harrison, renovation committee chair.

"We envision creating a living lab where ASHRAE technical committees can conduct research projects to determine the effectiveness of procedures designed to conserve energy, to prolong the efficient operation of mechanical systems, and to improve indoor air quality."

ASHRAE has also created a Web page for members and others to follow the progress of the project. The Web page, contains photos of the building throughout the years, technical information about the building, and a place to post comments.

"We look forward to considering ideas and suggestions from ASHRAE members and encourage them to explore the headquarters renovation page," noted Harrison. "We want both our renovated headquarters building and the process we use to develop our plans to serve as models for the successful renovation of existing buildings."

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Publication date: 05/15/2006