Standard can help buildings meet Energy Policy Act guidelines, according to ASHRAE.

ATLANTA - Using Standard 90.1 with supporting educational and compliance materials is the best way to ensure that commercial and high-rise residential buildings meet the Energy Policy Act, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

ASHRAE Standard 90.1, "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings," has been established by the federal Department of Energy as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the Energy Policy Act of 1992. In addition, the 2001 standard also is included in the 2003 International Energy Conservation Code and the 2003 National Fire Protection Association 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.

"Whether a state adopts IECC, NFPA 5000 or Standard 90.1 directly, ASHRAE applauds their efforts," said Ron Vallort, ASHRAE president. "Inclusion of the standard in both codes and the act acknowledge that 90.1 is considered the professional standard of care for energy efficient design of commercial buildings. And while ASHRAE celebrates advancements of establishment of minimum requirements, we continue our work to encourage engineers, and others to increase energy efficiency by going beyond the requirements of the standard."

Recently, the IECC was adopted by the state of Illinois. Adoption of the 2003 IECC by any state makes Standard 90.1 a compliance option for all commercial buildings in those states.

The society says it is currently developing documents that will help in achieving more energy savings than Standard 90.1. The first of these documents will help to achieve 30 percent savings for small office buildings.

For more details on the standard, visit www.ashrae.org.