ATLANTA - ASHRAE'S Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Office Buildings is a recipient of a 2005 Leadership Award from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The award recognizes individuals and organizations for leadership and commitment to the evolution of environmental or "green" building design and construction.

The guide was developed by a committee representing the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the American Institute of Architects, the New Buildings Institute, the Illuminating Engineering Society and the U.S. Department of Energy.

"The Advanced Energy Design Guide developed by ASHRAE and its partner organizations is another tool in the ‘green' tool kit, which users need to build a sustainable future," said ASHRAE President Lee Burgett. "We thank the USGBC for recognizing our efforts."

The award is the second for the book, which earlier was recognized by the Alliance to Save Energy as part of its annual Stars of Energy Efficiency Awards program. The alliance recognized ASHRAE for its "exemplary illustration of and commitment to energy-efficient policy and practice."

The guide provides a hands-on approach to design by using commercial available technology from major manufacturers.