The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers are suggesting some revisions to one of its best-known standards.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning
Engineers are suggesting some revisions to one of its best-known standards.
public is currently able to comment on changes to Standard 90.1, “Energy Standard for
Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” which covers the energy-efficient
design of most structures. Among the changes proposed by the society cover
requirements for laboratories, data center cooling and kitchen exhaust systems.
It would also permit the
standard committee to tackle technologies such as computer equipment and
refrigerated casework, and would extend existing requirements for building
“envelopes,” space cooling and lighting to more spaces where energy is
“ASHRAE is committed to
substantially reducing energy use in buildings,” said Mark Hydeman, vice
chairman of the committee. “This addendum is a critical step toward achieving
that goal. For example, it requires all cooling and heating equipment that
operates under standard conditions to comply with the existing minimum efficiencies
of the standard regardless of the facility that they are in. Manufacturing and
process environments often operate at much longer hours than office buildings
and retail facilities, which served as the basis for the life-cycle cost
analysis of the minimum efficiencies.”
Changes are open for public
review until Feb. 2. To preview the standard, go
ASHRAE standard open for review
January 15, 2009