ASHRAE and the Green Building Initiative have signed an agreement to work together to accelerate the adoption of sustainable buildings.
“ASHRAE supports a wide variety of programs that
encourage the sustainable design and operation of buildings,” said Bill
Harrison, American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning
Engineers president. “Tools such as GBI’s Green Globes rating system help to
provide metrics through which building owners and operators can gauge a
building’s sustainability performance. Pushing forward the built environment to
improve sustainability will require a collaborative effort among a myriad of
organizations. ASHRAE looks forward to collaborating with GBI and other
“The GBI is delighted to finalize this
agreement and begin working with ASHRAE on our shared goal of increasing
sustainable building principles,” said Ward Hubbell, president of the
initiative. “Improving the built environment is an enormous task and we can’t
afford to just focus on new construction. An important aspect of this agreement
is that both organizations will work to promote the importance using actual
performance data to ensure that our buildings are performing in an efficient
and environmentally friendly manner.”
The agreement calls
for the two groups to promote the design, construction and operation of
buildings that are energy efficient, healthier and environmentally responsible.
Both groups will also look to provide education and training, encourage
environmental research, and support and promote green-building standards.
ASHRAE, initiative pledge to promote sustainability
July 1, 2009