ASHRAE’s proposes standard for so-called green building will be the subject of a press conference today at Greenbuild.
Officials from the American
Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers will speak
about the development of standard 189.1, “Standard for the Design of High Performance,
Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.” The standard is being
written with help from Illuminating Engineering Society and the U.S. Green
Building Council. It is to be published early next year.
Topics covered in the
proposed standard include site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy
efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and atmosphere, materials and
Also to be discussed are
updates to the society’s standard 90.1, which is used worldwide as the basis
for building codes in many structures.
“Both standards are written
in mandatory language to allow for adoption with building codes,” ASHRAE
President Gordon Holness said. “They are being developed using the widely
respected American National Standards Institute consensus procedures. As such,
their strength comes from the volunteer committee of experts from all facets of
the building industry. In addition, the requirements in the draft standard were
strengthened through the public review process with input from a variety of
building industry professionals.”
More than 2,500 public
comments on the green-building standard have been received, officials said.