ASHRAE releases high-performance green building standard
August 15, 2011 | 11:09 am CDT
ATLANTA — A new standard for the design of high-performance green buildings was recently announced, according to CSE Magazine. Published by ASHRAE, in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Standard 189.1 - Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States.

The standard, published Jan. 22, provides a green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. From site location to energy use to recycling, the standard will set the foundation for green buildings through its adoption into local codes. It covers key topic areas similar to green building rating systems: site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.

The energy efficiency goal of Standard 189.1 is to provide significant energy reduction over that in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, offering a broader scope than Standard 90.1.

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