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ASHRAE Plans to Improve Energy Savings by 2010, Strengthen 90.1

By CP Editorial Staff August 2007 - Energy Efficiency

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced plans to improve energy efficiency in new buildings by tightening standard 90.1.

ASHRAE is looking to achieve 30 percent energy savings in the 2010 standard compared to ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The savings are part of ASHRAE's goal to achieve market-viable net-zero energy buildings by 2030.

"Building energy standards and codes play a vital role in helping reduce future U.S. building energy consumption by setting the minimum energy efficiency requirements that all new and renovated buildings must meet," says Kent Peterson, P.E., ASHRAE president. "But we must improve minimum building energy efficiency standards if we are to truly improve energy performance of the built environment As such, ASHRAE is making a more aggressive effort to improve the minimum energy efficiency of new building construction not only in the United States but throughout the world."

The plan to achieve 30 percent savings in 2010 is based on an average for all building types and climate weighted energy cost savings and may not be achieved for every building in every climate, ASHRAE says.

Other details of the plan:

—Estimates of energy savings improvement be based on the total annual energy cost of the facility
Energy savings estimated on ongoing basis.

—Improvement calculations made in conjunction with technical resources made available by the Department of Energy.
Any changes to Standard 90.1 will continue to follow ASHRAE's standards development process, which is approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and based on achieving consensus.

—Those interested in contributing ideas on the advanced energy savings can submit comments.



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