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Publication Provides Energy-Efficiency Guidance for Small Warehouses

May 2008 - Energy Efficiency

The latest publication in the Advanced Energy Design Guide series aims to help guide the construction of warehouses using off-the-shelf technology that can cut energy use 30 percent or more annually.

The Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Warehouses and Self-Storage Buildings, published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), gives guidance to architects, engineers and managers on using best-design practices to create energy-saving warehouses.

The book was written in partnership with the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Metal Buildings Manufacturers Association.

The book is available for free in electronic form.

The book is intended for use by contractors, designers and managers of small warehouse buildings. It covers an integrated design process for delivering energy-efficient warehouses and offers sets of prescriptive requirements for efficient warehouses in each climate zone. Case studies of exemplary warehouse designs also are provided, as well as detailed how-to design guidance. Recommendations cover the building envelope, lighting and daylighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and service-water heating.

The guide covers warehouses up to 50,000 square feet and self-storage buildings that use unitary heating and air-conditioning equipment. Warehouse and storage buildings represent a significant amount of commercial floor space in the United States and account for nearly 8 percent of energy use in commercial buildings.


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