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ASHRAE To Support Clinton Climate Initiative
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will support former President Bill Clinton's initiative to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings by providing design guidance and tools to reach energy efficiency targets.
The global Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program is a project of the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). The program brings together four of the world’s largest energy service companies, five of the world’s largest banks, and 16 of the world’s largest cities in a program designed to reduce energy consumption in existing buildings.
CCI and its partners, including ASHRAE and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), will assist participating cities with their initiation and development of programs to train local workers on the installation and maintenance of energy saving and clean energy products.
“Climate change is a global problem that requires local action,” says Clinton. “The businesses, banks and cities partnering with my foundation are addressing the issue of global warming because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s good for their bottom line. They’re going to save money, make money, create jobs and have a tremendous collective impact on climate change all at once.”
Most guidance developed for the HVAC&R industry focuses on new construction, which represents only 2 percent of the building stock in the United States, says Terry Townsend, ASHRAE president.
“We must broaden our focus to include existing buildings, which accounts for the other 98 percent,” says Townsend.
ASHRAE currently is working to provide energy guidance in existing buildings through its Advanced Energy Design Guide series. This existing buildings guide, developed in collaboration with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and USGBC with participation by the Building Owners and Managers Association and the U.S. General Service Administration, will show building owners how they can initially reduce their energy consumption by 30 percent. It is tentatively scheduled to be available in fall 2008.
ASHRAE also provides guidance through its Standard 100, Energy Conservation in Buildings, which provides procedures and programs essential to energy-conserving operation, maintenance and monitoring, and Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
The Energy Efficiency Building Retrofit Program will provide both cities and their private building owners with access to the necessary funds to retrofit existing buildings with more energy efficient products, typically leading to energy savings between 20 to 50 percent. Those involved include:
- Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Inc, Siemens and Trane will conduct energy audits, perform building retrofits, and guarantee the energy savings of the retrofit projects.
- Citibank, UBS, Deutsche Bank, ABN AMRO, and JP Morgan have agreed in principle to commit to arrange $1 billion each to finance cities and private building owners to undertake these retrofits at no capital cost, doubling the global market for energy retrofit in buildings.
- These banks will work alongside energy efficiency finance specialist Hannon Armstrong and CCI to develop effective mechanisms to deploy this capital globally.
- An initial group of 16 of the world’s largest cities has agreed to participate in the retrofit program, and offer their municipal buildings for the first round of energy retrofits: New York, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Mexico City, London, Berlin, Johannesburg, Delhi, Mumbai, Karachi, Tokyo, Seoul, Sao Paulo, Bangkok and Melbourne.