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ASHRAE Seeks Proposal on Green Buildings User’s Manual
Energy-saving measures, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials coming into and leaving a facility, and building orientations all impact a building’s environmental responsibility. But the way these components come together determines the true performance of green buildings.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America are working to form Standard 189.1P, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The standard would define the minimum requirements for high-performance green buildings.
ASHRAE also is accepting research proposals for the development of a user’s manual for Standard 189.1P. Proposals are due Nov. 9.
“The manual will provide users with a better understanding of how to apply the standard, as well as serve as a guide for self-education and training about the requirements and appropriate strategies to meet them,” says Kent Peterson, chair of the Standard 189 committee. “It will include worksheets and examples that can be used to determine compliance.”
As part of its energy-efficiency efforts, ASHRAE is accepting proposals for a user’s manual for Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. ASHRAE is developing the 2010 standard with the goal of achieving a 30 percent energy-cost savings improvement, compared to the 2004 standard.
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