Proposed green building standard

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced a proposed standard for high performance green buildings.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced a proposed standard for high performance green buildings.

Proposed Standard 189: Standard for the design of high performance Green Buildings, except low-rise residential buildings is currently out for public consultation. It will provide minimum requirements for the design of sustainable buildings to balance environmental issues, the use of resources, occupant comfort and integration into the local community.

The standard is intended to provide a baseline to drive sustainability into mainstream construction. The goal is that any buildings designed and built by following the Standard will use 30% less energy than those designed to ASHRAE Standard 90.1:2004. Its release is in line with ASHRAE's aim for continuous improvement of the energy use in building MEP systems.

The review period ends on 9 July, with a second review period scheduled for late 2007 or early 2008 if required. A mid-2008 release date is anticipated if a second review is undertaken. The development of the standard is being co-sponsored by the US Green Building Council and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America.

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