subscribe
e-newsletter
digital edition
product info
advertise
Mcgraw Hill Construction
    Subscribe to GreenSource the magazine
of sustainable design: $19.95 for one year
comment

Round Three for Green Building Standard

05/14/2009

By Pam Hunter
A version of this story appeared in Engineering News-Record

What could become the nation’s first standard for high-performance buildings moved a step closer to adoption earlier this month with the release of a third draft for public comment. The latest version of Proposed Standard 189.1 has stricter energy conservation provisions and reflects input from a broader cross-section of experts, according to its developers.

National laboratories currently are using energy modeling to determine how much more savings could be generated with the latest version of the standard compared to previous drafts. “I would anticipate [savings to go] up at least another 5 percent,” says Kent Peterson, chair of the development committee, and principal of P2S Engineering Inc., based in Long Beach, California. The standard, which is being developed by American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council, addresses performance of new commercial buildings and major renovation projects.

The new draft, available for review and comment though June 15 at www.ashrae.org/publicreviews, is the first one issued by the recently reconstituted standards committee. Reformed late last year after a several month hiatus, the committee has 17 new members including a representative of the Building Owners and Managers Association and several indoor air quality experts.

Rate this project:
Based on what you have seen and read about this project, how would you grade it? Use the stars below to indicate your assessment, five stars being the highest rating.
----- Advertising -----

The latest version eliminates a provision for 30 percent additional ventilation beyond ASHRAE Standard 62.1 in classrooms and office spaces, and instead emphasizes controlling source contaminants, such as volatile organic compounds, to improve indoor air quality. Another provision would require designers to include measures for future reliance on renewable energy into plans.

Publication of the standard is slated for early 2010.

 Reader Comments:

Sign in to Comment

To write a comment about this story, please sign in. If this is your first time commenting on this site, you will be required to fill out a brief registration form. Your public username will be the beginning of the email address that you enter into the form (everything before the @ symbol). Other than that, none of the information that you enter will be publically displayed.

We welcome comments from all points of view. Off-topic or abusive comments, however, will be removed at the editors’ discretion.

----- Advertising -----
Click here to go to product info Page
Daily Headlines
Sweets, Search Building Products
Search
Reader Feedback
Most Commented Most Recommended
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Rankings reflect comments made in the past 14 days
Recently Posted Reader Photos

View all photo galleries >>
Recent Forum Discussions

View all forum discusions >>