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ASHRAE, DoE Set Eyes on Sustainable Energy Future


New York, Aug 16, 2007

ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have announced a partnership to increase building energy efficiency standards thirty percent by 2010. The initiative is part of ASHRAE's goal to achieve net-zero energy buildings by the year 2030.

Buildings currently account for thirty-nine percent of energy use in the United States alone. The energy savings plan is a key element to what ASHRAE president Kent Peterson calls “a more aggressive effort” to improve the minimum energy efficiency of new construction both in the U.S. and around the globe.

“Building energy standards and codes play a vital role in helping reduce future U.S. building energy consumption,” Peterson explained. “But we must improve minimum building energy efficiency standards if we are to truly improve energy performance.”

The main thrust of the effort will focus on industry standard ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1:2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which provides minimum energy-efficiency requirements for the design and construction of new and renovated buildings.

Key components of the agreement will support the development of industry guidance on surpassing the standard’s minimum requirements, as well as new performance metrics and protocols. Additionally, ASHRAE and DoE will promote the adoption of ANSI/ASHRAE standards in the international arena, support research into renewable energy sources and material use, and monitor the operational, energy and environmental impacts of new counter-terrorism design features.

Any changes to standard 90.1 will follow ASHRAE's standards development process, which is approved by the American National Standards Institute and based on achieving consensus.

Individuals interested in contributing ideas on the advanced energy savings plan may submit comments via ASHRAE’s website.

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