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ASHRAE Celebrates 35th Anniversary of Publication
July 13, 2010

This year marks the 35th anniversary of publication of the ASHRAE/IES energy standard, now known as ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Since being developed in response to the energy crisis in the 1970s, Standard 90.1 has become the basis for building codes, and the standard for building design and construction throughout the United States.

The anniversary of the standard was celebrated recently at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) 2010 Annual Conference.

The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) says it is pleased and proud of its long-standing association with Standard 90.1, which began when IES provided technical support for lighting to ASHRAE Standard 90-1975. By the 1980 version of the standard the IES name was associated with the standard as a co-sponsor, a role that was formalized in a joint sponsorship agreement dated June 25th, 1986. That agreement to jointly sponsor energy standards has continued to the present.

Since being published in 1975, the standard has been republished six times, evolving as input from the building community was given and as technology changed. Some 38 states currently have building codes that meet or exceed a version of 90.1.

In 2009, the 2004 version of the standard was established by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Policy Act.

For more information about the standard, visit: www.ashrae.org/90.1history


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