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ASHRAE Vice President Testifies at DOE Hearing
August 9, 2010

A newly published high-performance green standard would provide a solid foundation on which the federal government could build its efforts to make its buildings more sustainable, according to testimony recently from The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held a hearing Wednesday, July 27th, on the notice of proposed rulemaking on energy efficiency and sustainable design standards for new federal buildings and major renovations of federal buildings.

Testifying at the hearing, ASHRAE Vice President Ross Montgomery encouraged the DOE’s Federal Energy Management Program to reference ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, compliance option of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) as a means of meeting the requirements in the rulemaking.

Standard 189.1 was published in January 2010 and serves as a jurisdictional compliance option of the IGCC being developed by the International Code Council, the American Institute of Architects and ASTM International. ASHRAE’s partners in developing 189.1 are the Illuminating Engineering society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council.

Standard 189.1 is the first code-intended green building standard in the United States. It covers key topic areas similar to green building rating systems, including site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.

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