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Proposed High-Performance Building Standard Soon to be Published
October 12, 2009

The total building sustainability package, addressing everything from design and commissioning to plans for high-performance operation, is covered in a proposed green building standard currently open for public review.

Proposed Standard 189.1, titled Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The standard is slated to be the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States. It is expected to be published in early 2010.

The proposed standard is currently open for a fourth public review. This is an “independent substantive change” review, so only changes from the third public review, which ended in June 2009, are open for comment. The public comment period started Sept. 18th and remains open until Nov. 2nd, 2009.

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