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Stimulus Bill Reinforces Importance of Standard 90.1
February 26, 2009

In the economic stimulus package just signed into law by President Obama, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007 and its energy-saving features are recognized through special funding measures. For states to receive additional funding from the $16.8 billion allotted to the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, governors would be required to work toward implementation of a building energy code at least as stringent as Standard 90.1-2007 and to develop a plan for achieving 90 percent compliance with the code, including provisions for training and enforcement programs.

Standard 90.1 provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings in the United States, except low-rise residential buildings. Written during the 1970s energy crisis, ASHRAE Standard 90.1 first was published in 1975 as an effort to cut energy use in buildings. The 2004 version of the standard is referenced in the U.S. Energy Policy Act, which requires states to adopt commercial building codes that meet or exceed the standard’s requirements. ASHRAE has set a goal of making the standard 30 percent more stringent over the 2004 version by the 2010 publication.

The stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, focuses on economic stimulus through both tax credits and public-sector spending, with a heavy focus on infrastructure and energy. For more information on ASHRAE government affairs, please visit ASHRAE Advocacy online.

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