Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Sustainability Coming Soon to a Building Code Near You

Sustainable Building Standard Expected by Year-End
Nadine M. Post, Engineering News-Record, January 23, 2008

The first US standard for high-performance buildings--called Sustainability in Building Codes, ASHRAE/USGBC/IESNA Standard 189.1P--could be released by the end of the year, according to one of the co-developers of the standard. The proposed standard will provide minimum requirements for the design of new high-performance commercial buildings and for major renovations. It will address energy efficiency, a building's impact on the atmosphere, sustainable sites, water use efficiency, materials and resources, and the quality of the environment indoors.

The standard is being developed by the American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), and the US Green Building Council (USGBC). In writing the standard, the committee "considered and incorporated" other aspects of national initiatives on sustainable buildings, including those of federal agencies, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the US Conference of Mayors.

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