Canadians tackle ASHRAE 90.1

Tougher Canadian energy-code standards on the way.

By Consulting Specifying Engineer Staff January 5, 2009

Tough energy standards are coming that could throw wrinkles into how buildings are designed and constructed in Canada, reports the Daily Commercial News and Construction Record .

“In 2010 or 2011 I anticipate that the energy codes will become quite a bit more stringent,” said Blair McCarry, a project engineer with Stantec Consulting Inc. of Vancouver. EnerGuide 80 for homes and possibly the 2010 version of ASHRAE 90.1 will require 30% less energy use than the current energy code model in British Columbia. Other provinces will also be in line for tougher codes.

McCarry said stricter energy codes could start a significant design shift away from the current standard “all-air” system model for cooling and heating commercial buildings. More “water-based” systems, similar to systems commonly specified across Europe, could become the new standard.