Green building standard open for comment
The nation's first standard for high-performance green buildings is now open for public review.
The nation’s first standard for high-performance green
buildings began its third public review period on May 1. The proposed ” Standard
189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings except
Low-Rise Residential Buildings ” is being developed by ASHRAE , the Illuminating
Engineering Society of North America , and the U.S. Green Building Council . This
will be the first such green building standard in the United States. Comments
on the draft standard will be accepted through June 15.
“Standard 189.1 is essential for the further promotion of
high-performance green buildings in the United States and for reaching
net-zero-energy goals,” says Kent Peterson, chair of the committee. “The
committee is confident that this standard, with its increased energy savings
over Standard 90.1, will help building owners and operators as well as local
jurisdictions meet their sustainability targets.”
The third public review draft has been reorganized to be
more user-friendly; while focusing on delivering and maintaining energy and
water efficiency performance over the life of the building. In comparison to
the previous draft, the most recent draft provides increased energy savings
over ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low
Rise Residential Buildings .
Eliminated in this version is the requirement for 30%
additional ventilation beyond Standard 62.1 in classrooms and office spaces; instead
an emphasis was placed on source contaminant control to improve indoor air
Meant to provide minimum criteria for green building
practices, the standard is applicable to new commercial buildings and major
renovation projects. When completed, it will address energy efficiency, a
building’s impact on the atmosphere, sustainable sites, water use efficiency,
materials and resources, and IAQ.
The committee was expanded late last year to 34 voting
members after an open call for members to broaden the expertise from a variety
of interested categories. The proposed standard has generated substantial
public interest, with more than 900 comments received during each of two
previous public reviews.
To view a copy of the public review draft, visit here .
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