Canadians tackle ASHRAE 90.1

Tougher Canadian energy-code standards on the way.

01/05/2009


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.





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