Review it! ASHRAE Green Building Standard 189P

ASHRAE has released the first ASHRAE green-building standard, which is being developed in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council Standard 189P will be the first of its kind in the United States.


ASHRAE has released four draft documents (three standards and one guideline) for a 45-day public review from May 25 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) . Standard 189P (Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) will be the first of its kind in the United States.

According to ASHRAE, 189P will provide a baseline for sustainable design, construction, and operations in order to drive green building into mainstream building practices. It will apply to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects, and will address key areas of performance including energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable site selection, water usage, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

Given the weight it may have on green-building design, CSE urges the engineering community to take a good look at this proposed standard.

Here is the list of all four draft standards available for review at the ASHRAE website :

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