ASHRAE plans new net-zero HQ
January 16, 2019 – The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE’s) board has approved a US$15.7 million budget to renovate the building that will become its new global headquarters (HQ), with the goal of achieving net-zero energy efficiency.
By Peter Saunders
The 1970s-era commercial building is located at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, Ga., approximately 10 miles north of the current HQ (pictured) in Atlanta. ASHRAE will retrofit it for improved energy performance.
“We want our new world HQ to be an example of all we stand and all our industry has to offer,” says Sheila J. Hayter, 2018/2019 president of ASHRAE. “This project will serve as a model for other organizations looking to incorporate similar approaches and designs into new and existing facilities across the globe.”
To upgrade the building to net-zero operations, which may be substantiated through certification programs, ASHRAE will work to reduce its energy consumption to below 22 kbtu/sf/year, with a limit of maximum daytime plug load to 0.5 W/sf. The organization seeks to exceed its own standards where possible, including: 90.1-2016, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-rise Residential Buildings; 62.1-2016, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality; and 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy.