June 7, 2012 - The new 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) will increase the energy-efficiency of structures, while providing governments direction and oversight of green design and construction, according to the International Code Council (ICC) the code's author. The 2012 IgCC offers a new code baseline that can be tailored by governments to share "many of the benefits of green buildings with the millions of buildings that are designed, constructed and renovated to meet minimum code, whether or not they are engaged in the LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] program", explained ICC. The 2012 code was authored by ICC in partnership with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASTM international (ASTM), ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL
May 9, 2012 - Buildings consume the bulk of the world’s energy (nearly 40%), so the building industry has been focusing on sustainability, efficiency and practical energy-saving solutions for both new construction and retrofits.
September 9, 2011 - To help businesses and organizations better understand how the ISO 50001 standard can impact their energy consumption, CSA Standards is presenting a 90-minute webinar on September 27, from noon-1:30 pm (EDT) entitled “ISO 50001: Insights into Implementation”. The webinar will discuss how implementation of an energy management system can improve energy efficiency and reduce energy costs, making you more competitive in the global marketplace.CLICK HERE to Register.
Contributed by CSA15 August 2011 - Many businesses today have global operations and require international standards applicable to their operations in various countries and jurisdictions. This trend is reflected in the Canadian market and, as such, Canada—along with 42 other countries—participated in the development of a new standard for energy management systems: the world’s first global energy management standard.The CSA Energy Management Technical Committee approved the adoption of ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems standard as a National Standard of Canada in May 2011. CSA Standards (a not-for-profit, membership-based association serving business, industry, government and consumers in Canada and the global marketplace) represents the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) on various International Organization for Standardization (ISO) committees and, in many cases, has spearheaded the adoption of international standards in Canada.
May 28, 2011 - ANSI/ASHRAE/IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) 90.2 “Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings” provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of residential buildings, and ASHRAE and IES joined forces last year “to increase the efficiency of the standard’s requirements”. Now the two organizations are seeking input into a draft of the standard.The standard is open for an advisory public review May 13 until June 12, so you have to hurry. Visit for more information.
May 25, 2011 - ASHRAE and IES (Illuminating Engineering Society of North America) want your input for their draft of the Standard 90.2, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which they describe as providing minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of residential buildings.
May 20, 2011Five proposed addenda to Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, have been proposed to help reduce heat and subsequent energy use on building sites.
April 26, 2011According to ASHRAE, only 2 percent of construction projects are for new buildings, while 86 percent of construction dollars go into renovation of our existing building stock. This is why it and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) are revising ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 100-2006, Energy Conservation in Existing Buildings, to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to the retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency.  
More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the recently published 2010 version of Standard 90.1 vs. the 2004 standard, said Ashrae at its 2011 Winter Conference, which ran Jan. 29-Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, Nev.
ASHRAE leaders recently met with U.S. Army officials regarding a new sustainable design and development policy that incorporates requirements of the green building standard developed by ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES).
Guidance on industry hot topics is being provided from ASHRAE through two free sessions at the AHR Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. “A Practical Guide for Reducing Air Leakage in HVAC Air Systems” takes place Monday, January 31, 2:15-3:45 p.m., while an update on “Standard 90.1 – 2010 Update: How It Affects You” takes place on Tuesday, February 1, 2:15-3:45 p.m. The two sessions offer show attendees 1.5 PDHs each for a total of three.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), with the help of partnering organizations in South America, have produced tools to help develop the growing green market in that region. Two ASHRAE standards regarding energy efficiency and sustainability were recently translated into Spanish and Portuguese.              “South America is very progressive and aggressive when it comes to green building,” Ross Montgomery, ASHRAE vice president who works closely with members in South America, said. “There are many green building engineering firms, contractors and vendors who are working to deliver green building design and green technology products to the marketplace. These translations, along with the cooperation between ASHRAE and other building industry groups in the region, provide new tools to help further green building technologies.” ASHRAE’s Argentina Chapter recently translated ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, into Spanish. The Argentina Chapter, along with other groups including the Asociación Argentina del Frío (AAF), is working to increase the market for green buildings in that country. “Making our society aware of the benefits of sustainable buildings is one of our most important priorities,” said Florentino Roson, past President of the Argentina Chapter, VP of AAF and a green building controls expert in Argentina. “The translation was spurred by our desire to save energy through responsible building. Although application of the standard is not yet mandatory in Argentina, we believe Standard 189.1 will be used as a benchmark in the design, building and maintenance of sustainable buildings in the near future.” In addition, ASHRAE also worked with the Green Building Council Brasil on the Portuguese translation of Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The Council wanted a translation of the standard for use in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program in that country. ASHRAE past President Kent Peterson visited Brazil earlier this month to support ASHRAE chapters and the Society’s work with ABRAVA, SMACNA and Green Building Council Brasil. For more information, go to
Due to the integration and interdependency of systems and assemblies, a performance deficiency in one system can result in less than optimal performance by other systems. The commissioning process should be implemented in new and existing buildings—and the correct management of that process is critical. The commissioning process is a quality-oriented process for achieving, verifying and documenting that the performance of facilities, systems and assemblies meets defined objectives and criteria. Using this integrated process results in owners receiving the expected, including a fully functional, fine-tuned facility.
Raising efficiency to new levels was the focus of ASHRAE’s 2010 Annual Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from June 26-30. The meeting also saw the induction of the Society’s first female president, Lynn G. Bellenger.   One of the conference highlights included ASHRAE’s receipt of ENERGY STAR in recognition of energy savings following the 2008 renovation of ASHRAE Headquarters in Atlanta. To achieve this, ASHRAE reduced its estimated annual energy usage by more than 32.5% through enhancements to the building envelope and use of the following systems: a dedicated outside air system with energy recovery; ground-source heat pumps; and mini-split systems with heat recovery.   Together, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) celebrated the 35th anniversary of publication of its energy conservation standard, now known as “ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”. Developed in response to the 1970s energy crisis, ASHRAE says Standard 90 has become the basis for building codes, and the standard for building design and construction throughout the U.S.         ASHRAE announced that it had met its Research Promotion fundraising goal by hitting the $2,075,000 mark. The figure represents a 2% increase over last year, according to the organization. ASHRAE says that its Research Promotion program has supported more than 700 projects in the last 50 years, addressing areas such as indoor air quality, refrigeration and energy efficiency.         Conference attendees also received an update on the Building EQ program, which currently is a pilot program designed to encourage the building industry to cut energy use and costs. Seventeen provisional assessors have spent the last couple of months assessing energy use, which is then provided in a scale to convey a building’s energy use in comparison to similar buildings, occupancy types and climate zone.                                 The conference included technical program sessions, which gave attendees a first look at proposed Standard 90.1-2010, retrofitting HVAC in older buildings for higher efficiency, evaluating the performance of existing buildings, evaporative cooling in high and dry climates, natural refrigerants, BIM load calculations, retrocommissioning, HVAC equipment needs for net-zero-energy homes, energy efficiency through building controls and building energy simulation.  All of these sessions and others are available in the Albuquerque Virtual Conference at                      ASHRAE holds its 2011 Winter Conference from Jan. 29-Feb. 2 in Las Vegas, accompanied by the AHR Expo from Jan. 31-Feb. 2. For more information, visit
ATLANTA — With publication of the green building standard, an updated online seminar reviewing its requirements is now available from ASHRAE.                 ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States. It provides a green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. The standard covers key topic areas of site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources, and also includes construction practices as well as plans for operation of the building after occupancy.                  A course from ASHRAE on the requirements of the standard, Understanding Standard 189.1P for High-Performance, Green Buildings, takes place March 15 and is taught by Tom Lawrence, a member of the committee that developed the standard. The course is one of 14 being offered this spring.                     “The course has evolved as the standard has taken shape, and I anticipate that the course will continue to evolve as changes and addenda are approved, resulting from changes in concepts, technologies and design for green buildings” Lawrence said. “Standard 189.1 has the potential to be a 'game changer' in the industry and thus anyone who is working with green design would benefit from learning more about the standard. One way to do that is by taking this course.”         The 14 online, instructor-led seminars that will run from March until May through ASHRAE and are available to those interested in expanding their knowledge of the HVAC industry and keeping up to date with the latest technology and their applications. A full list of seminars and registration information can be found at  Other courses are: •       Humidity Controls: Basic Principles Loads and Equipment •       Humidity Controls: Application, Control Levels & Mold Avoidance •       Introduction to Green Buildings and Sustainable Construction •       The Commissioning Process and Guideline 0 •       Introduction to Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning •       Complying with Standard 90.1-2007 HVAC/Mechanical •       Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings: a Sustainable Activity •       Complying with Standard 90.1-2007 Envelope/Lighting •       Using Standard 90.1-2007 to Meet LEED Requirements •       Introduction to Cleanroom Design •       District Cooling and Heating Systems: Central Plants •       Complying with Requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007 •       Understanding and Designing Dedicated Outside Air Systems         The three-hour-long courses are taught in real-time, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT, and feature interactive audio. Three professional development hours or American Institute of Architects learning units or 0.3 continuing education units are available for each course.
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