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National Green Building Standard Approved for Use

The latest version of the ICC/ASHRAE 700-2015 National Green Building Standard (NGBS) has been approved for use by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The residential construction standard provides a pathway by which builders and developers may seek third-party green building certification of their new homes, developments and remodeling projects. … Read more »

Green Building Standard User’s Manual Offers Help to Engineers, Architects, Contractors

Green Building Standard User’s Manual Offers Help to Engineers, Architects, Contractors

A newly published user’s manual clarifies the intent and implementation of the building industry’s leading green building standard by explaining its requirements and providing example applications. The User’s Manual to ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is intended to help engineers, … Read more »

ASHARE Seeks Industry Input on Refrigerant Safety Standard

ASHRAE is seeking industry input on a proposal to modify portions of its refrigeration safety standard to incorporate subclass 2L flammability classifications. ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 15-2013, Safety Standard for Refrigeration Systems, specifies safe design, construction, installation and operation of refrigeration systems. The 2010 edition of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34-2013, Designation and Safety … Read more »

ASHRAE Updates IAQ Guideline, Says Use High-Efficiency Filters

With recent research showing that ultrafine particles are more hazardous to human health than originally thought, higher-efficiency filters should be used, according to the newly published 2015 version of ASHRAE’s residential indoor air quality guideline. Guideline 24-2015, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides information on achieving … Read more »

NYC Adopts ASHRAE Legionella Standard After 12 Die

With 12 confirmed dead and more than 120 cases of infection due to legionellosis, New York City Council late last week adopted legislation that requires adherence to part of ASHRAE’s newly published legionella standard. The legislation addresses registration and inspection of cooling towers. It requires owners to create and file … Read more »

ASHRAE

ASHRAE, IAQA Offer Dual Membership

A new dual membership program is available to members of ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) as part of consolidation between the two groups finalized earlier this year. ASHRAE and IAQA announced last year that they were joining forces to combine resources to improve indoor air quality in … Read more »

ASHRAE Revises Indoor Air Quality Guideline

ASHRAE is seeking public input into a proposed revision of ASHRAE’s residential indoor air quality guideline. ASHRAE Guideline 24-2008, Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the companion guideline to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2007, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Guideline 24 provides information … Read more »

IgCC partners

LEED Aligns with International Green Construction Code

Several leading associations that develop codes and standards to create green buildings are collaborating to align the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ANSI/ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1 and the LEED green building program. The new guidelines will make it easier for owners, designers, builders and code officials to build sustainable, high-performing buildings, … Read more »

USGBC

Biomass Requirements to be Included in New Green Building Standard

ASHRAE, US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society are exploring the development of biomass requirements for inclusion in their co-sponsored green building standard. ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, contains minimum requirements for the siting, design and construction of high-performance green buildings … Read more »

ASHRAE, IAQA Join Forces

A consolidation between ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association has been finalized by both organizations. In July, ASHRAE announced it had agreed in principle to join forces with the IAQA, combining resources to improve indoor air quality in the built environment.  Since August, the two groups have been undergoing … Read more »

ASHRAE

ASHRAE Achieves Four Green Globes

ASHRAE’s international headquarters in Atlanta has earned four Green Globes — the highest rating — in addition to its original LEED Platinum rating. Jerry Yudelson, president of Green Building Initiatives, which oversees the green building program, says only 3 percent of projects assessed by GBI achieve four Globes certification. Sustainable measures … Read more »

ASHRAE

2014 Green Building Standard Released

More stringent water-use and energy-efficiency requirements are among the new requirements to further reduce buildings’ environmental impacts in the 2014 version of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the US Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society. The ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2014, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings … Read more »