There are many historical buildings in the education industry and bringing them into conformity with energy conservation goals is a challenge. The American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers (ASHRAE) has released for public review a new consensus document: ASHRAE 34P Energy Guideline for Historical Buildings. This guideline is directed to the entire Design Team and is not intended to address issues that are the responsibility of one discipline or trade. The studies and/or reports suggested in this document should be accounted for in the contract negotiations for the discipline most qualified to deal with that topic. As indicated in the ASHRAE announcement:
PURPOSE: The purpose of this guideline is to provide sound advice to those who plan to undertake energy efficiency and energy conservation improvement projects and programs involving historic structures on the practices, processes, and workflows that should be followed, including procedures:
- for energy efficient operation and maintenance,
- to improve the efficiency of energy-using building systems and equipment, and
- to improve the energy performance of the building’s envelope.
This guideline will provide advice related to implementing projects and programs in historic buildings and structures to achieve improved energy efficiency while minimizing disturbance to the historic character, characteristics, and materials (significance, value, and qualities) of the building, including: envelope modifications and upgrades to control heat and moisture transfer and limit air infiltration, adding new HVAC systems or improving existing HVAC systems to improve energy efficiency while maintaining human comfort and providing acceptable indoor environmental quality, and adding new lighting systems or upgrading existing systems that provide energy efficient solutions while maintaining the historic qualities of the building.
SCOPE: This guideline applies to those buildings that are defined as historic buildings or which are eligible to be so defined by applicable law in the jurisdiction where the building is located.
The education industry has a significant number of facilities that can be classified as historic and, accordingly, our original engagement with this document dates back to the early releases in 2015. (See previous comments linked below). Now comes the Fourth Substantive Revision — incorporating recent public comments– has been released and available in the link below:
Comments are due October 30th. This document will be on the agenda of tomorrow’s Open Door teleconference — Wednesday, October 25th, 11:00 – 11:30 AM EST. Anyone is welcomed to join these teleconferences from your computer, tablet or smartphone with the login information below:
Category: Mechanical, Energy Conservation
Contact: Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel
Link to previous comments:
15-104A ASHRAE 34P Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings Public Comment Accepted