High-Performance Green Buildings | Standards Michigan

High-Performance Green Buildings

Standard 189.1 provides total building sustainability guidance for designing, building, and operating high-performance green buildings. From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard sets the foundation for green buildings by addressing site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources. Standard 189.1 is a compliance option of the International Green Construction Code


High-Performance Green Buildings

March 2, 2020
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“Hudson River Waterfront” | Colin Campbell Cooper (1913)

With about one hundred technical committees administered by accredited standards developers globally, the stream of standards action in the building energy conservation space is one of the fastest-moving; and a space that demonstrates remarkable adaption.  As the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States the education facility industry is on the receiving end of prescriptive and performance requirements produced by these technical committees that are enforced by state agencies and/or sustainability consortia.  It is also the least involved in advancing its own safety and sustainability agenda as a user-interest; thus the raison d’être of Standards Michigan (See ABOUT).

There is a lot of market-making by incumbent interests with a footprint in the US education industry’s green agenda.  We do our best to keep pace.

We find another batch of  redlines for  ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings now open for public review at the link below:

Public Review Draft Standards / Online Comment Database


Comment deadlines run from March 15 through May 4th.  

We are happy to discuss responses to the proposed changes in any standards suite any day at 11 AM Eastern time.  We also sweep through the rapidly expanding constellation of consensus products applicable to the energy space at least twice per month during our Mechanical Engineering and Energy breakout teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meetings; open to everyone.


Issue: [13-162, et. al]

Category: Mechanical, Electrical, Energy

Colleagues:  Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel



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