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

August 15, 2019
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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).

ASHRAE has released another batch of candidate revisions to its standard- ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings — co-developed (and significantly re-branded recently) by four different organizations.  You may access the redlines in the link below:

Public Review Draft Standards / Online Comment Database

To summarize topically:

Addendum ae: Adds a jurisdictional option to select the minimum percentage of construction and demolition waste to be diverted from landfills and incinerators. The ability to divert construction waste varies across the country based on local recycling markets. All waste diversion for this section will be tracked by weight to simplify calculations for tracking and to provide consistency.

Addendum j: Picks up a number of public comments regarding energy attribute certificates, building ownership and chain of custody and power purchase agreements.

Addendum af: Construction management.

Addendum n:  Changes to harmonize with US EPA regulations on composite wood products.

Comment deadlines run from August 11th to August 26th.  

We sweep through the rapidly expanding constellation of energy codes and standards every month.  See our CALENDAR for the next Mechanical Engineering or I-Code teleconference; open to everyone. Use the login credentials at the upper right of our homepage.


Issue: [13-162, et. al]

Category: Mechanical, Electrical, Energy, Facility Asset Management, US Department of Energy

Colleagues:  Mike Anthony, Richard Robben, Larry Spielvogel



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