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Energy Standard for Buildings

December 11, 2018
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“The Magpie” | Claude Monet (1868)

ASHRAE — formerly the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers — is an ANSI-accredited continuous-maintenance standards developer (a major contributor to what we call a regulatory product development “stream”).  Ahead of its next semi-annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia January 14-16 2019  the ASHRAE standards administration team has released another batch of candidate changes to its flagship product — ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings — all of which will affect the design, construction and operation of education facilities.   Ideally, late-breaking developments in the revised standard of care set in this document will synchronize with the release of the next edition of the International Building Code in 2019,

ASHRAE 90.1 is co-developed with the Illumination Engineering Society because about 35 percent of electrical energy load is lighting load.   There are thousands of workgroups on the direct payroll of facilities organizations within school districts, colleges and universities — and, perhaps, as many architects, engineers, and facility construction and maintenance contractors — that use ASHRAE 90.1 in their practice every day.

Now come twenty-four (24) proposed changes — some major, some minor — with deadlines run from December 16 through December 30th.  There are so many them that it is best to simply direct you to the ASHRAE’s public commenting facility:

Online Standards Actions & Public Review Drafts

We encourage user interests – either front line staff directly employed by a college or university or an outside consultant skilled in developing lower #TotalCostofOwnership concepts — to set up their own ASHRAE account to respond directly.   In our 20+ year tenure in standards advocacy for the education facilities industry, we find that technical committees administered by ANSI accredited standards developers typically need operating data — i.e. in the case of this document, energy consumption data.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

All ASHRAE standards are a standing item on our daily teleconferences every day, 11 AM Eastern time.  We also pull together all mechanical engineering standards once per month and knock around ideas for responding to proposed changes or developing proposals of our own.   We will do that again on December 17th, 11 AM.   Us the same login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

Issue: [Various]

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

Colleagues: Eric Albert, Mike Anthony, Larry Spielvogel, Richard Robben



StandardsMichigan ASHRAE 90.1 Advocacy Archive (Send an email to for access)

US Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program


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