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Energy Standard for Buildings

Building interior environmental air systems are one of the most heavily regulated technologies. This stream tracks the development of the most widely referenced consensus documents for energy conservation legislation.


Energy Standard for Buildings

December 16, 2020

“Student Painting Competition” (2013) / Rida Maryam Qureshi United States Agency for International Development


I have been impressed with the urgency of doing.

Knowing is not enough; we must apply.

Being willing is not enough; we must do.

 – Leonardo da Vinci 



The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an ANSI-accredited continuous-maintenance standards developer (a major contributor to what we call a regulatory product development “stream”).   Continuous maintenance means that changes to its consensus products can change in as little as 30 days so it is wise to keep pace.

ASHRAE 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 affect the design, construction and operation of education facilities because they are heavily referenced in local, state and federal energy legislation.   Standard 90.1 has been a benchmark for commercial building energy codes in the United States and a key basis for codes and standards around the world for more than 35 years.  Free access to ASHRAE 901. is available at the link below:

READ-ONLY Version of 2016 ASHRAE 90,1

Several redlines were recently released by the ASHRAE 90.1 committee; Addendum q is noteworthy for education facility designers:

The intent of the baseline building design lighting requirements in Table G3.7 is to establish criteria equivalent to requirements in 2004. At that time laboratory classrooms, shop classrooms, and preschool through 12th grade classrooms were not required to have occupancy sensor control. The requirements in Table G3.7 for these area types, in the Classroom/Lecture Hall/Training Room category, reflect this intent. When the area types in Table G3.7 were updated to match changes in Table 9.6.1, a duplicate requirement for laboratory classrooms was included with a more stringent baseline requirement for lighting controls. This proposal
removes this duplicate lighting requirement.

Six others were released in the most recent tranche of revisions.

You may access the redlines at the link below:

Online Standards Actions & Public Review Drafts

Education industry facility managers, energy conservation workgroups, sustainability officers, electric shop foreman, electricians and front-line maintenance professionals who change lighting fixtures, maintain environmental air systems are encouraged to participate directly in the ASHRAE consensus standard development process.

All ASHRAE consensus products are standing items on our periodic Mechanical, Water and Energy teleconferences.  See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [Various]

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

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Larry Spielvogel, Richard Robben



ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2019: Energy Standard For Buildings


US Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program

ASHRAE Guideline 0 The Commissioning Process

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