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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

May 22, 2019
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“Visit to the Classroom” | Charles Hunt (1859)

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers — doing business as ASHRAE since 2012 — 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.

Ahead of next conference in Kansas City, MO | June 22-26  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 affect the design, construction and operation of education facilities because they are heavily referenced in local, state and federal energy legislation.   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 in a typical building is owed to 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.

The technical committees writing ASHRAE 90.1 have released 19 redlines for public comment; a few noteworthy changes listed below:

Addendum cb: Expansion of the scope of ASHRAE 90.1 to entire building sites.

Addendum bc: Computer Room air conditioner efficiency

Addendum bo: Warm air concept correlation with US Department of Energy (DOE) tabulation

Addendum br & cf: DOE refrigeration minimum efficiency requirements.  Many school districts, university affiliated hospitals and student residence halls have significant food refrigeration technologies

Addendum cd: Exhaust Air Energy Recovery

Addendum ck: 1 Modeling Requirements for Calculating Design Energy Cost and Energy Cost Budget for On-site renewable energy

Addendum cv: Parking Garage Lighting Control

Addendum by: Building sites shall have equipment for on-site renewable energy with a rated capacity of not less than 0.25 W/ft² or 0.85 Btu/ft2 (2.7W/m²) multiplied by the sum of the gross conditioned floor area for all floors up to the three largest floors.

Other addenda are editorial and/or correlation fixes associated with changes in product standards and/or related regulatory documents promulgated by the US Department of Energy.  These changes should interest A/E enterprises, sustainability workgroups and/or HVAC shops in facility divisions of most colleges, universities and school districts.

Comments are due June 9th.

Education industry facility managers, energy conservation workgroups and sustainability professionals are encouraged to participate directly in the ASHRAE consensus standard development process.   You may do so on ASHRAE’s public commenting facility:

Online Standards Actions & Public Review Drafts

University of Southern California | Glorya Kaufman School of Dance

All ASHRAE standards are a standing item on our daily teleconferences every day, 11 AM Eastern time.  It is especially important to give priority to ANSI accredited “continuous maintenance” standards developers.   While energy conservation may not seem to be as much of a public safety issue as other continuous maintenance standards developers who deal with consumer product safety (Underwriters Laboratories) and water safety (NSF International) the fact that the ASHRAE suite is to widely referenced in other regulatory products developed by the International Code Council, the US Green Building Council, the Illumination Engineering Society, and others; supports the practical necessity of sending up redlines for public review at a brisk pace.

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.   See our CALENDAR for the next online teleconference.  Use 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: Mike Anthony, Larry Spielvogel, Richard Robben

#StandardsGeorgia #StandardsKansas




ASHRAE supported the Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014 (H.R. 4092; 113th Congress), a bill that would require the United States Department of Energy to establish a centralized clearinghouse to disseminate information on federal programs, incentives, and mechanisms for financing energy-efficient retrofits and upgrades at schools.[12][13]




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

US Department of Energy Building Energy Codes Program

‘‘Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2014’’

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