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Energy Standard for Buildings

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

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

Four redlines were recently released by the ASHRAE 90.1 committee:

Addendum b: Demand Controlled Ventilation (DCV) should be required when cost-effective for occupied spaces considering the required outside air for ventilation required based on number of people in the space,
varying space sizes, use of energy recovery equipment, and climate zone.

Addendum d: Tightening requirements for garage ventilation

Addendum i: Proposes changes to Exhaust Air Heat Recovery systems in laboratories

Addendum k:  Regarding budget building fan power to avoid a fan power credit for cases where the proposed building includes heat recovery and the budget building does not include heat recovery.

Comments due July 19th.

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


Storm Shelters

“Landscape between Storms” 1841 / Auguste Renoir

The International Code Council has released an exposure draft of its revisions to ICC/NSSA 500 Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters.  From the project prospectus:

The objective of this Standard is to provide technical design and performance criteria that will facilitate and promote the design, construction, and installation of safe, reliable, and economical storm shelters to protect the public. It is intended that this Standard be used by design professionals; storm shelter designers, manufacturers, and constructors; building officials; and emergency management personnel and government officials to ensure that storm shelters provide a consistently high level of protection to the sheltered public.

Comments are due August 10th.  The current 2014 edition of ICC 500 is also linked at the bottom of this page.

The ICC receives public response to proposed changes to its products at the link below

Standards Public Forms

Send comments to Kimberly Paarlberg (kpaarlberg@iccsafe.org) with optional copy to psa@ansi.org

The advantage of this approach is that it avoids some of the proprietary idiosyncrasies of specialty content management systems used by other standards setting organizations.  When the content is curated by ICC staff it is made available at the link below:


We maintain this title on the agenda of our periodic Model Building Code and Disaster teleconferences which approach this product from the point of view of education community facility managers.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting, open to everyone. 



H.R. 865 / Rebuild America’s Schools Act of 2019

Photo by Architect of the Capitol | Left: The teacher and children in a “little red schoolhouse” represent an important part of American education in the 1800s.
Right: Students attend a land grant college, symbolic of the national commitment to higher learning.


Model Building Codes

La Città-stato dell’antica Grecia, in un dipinto di epoca romantica (CLICK ON IMAGE)


We meet online today for a status check on public commenting opportunities on the consensus products that set the standard of care for designing and building education facilities.   In the past we have limited our coverage to the International Code Council suite.   Today we expand our interest to other model building codes; a few of them listed below:

International Building Code

Building Construction and Safety Code


National Building Code of Canada

To a surprising degree these bodies borrow safety concepts from one another; owing to field experience, technological changes. response to government regulation regarding disasters and accessibility, among others.   Some of the concepts we have been tracking:

Use of education facilities as storm shelters

Occupancy classifications

Carbon monoxide detection and alarms

Electric vehicle power supply from new buildings

Daylight responsive lighting controls

Scope of work in alterations

Enhanced classroom acoustics

Security (door locking, access, etc.)

Assemblies, laboratories, sport facilities, etc, etc, etc.

(Plenty to do)

Our meeting today at 11 AM/ET is open to everyone.  Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

Standing Agenda / Model Building Codes


Birth of Building Codes: Building Code of Hammurabi


Whole Building Design Guide

“The Ideal City” (c. 1480) / Fra Carnevale

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization bringing together representatives of government, the professions, industry, labor and consumer interests to focus on the identification and resolution of problems and potential problems that hamper the construction of safe, affordable structures for housing, commerce and industry throughout the United States.  The National Institute of Building Sciences was authorized by the U.S. Congress in the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-383.

As the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States — and one that is largely financed with public money —  the education industry is a major stakeholder in NIBS leading practice discovery and promulgation.  Best practice in education facility construction is informed by best practices in other federal agencies with significant construction spend

We track development and commenting opportunities on NIBS consensus products linked below:

Whole Building Design Guide

National BIM Standard V3

United States National CAD Standard

It is remarkable how much standards action happens in the drearier (boilerplate) — General Conditions — part of a construction contract.  Admittedly, you must have an interest in the fine points of the building construction disciplines.

As of today’s posting we do not find any NIBS consensus products open for public comment or in the Federal Register.  We do, however, keep NIBS products on our monthly Design & Contract teleconferences; open to everyone.   See our CALENDAR for the next online meeting; open to everyone.

Issue: [15-317]

Category: Architectural, Management & Finance

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Richard Robben

Representative School, College & University Construction Contract General Conditions


2018 NIBS Report to the President of the United States


Cambridge Center for Smart Infrastructure & Construction

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Readings / Carnegie Classifications

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, or simply the Carnegie Classification, is the framework for classifying colleges and universities in the United States. Created in 1970, it is named after and was originally created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, but responsibility for the Carnegie Classification was transferred to Indiana University‘s Center for Postsecondary Research, in 2014. The framework primarily serves educational and research purposes, where it is often important to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions. The classification includes all accredited, degree-granting colleges and universities in the United States that are represented in the National Center for Education Statistics Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education ®

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