ASHRAE has issued a position document on building decarbonization and its role on mitigating the negative carbon impact of buildings on the environment.
ASHRAE Position Document on Building Decarbonization presents the Society's positions and recommendations for achieving a reduction in emissions through the renovation of existing building stock and improvements to new building designs.
"Building decarbonization encompasses a building's entire life cycle, including building design, construction, operation, occupancy and end of life," said 2022-23 ASHRAE President Farooq Mehboob, Fellow ASHRAE. "ASHRAE is leading the charge in accelerating the mitigation of carbon resulting from energy use in the built environment by providing this roadmap to further our Society's mission of a healthy and sustainable built environment for all."
ASHRAE's position is that decarbonization of buildings and its systems must be based on a holistic analysis including healthy, safe, and comfortable environments, energy efficiency, environmental impacts, sustainability, operational security and economics.
By 2030, the global built environment must at least halve its 2015 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, whereby:
Additional positions and recommendations include the following:
View the complete position document at ashrae.org/decarb.