Changes to the purpose and scope that reflect advances in green buildings over the last 10 years are proposed for the high performance building standard from ASHRAE, the International Code Council, the U.S. Green Building Council and the Illuminating Engineering Society.
ASHRAE/IES/USGBC/ICC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings, contains minimum requirements for the siting, design and construction of high performance green buildings in support of reducing building energy use, resource consumption and other environmental impacts while maintaining acceptable indoor environments.
Nine proposed addenda to the standard opened for public review on April 8, 2016. To comment or learn more, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.
Among them is addenda o, which proposes revisions to the existing purpose and scope of the standard to clarify its intended purposes and application, and to better reflect the revisions to the standard that are being considered by the committee.
Committee chair Andrew Persily notes that the current title, purpose and scope were approved in 2006 and that much has taken place in the world of green buildings in the past 10 years.
Under addenda o, the purpose of the standard has been rewritten to focus on goals vs. strategies. For example, rather than energy efficiency, the goal of reduced building emissions is proposed for inclusion in the purpose.
A new section of the purpose speaks to the alignment of Standard 189.1 with the International Green Construction Code, noting specifically that the standard is intended to serve as the technical basis of mandatory buildings codes and regulations for high performance buildings.
Standard 189.1 currently is a compliance option of the 2015 IgCC, published by the International Code Council, ASTM and the American Institute of Architects. The standard will serve as the technical content for the IgCC beginning in 2018.
Other addenda open for public review from April 8 until May 8, 2016 are:
Open for public review from April 8 until May 23, 2016 are: