ASHRAE Standard 189 committee convenes in Chicago

The group met during ASHRAE's Winter Conference in Chicago on Jan. 27 to hammer out the country's first standard on high-performing green buildings.


The committee for proposed ASHRAE Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, met for the first time at the organization’s 2009 Winter Conference in Chicago on Jan. 27.

Kent Peterson, chair of the Standard 189.1 committee and ASHRAE member, said the group of industry professionals brings to the table the knowledge necessary to get the job done.

“The new committee roster brings a wide spectrum of green building expertise to bear on the standard’s content in keeping with ASHRAE’s commitment to excellence in consensus standards development,” he said. “ASHRAE and its partners look forward to working with the new committee to develop guidance that will minimize a building’s impact on the environment.”

After a recent call for members that reflected a diverse range of industries, designers, and code officials, the committee has been expanded to 34 voting members. Intended to outline minimum criteria for green building practices, the standard will be applicable to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects. When completed, it will address energy efficiency, a building’s impact on the atmosphere, sustainable sites, water use efficiency, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality, among other high-performance green building issues.

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