USGBC, ASHRAE, and IESNA to Develop a Green Building Standard
As early as 2007, there may be a new minimum standard for green buildings. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) announced in February 2006 that they will cosponsor the development of ASHRAE/USGBC/IESNA Standard 189P: Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The three organizations will develop the new standard through AHSRAE’s ANSI-accredited process (American National Standards Institute), creating a standard that could be incorporated into building codes, including other ASHRAE/IESNA standards, such as 90.1 on energy performance. Development of the standard, which will apply to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects, is on the fast track, to be rolled out in 2007. ...