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ASHRAE Building EQ Labeling Program Launches 20-Building Pilot

ASHRAE’s recently renovated, LEED-Platinum headquarters in Atlanta scored an A-minus in the organization’s new Building EQ building energy labeling program.

On December 8, 2009, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) launched a pilot of its new “Building EQ” labeling program (see

EBN Aug. 2009), with commitments to participate from the U.S. General Services Administration and several major developers and designers.

In rolling out the pilot, Building EQ committee chair Ron Jarnagin noted that ASHRAE’s recently renovated headquarters, which earned a LEED Platinum certification in October, scored an A-minus in Building EQ’s “As Designed” rating, which reserves the A-plus score for net-zero-energy buildings. Jarnagin also connected the roll-out of the Building EQ program to ASHRAE’s new certification program for energy modelers (see

EBN Nov. 2009) and a yet-to-be-developed certification program for the assessors who will determine a building’s “In Performance” rating in Building EQ.

ASHRAE anticipates that Building EQ will generate several levels of documentation, including a simple label for public distribution, a certificate for the owner or operator, and a detailed report for architects and engineers. More information is available at

Published January 1, 2010

Malin, N. (2010, January 1). ASHRAE Building EQ Labeling Program Launches 20-Building Pilot. Retrieved from

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