ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

THE American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) have published a new energy efficiency standard based on numerous energy saving measures from industry

The 2013 standard currently serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. Now the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda to the 2013 standard.

The original standard was first published during the energy crisis in 1975, and the 2016 version is the 10th edition published since

Drake Erbe, chair of the Standard 90.1 committee, said: ”It is the overall goal of each version to create a consensus standard that saves energy and is technically feasible and cost effective.

“In addition, as a result of a strategic initiative begun in the 2013 cycle, the 2016 version has a new format that we believe will be easier for users, a new way of incorporation of reference material from other standards starting with climate data, and a performance path for compliance that rewards designs for achieving energy cost levels above the standard minimum.”

The standards are fairly extensive and include the most significant technical changes for the following areas: Building Envelope, Lighting, Mechanical, Energy Cost Budget (ECB) and Modelling.

The report can be purchased from ASHRAE.

Photo of United States Custom House Building Envelope Restoration, by Kanan H. Jani (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Monday 7th November 2016

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