The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the American Institute of Architects (AII) have signed a memorandum of understanding that states the two organizations will work jointly in the research and development of next-generation energy efficiency guidelines.
According to the organizations, residential and commercial communities should be a major focal point for energy consumption since buildings account for 35 percent of total energy consumption in the U.S.
"Both ASHRAE and AIA have an essential role to play in achieving energy-efficiency improvements in all types of buildings," said Richard Rooley, ASHRAE president. "We will work together in promoting 'smart' design practices regarding energy usage [and] energy-efficient and environmentally responsive buildings."
The two groups say they are already developing Advanced Energy Design Guides, which will help designers achieve 30-percent energy savings over ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
The first of the guides, which would apply to office buildings up to 20,000 sq ft, is expected to be published later this year.
ASHRAE and AIA will work on energy use and energy-efficiency issues related to the built environment, including:
Improving quality of the indoor environment and occupant productivity through the use of advanced systems techniques and environmentally responsible building;
Expanding the diversity of energy use and energy conservation measures; and
Promoting quality of life and global economic opportunities through internationally recognized high-performance design and energy-efficient structures.
In the area of professional development and public outreach, ASHRAE and AIA anticipate the establishment of new standards of excellence in understanding and implementing energy use and environmental considerations in the built environment. They also will support continued efforts to enhance energy and environmental design standards, and the development of advanced modeling tools.
In the area of research and development, ASHRAE and AIA say they will continue to support energy efficiency and renewable energy issues for research, development, and distribution of design tools. This includes energy simulations, environmental material assessment and specification, construction waste reduction, building commissioning, and performance-based auditing and contracting to address the specific needs of architects, engineers, and facility owners/operators throughout the building lifecycle.
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