Lorenz Presents Session on Standard 189.1 at ACI 2011 Fall Convention
Emily Lorenz, Engineer at CTLGroup, presented a session for the track "Understanding the Implications of Green Building Codes and Standards on the Concrete and Masonry Industries" on October 16 at the ACI 2011 Fall Convention in Cincinnati, OH.
Lorenz's presentation, titled "Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings (ASHRAE 189.1)," is described below:
ASHRAE recently released a new standard, ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. This is the first consensus-based, national green building standard written in mandatory, code-intended language in the U.S. It is not a point or rating system; it includes minimum requirements, thus providing clearer application and guidance for its adoption into local codes. A general overview of topics is presented including site planning, water efficiency, energy efficiency, impact of materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and plans for operation. These plans include commissioning, maintenance, service life, green cleaning, and transportation management. Commissioning ensures the building performs as designed. Green buildings do not need to cost more, especially if green design strategies are considered early in the design stage using integrated design. Savings in utility costs during the operation of the building often offset any higher initial costs. In April 2010, it became a jurisdictional compliance option to the public comment version of the International Green Construction Code (IGCC). The IGCC is being developed and will be finalized after the November 2011 IGCC Final Action Hearing.
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