ASHRAE is a global society seeking to advance human well-being via developing sustainable technology for the built environment. The organization recently released an updated Standard on Energy Efficiency In Existing Buildings. Read more about this update below.
ATLANTA – A newly revised standard from ASHRAE and IES seeks to provide greater guidance and a more comprehensive approach to retrofit of existing buildings for increased energy efficiency.
Published this week, ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100-2015, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, provides comprehensive and detailed descriptions of the processes and procedures for the retrofit of existing residential and commercial buildings in order to achieve greater measured energy efficiency. Appendices are included for life-cycle cost analysis procedures as well as identification of potential energy conservation measures.
“The total primary energy used in both residential and commercial building sectors is expected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration to rise each year for the next several decades in spite of aggressive efficiency improvements in new construction,” Rick Hermans, chair of the Standard 100 committee, said. “In order to reduce the overall impact of energy used by residential and commercial buildings, the existing building stock must become more efficient. This revision to Standard 100 provides the means to accomplish that goal.”
The standard addresses both residential and commercial buildings. It addresses single and multiple activity buildings with variable occupancy periods and identifies the approach for 53 building types in 17 climate zones/subzones. It identifies requirements for buildings undergoing retrofits that do not fall under the scope of either ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, or ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2007, Energy Standard for Low-Rise Residential Buildings.
Standard 100 directly addresses a building’s energy-use efficiency in a quantitative manner and provides a means to improve that efficiency with an objective benchmark created with the assistance of the Energy Information Administration, the Federal Energy Management Program and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
This article originally posted on ASHRAE.org