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Rising energy costs and the increased global awareness of the potential impact of climate change continues to drive home the message that low-energy, environmentally responsible, high-performance buildings are the future of the built environment.
In my theme this year, I asked our membership to be more innovative in our thinking and to seek elegant solutions that will help to provide better performance in buildings.
As part of our effort to provide our members and the building community with the tools to achieve this vision of the future, ASHRAE has made its Advanced Energy Design Guide series of publications available as free electronic download products. The current guides, now with three publications, have provided 30 percent energy reduction guidance for the following types of buildings:
• Small retail buildings
• Small office buildings
• K-12 school buildings
Simply click on this link (www.ashrae.org/freeaedg) to go to the download page. If you would like something for your bookshelf, full color print copies may still be purchased from the ASHRAE bookstore accessible through the same link.
These free electronic books are being made available in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council. ASHRAE also has sent free print copies of the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools to more than 14,000 school systems in the United States as part of the Society’s effort to advance energy efficiency in schools.
We are also working on a new Advanced Energy Guide for Existing Buildings that will help building owners and managers achieve at least 30 percent energy savings in existing buildings. Our next step is to progress to the 50 percent energy reduction guides starting later this year. After the 50 percent series, we will progress straight to net-zero energy building guidance.
ASHRAE’s intent is to ensure that design teams can readily use this valuable information. I hope you find these guides useful tools in your work as a building design, construction and management professional.
Kent Peterson, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE
ASHRAE President 2007-08
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