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Schneider Electric Supports New Code for the Design of High-Performance Buildings published by ASHRAE

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Palatine, Ill., June 2, 2010 — Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced its support of ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, a new standard for the design of high-performance green buildings that will revolutionize the building industry. ASHRAE Standard 189.1 is the first high-performance green building standard published for adoption by governmental jurisdictions.

“ASHRAE Standard 189.1 provides a long-needed green building foundation for states, localities and other building code jurisdictions striving to write green design, construction and operation into building codes,” said Jim Pauley, VP Industry and Government Relations, Schneider Electric. “We see the electrical industry as playing a key role in supporting high-performance buildings and support this standard as part of Schneider Electric’s commitment to produce innovative and effective solutions to enhance energy efficiency.”

This new standard provides approximately 30 percent energy savings over the existing ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007. ASHRAE Standard 189.1 gives users guidance on a broad range of aspects affecting high-performance, green buildings. While many people think of sustainability as being synonymous with energy efficiency alone, building design and building operation affect the environment in many other ways. In response to that, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 addresses site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality (IEQ), and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources. The standard drew from expertise and tools already developed by the sponsoring organizations, including existing standards on many of these topics, such as ASHRAE Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality and ASHRAE Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings.

Reliable Controls Energy Codes are periodically enhanced by recognizing new technology to ensure the industry can use these new methods and drive building performance to a higher level. ASHRAE Standard 189.1 is the next logical step for building owners and jurisdictions to adopt as the minimum requirements for high-performance building design. Not only will jurisdictions, such as cities and states be interested in utilizing green building codes and standards, but some corporations and federal buildings may also choose to do so. In support of that, ASHRAE Standard 189.1 is now a jurisdictional compliance option in the International Code Council’s recently drafted International Green Construction Code.

ASHRAE Standard 189.1 was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).

For more information on ASHRAE Standard 189.1 please visit http://www.ashrae.org/publications/page/927.

 

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