November 2007
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ASHRAE Launches New Magazine Dedicated to High-Performing Buildings

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ATLANTA – ASHRAE has launched a new magazine to help decision-makers in the building community learn about the latest developments in innovative technologies and energy-efficient design and operation.

Targeted at building owners, facility managers, architects and engineers, High Performing Buildings features working case studies of exemplary buildings developed by leading practitioners in the sustainability movement.

Also included is a “lessons learned” section in each article where building designers and operators explain what went right, what went wrong, how problems were resolved and what could have been done better.

“It is essential that ASHRAE share both the technologies and measured performance of high-performance buildings to change the status quo and help transform the building industry to a more sustainable built environment,” said Kent Peterson, ASHRAE president.

ASHRAE’s goal is to advance the concept of integrated building design with a focus on measured building performance, not just design of sustainable buildings. The cases studies featured will provide performance data, verifying actual sustainability performance.

Reliable Controls The cover story of the first issue focuses on Heifer International. By providing gifts of livestock and plants to financially disadvantaged families around the world, Heifer International teaches sustainability by showing recipients how to use those gifts wisely.

The importance of passing on the gift of sustainability is also highlighted in the organization’s Arkansas headquarters, which features earth-friendly designs such as a constructed wetlands, a gray-water tower and energy-saving techniques.

“One thing that Heifer understands is that if we are going to have a lasting impact on world hunger, everything we do must be sustainable – that is, the means for production of food and income must renew the environment and not deplete it,” Jo Luck, Heifer’s CEO and president, said. “In conceiving and constructing our new office building, we are striving to live up to the aspirations of Heifer’s own mission of ending hunger and saving the earth.”

To learn more or to subscribe, visit The quarterly magazine will be distributed via print and digitally.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


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