U.S. Army Adapts ASHRAE’s New Sustainable Design

December 23, 2010 / William Thomson, Green Homes Expert

ASHRAE, an international technical society organized to advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration met recently with the United States Army officials in regards with development policy and new sustainable design that incorporates with Standard 189.1-2009 of ANSI/USGBC/ASHRAE/IES.

U.S. Army Adapts ASHRAE’s New Sustainable Design

The new sustainable design or Standard Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings except for Low-level Residential Buildings is developed by the U.S Green Building Council, IES or Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and ASHRAE.

The U.S Army has a new policy to improve green building and promote sustainable design. The new policy’s memorandum was issued by the Army for installations’ assistant secretary, Katherine Hammack, on October, 27, 2010.

Setting new approach for sustainable design, the U.S Army policy incorporated Standard 189.1-2009 for the construction projects and major renovations of efficient military facilities using the standard.

Specified requirements are set, as well as guidelines for outdoor and indoor water consumption, and including standards for energy efficiency, siting, storm water management, metering, and cool roofs to keep up with the sustainable design.

According to Lynn G. Bellenger, ASHRAE President, the organization is pleased that the U.S Army has taken the step to create a new policy to incorporate the standard to its daily practices and future construction projects.

The Army policy covers all construction of new buildings and structures, as well as major renovations in all U.S territories, including Armed Forces Reserve Centers, Army National Guard facilities, Army Reserve Centers, and Active Army installations.

The army is committed in promoting development and sustainable design, Hammack said.

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