New Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Retail Published
December 20, 2006
In November 2006, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) - in a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, The U.S. Green Building Council, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) - published the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Retail Buildings, the second in a series of publications that cover various types of building construction. Intended for use by builders, contractors and architects, the guide covers energy-efficient design for retail buildings up to 20,000 square feet.
The design guide aims to provide options that will result in a building using 30% less energy than those constructed in accordance with the 1999 version of ASHRAE Standard 90.1, the foundation for energy efficiency in building codes throughout the United States. This guide will prove particularly useful for those looking to achieve a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The guide offers energy efficiency guidance in many areas, including lighting, HVAC efficiencies, windows, skylights and envelope measures. A major improvement from Standard 90.1 is that the guide provides equipment efficiencies by climate zone to take into account varying environmental factors, instead of having one number for the entire United States.
The guide is part of a series of ASHRAE publications that will progress toward providing net-zero energy building designs. The first publication in the series focused on small office buildings, and the next energy design guide will address K-12 schools. To purchase the guide, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 or visit the ASHRAE bookstore at http://resourcecenter.ashrae.org/store/ashrae/.