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User Manual for Green Standard 189.1-2009 Now Available from ASHRAE

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December 6 — Industry professionals can get guidance on how to meet the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 189.1 — 2009, “Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings," in a new User's Manual now available from ASHRAE.

The green standard was issued jointly earlier this year by ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North American (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The standard provides a green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings, says ASHRAE.

The new User's Manual provides explanations of the standard's requirements and examples of its application. It contains sample calculations, forms to demonstrate compliance and references to helpful resources and websites. It can also be suitable for use in educational programs, says ASHRAE.

“Because of the breadth of the key topic areas covered in the standard –- site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources — it is important for users to have a thorough understanding of how they come together to create a sustainable building," said Kent Peterson, former chair of the Standard 189.1 committee. “The User's Manual aids architects and engineers in applying the standard to design; general and specialty contractors in constructing buildings that are in compliance; and plan examiners and field inspectors in enforcing the standard where adopted into code."

Complete information on the standard, as well as a readable copy, is available from ASHRAE:

It can be ordered through ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or via the ASHRAE bookstore: The cost of the Standard 189.1 User's Manual is $93 for non-ASHRAE members; $79 for members.