HVAC&R design standard comes under review

Addendum proposed to add compliance path to standard 90.1-2010

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The HVAC&R design standard will be under review till late November
The HVAC&R design standard will be under review till late November

The HVAC&R design standard which covers the energy standard for all buildings except low-rise residential buildings is currently under review, according to ASHRAE.

The addendum BM to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) Standard 90.1-2010 is currently open for public review from Oct 12 until Nov 26, 2012.

The proposed addendum would add a compliance path to Standard 90.1 to allow modeling in accordance with Appendix G (Performance Rating Method), provided the percentage improvement of at least 45% over a baseline design.

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In addition, this addendum proposes to make the baseline consistent with the prescriptive requirements of 90.1-2004, and it will remain that way in future versions of the standard.

The current paths in the standard – the Energy Cost Budget method and the Performance Rating Method – can lead to different modelling protocols for different functions, according to Michael Rosenberg, a member of the Standard 90.1 committee. All require slightly different rules, and a single project could require two or more different baselines.

“By allowing an additional compliance option, the standard provides more credit for integrated design resulting in energy savings such as efficient use of building mass, optimized building orientation, efficient HVAC&R system selection and rightsizing of HVAC&R equipment,” Rosenberg said.

The baseline could stay the same for "beyond code" programs as well, such as the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating program, ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the federal tax incentive programs. Each simply chooses their own “percentage better than” target, according to Rosenberg.

“In addition, the performance path will no longer lag behind the prescriptive path as in the past it was not possible to incorporate prescriptive changes that occurred near publication date into the performance path,” he said. “It also allows for a deliberate and consistent trend for energy reduction in each version of the standard, instead of just following the prescriptive path.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

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