ASHRAE is going green! In 2002, the Board of Directors created a subcommittee to create strategies by which the organization can promote energy conservation and sustainable buildings through its standards. In response, ASHRAE created a new website dedicated to sustainable building practices, www.engineeringforsustainability.org.
In addition, ASHRAE is now collaborating with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North Americato develop a new standard for sustainable buildings. Currently in draft form, the proposed "Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings" is being created to provide minimum requirements for the design of high-performance, green buildings to: "(a) Balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and well being, and community sensitivity, and (b) Support the goal of the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." The best part is that being 100% smokefree is a requirement for compliance with the proposed standard. Once finalized, the intention is to have Standard 189P be a prerequisite for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.