Green / Sustainability Building Standards – ASHRAE

ASHRAE green building standard published – Minimum requirements for the siting, design, construction and plans for operation of high-performance buildings.

The commercial green building standard in the U.S., standard 189.1 was drafted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council.

“long-needed green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings.” – ASHRAE

Covers: site sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmospshere, materials and resources.

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High Performance Buildings Portal

You may find the NIST High Performance Buildings Portal  High Performance Buildings Portal of value.

There are some ambitious projects underway:

BFRL Program: Improved Building Energy Performance

BFRL Strategic Goal: Measurement Science for Net-Zero Energy, High-Performance Buildings

Building Environment Division

Indoor Air Quality Group


Numerous technologies are emerging to reduce energy consumption in buildings, but it is often difficult to determine the performance of buildings as they are constructed. This performance not only relates to energy consumption, but it also applies to the level of indoor environmental quality and economics of the energy measures.


The goal of the Improved Building Energy Performance program is to improve the as-constructed performance of high-performance buildings by developing and implementing the measurement science to assess the energy consumption, CO2 emissions, indoor air quality, and cost effectiveness of buildings. The program addresses building energy, greenhouse gas emissions, and indoor air quality measurement science in a holistic, integrated manner that considers system interactions involving weather, the building envelope, control systems, and space conditioning equipment. Research efforts are focused on the development of cost-effective building energy monitoring systems, improvements in the efficiency of space conditioning equipment through self diagnostics and enhanced design tools, providing accurate metrics to capture the performance of thermal insulation, improved measures of CO2 emissions from facilities, and development of tools to enhance indoor air quality (IAQ) through measurement science advancements to address volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions and advanced ventilation schemes. Metrics to assess the sustainability of buildings and to quantify the carbon footprint of buildings are an integral part of the program.

This program will transform U.S. innovation and competitiveness in the building sector by developing the means to assess next-generation building technologies needed to achieve net-zero energy buildings. Additional impacts of this program include significant reduction in the nation’s CO2 emissions and reduced stress on the electrical power grid. Previous impacts of this program have included methods of testing and rating procedures that are used exclusively throughout the appliance and solar thermal industries, leadership in the formation of the U.S. Green Building Council, and providing the technical foundation for energy and indoor air quality standards adopted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE.)