To allow greater uniformity for building types seeking an “In Operation” rating under its Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program, ASHRAE says it is now using methodology from its standard for energy efficiency in existing buildings to calculate the rating.
ASHRAE says it took major actions during its 2014 Annual Conference including introduction of its strategic plan, creation of a new indoor air quality alliance, and announcement of a milestone related to its research program and foundation.
Guidance on how to incorporate changes regarding building envelope, lighting, mechanical, and the energy cost budget in the 2013 energy standard from ASHRAE and IES are included in a newly published User’s Manual.
Leaning on experience and data from various K-12 cities and projects, the author pursues some less conventional design approaches. They may revolve around radiant heating and/or cooling, but depending on school size and other factors, the smart use of heat recovery, DOAS, and improved central plants could also put a project on the HVAC honor roll.