The need to promote increased energy efficiency, environmental preservation and responsible energy resource development is more important than ever, according ASHRAE’s new Energy Position Document. The document, approved at ASHRAE's 2003 Winter Meeting held in Chicago January 25-29, explains ASHRAE's views of energy use in buildings and the societal and economic impacts of that energy use. The document replaces the Energy Position Statement and Paper approved by ASHRAE in 1992.
With buildings responsible for a third of the world's energy use, energy is a fundamental ingredient of all economic systems. "We must strive to find ways to use our energy resources in the best way possible," ASHRAE president Donald Colliver, Ph.D., P.E., said. "Our resources are not infinite. As the document states, energy is essential to the defense of nations, necessary to feed the world's population and vital for protection from the elements."