ASHRAE’s newly renovated headquarters effectively serves as a laboratory without walls to extend the Society’s knowledge and information worldwide, according to a recent press release from the organization.

Completed in July, the $7.65 million renovation includes a new learning and meeting center. Sustainable measures include projected reduction in annual energy usage of more than 31.5% through use of a DOAS with energy recovery and humidity control, ground-source heat pumps, and variable refrigerant flow systems with heat recovery; 52.3% reduction in water consumption by using low-flow or no-flow fixtures throughout the building; and increase of outside air delivered to each space by 30% beyond minimum rates specified in ASHRAE’s Standard 62.1.

The renewal was funded through donations of more than $1.65 million in equipment, services and furnishings from more than 20 companies and individuals and the ASHRAE Foundation. Major contributors to the headquarters project include the ASHRAE Foundation, Carrier Corp., Automated Logic Corp. /Automated Logic Georgia, ClimateMaster Inc., Daikin Industries Ltd., Southern Company/Georgia Power Company, and Trane. For a complete list and description of donations, visit www.ashrae.org/building.