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ASHRAE proposes standardization of global rating systems

Goal is to ensure users are aware of factors that impact their ratings.

September 04, 2015 |
ASHRAE proposes standardization of global rating systems

The LEED sign at the Crystals at the CityCenter development in Las Vegas. Photo: Cygnusloop99/Wikimedia Commons

A proposed standard from ASHRAE, currently open for public comment, would serve as the “backbone” of building rating systems worldwide.

The proposal would address the lack of standardization of the contents of these programs, and ensure that users are knowledgeable about what impacts their ratings, ASHRAE says. The proposed standard from ASHRAE is currently open for public comment.

ASHRAE Standard 214P, Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program, is being written to standardize building energy rating programs by requiring the minimum content of any labels associated with rating programs, establishing minimum requirements for rating program documentation, and other essential components. The proposal is open for public comment until Sept. 28, 2015. Visit here for more information.

“We want to provide a non-commercial consensus standard that can be used in international, national and regional legislation, policy making and regulation activities,” said Wayne Stoppelmoor, chair of the Standard 214P committee. “The goal is to write a standard that provides guidance for establishing rating systems that produce meaningful and consistent results.”

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