ASHRAE invests $15.7M to construct net-zero headquarters
By Jillian MorganGreen Technology
ASHRAE will pony up $15.7 million to construct its new world headquarters in Atlanta, GA to net-zero standards.
The society hopes to reduce energy consumption in the existing building to a level below 22 kBtu per square feet per year, with a limit of maximum daytime plug load to 0.5 watts per square foot. It will also be designed to exceed ASHRAE standards where possible.
A committee of ASHRAE volunteers will oversee the renovation project, while a subcommittee of volunteers will advise on systems and technical components.
“We want our new world headquarters to be an example of all that we stand for as a society and all that our industry has to offer,” said ASHRAE president Sheila Hayter. “Reuse of existing buildings and the embodied carbon in those structures is the ultimate form of sustainability.”
ASHRAE plans to make the move from its current building by October 2020. www.ashrae.org