Green Building Code Stalled!

October 19, 2008 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

It was reported this week that ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers http://www.ashrae.org/) has pulled the plug on standard 189 committee. Apparently this is in response to several trade associations applying pressure to halt the work. There are 2 different posts on Buildinggreen.com (http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/index.cfm/2008/10/17/Green-building-code-standard-committee-disbanded):

Excerpt: “From the article: “Speaking off the record, multiple sources reported signs that ASHRAE had been influenced by various trade associations, which were either unsupportive of ASHRAE’s involvement in a green building standard as an engineering association, or had objections to basic premises of the standard, such as its approach to various building materials.”

The original post and full story can be found here: http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/10/17/Uncertain-Future-for-ASHRAE-Standard-189/

Even though there has been a comment posted on the first post stating that the committee is being reconstituted with additional members I am leery of the direction this is taking.  I would assume that there would be significant disagreements in any such process, but I feel that this is a direction that may ultimately weaken the overall standard, making it far less effective.

This standard is especially needed in the face of growing desire by local and state regulatory agencies to place green building codes in force.  On the site Greenbuildinglawupdate.com (http://www.greenbuildinglawupdate.com/) there is ongoing discussion about the various local pressures being placed on the construction of new buildings and how this patchwork of regulation is making it much more difficult to get green buildings permitted and built.

Lets hope that this is all straightened out soon and the committee is back on track before Christmas!

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