A new web page has been launched to provide guidance on the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Proposed Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, which is expected to be available later this month. The page, www.ashrae.org/greenstandard, is designed to be a one-stop resource for information on the proposed standard, and contains an easily readable version of the standard as well as more information on the areas addressed and other resources for high-performance building.

Currently the standard has been approved for publication by the boards of directors of ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, and U.S. Green Building Council, and ASHRAE is going through the final stages of the American National Standards Institute consensus development process.

"Given that this standard will set the foundation for green building codes, it is vital that the building industry is familiar with its requirements," Kent Peterson, chair of the Standard 189.1 committee, says. "ASHRAE, USGBC and IES recognize the potential of this standard to change the marketplace and are working to educate the industry. Given its impact, we also are working to make the standard available as quickly as possible."