ASHRAE Releases Next Advanced Energy Design Guide
Buildings designers are one step closer to a net-zero energy building.
Published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Advanced Energy Design
Guide for Small Retail Buildings is the second in a series of
publications that cover various types of building construction.
Intended for use by builders, contractors and architects, the guide
covers energy-efficient design for retail buildings up to 20,000
"The purpose of the design guide is to provide a simple, prescriptive
menu of options that will result in a building using 30% less energy
than those constructed in accordance with the 1999 version of ASHRAE
Standard 90.1, the foundation for energy efficiency in building
codes throughout the United States," said Merle McBride, chairperson
of the committee overseeing the book's creation. "Those looking
to achieve a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council
(USGBC) will find this guide particularly useful."
The guide offers energy efficiency guidance in many areas, including
lighting, HVAC efficiencies, windows, skylights and envelope measures.
A major difference from Standard 90.1 is that the guide provides
equipment efficiencies by climate zone to take into account varying
environmental factors, instead of having one number for the entire
The guide resulted from collaboration among ASHRAE, the Department
of Energy, USGBC, Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
(IESNA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The retail
industry provided guidance to the guide's development team to ensure
building owner perspectives were considered when forming design
recommendations. To help in future editions, users of the guide
will be able to provide feedback via an Internet link.
The guide is part of a series of ASHRAE publications that will
progress toward providing net-zero energy designs for buildings
of various types. The first publication in the series focused on
small office buildings, and the next energy design guide will address
"This is a long-term endeavor by ASHRAE," said McBride. "ASHRAE
is focusing on improving the energy efficiency of the nation's building
stock, targeting where the greatest energy-saving impact can be
The cost of the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Retail
Buildings is $59 ($49, ASHRAE members). To order, contact ASHRAE
Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or
404-636-8400 (worldwide) or visit the ASHRAE.org Bookstore at www.ashrae.org.