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ASHRAE to begin renovation to create new net-zero world HQ building

Board has approved a USD 15.7 million budget to begin renovation, says Society

| | Jan 17, 2019 | 11:26 am
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Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 17 January 2019: ASHRAE announced board approval of a USD 15.7 million budget to begin renovation of its new world headquarters building in metro Atlanta, Georgia, USA, through a Press communiqué. The building located at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, is approximately 10 miles north of ASHRAE’s current location, the communiqué said. The 1970s-era building was selected from existing building stock with a goal of retrofitting it into a modern, high-performance building, designed for net-zero energy efficiency, the communiqué further said.

Sheila J Hayter, President, ASHRAE, said: “ASHRAE is excited to demonstrate innovative leadership in our industry by transforming an existing commercial building into a state-of-the-art built-environment. 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. This project will serve as an exemplary model for other organisations looking to incorporate similar approaches and designs into new and existing facilities across the globe.”

The renovated world headquarters building will provide a technologically updated, cutting-edge workspace for ASHRAE members, staff and the public, the communiqué said.

Hayter explained: “We believe that renovating existing buildings represents the single best opportunity for making a significant impact on sustainability, resiliency and energy efficiency.  Reuse of existing buildings and the embodied carbon in those structures is the ultimate form of sustainability. Our challenge is to undertake a retrofit process that will address the uniqueness of this building and to do so cost-effectively. This is a significant milestone for our society.”

According to ASHRAE, the goals of the renovation project are:

  • To upgrade an existing building to operate at a higher sustainability level – anticipating net-zero operation – which may be substantiated through available certification programmes, such as LEED, Green Globes, WELL Building or Living Building Challenge.  For this effort, ASHRAE will work to reduce energy consumption to a level below 22 kbtu/sq.ft./year, with a limit of maximum daytime plug load to 0.5 W/sq.ft.
  • To exceed ASHRAE standards, where possible and economically justifiable, by including ASHRAE Standards 90.1-2016, 62.1-2016, and 55-2017.
  • To be a model for reducing the carbon and environmental impacts of business operations in a cost-effective and replicable way.

The communiqué said the renovation project will be overseen by a committee of ASHRAE volunteers and a subcommittee of volunteers will advise on systems and technical components. The communiqué further said that ASHRAE will move from its current building by October 2020.

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