The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) prestigious Energy Star rating, the national symbol for superior energy efficiency, for its renovated headquarters in Atlanta. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.
“Improving the energy efficiency of our nation’s buildings is critical to protecting our environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the Energy Star Commercial and Industrial Branch. “From the boiler room to the board room, organizations are leading the way by making their buildings more efficient and earning EPA’s Energy Star.”
“In deciding to renovate our existing headquarters building, ASHRAE followed its mission of ‘promoting a sustainable world,’” said Gordon Holness, 2009–2010 ASHRAE president. “The renovation gave us the opportunity to demonstrate that existing buildings can be upgraded to provide equal or better than new building performance. We are delighted to have achieved the Energy Star rating as further indication of successful implementation and real-world performance.”
Commercial buildings that earn the Energy Star use an average of 35 percent less energy than typical buildings. ASHRAE improved its energy performance by managing energy strategically across the entire organization and by making cost-effective improvements to its building.
The national average site energy use index (EUI) is 68 and average source EUI is 228. ASHRAE’s site energy intensity is 49 and source is 162.
The building received an A-minus rating as designed in a new building energy-labeling program being launched by ASHRAE. The Building Energy Quotient program, which is known as Building EQ, will include both asset and operational ratings for all building types, except residential.
The renovation also earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification in the New Construction 2.2 rating system from the U.S. Green Building Council. It is one of only six buildings in the state of Georgia to receive a LEED Platinum rating, which is the highest certification the program offers.