Energy Efficiency Next Topic for Commercial Green Building Committee

The Commercial Green Building Committee is holding its fourth meeting on March 30th, 2010 at the Bobby M. Snipes Water Resource Center, located at 780 Barber Street, at 3:30 pm.

“The majority of the meeting will be dealing with energy efficiency and the reviewing of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) standard 189.1,” said Doug Hansford, Athens-Clarke County director of building inspection and permits and provider of staff support for the Commercial Green Building Committee.

The purpose of the Commercial Green Building Committee is “to establish an ordinance that includes sustainable and energy efficient standards for the construction or retrofitting of commercial buildings with a focus on energy, water, and waste management,” according to the charge given to the committee by Heidi Davison, Mayor of Athens-Clarke County.

The Commercial Green Building Committee was appointed by Davison in January 2010 to look in to recommending some green building standards for buildings that are 5,000 sq. ft. or larger, according to Hansford.

“We have only had 3 meetings prior to this one. Our last one was on March 16th,” said Hansford. “We are trying to meet every two weeks.”

According to Hansford, the committee studies the issues at hand and makes recommendations to the commission, but Davison has the final say of what is approved.

According to the charge, tasks of the committee include things such as “review of ACC development codes for comparative purposes against accepted sustainable building standards and develop implementation strategies that consider impacts to resources including ACC staff and funding, contractor considerations, etc.”

“Last meeting we focused on water efficiency, which we will continue to talk about on Tuesday, and then we will move on to energy efficiency and the ASHRAE standards,” said Hansford.

According to the official ASHRAE website, the purpose of standard 189.1 is “to provide minimum requirements for the siting, design, construction, and plan for operation of high performance green buildings to: balance environmental responsibility, resource efficiency, occupant comfort and wellbeing, and community sensitivity, and support the goal of development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to the meet their needs.”

The Commercial Green Building Committee will be reviewing this standard at the meeting on Tuesday, March 30th.

“Committee meetings may be attended by the public although input is not taken,” said Davison.

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