ASHRAE “is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry.” Most operators know ASHRAE as the body that develops codes and standards for building performance.
While energy audits are commonplace for building operations staff, especially when planning energy upgrades, and are taught throughout the BOC curriculum, there is not a standard for structuring audits. ASHRAE plans to change that.
ASHRAE and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) have developed a new standard, ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 211P, Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits. The standard is available for public comment until January 4, 2016. You can download it from ASHRAE’s site by selecting 211P from this list. Please note: the standard will automatically download (not open in a new tab). You can review and then send comments to ASHRAE before January 4th.