Published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), in conjunction with the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), Standard 189.1, “Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States. The standard, published last week, provides a green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings.

From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard will set the foundation for green buildings through its adoption into local codes.

Visit www.ashrae.org/greenstandard for additional information on the standard, including a readable copy.