Lighting, Equipment Efficiency Changes to Energy Standard Open for Public Comment



ATLANTA ‘ Proposed changes to the ASHRAE/IES energy standard would improve lighting and equipment efficiencies.


Seventeen addenda to ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are currently open for public review. For more information, visit


Among them are five proposed changes related to HVAC&R equipment efficiencies. These include addendum bp, which would add minimum efficiencies for evaporative condensers used in ammonia based refrigeration systems, and updates references to cooling tower standards published by the Cooling Technology Institute.


‘The scope of Standard 90.1 was expanded in the 2010 edition to cover many new building types, including supermarkets and cold storage warehouses,” Frank Morrison, committee member, said. ‘As part of this expanded scope, the 90.1 committee worked with stakeholders to establish minimum efficiencies for evaporative condensers often used in the ammonia refrigeration systems found in these facilities.”


Specifically, the proposed requirements of addendum bp will help users to select energy efficient evaporative condensers as well as encourage manufacturers to develop more energy efficient designs in the future. It is also anticipated that future editions will incorporate requirements for an independent, third-party thermal performance certification program for evaporate condensers, which has proven successful for both open and closed circuit cooling towers.


The other addenda related to equipment efficiencies are:


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