ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines
ASHRAE develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with refrigeration processes and the design and maintenance of indoor environments.
ASHRAE writes standards for the purpose of establishing consensus for: 1) methods of test for use in commerce and 2) performance criteria for use as facilitators with which to guide the industry. ASHRAE publishes the following three types of voluntary consensus standards: Method of Measurement or Test, Standard Design and Standard Practice. ASHRAE does not write rating standards unless a suitable rating standard will not otherwise be available.
Consensus standards are developed and published to define minimum values or acceptable performance, whereas other documents, such as design guides, may be developed and published to encourage enhanced performance.
ASHRAE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and follows ANSI's requirements for due process and standards development.
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Codes from DOE
In order to provide a basic introduction to the varied and complex issues associated with building energy codes, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), with valued assistance from the International Codes Council (ICC) has prepared Building Energy Codes 101: An Introduction. Please note with regard to the “Beyond-code programs” discussion on p. 21 of this report, ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a valuable additional resource to achieve beyond-code energy performance. These documents are in widespread use and are available for free download on the ASHRAE website: AEDG free Downloads.
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