As a Distinguished Lecturer (DL), I have noticed that ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and its application is a topic that attracts considerable interest. It appears that the appetite for information about the topic is based on interest in sustainable design, interest in containment of energy cost and sincere interest in interdisciplinary collaboration.
Two chapter presentations I conducted as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer attracted audiences of approximately 100 people each, including architects, consultants, regulatory officials and suppliers. In addition, I have received requests to present to broader audiences.
An example of interest beyond the boundaries of ASHRAE was the request made to the Toronto Chapter to provide a speaker on sustainability at a Canadian convention known as Construct Canada. The Toronto Chapter responded to the request by offering a discussion on the application and use of Standard 189.1. The convention had a green building component, where the presentation was delivered.
Approximately 25 out of the 75 who attended were architects. It was gratifying because they are the usual leaders of most commercial construction projects which is important for implementing the integrated design process that Standard 189.1 is advocating. Furthermore, several attendees requested copies of the presentation to share with colleagues who were unable to attend.
The Toronto Chapter also received a request for a presentation on 189.1 at a local equipment supplier’s seminar. Approximately 125 attended this session, which led to a request from one of the other seminar speakers for a presentation to his provincial industry sector group of senior operation and construction personnel. Taking advantage of opportunities including presentations to ASHRAE local chapters, to a national convention and to a provincial construction and maintenance organization complies with President Tom Watson’s theme of "Broadening Our Horizons."
Our state-of-the-art standards and other products are important and credible vehicles for ASHRAE to build its public profile. By energizing our volunteers we can leverage interest in sustainable design, cost containment and interdisciplinary practice and at the same time promote the products and services of ASHRAE to an audience well beyond our own membership.This process demonstrates the true value of ASHRAE and its members to our industry.
David Underwood is an ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, and an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.