ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) has begun construction on a two-story, 66,700 square-foot building in Atlanta which will welcome 125 staff on completion in October this year.
“Our new headquarters project will showcase ASHRAE's best practices and help us achieve our vision of a healthy and sustainable environment for all,” said 2019-20 ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. “Because of the support of generous donors through ASHRAE’s building campaign, we are able to make this project a reality.”
Features such as water efficient plumbing and landscape, energy efficient HVAC and lighting systems, as well as the ability to harness on site energy production and be a net-zero-energy ready building were clearly defined as project requirements. Project requirements also include:
- Operation and maintenance needs, featuring an easily maintainable and secure facility that has low operations and maintenance costs;
- Excellent indoor environmental quality requirements that facilitate occupants’ productivity by providing a comfortable environment, good HVAC system performance;
- Good space utilization, good acoustical qualities, unified interior style and high durability of finishes;
- Design criteria that meets and, in some cases, exceeds the requirements set forth in ASHRAE Standards 62, 90.1, and follows the guidelines as set forth in the new ASHRAE Advanced Energy Guideline for Office Buildings;
- A work environment that enhances the general health, fitness and wellbeing of the workforce;
- Sustainability which may be substantiated through available certification programs such as LEED®, Green Globes, Fitwell or WELL Building or Living Building Challenge.
“ASHRAE's new headquarters will serve as a model of how to successfully renovate an older, less-efficient building into a showcase example of a state-of-the-art energy-efficient office building,” said Building Ad Hoc Committee Chair Ginger Scoggins. “I am proud to serve on the ad hoc committee of this important project and even more proud of the powerful statement it will make regarding sustainable renovation of the existing building stock.”
“The plans for this project incorporate some of ASHRAE’s most well-known indoor air quality and energy standards and the end result will be a building that will offer a cutting edge, tangible example of sustainability in action,” said Technical Advisory Subcommittee Chair Tim McGinn.
ASHRAE has a highly visible building campaign to support donor contributions with a wide array of benefits including: prominent building displays, donor wall recognition, naming rights, features in national and international ASHRAE and industry publications and case studies, web presence, social media presence and a special commemorative publication about the project.
Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.
As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries.