According to the organization, the building industry accounts for around 40 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The document presents its positions and recommendations on reducing emissions via renovations made to existing buildings and improvements to new building designs.
“As society faces the challenge of mitigating climate change, ASHRAE’s position is that decarbonization of buildings and their systems must be based on a holistic analysis including healthy, safe, and comfortable environments; energy efficiency; environmental impacts; sustainability; operational security; and economics,” said Farooq Mehboob, ASHRAE’S 2022-2023 president.
Continual commitment to decarbonizing the built environment is expected to be made in several areas, including research and standards development, design and equipment applications, technical guidance and training, regulatory guidelines and measures, and lastly, educational resources and outreach.
For the full document, visit ASHRAE Position Document on Building Decarbonization.