The various branches of the US military are adopting green practices and are helping advance sustainable technologies. The latest development comes with the announcement that the United States Army has incorporated green building standards into its day-to-day practices.
The ASHRAE 189.1 standard is a green building standard written in the form and manner of current building codes, rather than as a separate rating system, such as LEED. Standard 189.1 was developed with the cooperation of ASHRAE, the professional organization of mechanical engineers, US Green Building Council, and IESNA, the professional organization of lighting engineers, as well as the International Code Council.
Buildings built to meet Standard 189.1 have a weighted average site energy savings of 27 percent as compared to the standards of the current (2007) building energy code. Standard 189.1 also "requires that each building project be designed to be ready for renewable energy in the future." While it doesn't make buildings carbon neutral, it does set the stage for them to be converted and to become net-zero energy in the future.
link: ASHRAE Standard 189.1
via: Buildings Magazine
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