Free IECC and ASHRAE Standards

November 2, 2010 § 1 Comment

Two important energy standards are now available for free download:

The International Energy Conservation Code forms the basis for many municipal energy codes in the US, including Chicago. The most recent version, for 2009, is available for free at the ICC Store

The ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, which LEED uses as it’s baseline energy standard, is also available as a free download. Find it at the ASHRAE Bookstore.

Both sites requires user registration, but that seems like a small price to pay for these important works.

Sustainability is a Technology

November 19, 2008 § Leave a comment

Whether you’re a business executive, a volunteer or staff in the non-profit sector, helping government to function, or (we hope not) unemployed, you know how tight money is today. It’s difficult it is to find funds when you need them even for the best of causes. Then along come the next hot topic: Sustainability. So suddenly we are all expected, and expect ourselves, to take action. We face big issues: global warming, climate change, energy security, world hunger and poverty, import safety, food security, and many others. But if sustainability is seen as yet another thing you have to do — an extra item on your already full plate — how likely is it to get serious attention or real money? It will become just another charity, engaging us once or twice a year. And that is not going to do the trick. « Read the rest of this entry »

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