ASHRAE’s Proposed Energy Rating Standard 214P – Update

ATLANTA – Two weeks remain in the public comment period for ASHRAE’s proposed Standard 214P Standard for Determining and Expressing Building Energy Performance in a Rating Program.

The professional organization – which focuses its efforts on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, and sustainability – is seeking to provide a standardized approach and methodology for measuring and expressing building energy performance rating programs.

ASHRAE officials contend that many building rating programs exist worldwide, but that each program yields varying results. It is therefore important that the industry standardize the contents of those programs, and ensure that users are knowledgeable about what factors are impacting their ratings.

Specifically, Standard 214P would become the “backbone” of such rating systems, establishing requirements for:

• Disclosure of building energy use via a rating label, and supporting summary documentation
• Determining and expressing energy use, with metered data, of buildings and building sites that are in operation
• Acceptable credentialing criteria for individuals applying the standard, and reporting building energy use
• Pre-occupancy (design) and post-occupancy (in operation) conditions
• Format and content of the rating disclosure, the label and supporting documentation

“Feedback from government and regulatory agencies has shown there is an overwhelming need for a standard that provides uniformity in the building energy labeling and disclosure process,” said Wayne Stoppelmoor, chair of the Standard 214 committee.

“We want to provide a non-commercial consensus standard that can be used in international, national and regional legislation, policy making and regulation activities. The goal is to write a standard that provides guidance for establishing rating systems that produce meaningful and consistent results.”

The proposed standard is currently open for public comment until Sept. 28, 2015. To learn more or to comment, visit

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

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