The Masonry Society | Sustainability E News Vol9 #1 2018 Energy Codes

The Masonry Society
Sustainability E-News
2018 Energy Code Updates
January 16, 2017                                   
Volume 9, Number 1  
From the Editor
Happy New Year! As I look toward to the coming year I think 2017 looks to be a little different from recent years with regard to sustainability and related activities. The interest in LEED certification seems to have waned a bit, while resiliency seems to be on everyone's agenda. With a broad scope and many different definitions, resiliency opens the door to discussion of a variety of topics, many with a regional focus. Masonry construction continues to offer many solutions in meeting resilient requirements. In the area of codes, the final push to complete the 2017 ASHRAE 189.1 standard on high performing green buildings wraps up in the first half of the year. While not yet finalized, look for changes in many areas including acoustic requirements, access paths to public transportation, views and glare control and more. This edition will also form the sole technical content of the 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) for the first time. And of course, building product transparency continues to be a hot topic. Many manufacturers have begun or completed work on Health Product Declarations (HPD) and as more product category rules come online, manufacturers are beginning efforts to develop environmental product declarations (EPD).
The challenge for designers is how to integrate this wide swath of information in the process of design. Both the scope of topics to consider and the building product information available have expanded widely. An important point to contemplate in this process is to remember the triple bottom line of sustainability - consideration for economics, society and the environment - as you weigh the pros and cons of each design strategy and goal. A difficult task to be sure! I wish you good luck in the process!
Christine "Tina" Subasic, PE, LEED AP        
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