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Indoor Air Quality in High Performance Buildings: What is and isn't in ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1



Andrew K. Persily


While most discussions of high performance buildings (HPB) include site impacts, water use, energy, materials and indoor environmental quality, energy often receives more attention than these other attributes. Given that buildings exist primarily for the occupants, indoor air quality (IAQ) within these buildings merits serious consideration. ASHRAE/IES/USGBC Standard 189.1, Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, is the only consensus standard for HPBs (except low-rise residential), and valid questions exist as to whether or not it is consistent with high performance IAQ. This paper discusses high performance IAQ and approaches to move Standard 189.1 as well as other programs to higher performance IAQ. In many cases, the formal requirements in standards are inadequate to achieve this goal, and therefore this paper also discusses the role of guidance documents and other information.
Proceedings Title
13th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate Conference
Conference Dates
July 7-12, 2014
Conference Location
Hong Kong, -1


Green buildings, high-performance buildings, indoor air quality, standards, sustainable buildings
Created July 29, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017