New Advanced Energy Design Guide Provides Guidance for Hotels

June 26, 2009

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning (ASHRAE), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the U.S. Green Building Council, recently published the Advanced Energy Design Guide for Highway Lodging with recommendations on achieving 30% energy savings over minimum code requirements for new hotels. The guide focuses on typical hotels found along highways that have up to 80 rooms, are generally four stories or less, and use unitary heating and air-conditioning equipment. This building type represents a significant amount of commercial hotel space in the United States. The guide can be downloaded free at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg. Hard copies are available for purchase in the ASHRAE Bookstore through the same Web page.