ASHRAE announced the availability of Spanish and Portuguese translations of two major industry standards focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability, saying the standards will provide support for the fast-growing “green” market in South America.
The standards were developed by ASHRAE and partnering organizations in the region.
ASHRAE’s Argentina chapter recently translated ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, into Spanish. The Argentina chapter, along with other groups including the Asociación Argentina del Frío (AAF), are working to increase the market for green buildings in the country, said Florentino Roson, past president of the Argentina chapter, vice president of AAF, and a green-building controls expert in Argentina.
In addition, ASHRAE also worked with the Green Building Council Brasil on the Portuguese translation of Standard 90.1-2007, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. The Council wanted a translation of the standard for use in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) rating program in that country, ASHRAE said.
ASHRAE past president Kent Peterson recently visited Brasil to support ASHRAE chapters and the organization’s work with ABRAVA, SMACNA and Green Building Council Brasil.
“The building industry groups in South America have a common goal: to encourage green building,” said Ross Montgomery, an ASHRAE vice president who works closely with members in South America. “We strive to work together to continue the synergy of sustainability.
“Although application of the standard is not yet mandatory in Argentina, we believe Standard 189.1 will be used as a benchmark in the design, building and maintenance of sustainable buildings in the near future.”
Felipe Faria, operational manager, the Green Building Council Brasil, said Standard 90.1 will be used to guide energy-efficient practices in the Brazilian civil construction industry. “The standard is used by the engineers in Brazil, but the language is still a barrier for the dissemination of this knowledge,” he said. “With this translation, we believe this barrier will disappear and the professionals can project buildings suitable in our current scenario of environment concern in terms of energy efficiency, low operational costs, CO2 emission reduction, indoor air quality, etc.”
Both translations are available for purchase from ASHRAE. More information: www.ashrae.org/bookstore.