The newly published energy efficiency standard from ASHRAE and IES contains energy savings measures as a result of industry input.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, contains 125 addenda published since the 2013 standard. The 2013 standard currently serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes.

This 2016 version is the 10th edition published since the original standard was first published in 1975 during the energy crisis of the United States.

"It is the overall goal of each version to create a consensus standard that saves energy and is technically feasible and cost effective,” Drake Erbe, chair of the Standard 90.1 committee, said. “In addition, as a result of a strategic initiative begun in the 2013 cycle, the 2016 version has a new format that we believe will be easier for users, a new way of incorporation of reference material from other standards starting with climate data, and a performance path for compliance that rewards designs for achieving energy cost levels above the standard minimum.”

The standard has made significant formatting changes to improve its use. These include a one-column format for easier reading; exceptions separated and indented, set apart with a smaller font size; all defined terms are italicized; and alternating coloring scheme for table rows.

The most significant technical changes included are as follows:

 Modified control requirements that make the application of advanced lighting controls easier for increased energy savings

 Modification of exterior and interior lighting power densities that reflect the efficiency gains from LED technology in specific applications where they are proven to be effective

 Added minimum requirements for lighting in dwelling units to set limits on light source efficacy

• Added additional control for lighting in parking areas based on occupancy to reduce energy use