Tools to help further the growing green market in South America have been developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and partnering organizations in that region.

Two ASHRAE standards regarding energy efficiency and sustainability recently were translated into Spanish and Portuguese.

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, notes Florentino Roson, past president of the Argentina Chapter, vice president of AAF and a green building controls expert in Argentina.

“Making our society aware of the benefits of sustainable buildings is one of our most important priorities,” he said. “The translation was spurred by our desire to save energy through responsible building. 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.”

On Sept. 2 and 3, the Argentina Chapter hosted a seminar on Standard 189.1.

Additionally, ASHRAE 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 past president Kent Peterson visited Brazil earlier this month to support ASHRAE chapters and the society’s work with ABRAVA, SMACNA, and the Green Building Council Brasil.

Both translations are available for purchase from ASHRAE. To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Service at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.