With the publication of a green-building standard, an updated online seminar reviewing its requirements will be available from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) on March 15. The seminar will focus on the requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and be taught by Tom Lawrence, a member of the committee that developed the standard.

Standard 189.1 is the first code-intended commercial green-building standard in the United States. It provides a green-building foundation for those who strive to design, build, and operate green buildings. The standard covers key topic areas of site sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials, and resources. The standard also includes construction practices as well as plans for operation of the building after occupancy.

“Understanding Standard 189.1P for High-Performance, Green Buildings” is one of 14 courses being offered this spring. The 14 online, instructor-led seminars that will run from March until May are available to those interested in expanding their knowledge of the HVAC industry and keeping up to date with the latest technology and their applications.

The 3-hr courses are taught in real-time from 1 to 4 p.m. EDT and feature interactive audio. Three professional development hours or American Institute of Architects learning units or 0.3 continuing education units are available for each course. A full list of seminars and registration information can be found at www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses.