The renovated ASHRAE building in Peachtree Corners, Georgia serves as the global headquarters of the organization. The facility provides an outstanding working environment for approximately 145 ASHRAE employees and provides extensive training and meeting space for ASHRAE members and volunteers. The project goal was to demonstrate an economical renovation of an existing structure into a Zero Net Energy building.
The original 65,000 square foot building was built in 1978 and faced a number of challenges in Georgia’s hot and humid climate. To reach the thermal comfort goals, the building’s design employed ample exterior insulation, radiant cooling & heating, and ceiling fans to improve air flow. A dedicated outdoor air system was utilized to manage the dehumidification of the interior. The project was designed to achieve Zero Net Energy Certification with a total renovation budget of $10 million without including photovoltaic arrays.