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2021 March Member Webinar | Keith Waters

ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Code – New Requirements or Changes to Increase the Energy Efficiency of New Building Construction

by Keith Waters, Manager of Industry Standards at Schneider Electric

Tuesday, March 23, 2021 
2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST)

You have chosen to construct a new building and would like to know the most recent energy efficiency requirements developed by ASHRAE. ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings is where you go to find these requirements.Understanding this information will allow for a highly energy efficient building as well as meeting the statutory requirements of the local energy codes. 

This presentation will provide details on the changes to ASHRAE 90.1-2019 from the previous version.  The information will provide details on the changes to the various sections and how they will affect this energy code. The sections covered by the changes are the Administration and Enforcement; Building Envelope; Lighting; Mechanical; Energy Cost Budget Method; and the Performance Rating Method (Annex G). The changes vary from major new additions to editorial changes to improve clarification and understanding.  The focus will be on the major new requirements and how they will affect the building.  A review of how ASHRAE 90.1 is adopted by the various states as well as included in other building codes will be shown.


Keith Waters is an Industry Standards Manager for Schneider Electric USA and is based in Lexington, Kentucky. He is responsible for overcurrent protective device and automation/control product standards, installation codes, enforcement, and holds BSEE degree from the University of Kentucky.  Keith is also engaged in applying codes and standards addressing energy efficiency & sustainability.  He also participates in the Power & Energy Institute of Kentucky’s Industry Advisory Council. Keith is a licensed Professional Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. 

Keith has been an employee of Schneider Electric for 35 years serving in engineering, external affairs, marketing, and business development roles including Global Strategic Account Management as well as managing several strategic segment engineering teams. Keith frequently speaks on various energy efficiency, sustainability, product application, and code compliance topics. He is an IEEE Senior Member and is actively involved with the Standards Association’s Standards Board and IAS’ Industrial & Commercial Power Systems Committee leadership. Keith maintains leadership positions within several NEMA product sections.He is also member of numerous other industry standards technical committees. He is a Representative to NEC CMP 3, CMP 11, and the NFPA 79 technical committee. Keith has published articles on Energy Management and Electrical Controls.