Sustainability and environmental responsibility are at the forefront of modern innovation with our members leading the way toward the net-zero energy buildings of the future. With the introduction of energy efficient dispatch systems, modern suspension means, high efficiency motors and regenerative drives, the building transportation industry is implementing sustainable design into the elevator and escalator technology that moves billions of people every day. Without a modern set of codes to allow the adoption of these new technologies, however, true sustainable building design will always be a thing of the future.

In order to encourage energy efficiency throughout the elevator and escalator industry, NEII® is supporting measures to harmonize building transportation codes on a global scale.

There are two codes in effect in the United States and Canada that are becoming a primary standard for energy efficiency in the design and construction of buildings:

  • The Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential
    (ASHRAE 90.1)
  • The National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB)

Introduced in 2011, these codes have gained significant influence in the way sustainability is ingrained in building design. NEII worked closely with ASHRAE on the requirements for The Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential. NEII will continue to lead the effort to harmonize the North American and European code requirements for adoption of the latest sustainable technologies.

In addition, NEII is supporting the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developing a consistent set of standards for measuring energy usage and classifying elevators in regards to consistent energy consumption criteria. As a leading advocate of the building transportation industry's commitment to sustainable development, NEII is a driving force to institutionalize these standards in North America.



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