NHLA challenges ASHRAE on turfgrass limits

(archived from June 1, 2014)

ASHRAE,  the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, is in the process of revising standards for “improved landscapes” as part of its Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, and once again is proposing limits on turfgrass use.  The NHLA has joined other industry organizations in opposing such policies which have no scientific basis and which if adopted would greatly reduce demand for landscape services across the country.  “Those truly concerned about the identification and adoption of sustainable practices should be leveraging scientific findings, not ignoring them in favor of misguided rhetoric,” noted NHLA Executive Director Ralph Egües, “Turfgrass is a high performing ground cover that produces oxygen, sequesters carbon, controls storm water runoff, reduces airborne dust and allergens, and produces other environmental and human health benefits at a rate that other groundcover can’t match, yet ASHRAE continues to promote limiting its use; turning a blind eye to decades of scientific findings.”  To view the NHLA’s most recent public comment to ASHRAE, please click here.

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