The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced on Dec. 8 the roll-out of a pilot energy-labeling program for buildings. The Building Energy Quotient program, being tested on about 20 buildings in the private and public sectors, will provide for most building types both design and operational ratings, which will be posted on the structures. The goal is to provide building owners, operators, tenants and prospective buyers with a realistic picture of energy use, ASHRAE says. Initially, volunteer ASHRAE members will conduct the assessments, but the group plans to launch a program to certify assessors, according to Ron Jarnigan, chairman of the panel that developed the program. “It will provide important information on energy use and play a key role in increasing public awareness” of the value of energy efficiency, Jarnigan says.