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ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 5/13/2016

US Federal Legislative & Regulatory Activities

  • ASHRAE?s Incoming Treasurer Speaks on Building Resiliency at EE Global Conference
  • Importance of Resiliency in Buildings Codes/Standards Stressed at White House Event
  • USDA Multi-Family Housing Program to Hold Quarterly Conference Calls
  • DOE Seeks Public Comment on Reducing the Burden of Regulations
  • Revisions to Test Procedures for Commercial Water Heating Equipment Proposed by DOE
  • DOE Announces Funding to Support Applications for Data-Driven Energy Decision-Making in Local Governments

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

  • South Carolina Senate Bill 1164 Appears Halted
  • Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio to Issue Proclamation Commemorating 100th Anniversary of ASHRAE?s Cleveland Chapter

US Federal Legislative & Regulatory Activities

For additional information on federal legislative and regulatory issues, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE?s Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at [email protected].

ASHRAE?s Incoming Treasurer Speaks on Building Resiliency at EE Global Conference

Earlier this week, ASHRAE?s incoming Treasurer for Society Year 2016-17, Sheila J. Hayter, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP, spoke as part of a panel entitled ?Buildings of the Future: How do we design and construct energy-efficient, resilient and climate adaptive buildings?? during the 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global). Sheila focused her remarks on zero energy buildings, the harmonization of Standard 189.1 Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and the International Green Construction Code (IgCC), ASHRAE?s participation in the Resilience Building Coalition, and the building Industry Statement on Resilience.

ASHRAE has a number of resources on resiliency, which can be found at www.ashrae.org/resiliency.

Sheila also participated in a press event at EE Global during which she spoke about ASHRAE?s activities on a number of areas, including Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, Standard 189.1 and the IgCC, Standard 90.4P Energy Standard for Data Centers, and Standard 100 Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings.

Other speakers at the press event included:

  • Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Ani Dasgupta, Global Director, WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
  • Kenneth Shiver, Chief Economist, Director, Planning & Regulatory Support, Southern Company
  • Tom Dreessen, EVO Chairman & CEO of EPS Capital
  • Fleming Voetmann, Head of Public Affairs & Sustainability, Danfoss
  • Kelly Speakes-Backman, SVP, Policy & Research, Alliance to Save Energy
  • Kevin Bollom, VP of Building Services, Trane          
  • Harold Jepsen, VP of Standards & Industry Affairs, Legrand's Building Control Systems division
  • Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group

EE Global is an invitation-only gathering in Washington, DC that brings together policymakers, high-level executives, and other experts from around the world for in-depth discussions of challenges and strategies for improving energy efficiency. EE Global is hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy (ASE). ASHRAE is a Bronze Sponsor of the 2016 EE Global, and an Associate Member of ASE.

 

Importance of Resiliency in Buildings Codes/Standards Stressed at White House Event

Helping buildings and their systems withstand and recover from natural disasters requires a lot of technical knowledge. Fortunately, ASHRAE has dozens of resources available to help designers make buildings more resilient. Earlier this week, the Society took part in the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes.

?The built environment industry strives to design, construct and operate buildings to withstand both natural disasters and man-made hazards,? ASHRAE President David Underwood said. ?We must use the knowledge gleaned from disasters like the recent earthquake in Kumamoto, Japan, Superstorm Sandy, flooding in India and others, as well as predictions of the effects of climate change, to our advantage to save lives and infrastructure in the future. ASHRAE is pleased to be part of this effort with allied organizations and make these commitments to protect the public and building stock.?

The White House hosted the event to highlight the critical role of building codes in furthering community resilience and the importance of incorporating resilience and the future impacts of climate change in the codes and standards development process. As part of the conference, the Administration highlighted Federal and private sector efforts aimed at advancing the principles of resilience in building codes and standards and building design.

ASHRAE Director-at-Large Mick Schwedler took part in the conference, serving on a panel focused on codes and standards. Participants discussed the work being done by the codes and standards community as well as how that community can better support state and local officials who are faced with the challenges of cost and risk perceptions. Others on the panel represented the National Institute of Building Sciences, the International Code council, the National Fire Protection Association and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

As part of the effort, ASHRAE has committed to:

  • Utilizing member research funding to support research related to resilience in buildings and building systems.
  • Developing, maintaining or revising standards to reduce building loads and their subsequent impact on utilities.
  • Working with numerous global partners to encourage adoption of these changes as soon as possible into codes.
  • Providing instructional and application tools to implement these substantial improvements.
  • Educating the affected stakeholders.

ASHRAE has compiled a webpage of resources on resiliency, which can be found at www.ashrae.org/resiliency.     

In addition, ASHRAE, along with other leaders of America?s design and construction industry, released a report on progress made on the resilience front since the Resilience Building Coalition announced the building Industry Statement on Resilience two years ago.

The Resilience Building Coalition also released a set of guiding principles to help the building industry adopt resilient design and policies. These include developing and advocating for codes and policies that advance resilience; developing ?whole-systems resilient design? approaches for the built environment; and providing guidance, beyond the baseline life-safety codes, that recognizes the importance of fortifying property for individual and community resilience. The report can be viewed at www.ashrae.org/resiliency.

 

USDA Multi-Family Housing Program to Hold Quarterly Conference Calls

The US Department of Agriculture?s (USDA) Multi-Family Housing program will hold quarterly conference calls. Interested individuals can sign up via email to receive the specific dates and times of the calls.

The objectives of this series of teleconferences are to:

  • Enhance the effectiveness of the Multi-Family Housing program.
  • Establish a two-way communications forum to update industry participants and Rural Housing Service (RHS) staff.
  • Enhance RHS' awareness of issues that impact the Multi-Family Housing program.
  • Increase transparency and accountability in the Multi-Family Housing program.

Topics to be discussed could include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Updates on USDA Multi-Family Housing program activities.
  • Perspectives on the Multi-Family Housing Notice of Funds Availability processes.
  • Comments on multi-family transaction processes.
  • Comments on particular servicing-related activities of interest at that time.

For additional information, please click here.

 

DOE Seeks Public Comment on Reducing the Burden of Regulations

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a request for information (RFI) seeking feedback from the public to help DOE improve the regulatory process to make it more effective and less burdensome.

Written comments and information are requested on or before July 11, 2016. The full RFI can be found by clicking here.  

 

Revisions to Test Procedures for Commercial Water Heating Equipment Proposed by DOE

DOE has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) that seeks to revise its test procedures for commercial water heaters, unfired hot water storage tanks, and hot water supply boilers, which collectively DOE refers to as ?commercial water heating (CWH) equipment?.

In this NOPR DOE proposes to incorporate by reference ASHRAE Standard 118.1-2012 Method of Testing for Rating Commercial Gas, Electric, and Oil Service Water-Heating Equipment to use as the basis for the Federal commercial heat pump water heaters test method, with several modifications discussed in the NOPR. The NOPR also suggests other changes.

DOE will hold a public meeting on June 6, 2016, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in Washington, DC. The meeting will also be broadcast as a webinar.

DOE will accept comments, data, and information regarding this NOPR before and after the public meeting, but no later than July 8, 2016. The full proposed rule can be found by clicking here.

 

DOE Announces Funding to Support Applications for Data-Driven Energy Decision-Making in Local Governments

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP) project helps cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision-making.

Cities-LEAP released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to support the development and piloting of data-driven decision frameworks by local and tribal governments. These frameworks should advance model practices and processes that improve the ability of local and tribal governments to integrate, analyze, and understand varied datasets in order to pursue opportunities across all clean energy sectors. To develop these frameworks, local and tribal governments are strongly encouraged to partner with entities such as academic institutions, technology companies, utilities, regional planning bodies, and non-governmental organizations.

Successful applications will include strong evidence that proposed model practices and processes can:

  • Increase the ability of local or tribal governments to make data-driven decisions regarding actions under their authority that affect energy intensity or energy-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a reasonable cost.
  • Identify and support implementation of local or tribal government actions that can lead to significant and quantifiable reductions in community-wide energy intensity or energy-related GHG emissions.

Applicants are also encouraged to propose energy-related metrics beyond the primary GHG emissions and energy intensity metrics (e.g., air quality, climate change adaptation, quality of life indicators). While this FOA focuses on energy-related actions, other ancillary benefits may be necessary to stimulate action and may even serve as the stronger motivating factor for communities.

The submission deadline for concept papers is May 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Full applications are due on June 17, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Please click here to learn more, and submit an application.

 

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

For additional information on State, local, and international government affairs, please contact Jim Scarborough, ASHRAE?s Manager of Grassroots Government Affairs, at [email protected].

South Carolina Senate Bill 1164 Appears Halted

SC Senate Bill 1164, ?Relating To Public Policy For Building Codes, To Provide That All State Regulatory Agencies Should Enforce The Same Codes Unless Otherwise Mandated By The Federal Government And To Provide The Intent Of The General Assembly,? appears halted for this Session. This proposed law, which appeared to remove from State law any part of the State code relating to energy efficiency, was particularly troubling to ASHRAE and a number of organizations. At a recent stakeholders meeting, very little support was evidenced for the bill and the State legislature?s crossover deadline (the date by which a bill must pass one chamber of the legislature and be sent to the other chamber) has passed without the bill being heard. While parliamentary procedures could allow the bill to move forward, it is not likely that will happen before the legislative session adjourns, probably in early June. It is likely, however, that this bill will return in the new session next year in some fashion. 

 

Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio to Issue Proclamation Commemorating 100th Anniversary of ASHRAE?s Cleveland Chapter

Today, ASHRAE?s Cleveland Chapter is holding a centennial gala. The celebration marks 100 years of the ASHRAE Cleveland Chapter professionals? contributions to occupant comfort in the Northeast Ohio building industry.

The gala will be held at the historic Tudor Arms Hotel, located in the heart of Cleveland's East Side Cultural District and only four miles from the historic and thriving downtown Cleveland district. Additionally, Mayor Frank G. Jackson of the City of Cleveland is offering a Proclamation to commemorate this important day in ASHRAE Cleveland?s history.

Like the Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square, City Hall, and Cultural Gardens, the Cleveland Chapter of ASHRAE got its start in 1916. The first meeting of the Ohio (later Cleveland) Chapter of the American Society of Heating and Ventilation Engineers (ASHVE) occurred on January 11, 1916, and the Chapter has had a storied path since. In 1954, air conditioning replaced ventilation and the organization was rebranded as ASHAE. In 1959, ASHAE merged with the Society for Refrigeration Engineers, forming the current society, ASHRAE.

Cleveland hosted the annual meeting of ASHVE in 1932, 1940 and 1964, and the fall Semi-Annual meeting in 1914, 1921 and 1945. Four Chapter members have served as Society President, the last being John James in 1956. Two more Cleveland residents served before the Chapter was chartered, in 1900 and 1910. Numerous members have conducted research, served on Society committees and on the Board of Directors.

ASHVE?s national laboratory was located in one of the Millionaire?s Row houses on Euclid Avenue from 1944 until it was closed in 1961. Research was then dispersed to a number of universities. ASHVE was the only professional organization at the time that maintained a national laboratory. This is where ASHVE, and then later ASHRAE, performed much of the basic research on human thermal comfort and solar irradiation.

A recent uptick in historic renovations and the revival of past glory in the region has led to increased attention in preserving the architectural splendor and attention to detail that went into early twentieth-century buildings. Over the course of the years, there has also been a sea change in the understanding, design and implementation of building material use, safety standards and codes, as well as energy consumption of building systems that power, cool, heat and provide ventilation for occupant safety and comfort. This is where ASHRAE and its local Cleveland Chapter of engineering professionals, architects, contractors and property owners, have continued to interact and provide both consistent and current, as well as leading-edge repository of professional skill-sets, code standards and reference guides in continuing to serve the needs of today?s built environment in this region, while shaping the course towards a more sustainable future.

For additional information on ASHRAE?s Cleveland Chapter, please visit http://clevelandashrae.org/.  

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