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GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017

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Minimizing the Risk of Legionnaire's Disease
 
The risks of legionellosis can be minimized if requirements are followed during the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance, repair, replacement and expansion of new and existing buildings and their water systems and components. ASHRAE is asking its Chapters to get involved by encouraging municipal, state, and federal governments and legislative bodies to adopt Standard 188 into law. Don't wait until an outbreak occurs, talk to your government about minimizing the risk of legionnaires' disease.
If you'd like more information about Standard 188, request a distinguished lecturer visit to educate your fellow chapter members at  ashrae.org/distinguishedlecturers
E2 Publishes Energy Efficiency Jobs in America
 E2, a national nonpartisan group of business leaders and investors, recently published Energy Efficiency Jobs in America. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of energy efficiency employment in each state. Click here to learn about the report, or to directly download the report, go to Energy Efficiency Jobs in America.
US EPA Names 25 Communities to Receive Technical Assistance in 2017
 
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that 25 communities will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that advance clean air, clean water, economic development and other local goals. EPA selected the communities from among 76 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. In 2017, EPA staff and national experts will conduct one to two-day workshops to help the community address development-oriented issues. EPA selected the following communities, located in 19 states: Skykomish, WA; Willamina, OR; Bishop, CA; Apache Junction, AZ; Questa, NM; Raton, NM; Pueblo, CO; Oglala Sioux Tribe, Pine Ridge, SD; Randolph, NE; Brownsville, TX; Logansport, LA; Acadia Parish, LA; Winona, MN; Detroit, MI; Fairview Park, OH; Manatee County, FL; Miami, FL; Myrtle Beach, SC; Pocomoke City, MD; Baltimore, MD; Kingston, NY; Central Falls, RI; Wareham, MA; Hartford, CT; and Lenox, MA.

The agency is offering five assistance tools this year: Green and Complete Streets, Equitable Development, Planning for Infill Development, Sustainable Strategies for Small Cities and Rural Areas, and Flood Resilience for Riverine and Coastal Communities. Using the Green and Complete Streets tool, for example, EPA will assist Manatee County, FL by exploring how the county could develop long-term stormwater plans for the 15th Street corridor. These plans would create green space, encourage redevelopment, and reduce flooding while cleaning runoff before it pollutes the Sarasota Bay. EPA will also work with Winona, MN to create a plan that will help the community develop within geographical constraints that include the Mississippi River on one side and bluffs on the other.

Since 2011, the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program has provided assistance to 130 communities in 41 states. As a result of this assistance, community groups, local governments, and tribal governments across the nation have increased their capacity to grow and develop in ways that protect the environment, improve public health, create jobs and economic opportunity, and improve overall quality of life.

Click here for more information on the Building Blocks program. 
Indiana Governor Extends State Commercial Energy Code
 
Governor Michael Pence (R-IN) signed an Executive Order on December 29, 2016, extending the state's commercial energy code. The code, which was set to expire on December 31, is based on ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007. There were concerns that recommendations for updating the code would result in the code expiring until changes could be implemented, a process that was estimated to take two years. ASHRAE President Tim Wentz sent a letter of request for the extension to the Governor along with several of ASHRAE's Chapters in Indiana, the Coalition for Current Safety Codes and other allied organizations. President Wentz's letter can be found here under the "Letters and Testimony" section as ASHRAE Supports Indiana's Commercial Code Extension.
 

 
Texas Proposed Amendments to Existing Rules on Air Conditioning and Refrigeration
 
The Texas Register, issued on December 16, 2016, proposed amendments to existing rules on air conditioning and refrigeration. The proposed amendments are necessary to: (1) clarify perceived industry confusion surrounding what constitutes a "portable" or "self-contained" heating or air conditioning product; (2) require licensees to verify the practical experience of applicants, and (3) remove outdated language. The rule, as currently written, references the current version of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 34. Visit BillTrack50 to view the rule and the proposed changes.
 
The reference can be found on Bill Track 50 page 33, section 22.  Comments on the proposal may be submitted by mail to Pauline Easley, Legal Assistant, General Counsel's Office, Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, P.O. Box 12157, Austin, Texas78711; by facsimile to (512) 475-3032, or electronically to [email protected]. The deadline for comments is 30 days after publication in the Register. 
              

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