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ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 5/30/2014

High-Performance Building Week Celebrated During Building Safety Month

Last week was High-Performance Building (HPB) Week, which highlighted the importance of the built environment through a number of educational and networking opportunities for policymakers and stakeholders in Washington, DC. Many of these events featured presentations and talks from Members of Congress.

HPB Week is organized by the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), which works with the High-Performance Building Caucus of the U.S. Congress to promote and showcase best practices in all aspects of high-performance buildings, including: accessibility, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, functionality, historic preservation, productivity, safety and security, and sustainability.

HPB Week is celebrated during Building Safety Month, which is founded by the International Code Council, and aims to raise public awareness about and reinforce the need for the adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement, and a well-trained professional workforce.

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ASHRAE President-Elect Tom Phoenix Presents at EE Global

Hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy, the Energy Efficiency Global Forum (EE Global) is an annual gathering of international policymakers and influential leaders in Washington, DC that is focused on how effective policy can promote energy efficiency.

During this invitation-only event, ASHRAE President-Elect Tom Phoenix presented and participated on a panel that examined the question: How do advances in technology affect possibilities for energy efficiency standards and harmonization?

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White House, DOE, GSA Hold Energy Datapalooza – Focus on Uses & Benefits of Energy Information

Earlier this week the White House, U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) hosted an Energy Datapalooza, which highlighted how the public and private sectors are using energy data to advance goals in a number of areas, including building efficiency, benchmarking, and disclosure.

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White House Hosts Annual Science Fair

On May 27, 100 students from more than 30 states traveled to Washington, DC for the 2014 White House Science Fair, which sought to emphasize the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and jobs.

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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].


ASHRAE Supports Launch of Energy 2030 On the Road Campaign

ASHRAE has joined in support of the Alliance to Save Energy’s 2030 program with support of the Alliance’s On the Road campaign launch.

The Alliance has a goal of doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030. Energy Productivity, which is defined as the ratio of output divided by energy consumption, is a useful indicator for understanding the energy efficiency of an industry or an economy.

During the campaign launch, which took place at the Alliance’s annual EE Global Forum on May 21, Alliance President Kateri Callahan cut the campaign’s figurative red ribbon and thanked the many campaign participants in attendance for their support of the initiative, including ASHRAE, who serves as an official campaign partner.  ASHRAE President-Elect Tom Phoenix served as a panelist at the event. For additional information on Mr. Phoenix's presentation, please see the above article "ASHRAE President-Elect Tom Phoenix Presents at EE Global".

The Energy 2030 On the Road campaign has already made stops in Seattle, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Ann Arbor, and has garnered support and official endorsements of the goal at each event. Additional campaign stops were announced today with the goal of securing endorsements and educating stakeholders in up to ten target cities by the end of this year. 

On the Road will hold a session on June 23, 2014, at ASHRAE’s Headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.

Additionally, the campaign is engaging advocates nationwide with the unveiling of an interactive web portal that will serve as a platform for interested organizations to endorse the Energy 2030 goal, access resources, and share their energy efficiency success stories.


Massachusetts DOER Posts Program Opportunity Notice for “Pathways to Zero” Grant Program

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is pleased to announce the release of the Program Opportunity Notice (PON) for the Pathways to Zero Grant Program. This program will support the deployment of demonstration building projects that intend to achieve or exceed a Zero Net Energy Buildings (ZNEB) goal in the residential, multifamily, commercial and institutional building sectors.

Grants are available for up to $10,000 for single family homes, up to $400,000 for multi-family residential buildings, and up to $500,000 for commercial and institutional buildings. All projects are eligible to receive funding for construction costs. Multi-family residential, commercial and institutional projects are also eligible for funding for feasibility studies and integrated design services.

More details can be found in the PON via the COMMBUYS website. Responses are due July 15th, 2014, and a bidder’s conference will be held on May 27th at 11am via webinar; more details will be posted on DOER’s Grants page.


Ohio Legislation Freezing Energy Efficiency Standards Goes to the Governor

The Ohio House has passed a controversial measure that pulls back on the state’s renewable energy standards. Senate Bill 310, which passed 53-38 on the afternoon of May 28, had previously passed the Senate.  Once the Senate agrees to the minor changes made by the House, the measure will go to the governor for his signature. The bill includes a two-year freeze on standards that apply to electricity utility renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. It also makes major changes to the rules when they resume in 2017, ending a requirement that utilities purchase half of their renewable energy from within the state and expanding the types of projects that count as "energy efficiency" for purposes of regulation. Governor Kasich indicates he will sign the legislation.

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Nova Scotia

Aaron Smith, Halifax Chapter Grassroots Government Activities (GGAC) Chair, recently contacted the Building Code Coordinator for the Public Safety Division of the Nova Scotia Labour & Workforce Development Office to commend the government of Nova Scotia for adopting an energy code for commercial buildings. The Province of Nova Scotia adopted the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2011 and the Halifax Chapter of ASHRAE has asked that ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 be accepted as an alternative compliance path for the design, construction, and renovation of commercial buildings.

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