Government Affairs

    House Passes H.R. 8 – Includes Harmful Building Energy Codes Language

    Yesterday, the US House of Representatives passed the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act (H.R. 8). This bill contains harmful building energy codes language that ASHRAE and a large number of other professional societies and nonprofit stakeholder organizations oppose. This language threatens to reduce understanding of the potential full impacts of the model building energy codes by likely limiting the technical assistance that the US Department of Energy currently provides, upon request, to ASHRAE, the International Code Council, States, and Indian tribes for the development, adoption, and implementation of these model codes.

    “While ASHRAE is disappointed with the passage of this language, we applaud the efforts of Representative Peter Welch (D-VT-At Large) in seeking an amendment to H.R. 8 that would have replaced the harmful building energy codes language with language from the bipartisan Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015 (H.R. 2177),” said ASHRAE President David Underwood in a press release ASHRAE issued today. Previously introduced by Representatives Welch and David McKinley (R-WV-1), H.R. 2177, is widely supported and has been carefully negotiated over a number of years, embodying the collective wisdom of many.

    “ASHRAE remains hopeful that Congress will ultimately demonstrate its support for market-driven energy efficiency by enacting legislation that protects the development, adoption, and implementation of private sector-led, consensus-based model building energy codes” added Underwood.

    President Barack Obama issued a veto threat earlier this week for H.R. 8, citing as one of the first reasons for his opposition to the bill that it “would stifle the Nation's move toward energy efficiency by severely hampering the Department of Energy's (DOE) ability to provide technical support for building code development and State implementation.”

    H.R. 8 now goes to the Senate, where it will likely stall, as the Senate is considering its own energy bills – the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012) and the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2015 (S. 720). The Senate is expected to consider at least one of these bills in January 2016.

     

    Deadline Approaching! ASHRAE Seeks College Student Applicants for Public Policy & Engineering Summer Internship in Washington, DC

    Applications are due December 31, 2015 for one of the most unique engineering internships in the United States!

    Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program is an intense, hands-on summer internship in Washington, DC whose goal is to groom future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of and can contribute to the important intersections of technology and public policy. Students entering their final year of undergraduate study are selected each year in a nation-wide competition to spend nine weeks in the summer in Washington, DC. During the internship they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.

    For more information on the program, including the application, please click here.

     

    DOE Proposes Supplemental Rule on Test Procedures for Portable Air Conditioners

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) to modify the test procedure proposals for portable air conditioners. This SNOPR would, among other things, incorporate by reference ASHRAE Standard 37-2009 Methods of Testing for Rating Electrically Driven Unitary Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump Equipment. The SNOPR also discusses Standard 128 Method of Rating Portable Air Conditioners, and the ASHRAE Handbook – Fundamentals.

    Comments are due on or before December 28, 2015. Full information can be found by clicking here.

     

    ASHRAE Posts EWeek Materials

    Engineers Week (EWeek), celebrating its 65th anniversary this year, is planned for February 21-27, 2016. EWeek celebrates how engineers and engineering make a difference in our world. As part of this annual event, we urge having Governors, Mayors and other elected and appointed officials recognize this occasion with official proclamations. The Draft Proclamation and a Draft Cover Letter, now posted on the GGAC webpage, can be used to promote this event and encourage participation at all levels of government. To access these documents, please click here. For more about EWeek, please click here.

     

     

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