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ASHRAE Announces Memorandum of Understanding with NYSERDA

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  • 10 Jul 2020
  • Partnership
  • Atlanta, GA

ASHRAE Announces Memorandum of Understanding with NYSERDA

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Sherri Simmons

ASHRAE Announces Memorandum of Understanding with NYSERDA
Partnership to help the state establish post-COVID-19 building reopening framework using ASHRAE technical resources

ATLANTA (July 10, 2020) ASHRAE and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organizations’ strategic partnership.
The MOU was signed by 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. and NYSERDA Acting President and CEO Doreen M. Harris on July 9. The agreement defines parameters on how the two organizations will develop and provide  safe building occupancy guidelines following the spread of COVID-19, including building readiness and reopening guidance, sustainable development practices and associated training.

NYSERDA and ASHRAE will work cooperatively to improve the design and application of efficient and low carbon heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration technologies and their application in New York State.

“ASHRAE has taken a leadership role in providing technical resources to help protect the health and safety of building occupants as we start the transition into a post-COVID-19 environment,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “Our partnership with NYSERDA will leverage the collective strength of both organizations as we implement innovative energy management and indoor air quality practices to address today’s building challenges.”
Doreen M. Harris, Acting President and CEO, NYSERDA said, “New York is building back better under Governor Cuomo’s unwavering leadership by advancing a framework to address some of society’s most pressing health and climate issues. Through this groundbreaking partnership with ASHRAE, we will advance statewide change with cost-effective and energy efficient solutions while reducing the overall carbon footprint of New York’s building stock and prioritizing human health and safe indoor air quality.”
The MOU includes, but is not limited to, the following goals:

  • The development and/or utilization of existing research, resources, guidance manuals, training and best practices on minimizing airborne pathogen exposure through improved indoor air quality, ventilation and ultraviolet germicidal irradiation for buildings to enable safe reopening and operation.
  • The development of job/task specific contractor and building safety guidelines to minimize airborne pathogen exposure.
  • The development of guidance documents on carbon neutral buildings, building electrification, carbon emission load calculations and clean geothermal district systems.
  • The development and/or delivery of new or existing ASHRAE professional training on the application of codes, standards, guidance documents, manuals and tools.

For extensive resources and strategies on safe building reopening, visit ASHRAE’s COVID-19 Resources at ashrae.org/COVID19.

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.

As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries.

ASHRAE is celebrating 125 years of shaping the built environment. Become a member of ASHRAE by visiting ashrae.org/join.  

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With more than 50,000 members from over 132 nations, ASHRAE is a diverse organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.