Grassroots Activities: Winter Conference Preview
If you’re headed to Dallas for ASHRAE’s 2013 Winter Conference and the AHR Expo, take the following events into account when seeking out opportunities for professional growth and relationship-building in the grassroots government activities arena:
ASHRAE’s new Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC), which will kick off this summer, will be the hub of communicating what is going on policy-wise across the United States. At the Winter Conference (January 27, 9 a.m.-noon), the new GGAC RVCs will meet to discuss how:
- Best to work with policymakers.
- The new committee fits into the Society’s member services mission.
- To zero in on which policy concerns are most important in their respective regions.
- Coordinate GGAC-related activities between chapters in their regions.
Seminar 41, “How Federal and State Energy Policy Impact ASHRAE Members,” (January 29, 8-9:30 a.m.) will be a moderated panel discussion in which several experts will talk about how both U.S. federal and state energy-efficiency matters are playing out, and why it is imperative that ASHRAE, its chapters, and its members get involved.
ASHRAE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (January 29, 2:30-3 p.m.), which will strengthen the bonds between the two organizations – especially as far as ASHRAE members and chapters interacting with and, when appropriate, allying with NASEO members to affect positive change relative to energy efficiency in the built environment.
For additional information on ASHRAE's grassroots activities, please contact Mark Wills, ASHRAE's Manager of State and Local Government Affairs, at email@example.com, or 202-833-1830.
High-Performance Building Coalition Works with NIBS to Help Educate Congress
The High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), established by ASHRAE in 2006, has begun new work with the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) to help educate Members of Congress on high-performance building issues.
Authorized by Congress, NIBS brings together building community luminaries to examine vexing historical and current barriers to improvements in the built environment. Through a diverse range of councils and committees, NIBS issues recommendations to Congress and the President – and it is these recommendations that will be the focus on the HPBCCC’s work with the Institute, and as Hill events and policy agendas are developed for the 113th Congress. The educational efforts of these organizations will take the form of Congressional briefings, awards, and other organized dialogue between industry leaders and Congressional staff.
Additional information on NIBS can be found at www.nibs.org.
The HPBCCC is a private sector coalition of over 160 building community stakeholders that works with the High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus to educate federal policymakers on the importance of high-performance buildings and how to achieve and promote them. For additional information on the HPBCCC, visit www.hpbccc.org.
For further information please contact Doug Read, in ASHRAE’s DC office who serves as Chairman of the HPBCCC. Doug can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and by phone at 202-833-1830.
Sen. Boxer Introduces Bill to Improve Energy & Water Efficiency in Public Buildings
Earlier this week Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Promoting Efficiency and Savings in Government Act (S.52). This bill would help increase energy and water efficiency in buildings and reduce emissions by requiring the U.S. General Services Administration to conduct building audits to identify opportunities to increase efficiency and reduce costs in buildings that it owns and leases, and to report to Congress and the public within one year on these potential savings.
ASHRAE Government Affairs staff have reached out to Sen. Boxer’s office to work with the Senator on this bill. For additional information, please contact Mark Ames, ASHRAE's Manager of Federal Government Affairs, at email@example.com, or 202-833-1830.
National, Global Leaders Gather at DOE to Discuss Nation’s Energy Future
As part of the events over the Inaugural weekend, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) held its annual symposium - “Energy All-Stars: What’s our Energy Future”. This event featured short presentations on a wide range of source and energy efficiency issues facing multiple levels of American society from a variety of energy leaders, including:
- Doyle Beneby, President and CEO, CPS Energy
- Jennifer Granholm, former Michigan Governor
- Michael Liebreich, Founder and CEO, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
- Bill Nye the Science Guy
- Susan Tierney, Managing Principal, Analysis Group
- Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor of Los Angeles
Additional information on this event can be found at http://1.usa.gov/WwXGgD.
DOE Seeks Public Comment on Res. & Comm. Test Procedures for Water Heaters
As part of a new rulemaking, the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a request for information to develop a uniform efficiency descriptor and accompanying test method for residential and commercial water heaters. Comments are due by February 11, 2013. For additional information, visit http://1.usa.gov/Wx06Mh.
New Rule Proposed by DOE for Energy Consumption for Set-Top Boxes
The U.S. Department of Energy is proposing to establish new test procedures that describe the methods for measuring the power consumption of set-top boxes (STBs) in the on, sleep/standby, and off modes. DOE is also proposing an annual energy consumption metric to calculate the annualized energy consumption of STBs based on their power consumption in the different modes of operation. DOE will hold a public meeting (also broadcast as a webinar) on this proposed rulemaking on February 27, 2013. Comments are due by April 8, 2013. For additional information, visit http://1.usa.gov/Wx0XMS.