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ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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Previous Accomplishments

Society Year 2015-16

ASHRAE’s members are inspiringly active, educating government officials on the Society’s positions, technical knowledge, research, products, and services. Below is a small sample of recent activities.

  • ASHRAE Vice President Chuck Gulledge met with his US Senators and Representative to discuss high performance green buildings issues, building energy codes, and energy legislation.
  • Mr. Gulledge also presented on a Congressional briefing hosted by the Alliance to Save Energy on “The Role of Benchmarking, Transparency and Codes in Driving a More Efficient Built Environment”.
  • President David Underwood and GGAC Responsive Engagement Subcommittee Rob Craddock met with the Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
  • GGAC finaled brochures for the new Canadian government as well as Region XIII and the Region-at-Large that introduces ASHRAE and its members as a resource.
  • Sections of Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems were incorporated into emergency legislation in New York City in response to the legionella outbreak in the City. Adoption of the full Standard 188 is being considered by New York State and City. Portions of the Standard 188 were incorporated by New York State and City.
  • The Government of Dubai (United Arab Emirates) announced that ASHRAE’s Building Energy Assessment Professional Certification has been accredited for the performance of energy audits. Region-at-Large RVC and GGAC member Ahmed Alaa Eldin Mohamed was very involved in this effort.
  • Montreal Chapter was consulted and participated in the new building energy efficiency law for the province of Quebec to be instated in 2017. ASHRAE’s Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program was introduced.
  • Quebec Chapter met with government agencies and ministries on code issues and bEQ.
  • Central Oklahoma Chapter and Northeastern Oklahoma Chapter partnered for a Day on the Hill.
  • Central Arizona Chapter and Tucson Chapter partnered for a Day on the Hill.
  • Philadelphia Chapter had a Chapter meeting with the City of Philadelphia’s Sustainability Officer.
  • North Piedmont Chapter had Nancy Hoffman, a member of the Greensboro City Council, speak at its February Chapter meeting.
  • Randy Jones of the Charleston, South Carolina Chapter has been appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to serve as the ASHRAE representative on the Sustainability Construction Advisory Committee.
  • So Cal Chapter met with the Mayor Santa Barbara.
  • Manitoba Chapter held several meetings with government Building Program offices.
  • A building code official serves as the GGAC Chair for one of ASHRAE’s Florida Chapters.
  • Central Florida Chapter worked with the City of Orlando and Orange County on their Building Energy & Water Disclosure Ordinance.
  • Brasil Chapter organizing an event in early 2016 involving the Brasilian government and ASHRAE members to promote government interaction and collaboration.
  • Issued two Action Alerts to US-based ASHRAE members opposing the inclusion of harmful building energy codes language in congressional energy legislation. A total of 987 letters were sent by ASHRAE members to their US House Representatives in response to these Alerts, demonstrating strong member engagement.
  • Succeeded in updating the reference standard in the 179D Commercial Building Tax Deduction from ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001 to Standard 90.1-2007, and extending the deduction until December 31, 2016. This is now federal law.
  • President-Elect Tim Wentz met with his US Senators, Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Deb Fischer (R-NE), and staff for his US House of Representatives member, Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE-1). Mr. Wentz discussed ASHRAE’s Public Policy Priorities, the Society’s opposition to harmful building energy codes language, ASHRAE’s involvement with indoor environmental quality, and the use of Standard 189.1 by the US Department of Defense, among other things.
    These meetings went very well, and Mr. Wentz subsequently held a follow-up meeting with local staff from Senator Fischer’s office to further discuss how ASHRAE and the Senator can help each other achieve common objectives.