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1 Government Activities and ASHRAE Chapters How Can This be You? Why Should This Be You?

2 The Role of ASHRAE in Public Policy ASHRAE knowledge base is important to societyASHRAE knowledge base is important to society Technical, unbiased resource to decision makersTechnical, unbiased resource to decision makers Policy decisions are made at international, national, state/province and local levelsPolicy decisions are made at international, national, state/province and local levels Others continue to address issues; ASHRAE must be engaged to help society get it rightOthers continue to address issues; ASHRAE must be engaged to help society get it right ASHRAE Mission includes responsibility to humanityASHRAE Mission includes responsibility to humanity ASHRAE’s Mission: To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

3 The Role of Chapters in Public Policy Many ASHRAE-relevant policy issues are decided at the state and local levelMany ASHRAE-relevant policy issues are decided at the state and local level Chapter members are most knowledgeable about their communityChapter members are most knowledgeable about their community Establish your chapter as a resource for local decision makersEstablish your chapter as a resource for local decision makers

4 POTENTIAL ISSUES FOR CHAPTER INVOLVEMENT Building Code Adoptions or RevisionsBuilding Code Adoptions or Revisions Public Building or School Construction InitiativesPublic Building or School Construction Initiatives Reducing Energy Use and Building Environmental ImpactsReducing Energy Use and Building Environmental Impacts Public Utility Commission Hearings on Energy Efficiency ProgramsPublic Utility Commission Hearings on Energy Efficiency Programs Mold and Mildew and “Sick Building” ConcernsMold and Mildew and “Sick Building” Concerns Science and Mathematics Programs in SchoolsScience and Mathematics Programs in Schools Government Energy Efficiency IncentivesGovernment Energy Efficiency Incentives

5 ASHRAE’s Areas of Interest and Expertise Buildings –Energy Use –Building Safety and Security –Codes and Standards –Green Buildings –Integrated Building Design –Datacenter Energy Use Indoor Air Quality/Indoor Environmental Quality –Mold, Mildew and Moisture Environmental Issues –Ozone Depleting Substances –Climate Change Society –Engineering and Science Education –Engineering Practice and Professionalism –Research and Development

6 How Chapters Can Engage in Public Policy Work with other organizations with similar interestsWork with other organizations with similar interests –AIA, USGBC, BOMA, etc. Consult Board Approved Documents for official positionsConsult Board Approved Documents for official positions –Position Documents, Standards, Handbook Coordinate Activities with the Washington OfficeCoordinate Activities with the Washington Office Clearly Identify Source of ViewpointClearly Identify Source of Viewpoint –Individual, Local Chapter, ASHRAE Encourage Chapter Members to Engage PolicymakersEncourage Chapter Members to Engage Policymakers Become Educated on the Policy ProcessBecome Educated on the Policy Process

7 How CHAPTERS MAY NOT Engage in Public Policy 1.Conflict Commercial Interests with ASHRAE Activities 2.Endorse Political Candidates (even if an ASHRAE member) 3.Make Chapter Contributions or Provide Services to Political Campaigns 4.Take Positions Contrary to ASHRAE Positions 5.Ask Chapter Members to Contact Officials to Request Approval or Disapproval of Legislation/Regulations 6.Direct Government Officials to Approve or Disapprove Legislation/Regulations When Acting as an Individual, You are Encouraged to Engage in the Political Process! Items 5 and 6 may have limited exceptions for issues opposed to ASHRAE interests. Contact Chapter Leadership and the Washington Office for direction and approval.

8 Available Resources ASHRAE Board Approved Documents –Position Statements (http://www.ashrae.org/positiondocuments) Ammonia as a Refrigerant Climate Change Energy Environmental Tobacco Smoke Indoor Air Quality Legionellosis Minimizing Indoor Mold Problems through Management of Moisture in Building Systems Ozone-Depleting Substances –Handbooks/Publications (http://www.ashrae.org/publications/) Advanced Energy Design Guides –Strategic Plans and Roadmaps

9 Available Resources ASHRAE Board Approved Documents Standards/Guidelines (http://www.ashrae.org/standards) Most Commonly Cited: Standard 15 – Safety Standard for Refrigeration SystemStandard 15 – Safety Standard for Refrigeration System Standard 34 – Designation and Safety Classification of RefrigerantsStandard 34 – Designation and Safety Classification of Refrigerants Standard 55 – Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human OccupancyStandard 55 – Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy Standard 62.1 – Ventilation for Acceptable IAQStandard 62.1 – Ventilation for Acceptable IAQ Standard 62.2 – Ventilation and Acceptable IAQ in Low-Rise Residential BuildingsStandard 62.2 – Ventilation and Acceptable IAQ in Low-Rise Residential Buildings Standard 90.1 – Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential BuildingsStandard 90.1 – Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings Standard 90.2 – Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential BuildingsStandard 90.2 – Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings In Development Standard 189.1P – Design of High- Performance, Green Buildings Except Low- Rise Residential BuildingsStandard 189.1P – Design of High- Performance, Green Buildings Except Low- Rise Residential Buildings

10 Available Resources ASHRAE Washington Office (http://www.ashrae.org/advocacy) –One-Page Public Policy Issue Briefs (http://www.ashrae.org/advocacy/page/1348) Energy Efficiency Climate Change Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Research and Development Standards –Government Affairs Updates (http://www.ashrae.org/GAUpdate) Information on activities occurring within international, national, state and local governments –Advocacy Toolkit (http://www.ashrae.org/advocacy/page/1262) Tips on Policy Maker Communications Primers on the Legislative and Regulatory Process –Sample Letters to Policy Makers (http://www.ashrae.org/advocacy/page/1348)

11 Available Resources Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (http://www.ashrae.org/cttc) –ASHRAE Primer on Government Activities –Distinguished Lecturers –Government Activities Award –Consultant Reports –Satellite Broadcasts

12 Important Contacts ASHRAE Washington Office 1828 L Street, NW Suite 906 Washington, DC (202) Fax: (202) –Doug Read, Director of Government Affairs –Ryan Colker, Manager of Government Affairs

13 Important Contacts ASHRAE Headquarters 1791 Tullie Circle Atlanta, GA (404) Fax: (404) –Public/Media Relations, Jodi Dunlop –Standards, Claire Ramspeck –Codes, Steve Ferguson


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