HVAC Society ASHRAE and US Energy Dept. Enforce Energy Efficiency

America’s HVAC Society (ASHRAE) and the US Energy Dept. Work Together to Enforce State Building Regulations for Energy Efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) this week announced it is seeking proposals to support activities related to the state adoption and implementation of the most up-to-date building energy codes.  As of June 2010, building codes in 14 states do not meet the requirements in current regulations, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007. States are allowed to partner with consultants and organizations such as ASHRAE, which stands for American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

ASHRAE, the developer of the America’s first standard for energy efficiency in buildings, supports the U.S. Department of Energy’s recent announcement regarding funding for states to implement the most current energy codes. The call to meet current building codes comes as ASHRAE and IES celebrate the 35th anniversary of publication of Standard 90.1. Since being developed in response to the energy crisis in the 1970s, Standard 90.1 has become the basis for building codes, and the standard for building design and construction throughout the United States.

Currently a total of $5 million is available to be dispersed among up to 20 states (only one award per state). Award sizes will vary state to state and the maximum reward amount is of $250,000. Proposals must address activities to implement the target codes, which includes ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standards, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, training activities, or activities that advance each state’s level of compliance with state building codes.

“ASHRAE is committed to continually improving building energy performance, so we are pleased with this call from the Department of Energy encouraging states to meet the target codes, which includes the ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007,” ASHRAE President Lynn G. Bellenger said. “To encourage energy conservation in buildings, we must always strive toward higher efficiencies. Later this year, ASHRAE and IES will release the 2010 version of Standard 90.1. The revised version implements a significant reduction in energy consumption over the 2004 standard.”

About ASHRAE ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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