Committee-GAC (Government Affairs)

The Governmental Affairs Committee (GAC) is actively involved in providing current and relevant information to chapter members regarding local and state governmental activities where the design industry, energy initiatives, and building codes may be impacted.  The Committee promotes ASHRAE standards to governing officials by being actively involved in keeping local, provincial and state governments updated on technical issues.

Since the establishment of the GAC in 2013, educating governmental officials has been the primary focus.  This has been especially true when considering the positive or detrimental affects potential alterations to building codes and/or energy codes may have in the design industry and energy sector.

For more information, please contact the committee chair.
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Commettee name change:
At the 2018 Annual Meeting in Houston, the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee (GGAC) officially changed its name to the Government Affairs Committee (GAC). This name change came after discussions were held within the Committee and with ASHRAE leadership. Questions had been raised about the use of the words "grassroots" and "advocacy" as they do not always translate well outside the United States. The name change also more closely reflects the work of the Committee at the Society level and within the Chapters.

Designing a New Building That Has a Carbon Neutral Footprint Is the Focus of ASHRAE's 2020 Modeling Competition

ATLANTA (February 17, 2020) – ASHRAE is inviting individuals and prroject teams to participate in the 6th Annual ASHRAE LowDown Showdown (LDSd) modeling competition, taking place at the 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild on August 12-14, 2020, in Chicago, IL. The 2020 B...

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ASHRAE Releases Smart Grid Application Guide: Integrating Facilities with the Electric Grid

ATLANTA (January 29, 2020) – ASHRAE announced the release of its Smart Grid Application Guide: Integrating Facilities with the Electric Grid. Created as part of 2018-19 ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter’s presidential initiative, the Smart Grid Application Guide provides building owners...

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U.S. DOE Finalizes Rule Clarifying Use of ASHRAE Energy Conservation Standard

ATLANTA (January 17, 2020) – ASHRAE is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy has issued a final rule, clarifying that DOE must meet its statutory requirements to adopt ASHRAE Commercial Building Energy Efficiency Standard 90.1 energy conservation levels, "except in extraordina...

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Underground Thermal Battery Could Reduce Peak Electricity Demand

A novel ground heat exchanger design, the Underground Thermal Battery (UTB), was proposed as a low-cost alternative to the conventional vertical bore ground heat exchanger (VBGHE) for the application of ground source heat pumps (GSHPs). The UTB is designed to be installed in a shallow borehole (le...

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Microsoft Plans To Be Carbon Negative by 2030

Jan 16, 2020   |   Brad Smith - President Microsoft President Brad Smith, Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood and CEO Satya Nadella preparing to announce Microsoft’s plan to be carbon negative by 2030. (Jan. 15, 2020/Photo by Brian Smale) The scientific cons...

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