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.

Letter from Manufacturers Backing Legislation on HFC Phase-Down

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House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis Holds Hearing on Cleaner, Stronger Buildings

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14 Senators Send Letter to DOE Opposing Rollbacks to the Standards for Efficient Lightbulbs

On October 11, fourteen Democratic Senators led by Senators Ed Markey (MA-D) and Jeanne Shaheen (NH-D) sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry regarding the rollback of energy efficiency standards for lightbulbs. The letter says that "these rollbacks are indefensible, both in terms of their cos...

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ASHRAE Supports Georgia Department of Public Health in its Legionella Response

ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce sent a letter to the Georgia Department of Public Health applauding the agency for convening a Legionella Prevention Working Group, and offering technical assistance, including through ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water System...

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ASHRAE, UN Environment Programme Announce Lower GWP Award Selections

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