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.

ASHRAE Member Jin Jin Huang Appointed to New York State Advisory Panel

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House Democrats Introduce Broad Energy Package

Democrats in the House of representatives introduced an 894-page energy package on September 15 that grouped together over 70 previously introduced bills. The energy package covers a wide range of energy policy from energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric grid and cybersecurity, transportation...

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Momentum Grows for Senate Bipartisan Energy Package

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is working to bring a bipartisan, multi-bill energy package to the Senate Floor for consideration. The push comes after a deal was reached on an amendment concerning the phase-down of high-global warming refrigerants (GWP), such as Hydr...

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GSA Seeks Nominations for its Green Building Advisory Committee

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a notice of a proposed rulemaking that would change enforcement sampling procedures and test notice requirements for consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. DOE has the ability to change these regulations under the Energy Policy an...

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ASHRAE Member Testifies Before Gwinnett County, GA School Board

Meghan McNulty, ASHRAE member and Government Affairs Committee Chapter Chair for the Georgia Chapter, testified before the Gwinnett County Board of Education at a Board meeting on August 20. She gave three minutes of virtual testimony regarding ASHRAE’s guidance on school reopening. S...

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