ASHRAE Congratulates Senate on Passage of Energy Policy Modernization Act

Apr 20, 2016

Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations
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ATLANTA – ASHRAE is pleased to see the passage on Wednesday by the U.S. Senate of the Energy Policy Modernization Act, marking an important step toward making buildings in all sectors more energy efficient.

The Senate passed the Act by a vote of 85 to 12. The bill contains numerous building energy code provisions that were supported by ASHRAE.

“The passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act demonstrates the power of persistent bipartisan leadership by many leaders throughout the Senate. Each of these senators understands the need for reform and the dangers that lie ahead if we do not change,” ASHRAE President David Underwood said. “This accomplishment is shared by hundreds of stakeholders who have connected with members of Congress, helping them understand the complexities and likely impacts of legislation on the building and many other industries. ASHRAE congratulates the Senate on this accomplishment and stands ready to assist as leaders in both chambers work to produce a final bill that the President can sign, and which truly advances the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

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Existing Building Energy Efficiency Featured at ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference

Apr 20, 2016

Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations
[email protected]

ATLANTA – Increasing the energy efficiency and reducing the energy consumption of existing buildings can have four times the environmental impact as compared to the installation of renewable energy.

With existing building renovation accounting for most of the money spent in U.S. building construction today, actual building performance needs to be determined to make the most of those dollars spent. Setting those metrics and increasing existing buildings’ energy efficiency is described in a seminar at the ASHRAE 2016 Annual Conference.

The Conference takes place June 25-29, Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel and America’s Center Convention Complex.  To register or for complete information, visit

In 2015, ASHRAE and the Illuminating Engineering Society published ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings, which goes beyond energy efficiency minimums in that it requires energy management and operation and maintenance plans.

“By requiring energy audits and providing for life cycle cost analysis of potential energy efficiency measures, the standard gives building owners the tools and opportunity for even higher performance,” Gordon Holness, who helped write the standard, said.

Holness is a speaker at a seminar at the Conference, Standard 100-2015 Overview and the Potential of Its High-Performance Existing Building Metrics, which takes place June 29.

The standard sets specific energy targets based on building type, occupancy and climate zone with target tables established based on the top 25 percent performers within the U.S. Department of Energy’s Commercial Building Energy Consumption (CBECS) data base. On an aggregate basis the standard is expected to reduce building energy use by approximately 30 percent.

“The standard recognizes that U.S. annual investments in renovation of existing buildings account for around 86 percent of all money spent in building construction today,” he said.

The seminar is one of 108 sessions in the Technical Program, which is organized into eight tracks that will cover topics such as current trends and technologies in the industry; professional development and residential systems; new design strategies for achieving net zero buildings; high energy efficiency and methods of design, including recent advances in alternative energy systems and equipment. The program features more than 400 speakers.

“The technical sessions offer an excellent opportunity to learn the results of cutting edge research and the latest standards that affect the built environment.” Thomas Kuehn, Conference Program chair, said.  “Topics include nearly every technology used in HVAC&R including alternative refrigerants, fire and smoke control, smart control systems and sources and efficient utilization of renewable energy. In addition, these sessions are an opportunity to learn the personal and business skills necessary to become and remain a leader in our industry.”

For a full list of sessions and speakers, visit the new interactive technical program at

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 55,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

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Commercial Refrigeration Equipment in US - demand to rise 3.1% anually through 2020

US demand to rise 3.1% anually through 2020

US demand for commercial refrigeration equipment is forecast to rise 3.1 percent per year through 2020 to $11.3 billion, moderating from the 2010-2015 period, when growth was bolstered by a rebound in sales after the economic recession. Despite this slowdown, suppliers are expected to benefit from the phaseout of R-22 refrigerant scheduled to occur in 2020, as this will prompt commercial refrigeration equipment operators to either retrofit their equipment to use an acceptable alternative refrigerant, which will increase parts demand, or to replace their existing equipment, which will boost system sales. A number of alternative refrigerants can be used instead of R- 22, and retrofitting is the less costly option for operators. However, installing new systems is more energy efficient. HFCs are currently the most commonly used alternative to HCFC refrigerants. However, HFCs have a high global warming potential, and as a result government regulators continue to seek other refrigerant options. For example, in July 2015 the US Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule regarding HFC use, outlawing the use of certain HFCs in a number of commercial refrigeration systems. The final rule has various target dates depending on the type of equipment, with some as early as July 2016, while others will not become effective until January 2020. Certain HFC blends, HFOs and natural refrigerants (e.g., ammonia, carbon dioxide, propane) are among the currently acceptable alternatives and are seeing greater usage. Commercial refrigeration equipment sales growth will also be aided by more stringent minimum energy efficiency standards for certain products, most notably reach-in and walk-in refrigerators and freezers. These standards will become effective on all products made after June 2017 and will result in many producers using higher quality and more expensive materials, which will raise average equipment prices and increase 2020 demand in value terms. Continued growth in food and beverage shipments will also boost overall demand gains.

Beverage refrigeration, display cases to lead gains

Transportation refrigeration systems are the largest share of commercial refrigeration equipment demand in the US at 23 percent of the 2015 total. However, these products will record the slowest rate of increase in demand through 2020 due to a significant slowdown in refrigerated truck and trailer fleet expansion activity following a period of robust gains between 2010 and 2015. Beverage refrigeration equipment and display cases will post the fastest sales increases through 2020. Beverage refrigeration equipment sales will be boosted by continued growth in eating and drinking establishments and associated foodservice revenues. Display case demand gains will stem largely from the phaseout of R-22, as many older display case systems still utilize R-22 as the refrigerant. Shipments of commercial refrigeration equipment by US manufacturing plants are projected to advance 2.6 percent annually through 2020 to $10.6 billion, leaving the country with a trade deficit equivalent to six percent of demand. While the majority of US production will continue to be utilized to satisfy local demand, competition from less costly imported products, especially from regional neighbor Mexico, as well as China, will intensify, limiting industry output gains.

Study coverage

Details on these and other findings are contained in Commercial Refrigeration Equipment, the Freedonia industry study. It presents historical demand data (2005, 2010 and 2015) plus forecasts for 2020 and 2025 by market and product. The study also considers market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 43 US industry players.

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EPA Proposes Use of Climate-Friendly Alternatives to HFCs/Action supports Climate Action Plan by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

Release Date: 03/29/2016
Contact Information: Enesta Jones [email protected] 202-564-7873 202-564-4355
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WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing to expand the list of acceptable substitutes and prohibit the use of certain chemicals in the U.S. that significantly contribute to climate change where safer, more climate-friendly alternatives exist. This is another step forward in a series under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce emissions of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a class of potent greenhouse gases that can be up to 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide and are used in air-conditioning, refrigeration, and other equipment. The emissions avoided from this proposed rule are estimated to be up to 11 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent in 2030, which is equal to the emissions from the energy used by approximately one million homes for one year.

“This new proposal would reduce the use and emissions of some of the most harmful HFCs, which are thousands of times more potent than carbon dioxide, and approves safer, more climate-friendly alternatives to protect public health and our environment,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “In support of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, this action will not only result in significant reductions of harmful greenhouse gases, but it expands the options for safer alternatives available on the market.”

EPA is both proposing to expand the agency’s Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program list of climate-friendly alternatives and, now that safer options are available, proposing to change the status of certain higher-global warming potential (GWP) substances that were previously listed as acceptable. In developing this proposal, the agency received input from industry, environmental groups and others through workshops and meetings over the past year.

EPA’s actions under the SNAP Program have been instrumental in the U.S. meeting its obligations under the Montreal Protocol, a global treaty through which all countries have agreed to reduce the use of chemicals that harm the Earth’s atmosphere. At the November 2015 Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol treaty in Dubai, led by Administrator McCarthy, countries across the world took the historic step to work together in 2016 to amend the Montreal Protocol to reduce the production and consumption of harmful HFCs. The statement released by Administrator McCarthy following the agreement can be viewed here. Today’s SNAP proposal shows the U.S. commitment to these goals. The first preparatory session for the Montreal Protocol since the adoption of the Dubai Pathway will be held April 4-8 in Geneva.

EPA’s proposal includes:

  • listing as acceptable, subject to conditions to ensure safe use, propane and HFO-1234yf in specific end-uses in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector, and a new fire suppression agent for streaming and total flooding uses on aircraft;
  • listing as unacceptable certain flammable hydrocarbon (HC) refrigerants and HC blends for retrofitting existing residential central air conditioning equipment that was designed for non-flammable refrigerants;
  • listing as unacceptable propylene and the HC blend R-443A in specific end-uses in the refrigeration and air conditioning sector; and
  • modifying the listing status for certain high-GWP alternatives for certain end-uses in refrigeration and air conditioning (e.g., chillers and household refrigerators), foam blowing, and fire suppression and explosion protection sectors, and for methylene chloride for certain end-uses in the foam blowing sector.

Under the authority of the Clean Air Act, EPA’s SNAP Program evaluates chemicals and technologies on an ongoing basis within a comparative risk framework. Over the last two decades, SNAP has fostered continued innovation by evaluating more than 400 substitutes for some of the most harmful chemicals used across the economy.

Today’s action builds on EPA’s July 2015 SNAP final rule prohibiting certain HFCs in the aerosols, foams, and refrigeration and air conditioning sectors.

EPA will accept comment on the proposal for 45 days after publication in the Federal Register. If a hearing is requested, further information will be provided at

Learn more about EPA’s SNAP Program and the proposal:

More on the agreement reached in Dubai:!OpenDocument&Highlight=2,dubai