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ASHRAE Opposes North Carolina House Bill 583

ASHRAE Opposes North Carolina House Bill 583

ASHRAE President Tom Phoenix recently sent a letter to the Chairs of the NC House Regulatory Reform Committee in opposition to House Bill 583. This legislation, “AN ACT TO REQUIRE THE NC BUILDING CODE COUNCIL TO MAKE THE NORTH CAROLINA BUILDING CODE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ONLINE,” has the potential to infringe upon ASHRAE copyrights by providing access to the NC Building Code available for a free download to anyone. Several of ASHRAE’s peer-reviewed standards are the basis for codes written and disseminated by ICC. As such, our intellectual property, which is the basis for and included as part of the North Carolina State Building Code, is copyrighted material protected by federal copyright law.

Responding to the desire for greater access to ASHRAE’s standards, the Society has made many of its most popular standards available online in a read-only format. For additional information, please visit https://www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/standards--guidelines/other-ashrae-standards-referenced-in-code

To view the letter from President Phoenix, please go to https://www.ashrae.org/government-affairs/public-policy-issue-briefs-letters--testimony. The letter is entitled “ASHRAE letter opposing NC House Bill 583 which would make the North Carolina building code available for download online”