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ASHRAE Members Participate in Roundtable with Senator Heinrich

ASHRAE Members Participate in Roundtable with Senator Heinrich
 
On August 11, ASHRAE Members Dean Saputa and Matt Middlebrooks, who are also members of the "Filtration and Ventilation" Team of the Epidemic Task Force, along with ASHRAE New Mexico Chapter President and Immediate Past President Frederick Earnest and Stacey Chan, respectively, participated on a panel moderated by Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM). The roundtable discussion topic was on buildings systems and the coronavirus, with a specific focus on the guidance developed by ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force.
 
During the roundtable, Senator Heinrich announced that he will be introducing legislation to establish a grant program for schools to upgrade their HVAC systems to improve indoor air quality and he welcomed ASHRAE’s ongoing participation. In his introduction, Senator Heinrich stated that "ASHRAE has been at the forefront" of this critical issue. Thank you, ASHRAE Members for sharing your technical expertise with policy makers!
 
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DOE Energy Efficiency Announcements

DOE Energy Efficiency Announcements 

The Department of Energy Building Technologies Office (BTO) made the following announcements this month:

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GSA Seeks Changes to its P100 Facility Standards

GSA Seeks Changes to its P100 Facility Standards
 
The U.S. General Services Administration is soliciting proposed changes to P100, the Public Building Service’s facilities standards that are used for contracting, design and construction of public facilities. These standards apply to a wide range of projects, including small projects, renovations, new construction, reimbursable work with agencies and Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) work. The P100, which is now updated every three years, currently requires buildings to be designed at least 30% more efficient than the design required by ASHRAE 90.1-2016.
 
The online form allows for the collection of change proposals from the 2018 P100 and addendum which can be found here. Proposed changes will be accepted through October 1, 2020 and the form can be accessed here
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Proposed Missouri Bill Would Establish Schools Task Force

A Proposed Missouri Bill Would Establish a
Schools Task Force including an
ASHRAE Chapter Representative
 
Introduced on July 27 in the Missouri Senate, Senate Bill 12 proposes to establish the "Smart and Safe Schools Task Force" to provide all Missouri public schools and school districts with guidelines and resources to promote a safe return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic and a quality learning environment. The bill states that one of the members of this Task Force would be "a representative of a local chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, appointed by the governor." The Missouri Senate is currently in a Special Session, scheduled to end by August 27. The full text of this bill can be found here.
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