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

Jin Jin Huang, an ASHRAE member of the New York Chapter, has been appointed to the New York State Energy Efficiency and Housing Advisory Panel, which will provide recommendations to the Climate Action Council, established under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. Her nomination was approved by the New York Climate Action Council at their meeting in August. Her membership on this advisory panel is a recognition of her qualifications and technical expertise. Congratulations Jin Jin!

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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, and environmental justice. The bill includes several sections that affect the built environment such as building energy codes, school buildings, and federal facilities. 

Additionally, the bill contains the American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act (AIM Act), which would start the phasedown for the production and consumption of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) over a 15-year period and authorizes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate them. ASHRAE wrote a letter of support for the goals of AIM Leadership Act earlier this year. Click here to learn more about ASHRAE’s position on Refrigerants and their Responsible Use.

Amendments to the bill must be submitted by September 18. The legislation is expected to be considered the week of September 21 and can be viewed here.

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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 Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which had sidetracked the legislation earlier this year. The deal reached on the amendment would now reduce the amount of HFCs used in the U.S. by 85% by 2036 while also preventing states and localities from passing stricter rules. The amendment would also prevent the EPA from speeding up the timeline. Senator Murkowski is also working to reach a deal on an amendment that would add a section on building codes/standards to the efficiency title of the bill.

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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 and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA). The propose rule will include consideration of third-party certification program testing. For more information, click here.

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