Dear ASHRAE Member,
ASHRAE respectfully requests your help and voice to protect the development, adoption, and implementation of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) from the potentially harmful effects of proposed Federal legislation.
Take action by clicking here or visiting https://account.votility.com/enterprise/ASHRAE/ec/126
The U.S. House of Representatives is currently developing comprehensive energy legislation that could include language from the Energy Savings and Building Efficiency Act (H.R.1273, commonly known as “Blackburn-Schrader”) that would likely limit the technical assistance that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) currently provides, upon request, to ASHRAE, the International Code Council, States, and Indian tribes for the development, adoption, and implementation of Standard 90.1 and the IECC.
This language would also prohibit the Federal government from funding actions by DOE or States to advocate, promote, or discourage the adoption of a particular building energy code, code provision, or energy saving target to a State or Indian tribe; or funding private third parties or non-governmental organizations that engage in this type of advocacy. This is very broad language that could have far-ranging implications. For instance, DOE could be prohibited from providing funds to ASHRAE Chapters that provide training, education, and related activities to State and local code officials or other policymakers on Standard 90.1.
Taken together, the possible provisions in this legislation threaten to reduce understanding of the potential full impacts of the consensus-based model building energy codes.
ASHRAE’s leadership believes that more information is needed, not less. As a result, I strongly encourage you to contact your U.S. House Representative and urge them to protect model building energy codes by opposing the inclusion of language from H.R.1273 in any bill in the U.S. House of Representatives.
For your convenience, ASHRAE has provided a suggested letter to send to your U.S. Representative. Please take action by clicking here or visiting https://account.votility.com/enterprise/ASHRAE/ec/126
Thank you in advance for your time and efforts to protect the development, adoption, and implementation of 90.1 and the IECC.
ASHRAE President 2015-16