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washington report

Changes Come to Congress

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By Mark Ames and Mark Wills

lthough the President will remain the same, November’s elections touched off a wave of change in Congress, as several key

Members lost their reelection bids or retired.
Notably, new champions for the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) must be identified in the U.S. House of Representatives, as the previous leaders— Reps. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.) and Russ Carnahan (D-Minn.), who served as the cochairs of the High-Performance Buildings Cong ressional Caucus (HPBCC)—lost their general and primary elections, respectively. ASHRAE, who serves as secretariat of the HPBCCC, the private-sector arm of the Congressional Caucus, is actively working with Biggert and Carnahan and other Coalition members to recruit new cochairs. Representative Charles Bass (RN.H.) also lost his election. Bass is a coauthor (along with Rep. Jim Matheson [D-Utah)]) of the Smart Energy Act (H.R.4017), which is considered one of the major bipartisan building energy efficiency bills in the House. Additionally, Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.), a long-time leader in efforts to reduce pollution and improve energy use and who chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, is retiring. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) will take over as chair of this committee in the next Congress. Additional election coverage will be included in ASHRAE’s biweekly Government Affairs Update emails, which can also be viewed at www.
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a s h r a e . o r g / g ov e r n m e n t - a f f a i r s / government-affairs-updates. Net zero energy schools spotlighted. The HPBCCC held a Congressional briefing on net zero energy schools in November. The briefing was sponsored by ASHRAE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), and cosponsored by eight other technical societies and stakeholder organizations. This briefing spotlighted ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide for K – 12 School Buildings: 30% Energy Savings, and provided several examples of net zero energy and net zero energycapable schools in Kentucky, several of which were designed by ASHRAE member Ken Seibert’s f irm, CMTA Consulting Engineers. Seibert served as one of the presenters. Other presenters included Greg Guess, director of the division of energy efficiency and conservation for Kentucky’s Department for Energy Development and Independence, and David Terry, NASEO’s executive director. The briefing also represented the last event at which Carnahan and Biggert served as HPBCCC cochairs. To view the briefing presentations and find additional information on the HPBCCC, visit www.hpbccc.org, and click on “Events.” ASHRAE Engagement with NASEO Key to Grassroots Influence, Success. NASEO’s involvement in
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HPBCCC briefings is the first step in ASHRAE’s enhanced relationship with NASEO. The U.S. state and local government activities arena are the venues through which ASHRAE members are best positioned to interact with NASEO’s membership, which is comprised of the leaders of the state and territorial energy offices. Many of NASEO’s members have a direct organizational line to their respective governors, which means their input on energy policy matters—including building energy standards and codes and energy efficiency in the built environment from a broader perspective—often goes straight to the top of state government. Consequently, ASH RA E’s new Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) and its staff liaisons will be working hard to connect the Society’s regional and chapter leaders with NASEO members to provide state energy officials with the technical and policy resources they need to make sound energy policy decisions. To that end, a NASEO board member will be participating in the initial GGAC training session at the Dallas Winter Meeting in January. Furthermore, ASHRAE and NASEO are hammering out the final details of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organizations, which will formalize the importance of working together moving forward. Mark Ames (mames@ashrae.org) is ASHRAE manager of federal government affairs. Mark Wills (mwills@ashrae.org) is ASHRAE manager of state and local government affairs.
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ASHRAE Journal - January 2013
Contents
Commentary
Industry News
Letters
Meetings and Shows
Feature Articles
Long-Term Commercial GSHP Performance: Part 6: Maintenance and Controls
Thermally Active Floors, Part 1
Technology Award Case Studies:
Aquathermal Systems
Standing Columns
Data Centers
People
Emerging Technologies
IAQ Applications
Engineer's Notebook
Washington Report
Refrigeration Applications
Classified Advertising
Advertisers Index
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