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Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) exists to support cooperation with like-minded organizations and to work with community policymakers to promote ASHRAE members’ technical expertise – as well as the use of ASHRAE standards – and to advance ASHRAE’s public policy aims.

GGAC February Update

ASHRAE Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) Update

David Palty, GGAC Chairman, ASHRAE Tucson Chapter


  1. ASHRAE Tucson Chapter comments on H.B. 2130  “municipalities; counties; energy use; reporting”
    1. It has passed the Arizona House 35-24 now goes to the Arizona Senate.
    2. Contact your Arizona Senator if you want your voice heard.
    3. See ASHRAE position posted separately if you need words.
  2. Opposite of H.B. 2130; the White House DOE also launched the Asset Score National Leadership Network, a landmark partnership between DOE and leading companies, federal agencies, and state and local governments to increase market use of the Asset Score and guide future improvements.   Arizona Companies participating!
  3. Celebrate!  Engineers Week (February 21-27, 2016)

Try to imagine a world without the contributions of engineers.  The engineering specialty professions touch every aspect of our lives, from the clothes we wear, to the building where we live and work, the vehicles we drive, and the roads and bridges we drive them on.

Those special contributions of thousands of engineers in the United States and around the world personally affect each and every one of us, making our lives better in every conceivable way.  That is why, since 1951, Engineers' Week (EWeek) has been set aside to recognize the remarkable men and women of this profession, and to inspire young people to enter into the engineering fields.

For more information about EWeek:

  1. Celebrate!  Girl Day (February 25, 2016) – Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Girl Day is a movement that shows girls how creative and collaborative engineering is and how engineers are changing the world.  With hundreds of events happening each year, together we are driving the conversation about girls and engineering.

Host a Girl Day event and make a difference to the girls (and their moms) in your community.

For more information about Girl Day:


  1. Participate!  The Southern Arizona Engineers Week Awards Banquet 2016
    2. Tuesday February 23, 2016 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Hilton Tucson East
  2. Town of Oro Valley Proclamation issued for Engineers Week 2016 highlighting ASHRAE!
  3. Arizona State Senate set to issue Proclamation for Engineers Week 2016 highlighting ASHRAE!
  4. 2016 RESNET Building Performance Conference is the premier national forum on home energy ratings, existing home retrofits, building codes and energy policy.
    1. FEB 29th – MAR 2nd with registration estimated at $600.00
    2. The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
  5. DOE National Energy Codes Conference 2016 – Energy Codes Work!
    1. March 21-24, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona, for the 2016 DOE National Energy Codes Conference. “Energy Codes WORK!’ will focus on achieving compliance but sessions will also cover development, adoption, policy, tools and research.
    3. Tucson Hilton East with registration estimated at $350.00
  6. Announcing "The Energy Code Commentator" - The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program is launching a new training webinar series starting this month!  The series will be hosted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and will cover a variety of special topics for residential & commercial buildings. The Energy Code Commentator series will be held regularly on the second Thursday of each month at 1pm (eastern).
    1. First Webinar Scheduled February 11th!  1 – 2.30p (eastern)
    2. Compliance Paths of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) featuring Shaunna Mozingo, Colorado Code Consultants
    3. To Register:  Compliance Paths of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC)
  7. Future EE Impacts!  Negotiated Rulemaking Yields New Residential Air-Conditioning Efficiency Levels - WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC) late last month approved an agreement for recommendations on a new standard for residential central air-conditioning and heat pump efficiency levels. The recommendations call for region-specific higher SEER levels for certain types of equipment. The efficiency level for residential central air conditioners under 45,000 Btu/h (13 188 W) would be 14 SEER in the North and 15 SEER in the Southeast and Southwest; for products over 45,000 Btu/h (13 188 W), the levels would be 14.5 SEER in the Southeast and Southwest, and 14 SEER in the North. Heat pump efficiency levels would be set at 15 SEER for all regions. ASRAC, under the authority of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), developed the recommendations in conjunction with a working group made up of leading industry companies and organizations.
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