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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.


ASHRAE Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) Update

David Palty, GGAC Chairman, ASHRAE Tucson Chapter


13APR15 - Governor Ducey signs S.B. 1241 … ignores ASHRAE Letters!

Background Information:

A house bill in Arizona has been submitted to prevent local municipalities from adopting benchmarking ordinances.

National Response:

ASHRAE’s Thomas E. Watson, P.E.  Chair ASHRAE Advocacy Committee, sent a letter of “Opposition to Arizona Senate Bill 1241” to Governor Doug Ducey.

Local Response:

ASHRAE Tucson Chapter & ASHRAE Central Arizona Chapters united to send correspondence to all members of the Arizona House of Representatives, the Arizona Senate plus Governor Doug Ducey.

Local Emphasis:

The Arizona Chapters of ASHRAE believe that Building Energy Data is important for Arizona’s future. 

1.       A quick summary is provided below on Building Energy Data but measuring and reporting energy usage and consumption, including energy consumption benchmarking is a critical resource in Arizona. 

2.       Future utilization of this data will be important for making future decisions on local and state building efficiency codes, bills and statutes.

3.       Local and national ASHRAE members would be happy to discuss Building Energy Data, Benchmarking and other Building Efficiency topics with you or your staff.

4.       I included a short summary on the Development of ASHRAE’s Standard on High Performance Green Buildings to give you a flavor of the comprehensive and exhaustive detail that goes into to developing ASHRAE Standards which are often adopted into code by local municipalities.

GGAC Chair Note:

Bill title was originally “AHCCCS; contractors; providers” and changed to “(NOW: auxiliary containers; regulatory prohibition; reporting)” … it is possible not everyone understood or prioritized the benchmarking component that ASHRAE focused on as it was a House amendment to the original bill.


ASHRAE  ARIZONA Trivia:  Arizona has more or less than 1,000 members?


Make Your Opinion Count on PUMPS

Get Informed 29APR15 Webinar 11:00 – 2:00 AZT and then give your comments to the DOE

DOE Proposes Standards for Commercial and Industrial Pumps
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has proposed the first standards for commercial and industrial pumps. According to DOE's announcement in the Federal Register, the standards would cover clean water pumps generally used in commercial, industrial, agricultural, and municipal applications, including building heating and cooling systems and water treatment. The proposed standards would set pump energy index (PEI) values for various classes of pumps. PEI is defined as the pump efficiency rating (PER) for a given pump model (at full impeller diameter), divided by a calculated minimally compliant PER for the given pump model. PER is defined as a weighted average of the electric input power supplied to the pump over a specified load profile, represented in units of horsepower. DOE will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, April 29 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. EDT, in Washington, D.C., to discuss the proposed standards. The meeting also will be webcast.!documentDetail;D=EERE-2011-BT-STD-0031-0040

DOE Proposes Energy Conservation Standards, Test Procedures for Pumps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is proposing new energy conservation standards and test procedures for pumps.

DOE will hold separate public meetings (both will be available via webinar) on the proposed standards and test procedures on Wednesday, April 29. Comments on the standards are due by June 1, 2015. Comments on the proposed test procedures are due by June 15, 2015.

Full information on the proposed energy conservation standards is available at

Full information on the proposed test procedures is available at


Working Group Proposed by DOE on Energy Conservation Standards for Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products

DOE has announced its plans to establish a negotiated rulemaking working group to negotiate proposed federal standards for the energy efficiency requirements of miscellaneous refrigeration standards. The purpose of the working group will be to discuss and, if possible, reach consensus on a proposed rule for the scope and definitions, certain aspects of the test procedure, and energy conservation standards for miscellaneous refrigeration products. DOE will hold the first meeting for the Miscellaneous Refrigeration Products Working Group on Monday, May 4, and Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Washington, DC. Written comments and request to be appointed as members of the working group are welcomed by DOE and should be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Full information is available at


Energy Conservation Standards for Fans and Blowers in Development by DOE

DOE recently announced its intent to create a negotiated rulemaking working group to negotiate proposed definitions, certain aspects of a proposed test procedure (if applicable), and proposed energy conservation standards for fans and blowers. DOE will hold the first meeting for the Fans and Blowers Working Group on Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., in Washington, DC. Written comments and request to be appointed as members of the working group are welcomed by DOE and should be submitted by April 15, 2015.

Full information is available at


DOE Proposes Energy Conservation Standards for Residential Boilers

DOE has issued a notice of proposed rulemaking on energy conservation standards for residential boilers that references ASHRAE Standard 103 Method of Testing for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency of Residential Central Furnaces and Boilers. Comments are due by June 1, 2015. DOE will hold a public meeting and webinar on April 30, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Washington, DC.

Full information is available at






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