EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
ASHRAE will be among the attendees at the Capitol Hill Climate & Clean Energy Reception to be held on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn House Office Building B338/339. Members of Congress and other leaders are expected to be at this reception. The Reception will celebrate Earth Day, provide details on the Presidential Executive Order for federal government entities to reduce their carbon emissions and to prepare for future Congressional debates on comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. The Climate Change Leadership Forum that is hosting the event can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and the website is www.climateleadership.net.
WORKSHOP ON COMMISSIONING NEW AND EXISTING BUILDINGS IN THE FEDERAL SECTOR
The Alliance to Save Energy in collaboration and with the General Services Administration will host a workshop on commissioning new and existing Federal buildings on May 21st from 9AM to 4:30 PM. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and ASHRAE will cosponsor the event. Given that Federal managers for building construction, renovation and ongoing operations face formidable challenges in achieving a high level of energy performance, this workshop will help provide information and resources to enhance the consistency and quality of commissioning for Federal buildings. There will be an examination of case studies, best practices, impediments to achieving higher energy performance and also peer interaction across agencies. In order to be well prepared for the event, agenda and background materials will be sent to you several weeks beforehand. The location is the AIA Boardroom located at 1735 New York Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. If you wish to attend, please email Tom Simchak at the Alliance to Save Energy – email@example.com.
The Energy Foundation and NASEO will be hosting a “Building Energy Code Coordination and Strategic Implementation Workshop” on Monday, April 26 and Tuesday, April 27, 2010. This “invitation only” Workshop will be held at the Sofitel Lafayette Square Hotel, 806 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Attendance at this two-day Workshop will be limited to approximately 50 key stakeholders that represent federal, state, national and regional organizations involved in energy codes, along with advocates for code stringency and enforcement. Representatives of code and standards development bodies will be invited.
To improve coordination and strategic use of resources that support code adoption and implementation. Unprecedented levels of assistance have been provided to the energy codes sector by the federal government, foundations, and other sources. To ensure effective use of resources, key groups will convene, share strategies for the coming year, identify gaps in resources, eliminate redundancies where possible, and establish mechanisms for enhanced collaboration.
Together the Workshop attendees will identify the issues and needs, and the resources and other assistance required for a comprehensive national strategy that will accomplish the shared goal of increased adoption and compliance with the latest energy codes. If you have any questions regarding this important strategic Workshop, please contact Brian Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NASEO is able to provide travel support to state and local officials on a first come, first served basis. Additional information about the agenda and logistics is included below.
Workshop and Hotel Registration
Please act today and sign up to attend this April 26-27, 2010 Building Energy Code Road Map and Strategy Workshop!
FORMATION OF A NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON DOCUMENTARY STANDARDS
The Office of Science and Technology Policy has just posted a blog announcing the formation of a new National Science and Technology Council committee on documentary standards co-chaired by NIST Director Dr. Gallagher. Here is the link to the blog written by CTO Aneesh Chopra:
HIGH- PERFORMANCE BUILDING WEEK
HPBCCC and HPB&EER Members,
As you may know, June 13-19, 2010 is High-Performance Building Week. Building on the successes of last year’s Inaugural celebration, we are in the process of scheduling additional activities. Caucus Co-Chair Biggert (with Co-Chair Carnahan) is taking the lead on introducing a resolution supporting the week. The tentative schedule appears below. Once it is finalized we’ll send everyone the details and invite them to participate.
June 14 Press Event/Congressional Site Visit
June 15 Briefing on Introduction to High-Performance Buildings (both House and Senate)
June 15 Reception
June 16 CEO/President/Chair Congressional Visits
June 17 HPB&EER and HPBCCC Meetings
June 18 Briefing on Partnership to NZEBs (ZECBC) (both House and Senate)
You are encouraged to make your members aware of the week and ask them to contact their state, local and federal representatives on behalf of high-performance building issues. Attached is a flyer on the week, potential content for an article in your newsletters, e-mails, and magazines, and an FAQ document. A joint press release also will be developed as we get closer. Please share these with relevant publications and membership staff.
New this year, we will be inviting leadership of the HPBCCC member organizations to participate in Congressional Visits (and attend any other events). A formal invitation will be sent out once the date is finalized. Please make your leaders aware of this opportunity. Beyond being an opportunity to support high-performance building issues generally, it can be a forum for discussing your particular organizational issues. In advance of the visits, a letter will be sent to Members of Congress to make them aware of the week.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Details will be posted at www.hpbccc.org/hpbweek which is currently being updated to reflect this year’s activities.