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ASHRAE Releases Policy Recommendations for 112th Congress
February 17, 2011

As the 112th Congress gets underway, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has provided a potential roadmap for the federal government to use in addressing issues related to energy efficiency and environmental concerns.

“Protecting America’s Economy and Conserving Our Environment: The Buildings Answer” provides policy recommendations for the new Congress from the Society. ASHRAE notes that “fueled in part by population growth and the rise in building floorspace, the nation’s demand and consumption of energy is expected to grow by 14 percent through 2035. Residential and commercial building energy expenditures accounted for $445.8 billion in 2008, and lead the way in primary energy use, accounting for approximately 40 percent, ahead of industry (32 percent) and transportation (28 percent).”

“As part of the call for fiscal and environmental conservation, all individuals and stakeholders must work to discover ways to use our financial resources wisely and protect the environment,” Lynn G. Bellenger, ASHRAE president, said. “Through innovative design and retrofits, buildings are one of the most cost-effective means of solving the nation’s fiscal and energy challenges.”

ASHRAE’s report provides detailed recommendations on shaping energy policy. The policy document can be found at www.ashrae.org/advocacy.


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