ASHRAE Government Affairs Update

  By: Steve Rosen


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, May 2017


Climate-Adapt

The European Climate Adaptation Platform ­­(CLIMATE-ADAPT) is a partnership between the European Commission (DG CLIMA, DG Joint Research Centre and other DGs) and the European Environment Agency.

CLIMATE-ADAPT aims to support Europe in adapting to climate change. It is an initiative of the European Commission and helps users to access and share data and information on:

  • Expected climate change in Europe
  • Current and future vulnerability of regions and sectors
  • EU, national and transnational adaptation strategies and actions
  • Adaptation case studies and potential adaptation options
  • Tools that support adaptation planning

CLIMATE-ADAPT organizes information under the following main entry points:

  • Adaptation information (Observations and scenarios, Vulnerabilities and risks, Adaptation measures, National adaptation strategies, Research projects)
  • EU sector policies (Agriculture and forestry, Biodiversity, Coastal areas, Disaster risk reduction, Financial, Health, Infrastructure, Marine and fisheries, Water management)
  • Transnational regions, Countries and Urban areas
  • Tools (Adaptation Support Tool, Case Study Search Tool, Map Viewer)

May is Asthma Awareness Month

  • ·         May is Asthma Awareness Month (AAM)—the perfect time to raise awareness and take action in your school community. Each May, thousands of organizations across the U.S. join together for AAM to increase public awareness and improve the lives of children and families with asthma. Be part of this national effort to get asthma under control in communities nationwide!

 

 

California Seeks to Use Waste Heat for Efficient Energy

A new lab project seeks to efficiently capture waste heat and convert it to electricity, potentially saving California up to $385 million per year. With a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is partnering with local energy startup Alphabet Energy to create a cost-effective thermoelectric waste heat recovery system to reduce both energy use in the industrial sector and electricity-related carbon emissions. Industry research and consulting firm ICF International estimates that such a system could save California 3.2 million MWh per year in energy while also increasing electrical reliability. 

ASHRAE Standard 189.1 for Florida Bid Process

The Florida Administrative Record, published on April 13, 2017, has given notice that the State of Florida, Department of Military Affairs (DMA), Construction & Facility Management Office (CFMO) requests qualifications from the State of Florida registered licensed General/Building Contractors (GC) and Architect/Engineering (A/E) Teams for Design-Build Services for the following project located at Crystal River National Guard Armory FMS #17, Crystal River, Florida. The design and construction of facility renovation must include energy efficiencies meeting ASHRAE Standard 189.1 through improved building envelope and integrated building systems performance. 


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, Jan. 2017

Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee.

Federal Activities

DOE Withdraws Rule on Commercial Packaged Boilers

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is withdrawing its final rule to amend its test procedure for commercial packaged boilers which published in the Federal Register on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The final rule published on November 10, 2016 contained errors. Therefore, DOE is withdrawing the final rule in its entirety and will republish the final rule amending its test procedure for commercial packaged boilers. Among other amendments, the final rule incorporates by reference certain sections of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) Standard 1500, "2015 Standard for Performance Rating of Commercial Space Heating Boilers," provides an optional field test for commercial packaged boilers with rated input greater than 5,000,000 Btu/h, and modifies the inlet water temperatures during tests of hot water commercial packaged boilers. Because the November 10, 2016, rule contained errors, DOE is withdrawing the final rule in its entirety and will republish the final rule amending its test procedure for commercial packaged boilers.

DOE Finalizes Energy-Efficiency Standards for Ceiling Fans

The U.S. Department of Energy has finalized new standards for ceiling fan energy efficiency. DOE says the new standards will reduce the energy use of ceiling fans by about 26%, resulting in national savings of about 200 billion kWh of energy over 30 years. DOE estimates that the purchase price of residential ceiling fans will increase by only about $11 with the new standards and that the additional cost will be covered by energy bill savings in less than two years.  

 DOE Extends Public Comment Period on Proposed Residential Furnace Rules

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announces the reopening of the public comment period for submitting comments and data on the NOPR or any other aspect of the rulemaking for residential furnaces. Originally published as a supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) and announcement of public meeting pertaining to proposed energy conservation standards for residential furnaces in the Federal Register, the notice provided an opportunity for submitting written comments, data, and information by November 22, 2016. The comment period has now been reopened until January 6, 2017.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities 

EWeek 2017

Engineers Week (EWeek) 2017 will be held February 19-25, 2017. This year as in past years, GGAC is encouraging our Chapters to obtain proclamations from elected officials (Mayors, Legislatures, Governors, Provincial officials, etc.). Information, draft proclamations and cover letters will be posted soon on the GGAC website. Mark your calendars now and watch for more details soon.

Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions!

Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com  creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM  srosen@RDKengineers.com


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, Dec. 2016

Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee.

Federal Activities

U.S. EPA Issues New Refrigerant Leak Management Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new rules that update the safe handling requirements that currently apply to ozone-depleting refrigerants, and extend them to refrigerant substitutes such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) that previously were exempted from the venting prohibition of the Clean Air Act. The new rules, which come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017, lower the leak rate thresholds that trigger the "duty to repair" refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment containing 50 lb or more of refrigerant. Specifically, the industrial process refrigeration threshold is lowered from 35% to 30%, commercial refrigeration equipment is lowered from 35% to 20%, and comfort cooling equipment is lowered from 15% to 10%.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities 

EWeek 2017

Engineers Week (EWeek) 2017 will be held February 19-25, 2017. This year as in past years, GGAC is encouraging our Chapters to obtain proclamations from elected officials (Mayors, Legislatures, Governors, Provincial officials, etc.). Information, draft proclamations and cover letters will be posted soon on the GGAC website. Mark your calendars now and watch for more details soon.

New York City Mandates Benchmarking, Lighting Retrofits for Midsize Buildings


NEW YORK—Mayor Bill de Blasio recently signed a package of bills that set energy and water benchmarking, lighting retrofitting and submetering requirements for midsize buildings in New York City. The first bill requires midsize building owners to report benchmarking data on their whole building energy and water use to the City. The second bill requires midsize building owners to install submeters in nonresidential tenant spaces and report energy use to the tenant. The third bill requires owners of midsize buildings to retrofit the lighting systems in nonresidential spaces to comply with the New York City Energy Code by 2025. The mayor's office says the bills are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 250,000 metric tons, and spur retrofits in 16,000 buildings. New York defines a "midsize" building as one between 25,000 ft2 and 50,000 ft2.

 Revised Standard 90.2 Open for Public Review

ASHRAE and IES are revising Standard 90.2 with a goal of making it 50% more efficient than the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code, which serves as the industry benchmark. "Key to accomplishing this objective is delivery of an accurate, flexible performance-based tool to enable user creativity in meeting the performance objectives. The new standard contains detailed rules governing the energy modeling and analyses needed to determine compliance with the performance objectives," said Theresa Weston, chair of the Standard 90.2 committee. ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2007R, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides a mechanism by which any residential building design can be easily evaluated against performance objectives. By establishing a clearly-defined rules set for energy performance modeling, users can easily assess various designs, material options, orientations and other variables to evaluate predicted energy performance, according to Weston. The revised standard is open for public comment until Dec. 19.

Addenda to Standard 189.1 Open for Public Review

An addendum that would change the commissioning requirements in ASHRAE/IES/USGBC/ICC Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, to increase its ability to support achieving high performance green buildings is among the 11 addenda that are open for review. Addendum aq updates the standard’s requirements for building systems commissioning. “We want to update the standard to reflect experience gained in applying the existing requirements as well as to keep current with trends and terminology in the evolving commissioning industry,” said committee chair Andrew Persily. Other addenda under review cover topics such as treatment of waste materials; lighting power density requirements for exterior parking areas; testing, installation and commissioning of air curtains; and life-cycle assessment of buildings. Eight addenda are open for review until Dec. 4. The other three are open until Dec. 19.

Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions!

Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com  creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM  srosen@RDKengineers.com


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, Nov. 2016

Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee.

Federal Activities

DOE Launches the Better Communities Alliance to Ignite Clean Energy Action in Cities and Countries Nationwide

On September 26, DOE launched the Better Communities Alliance (BCA), a new collaborative effort to accelerate local clean energy progress across the country. The BCA was announced by the White House during Smart Cities Week, with over 60 inaugural partners of local governments, philanthropies, nonprofit organizations, and leading private companies to accelerate local clean energy progress across the country. The BCA will deliver new clean energy resources, technical assistance, and facilitate collaboration between public and private partners by making it easier for participants to connect and exchange ideas.

Charter partners included 34 local governments serving 40 million Americans that are committed to the BCA and working with DOE to accelerate local clean energy progress and bolster leadership. Local government partners will receive streamlined access to DOE clean energy resources, opportunities to apply for resources, access to forums for peer networking and expert dialogue, and Federal recognition of clean energy achievements.

The BCA also announced inaugural partnerships with 26 public and private organizations. The BCA affiliates will help identify specific opportunities for collaboration with DOE and local governments. Read the press release to see the full scope of this effort or visit the BCA website to join the alliance and strengthen your community.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities 

EWeek 2017

Engineers Week (EWeek) 2017 will be held February 19-25, 2017. This year as in past years, GGAC is encouraging our Chapters to obtain proclamations from elected officials (Mayors, Legislatures, Governors, Provincial officials, etc.). Information, draft proclamations and cover letters will be posted soon on the GGAC website. Mark your calendars now and watch for more details soon.

Massachusetts in tie as Most Energy-Efficient State

California and Massachusetts tied for the top spot in the 2016 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard, published by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). This is Massachusetts' sixth consecutive year in first place. The Commonwealth shares the spot with California, which last held the title in 2010. The remainder of the top 10 are Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York (tied for fifth place), Oregon, Washington, Maryland and Minnesota.

The annual scorecard awards points to each State and the District of Columbia for policies, regulations and government-led initiatives they have put in place in six different categories. Maine, Michigan and Missouri were recognized as the three most improved States in energy efficiency.  

 Connecticut Adopts New State Codes

On September 27, the Connecticut Legislature's Regulations Review Committee unanimously approved with technical corrections both the proposed 2016 State Building Code and 2016 Fire Safety Code.

These approved updated State codes will be effective for all permit applications as of October 1, and incorporate the following:  

·         2012 ICC International Building Code

·         2012 ICC International Residential Code

·         2012 ICC International Existing Buildings Code

·         2012 ICC International Mechanical Code

·         2012 International Plumbing Code

·         2012 ICC International Energy Conservation Code

·         2014 NFPA 70 - National Electric Code; 2009 ICC / ANSI A117.1 - Accessible and Usable Building and Facilities

·         2012 ICC International Fire Code

·         2012 NFPA Standard 101 - Life Safety Code

Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions!

Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com  creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM  srosen@RDKengineers.com


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, Oct. 2016

Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee.

Federal Activities

ASHRAE Supports House Bill to Promote STEM Education
ASHRAE applauds the U.S. House of Representatives on the passage of the "Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act" (H.R. 5587). The legislation, which passed the House on Sept. 13 with a 405-5 vote, would reauthorize the "Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006" through Fiscal Year 2022, and provide increased support for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. Among other things, it gives middle schools access to funds, provides opportunities for dual enrollment in secondary and post-secondary programs, increases use of technology, and encourages collaboration between training programs and area employers. The bill requires a gradual increase in funding to $1.23 billion in FY 2022. Said ASHRAE President Tim Wentz, P.E., HBDP, "We strongly encourage the Senate to build on these efforts and take bold action to provide further support for STEM education. Such action would help meet the workforce pipeline need for an estimated 115,000 new HVAC&R technicians by 2022, which will be created through growth and retirements." The Senate now has the bill and is expected to send it to the president by the end of the year.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities 

EWeek 2017

Engineers Week (EWeek) 2017 will be held February 19-25, 2017. This year as in past years, GGAC is encouraging our Chapters to obtain proclamations from elected officials (Mayors, Legislatures, Governors, Provincial officials, etc.). Information, draft proclamations and cover letters will be posted soon on the GGAC website. Mark your calendars now and watch for more details soon.

Toolkits Available for Chapter Use

As part of the ongoing effort to provide Chapter GGACs tools to make their job easier, the GGAC has prepared two “how-to” toolkits for the promotion of programs. Available now on our website are “Member Engagement in the State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program” and “Member Engagement to Promote ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. These two toolkits, plus others to follow in the coming months, are intended to help guide Chapters in various government advocacy initiatives on a step-by-step basis. To access these toolkits, go to the “GGAC Toolkits and Presentations” section found at the website located here.

New, Simple Technique Creates Boiling Water, Steam Using Ambient Sunlight
MIT engineers have developed a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that absorbs sunlight and heats water to boiling temperatures, generating steam through its pores. The design, which the researchers call a "solar vapor generator," requires no expensive mirrors or lenses to concentrate the sunlight. Instead, it relies on a combination of relatively low-tech materials to capture ambient sunlight and concentrate it as heat. The heat is then directed toward the pores of the sponge, which draw water up and release it as steam. The team says the low-tech design may provide inexpensive alternatives for applications ranging from desalination and residential water heating, to wastewater treatment and medical tool sterilization. The research is published in the journal Nature Energy.

New York State Provides Funding for Construction of Energy-Efficient Housing
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the availability of $16 million through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support the design and construction of new energy-efficient housing and to complete similar improvements in existing buildings across New York State. Improvements in energy efficiency, particularly in the construction of new residential houses and apartment buildings, is a component of New York State's Clean Energy Standard, which requires 50% of the state's power to come from renewable sources by 2030. The governor's office estimates that homes and buildings that take advantage of the funding could see annual energy cost savings of more than $9 million and total lifetime savings of as much as $180 million. The funding will be distributed equally to low-rise housing developments, and mid- to high-rise projects.

Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions!

Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com  creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM  srosen@RDKengineers.com


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, Sept. 2016

Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee

Federal Activities

New EERE Success Stories Map

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently created a new interactive map highlighting success stories in the United States. The success stories feature the positive impacts of EERE's work with businesses, industry partners, universities, research labs, and other entities to increase the use and effectiveness of affordable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.

Comment Period Reopened for DOE Rulemaking on Energy Conservation Standards for Portable Air Conditioners

In response to a request from the Association of Home Appliance Manufactures (AHAM), DOE has reopened its comment period for a rulemaking that proposes new energy conservation standards for portable air conditioners. The Department of Energy will accept comments, data, and information regarding this rulemaking no later than September 26, 2016. To view the Federal Register notice, which includes a link to the underlying rulemaking, please click here.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

EWeek 2017

Engineers Week (EWeek) 2017 will be held February 19-25, 2017. This year as in past years, GGAC is encouraging our Chapters to obtain proclamations from elected officials (Mayors, Legislatures, Governors, Provincial officials, etc.). Information, draft proclamations and cover letters will be posted soon on the GGAC website. Mark your calendars now and watch for more details soon.

Toolkits Available for Chapter Use

As part of the ongoing effort to provide Chapter GGACs tools to make their job easier, the GGAC has prepared two “how-to” toolkits for the promotion of programs. Available now on our website are “Member Engagement in the State Energy Program and Weatherization Assistance Program” and “Member Engagement to Promote ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. These two toolkits, plus others to follow in the coming months, are intended to help guide Chapters in various government advocacy initiatives on a step-by-step basis. To access these toolkits, go to the “GGAC Toolkits and Presentations” section found at the website located here.

New York State Provides Funding for Construction of Energy-Efficient Housing

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the availability of $16 million through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to support the design and construction of new energy-efficient housing and to complete similar improvements in existing buildings across New York State. Improvements in energy efficiency, particularly in the construction of new residential houses and apartment buildings, is a component of New York State's CleanEnergy Standard, which requires 50% of the state's power to come from renewable sources by 2030. The governor's office estimates that homes and buildings that take advantage of the funding could see annual energy cost savings of more than $9 million and total lifetime savings of as much as $180 million. The funding will be distributed equally to low-rise housing developments, and mid- to high-rise projects.

Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions! Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com

creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM

srosen@RDKengineers.com


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 4/15/2016 

As of July 1 2015 GGAC changed from Grassroots Government Activities Committee to Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee.

Federal Activities

USGBC Makes LEED 2009 More Stringent

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently approved an increase in the minimum energy performance thresholds for LEED 2009 projects. As of this month, all new projects registering for LEED 2009 must now earn a minimum of four points in the Energy Performance credits. The referenced energy standard and modeling requirements in LEED 2009 will not change. Buildings falling under the proposed change can use the same methodologies and referenced standards, but will need to earn additional points to achieve certification. The change applies to LEED 2009 projects registering until Oct. 31, which is the last day to register a project under LEED 2009.

House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee Considers Bipartisan G.I. Bill STEM Extension Act

This week the US House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Economic Development considered H.R.748 – the G.I. Bill STEM Extension Act, a bipartisan bill that ASHRAE supports and which would give students who use the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill the opportunity to apply for an extra nine months of benefits if they pursue a degree in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields.

“There is a strong demand for engineers – particularly in the heating, ventilating, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry”, said ASHRAE President David Underwood in a letter to the Subcommittee. “The G.I. Bill STEM Extension Act (H.R.748) responds to the needs of student veterans by providing extra time to these men and women who have given so much to their country, while helping to meet critical workforce needs”, continued President Underwood.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

Last Winter Warmest for Contiguous U.S.

December 2015 through February 2016 was the warmest winter on record for the "Lower 48" U.S. states, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA found that the average temperature for the contiguous U.S. states was 4.6°F (2.6°C) warmer than the 20th-century average. All of the states in New England experienced record warm temperatures. Also, most of Northeast, Midwest, West, Southeast and the Great Plains recorded above-average temperatures.

U.S. Army, Private Company Team on Refrigeration, Energy Recovery System

NATICK, Mass.—The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) has awarded S-RAM Dynamics a $1 million contract to build and test a mobile refrigeration system demonstration prototype using the new S-RAM energy recovery compressor that uses carbon dioxide as a refrigerant. The CO2 refrigeration system is expected to reduce energy consumption of the Army's mobile refrigeration assets by more than 50%. The energy recovery compressor integrates an axial piston compressor with an opposed axial piston expander to recapture normally lost energy and boost system performance. The system will be installed on the Army's new Multi-Temperature Refrigerated Container System (MTRCS), a mobile, multi-temperature refrigeration system that will provide the capability for transportation and storage of frozen, chilled, or semi-perishable ration components simultaneously on a single platform. It also will be used as an external heat recovery engine to generate power as well as an axial internal combustion engine for unmanned systems, such as drones.

Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions! Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com

creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM

srosen@RDKengineers.com


ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 2/18/2016

As of July 1 2015 GGAC changed from Grassroots Government Activities Committee to Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee.

Federal Activities

2015 was the Earth's warmest year since records began in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Jan. 20. In 2015, the average temperature across the Earth's land and ocean surfaces was 1.62°F (0.9°C) above average, the largest margin by which an annual global temperature record has been broken, NOAA said. Record warmth was broadly spread around the world, NOAA reported, with portions of central and South America, Europe, and central Asia seeing some of the warmest temperatures. A separate analysis of data from NASA agreed with NOAA's findings. According to NASA 15 of the 16 warmest years have occurred since 2001.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities 

Worldwide Warming Trend Continues in January
January 2016 was the warmest January on record by a large margin, according to NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies. It was also the most anomalously warm month since such recordkeeping began in 1880. The month was 1.13°C (2.03°F) above normal. That was higher than December's record of 1.11°C (1.998°F) above average. It marks the fourth month in a row where average temperatures worldwide have been more than 1°C (1.8°F) above normal.

Global 'Green' Building is Expected to Double by 2018
There will be a marked increase in "green" building activities in the United States over the next three years, according to a new study by Dodge Data & Analytics. Nearly 40% of U.S. buildings industry representatives polled for the study said that more than 60% of their projects would involve green building by 2018. This is significantly higher than the 24% affirmative response in the 2015 version of the study. The greatest percentage of green-oriented construction will involve institutional projects, retrofits of existing buildings and new commercial construction. However, the "World Green Building Trends 2016: Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth SmartMarket Report" also found that the U.S. still lags behind many other countries in terms of green building. Brazil expects six-fold growth in the percentage of companies expecting to make a majority of their projects green; five-fold growth is expected in China; and four-fold growth is expected in Saudi Arabia.

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Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions!

Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com

creinders@CANNONDESIGN.COM

srosen@rdkengineers.com






ASHRAE Government Affairs Update, 12/18/2015 

As of July 1 2015 GGAC changed from Grassroots Government Activities Committee to Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee. 

Federal Activities

DOE Updates Baseline for Federal Commercial and Multi-Family High-Rise Omnibus Funding and Tax Bill to Be Signed Into Law

Congress is finishing work on H.R. 2029, which combines both the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2016 and the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015. President Barack Obama has signaled that he will sign the bill into law.

Often referred to as the “omnibus”, this bill combines the 12 annual appropriations bills into a single package, providing funding levels for federal programs until the end of the 2016 federal fiscal year next September. In a move to meet the needs of the moment, the bill also makes several changes to tax provisions. Below is a summary of the key provisions in the bill of greatest interest to ASHRAE and its members:

The reference standard to the 179D Commercial Building Tax Deduction was changed from ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2001 to Standard 90.1-2007, and extends the deduction until December 31, 2016.

Extends the 45L Credit for Energy Efficient New Homes to December 31, 2016.

GGAC Regional and Chapter Activities

State of New York Reissues Temporary Rules on Legionella

The New York State Register, released on December 2, 2015, has once again published the adoption of emergency rules for the treatment of Legionella. These regulations, which originally became effective in August, implemented requirements that protect the public from the threat posed by Legionella. To ensure that protection is maintained, the Commissioner of Health and the Public Health and Health Planning Council have determined it necessary to fi le these regulations on an emergency basis. Public Health Law and the State Administrative Procedure Act provide the authority to adopt emergency regulations when necessary for the preservation of the public health, safety or general welfare and that compliance with routine administrative procedures would be contrary to the public interest. The various State agencies intend to adopt this emergency rule as a permanent rule and will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the New York State Register at some future date. The emergency rule, which is effective immediately, will expire February 10, 2016.

As with the earlier emergency rule published several months ago, portions of ASHRAE Standard 188-2015 Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems are referenced. To review the rule please click here. The rule begins on page 28.


Water-Based 'Band-Aid' Senses Temperature Changes to Deliver Medicine

MIT engineers have designed what is being called the "Band-Aid of the Future," an adhesive, elastic, gel-like material that incorporates temperature sensors, LED lights, and other electronics, as well as tiny, drug-delivering reservoirs and channels. The "smart wound dressing" releases medicine in response to changes in skin temperature. The key to the design is a hydrogel matrix designed by Xuanhe Zhao, an Associate Professor in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The hydrogel is a rubbery material, mostly composed of water, designed to bond strongly to surfaces such as gold, titanium, aluminum, silicon, glass, and ceramic. A paper on the technology is published in the journal Advanced Materials.

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Your Boston GGAC committee welcomes your articles and event suggestions!

Please contact Christine Reinders, Stacie Suh or Steve Rosen.

stacie@stebbinsduffy.com

creinders@cannondesign.com

srosen@rdkengineers.com


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