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Grassroots Government Advocacy News Updates: December 2017
Friday December 15, 2017


Kentucky Commercial Building Energy Code Update
 
On December 5, the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings, and Construction held its quarterly Advisory Committee meeting.  Commissioner Steve Milby deferred to Duane Curry, Dir. of Building Code Enforcement, to deliver the energy code update.  Duane announced that Kentucky will not be rolling back the commercial building energy code and will instead maintain the current energy codes - IECC 2012 for Commercial and IECC 2009 for Residential.  He said the decision was based on all of the feedback received from industry groups and stakeholders.  Thank you to all of the ASHRAE members who supported the effort to halt the energy code rollback! 
  
Indiana Re-adopts Statewide Energy Code

On October 31, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb approved the re-adoption of that state's energy code, which is ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2007.  The energy code almost lapsed at the end of last year with that state's sunsetting provision regarding regulations. ASHRAE and many other organizations moved quickly to seek a one-year extension of the code to allow time for the code to be re-adopted.  That process is now complete and the rule becomes effective 30 days after the approval. Learn more.
 
Commonwealth of Virginia Moves Toward Cap-and-Trade Plan
 
The Virginia Air Pollution Control Board voted unanimously to approve a preliminary proposal for a cap-and-trade program for carbon, which would regulate emissions from power plants. Under the plan, Virginia would become the first Southern state to participate in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a cap-and-trade program mostly among Northeastern states. Learn more.
 
U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Hold Hearing on Energy Star Program

On November 7, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Energy, held a hearing on the "Discussion Draft, Energy Star Reform Act of 2017."  ASHRAE signed onto a High Performance Building Coalition letter to the Committee in support of the Energy Star program, which also commented on the legislation. More information about the hearing, along with a video of the hearing, can be found here.
 
 ASHRAE Earns UN Environment Award for Dedication in Advancing Montreal Protocol
 
On November 23 in Montreal, ASHRAE received the prestigious Partnership Award from the United Nations Environment Programme's (UN Environment) Ozone Secretariat for its extraordinary commitment and contribution to the progress and achievements of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. 
  
The Partnership Award recognizes the work of civil society and other international organizations that have played a critical role in the development of the Kigali Amendment and/or implementation of the Montreal Protocol. More information can be found 
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