ASHRAE, DOE Renew Memorandum of Understanding

June 22, 2015 By Linda Hardesty

ASHRAE Energy ManageASHRAE and the US Department of Energy (DOE) have renewed a memorandum of understanding, updating an agreement that was last signed in 2011.

Together ASHRAE and the DOE agree to further their long-term relationship by working cooperatively to improve the efficient use of energy, improve the visible and widespread use of renewables and to minimize the impact of energy use on the environment.

ASHRAE and the DOE are committed to working together toward the following goals:

  • Encourage the continued development of standards related to energy efficiency.
  • For each succeeding version of Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, seek adoption of all technologically feasible and economically justified energy efficiency measures.
  • Promote and support the use of Standard 90.1 and other relevant standards through training programs, including self-directed learning, building interaction and ASHRAE chapter-oriented training.
  • Encourage adoption of Standard 90.1 in building codes and in the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards where positive determinations have been issued.
  • Encourage advanced energy design guidance concepts, such as 50 percent Advanced Energy Design Guides.
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of next-generation refrigerants that achieve low global warming potential targets and concurrently improve equipment energy efficiency.
  • Cooperate to provide and encourage the use of clear and consistent information to the building industry about building energy rating and labeling.
  • Cooperate to support the Better Buildings Initiative through such activities as the Better Buildings Alliance and the Better Buildings Case Competition.
  • Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions to increase energy efficiency, health, and productivity in new and existing buildings.

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