House of Representatives Calls for Energy Use Reductions
Last Friday, the House of Representatives approved a bill that calls for a 30-percent reduction in energy use from the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) for residential building and 2004 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 90.1 for commercial building by 2010. By 2020, the bill's goal is to reduce energy use even further in both commercial and residential building, by 50 percent. By 2050, the bill aims for all new commercial buildings to be "zero net energy"-meaning that the building produces as much energy as it consumes. The bill will now go to the Senate for review.
In an effort to reach the goals of the bill, ASHRAE has teamed up with the Department of Energy to promote energy efficiency. However, ASHRAE president Kent Peterson notes that this partnership is one that has been ongoing.
"DOE and ASHRAE have been working together in advancing energy conservation technology since the initial energy crisis of the 1970s," says Peterson. "This new initiative provides an opportunity for ASHRAE and DOE to expand our collective energy conservation efforts, our energy conservation education initiatives and strategic research program focus in leading our country and the world toward a sustainable energy future."
Under the agreement, ASHRAE and the DOE say they are working together toward the following goals:
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