WASHINGTON — The ESCO Group sponsored an event to bring congressional and HVACR industry leaders together in Washington, D.C. The meeting aided in heightening awareness and informed policymakers about major initiatives that can impact energy efficiency in the national infrastructure, said the group.

Topics covered included developing novel building technologies, increasing energy efficiency in the built environment, ensuring buildings have minimal climate change impacts and are able to respond to changes in the environment, supporting the development of standards, codes and guidelines that address these concerns.

The group gathered at the Rayburn House of Representatives Offices Building in Washington.

Steven H. Allen, LEED AP, executive director of the Green Mechanical Council, addressed the role the HVACR industry plays in the U.S. national energy policy. He stated that for a building to remain green over time, it must be serviced and maintained by people who are trained, certified, and are full partners in the sustainability of the building.  He emphasized the importance of green and sustainable education in the HVACR industry.  Education that is verified through certification creates the blueprint for success in operation and maintenance principles that lead to energy efficiency.

The event concluded with an awards ceremony. Mike Arndt, the director of education for the United Association, and Henry Green received awards for their leadership and commitment to high-performance buildings.

The ESCO Group consists of ESCO Institute, HVAC Excellence, Carbon Monoxide Safety Association, the Educational Standards Corporation, AC&R Safety Coalition, and ESCO Press International.

For additional information, visit www.escogroup.org.