ATLANTA — Underscoring their commitment to improving the efficient use of energy, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) have renewed a memorandum of understanding.

The agreement furthers their long-term relationship by working cooperatively to improve the efficient use of energy, improve the visible and widespread use of renewable energy sources, and minimize the impact of energy use on the environment.

The memorandum vows to 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; and more.

The agreement was signed by Tom Phoenix, president, ASHRAE, and David Danielson, assistant secretary, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, DOE. It represents an update of an agreement last signed in 2011.

“By renewing our memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and the DOE pledge to combine our collective energy conservation efforts,” Phoenix said. “Our continued work with the DOE will allow us to improve on our efforts in achieving substantial energy savings without sacrificing comfort, air quality, or productivity.”

Publication date: 7/20/2015 

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