ASHRAE is lauding Senate passage Wednesday of a bill to update the nation’s energy policy.

The Energy Policy Modernization Act cleared the U.S. Senate on an 85-12 vote. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers said the bill contains several HVAC market code provisions that it supported.

“The passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act demonstrates the power of persistent bipartisan leadership by many leaders throughout the Senate,” said society President David Underwood. “Each of these senators understands the need for reform and the dangers that lie ahead if we do not change. This accomplishment is shared by hundreds of stakeholders who have connected with members of Congress, helping them understand the complexities and likely impacts of legislation on the building and many other industries.

Because the bill was passed in a different form by the U.S. House last year, it now will go to conference committee to attempt to work out differences before it is sent to the White House for President Barack Obama’s possible signature.

“ASHRAE congratulates the Senate on this accomplishment and stands ready to assist as leaders in both chambers work to produce a final bill that the president can sign, and which truly advances the arts and sciences of HVAC and R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.”