WHAT A YEAR. It is safe to say that most of us, if not all, are genuinely excited that 2020 is behind us. I want to thank all of our ASHRAE Dallas BOG and Leadership group for being extraordinary during these uncertain times. I also want to thank all of our members supporting our volunteers.
Last month, December, we hosted our Annual Ugly Sweater joint meeting with the Fort Worth chapter. Thank you to all the speakers and volunteers for such a successful event. We look forward to hosting this annual event for years to come.
Per ASHRAE Society guidelines, our chapter has decided to continue hosting our monthly meetings virtually for the rest of this ASHRAE season. We will be sure to notify our members if anything changes. As far as ASHRAE Dallas events, we are planning on hosting a Spring Golf tournament as well as Clay Shoot tournament. Be on the lookout for tentative dates. Also, I want to thank all of the sponsors that have already signed up for our calendar year sponsorship. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to our RP Chair Henry Homes or visit https://dallas-ashrae.org/.
Lastly, we are always looking to add keen and energetic volunteers to our Leadership group. If you are interested, feel free to reach out to myself and anyone on the BOG/Leadership group.
As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to make your ASHRAE experience a better one.
May the New Year bless you with health, happiness, and wealth.
Stay well, stay blessed.
2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Chapter President
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General Chapter News
2021 ashRAE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Note from the President-Elect/CTTC Chair
A huge thank you to the Ft. Worth Chapter for helping us put together our joint presentation. They brought in two great speakers (Kent Beason and Mike Brown) to host a joint discussion on fostering collaboration throughout the energy modeling process. Thank you to everyone who participated in our yearly ugly sweater Christmas contest. Again, I think the Dallas Chapter came out in force and our president, Ermias, definitely would have won if it was in person this year. Due to the current pandemic situation and what has been coming down from society we are going to continue our virtual presentations through the end of the year. The next two months we have some great DL's and society members stepping in to present for our chapter. Starting with a panel discussion with TC 1.7 committee chairs for our yearly ethic presentation. You do not want to miss out on your ethics PDH for the year so stay on the look out for the meeting invite and zoom meeting info!
Eric Borders, President-Elect and CTTC
Dallas January Ethics Virtual Meeting
Where: Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 941 7457 2498
Topic: TC 1.7 Ethics Panel Discussion
Presenters: Kristin Schaefer, Mike Bilderbeck, and Jennifer Leach
Future Lunch Meetings and Topics
February 10th, 2021 – ASHRAE DL Pam Duffy Presenting – Don’t miss this one to help with our current pandemic crisis!
Approved Treasurer's report for November 2020
Women in ASHRAE
Women in ASHRAE has a successful first event in December, thanks to those who attended! We are looking forward to another event in the Spring -- details to come later.
Women in ASHRAE Chair
Government Affairs Committee Update
Happy New Year! As you are undoubtedly aware, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion legislative package to fund the government through September 30, 2021 and to provide $900 billion in coronavirus relief. Energy and tax provisions were also included in the bill among other measures. We want you to be aware of some provisions of interest to ASHRAE as they may be applicable to your work this coming year:
- $82 billion in Covid Relief Funding for Schools can be used for building systems, specifically: “Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.” (The ASHRAE ETF had helped Senator Heinrich on similar legislation, and we’re delighted to see that Congress acknowledges the need for healthy buildings, particularly schools.)
- Tax extenders that will motivate investments in sustainable and resilient buildings. Of particular interest is the 179D deduction for energy-efficient commercial buildings, which is made permanent, references the latest version of ASHRAE Standard 90.1, and increases the deduction to account for inflation (specifically, the cost-of-living adjustment)
- Energy Provisions: Numerous energy provisions were included in the package, including building energy and water efficiency measures for schools, federal buildings, and data centers; smart building accelerator program; and reauthorization of the weatherization assistance program, among many others.
- HFC Phasedown (aka the “AIM Act”) – this was legislation that ASHRAE supported (see ASHRAE letter here), which gives EPA the authority to phase down the use of HFCs per the schedule in Kigali amendment to the Montreal protocol. To safely manage the phasedown, ASHRAE Standards 15 and 15.2 (proposed) will be needed.
- Funding of $2.86 billion for DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, which is a $16 million increase over current levels (Note this is the Office that overseas the Building Technologies Office, which handles building codes & standards among other matters)
- EnergySTAR Funding of $40 million: this is about the same amount as provided to the program currently.
We welcome any and all questions, comments, thoughts, or opinions. Wishing everyone a great 2021!
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