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Session on Disclosure Featured at 2014 Winter Conference
  Disclosure requirements and transparency through programs such as calorie labeling in restaurants have been shown to shift producer and consumer behavior. The same principles are also being applied to building energy use, where energy use reporting and open data impact market behavior and drive energy efficiency. The implications of the growing trend in disclosure policies will be examined in a free session offered by ASHRAE at the 2014 AHR Expo in New York. Held in conjunction with the 2014 Winter Conference, AHR Expo will be held on Jan. 21–23. ASHRAE’s AHR Expo Session, “Trends in Building Energy Disclosure: Increasing Energy Efficiency without Retrofits,” will be held from 3–4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 21, in the South Concourse, second level of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. No badge or ticket is required.

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ASHRAE Joins Effort to Promote Better Prepared Workforce
  ASHRAE has accepted an invitation from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to join an effort with a goal to advance the skill sets of engineers and other professionals involved in building design, operation and commissioning. Under DOE leadership, a Board of Advisors has been created for the Commercial Workforce Credentialing Council (CWCC). This Board will be led by the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) with the participation of ASHRAE and other credentialing and professional development organizations. They will work to establish a set of voluntary national guidelines to improve the quality and consistency of commercial building workforce credentials. The Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines will reduce the confusion and uncertainty around workforce credentialing; lower costs; and support better credentials, better workers and better buildings.

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ASHRAE Publishes 2013 Version of IAQ Standard
Standard 62.1-2013

  The 2013 version of ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, consolidates the 2010 standard and 10 published addenda. "The 2013 version of Standard 62.1 continues the trend of increasing clarity while adding flexibility," said Roger Hedrick, chair of the Standard 62.1 committee. Significant changes to the newly published version include the modification of the Zone Air Distribution Effectiveness table to increase the ventilation effectiveness of certain underfloor air distribution systems, modification of the requirements for the quality of water used in humidification systems, and clarification of building level pressurization requirements.

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Standard 90.1-2013 in Redline Format

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 -- Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings provides requirements for energy-efficient design of most buildings. The new Standard 90.1 redline edition compares the new 2013 edition to 2010, ensuring you know exactly what changes have been made from one edition to the next. Purchasers who select the redline upgrade in print or digital format receive two documents; the new 2013 version of the standard and the redline version.
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Jan. 6 Papers Deadline for Building Design Conference
  Papers are being sought for a conference focused on research in building design and system technologies for energy efficiency. Organized by ASHRAE, the American University of Beirut and the ASHRAE Lebanon Chapter, the International Conference on Efficient Building Design: Materials and HVAC Equipment Technologies, will be held Oct. 2–3, 2014, in Beirut. Abstracts (400 words in length) are due Jan. 6, 2014. If accepted, papers are due April 14, 2014.

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ASHRAE Offers Suggestions for Chapter Programs
  Looking for programs for your upcoming chapter meetings? Visit www.ashrae.org/chapterprogramresources. At the website, interested persons can find presentations on specific standards as well as presentations on key ASHRAE programs, including standards, research and research promotion, the ASHRAE Handbook and technical committees. The PowerPoint presentations provide a short introduction to ASHRAE’s work in these areas and are designed to be presented by volunteers. The page also contains program ideas; forms and other information related to programs.

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ASHRAE, IAQA Partner for Better Indoor Air Quality

IAQA President Donald Weekes (left) and ASHRAE President Bill Bahnfleth sign the MOU.

  Through a memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) are working together to promote better indoor air quality in the built environment. The agreement was signed on Oct. 15, 2013, during ASHRAE’s IAQ 2013 Conference held in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The agreement commits ASHRAE and IAQA to working together in the areas of consistent leadership communication, chapter collaboration, advocacy, technical activities coordination and research.

"As professionals responsible for environmental control of buildings and transportation systems, our first priority must be making those environments safe, healthy, productive and comfortable," said ASHRAE President William (Bill) Bahnfleth.

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