Government Activities

Updated October 22, 2018 

Over the past few years, a working group of architects, developers, engineers, contractors, and other green building specialists advised the DC Department of Envirnment and the DCRA on edits to the 2015 International Green Construction Code. DC was the first major jurisdiction to adopt the 2012 IgCC and is now set to further propel DC as a sustainability leader. The proposed green code is now out for public review through November. https://www.dcregs.dc.gov/Common/DCR/Issues/IssueDetailPage.aspx?issueID=730 A major highlight of the proposed green and energy codes is the use of ASHRAE 90.1-2013 as the reference energy framework, rather than the 2015 IECC.

The District of Columbia’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs has published draft code amendments for public review, which are intended to be incorporated with the next iteration of construction codes in the District. The 45 day public comment period on the proposed rulemaking will expire on November 12th, 2018, with comments due by 5:00 PM.

Click here for the proposed rulemaking, submitting any comments to Jill Stern at Jill.Stern@dc.gov

An information session is being hosted on November 5th, where highlights of the proposed green code will be presented. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/presentation-on-proposed-dc-green-building-energy-codes-update-tickets-51248542771

ASHRAE Member Patrick Kunze was one of the working group members and will be one of the presenters. If you have any questions on the process or would like help connecting with others involved in this initiative, please feel free to email me directly at Government_Activites_National@nccashrae.org


This is a key period for ASHRAE, as we delve more fully into engaging with state, provincial, and local officials. It is vital that we build a network of active engineer-advocates worldwide to impress upon decision-makers how their choices will impact society – and HVAC&R professionals specifically – in the days, months, and years to come.

Through its Washington, D.C. office, ASHRAE staff and leadership participate in a variety of activities designed to solidify ASHRAE’s presence as a leader in issues affecting the built environment. Building connections with representatives from relevant government entities and related professional and technical organizations is a critical goal of ASHRAE’s Government Affairs Program. Below is a list of some of the activities currently undertaken by the Washington office:

  • Clinton Climate Initiative
  • High-Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus Coalition
    • HPBCCC Virtual Congressional Visits Day
      Members of the organizations that make-up the High-Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) organize a Virtual Congressional Visits Day (vCVD). The vCVD is an established time for interested individuals from across the building community to contact their Member of Congress and encourage them to focus on issues critical to the development of high-performance buildings. Information on the upcoming vCVD including fact sheets, how to contact your representative, and other helpful information is available on the vCVD webpage (www.hpbccc.org).