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ASHRAE introduces its Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization

July 2, 2024 | By HPAC Magazine

New group aims to accelerate the adoption of climate change mitigation policies and the achievement of net-zero goals.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has transitioned its building decarbonization task force into a permanent committee, now known as the ASHRAE Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization (CEBD).

ASHRAE’s newly-formed Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization has released its Decarbonizing Hospital Buildings technical guide. (Photo: ASHRAE)

The CEBD is focused on accelerating the adoption of climate change mitigation policies and reinforcing ASHRAE’s commitment to achieving net-zero GHG emissions in all new builds by 2030.

The CEBD will work toward this goal by focusing on four main pillars of activity:

  • Strategy: guide and integrate building decarbonization into ASHRAE’s strategic plan through developing, leading and collaborating with partner organizations on initiatives for advancing global building decarbonization.
  • Thought leadership: track emerging trends and issues to showcase ASHRAE’s leadership position across this issue.
  • Collaboration: coordinate joint initiatives, events and projects with U.S. and international organizations that align with ASHRAE’s decarbonization efforts.
  • Public advocacy: provide policymakers, media and the public with reliable technical information on building decarbonization.

To mark its permanent formation, the CEBD is releasing two new technical guides: Decarbonizing Hospital Buildings, available now, and Decarbonizing Building Thermal Systems: A How-To Guide for Heat Pump Systems and Beyond, set to be released in the near future.

“By solidifying this committee’s permanence, we are broadening our capacity to drive systemic change,” said 2024-25 ASHRAE President Dennis Knight. “This transition signifies ASHRAE’s dedication to empowering stakeholders with essential resources and educational opportunities and underscores our pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable future.”




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