New ASHRAE Task Force taking on Decarbonization
By HPAC MagazineConstruction Engineering HPAC General built environment decarbonization Task Force technical
“The challenges of decarbonization are complex, but this task force is positioned to offer actionable technical guidance to improve how buildings are built and operated.”
ASHRAE has formed a Task Force for Building Decarbonization (TFBD) with the intention to develop technical resources and provide leadership and guidance in mitigating the negative carbon impact of buildings on the environment and the inhabitants of our planet.
“In a similar vein to how ASHRAE took the lead in responding to the energy crisis of the 1970s era and defined the energy efficiency journey, ASHRAE has much to offer with respect to paths for responsible decarbonization strategies,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE president Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E., HBDP, in a media release. “The challenges of decarbonization are complex, but this task force is positioned to offer actionable technical guidance to improve how buildings are built and operated.”
The specific responsibilities of the 15-member task force include:
- Providing recommendations and practices for industry stakeholders in decarbonization of the built environment.
- Defining the objectives of this holistic initiative; including, but not limited to:
- Developing a framework for characterizing the issues related to decarbonization.
- Identifying existing portfolio of ASHRAE technical resources on issues relating to decarbonization, and package them in a way useful to policy makers and stakeholders.
- Identifying and quantifying knowledge gaps for policy makers and stakeholders who are tackling building decarbonization and develop resources to address these gaps.
- Formulating a value proposition statement as to why ASHRAE is embarking on this journey.
- Identifying the global audience related to this initiative.
- Establishing guiding principles that frame this journey.
- Objectively framing the issues associated with this initiative.