ACC & ASHRAE Collaborate to Achieve Optimal Building Performance

Originally published by: ASHRAENovember 20, 2019

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ASHRAE and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

The MoU was signed by 2019-20 ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. and ACC President & CEO Chris Jahn on November 19 in Atlanta. The agreement defines parameters on how the two organizations will collaborate more closely to continue promoting the advancements of a more sustainable built environment.

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The organizations have committed to work together on the following shared objectives:

  • Engaging in projects and activities whose purpose is to help improve the health, safety, and welfare of communities through the built environment.
  • Supporting the development, adoption, and enforcement of building codes standards that support those improvement goals.
  • Promoting the use of sound science in the development and assessment of building standards and codes.
  • Enhancing building performance by fostering improvements in energy efficiency, resiliency, indoor air quality, and the health, well-being, and productivity of building occupants.
  • Increasing communication between professionals of the building, design and construction industry and chemistry industry to promote innovation and sustainability.

“We are pleased to collaborate with ACC as we work toward our shared goal of achieving optimal building performance,” said Boyce. “ASHRAE and ACC are on the forefront of developing innovative technologies that are significantly impacting the building industry. This partnership signifies our commitment to broadening industry knowledge of energy efficient and sustainable building solutions to support the health and well-being of building occupants everywhere.”

“The products of chemistry, from foam insulation and silicone caulks and sealants to plastics pipes and next-generation refrigerants, provide a range of benefits that help enable energy-efficient, sustainable buildings,” Jahn said. “We look forward to collaborating with ASHRAE to advance solutions that help enhance sustainability, health and wellness in building performance.”