Government Affairs

We have a new name! After deliberation, ASHRAE Society decided to change the name of the committee (formerly Grassroots Government Activities) to Government Affairs. The reason behind this change is that the term ‘grassroots’ is not a term used internationally to describe the foundation or source of a new effort. With ASHRAE being an international society, the name was changed to provide more clarity to the membership at large. Government Affairs is a more concise title for the committee and is a heck of a lot easier to remember than Grassroots Government Affairs Committee!


  • S. EPA Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulations

On September 18, 2018, EPA issued a proposed rule Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Revisions to the Refrigerant Management Program’s Extension to Substitutes.

This action proposes to revisit the Agency’s recent approach to regulating appliances containing substitute refrigerants such as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by proposing to rescind the November 18, 2016 extension of the leak repair provisions to appliances using substitute refrigerants.

This proposal also requests public comment on rescinding other provisions that were extended to substitute refrigerants.

This proposal would not affect the requirements for ozone-depleting refrigerants.  

If finalized as proposed, this action would rescind the leak repair and maintenance requirements at 40 CFR 82.157 for substitute refrigerants.

To Learn More:

The advance copy of the proposed rule will be updated once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. This proposed rule will have a 45-day public comment period. To view the public docket in the Federal Register, visit and search for docket number EPA-HQ-OAR-2017-0629. Once the proposed rule is published in the Federal Register, EPA will provide a link to the docket, where interested stakeholders can submit comments on the proposed rule.

  • California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) 45-day public comment period for proposed 2019 T24 CA Building Standards Code

The California Building Standards Commission Code Advisory Committees review and make recommendations to proposed changes, submitted by state agencies, to California's building codes. The following designated periods provide opportunity for public review and comments concerning proposed changes (by subject matter) to the California Building Standards Code, Title 24, which will be published in July 2019 with an effective date of January 1, 2020.

The California Building Standards Commission is issuing revised 45-Day NOPA's, to correct minor errors within the notices, for the dates listed below. 

Accessibility (ACCESS) and Building, Fire and Other (BFO) Code Advisory Committees 

45-Day Public Comment Period: September 07 – October 22, 2018

Health Facilities (HF), Plumbing Electrical, Mechanical and Energy (PEME), Structural Design and Lateral Forces (SDLF), and Green Building (GREEN) Code Advisory Committees 

45-Day Public Comment Period: September 14 – October 29, 2018

To learn more, join the GAC Committee, or for any other inquiries, contact the GAC Chair, Jeremy Martinez at [email protected].