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ASHRAE and American Chemistry Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Sustainabilityin the Building Sector

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  • 20 Nov 2019
  • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Atlanta, GA

ASHRAE and American Chemistry Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Sustainabilityin the Building Sector

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Sherri Simmons

ATLANTA (November 20, 2019) – 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.

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.”

Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields.

As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries.

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About The American Chemistry Council
The American Chemistry Council (ACC) represents the leading companies engaged in the business of chemistry. ACC members apply the science of chemistry to make innovative products and services that make people's lives better, healthier and safer. ACC is committed to improved environmental, health and safety performance through Responsible Care®; common sense advocacy designed to address major public policy issues; and health and environmental research and product testing. The business of chemistry is a $553 billion enterprise and a key element of the nation's economy. It is among the largest exporters in the nation, accounting for ten percent of all U.S. goods exports. Chemistry companies are among the largest investors in research and development. Safety and security have always been primary concerns of ACC members, and they have intensified their efforts, working closely with government agencies to improve security and to defend against any threat to the nation’s critical infrastructure.