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ASHRAE and NIST sign MoU Agreement, focusing on improving efficiency


November 22, 2019
By Megan Hoegler

ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding, formalizing the relationship between the two organizations.

The MoU was signed by ASHRAE’s president, Darryl K. Boyce and Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and NIST Director, on Nov. 4.

The agreement outlines how ASHRAE and NIST will work cooperatively to improve HVAC technologies, along with building performance and cost effectiveness, through increases in energy and water efficiency and storage technologies as well as improving the interoperability of building systems and building integration with the electric grid. Additional focus areas include supporting innovation and standards development and strengthening the resiliency of the built environment.

“NIST staff have long been involved in ASHRAE through participation in the development of standards, serving on numerous technical committees and sharing many of their research results in ASHRAE publications,” said Boyce in a release. “We are excited to formalize our partnership with NIST as we strive to collectively build a more sustainable future and enhance the well-being of building occupants in the communities that we serve.”

“This MoU confirms the many areas of mutual interest between NIST and ASHRAE as we work to advance energy-efficient technologies and improve indoor environments,” said Copan in a release. “We look forward to working with our ASHRAE colleagues to promote public-private partnerships and technology transfer to improve the performance, resilience, sustainability and cybersecurity of the built environment.”


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