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Requests for government use of ASHRAE standards

Government jurisdictions seeking to adopt ASHRAE standards into their codes, or tailor ASHRAE standards for specific regulatory or legislative needs, may request a courtesy copy.  Please send these requests to GovAffairs@ashrae.org and be sure to include the following information requirements:

  • Name of the Government Official Requesting the Standard or Guideline
  • Title of the Government Official Requesting the Standard or Guideline
  • Email Address of the Government Official Requesting the Standard or Guideline
  • Title and Edition (Year) of ASHRAE Standard or Guideline Requested
  • Description of Specific Regulatory or Legislative Effort requiring use of the Standard or Guideline

Questions regarding the translation of standards for government use should also be sent to GovAffairs@ashrae.org.

ASHRAE Government Affairs Mission Statement:

To establish ASHRAE as a leading source for expertise in the built environment and a resource for policy-makers in the development of legislation and regulations affecting the public, the HVAC&R community, and the engineering profession.

To this end the ASHRAE Washington D.C. office will:

  • Build relationships between the Society and all levels of government in the United States and with the appropriate international community representatives.
  • Facilitate the transfer of technical counsel and assistance on matters affecting the public, engineering profession and ASHRAE professional community.
  • Collect, digest and disseminate to members and staff relevant information regarding current or anticipated government actions.
  • Pursue technology transfer and government funding opportunities independently or jointly with other appropriate organizations.

Washington Office Staff

Alice Yates

Alice Yates is ASHRAE’s Director of Government Affairs.

Alice has 20 years of experience on Capitol Hill, federal and state government, and private consulting. Most recently, Alice served at the General Services Administration (GSA) in the Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, serving first as a Senior Congressional Advisor and then as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy. Prior to her work at GSA, she spent 10 years as a senior legislative advisor in the United States Senate. Alice has also advanced economic development projects in Massachusetts with MassDevelopment’s real estate and policy teams. She also provided consulting services for government and private clients at Industrial Economics, Inc. in Cambridge, MA by analyzing the economic impacts of environmental regulations, sustainable development and land use planning. Alice has a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s of Science, Technology and Policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Emily Porcari

Emily Porcari is ASHRAE's Manager of State and Local Government Affairs.

Most recently, Emily was a Senior Associate Analyst at StateScape, a company that provides analysis to clients on federal, state, and local legislation and regulations. Her work focused specifically on energy and environmental issues. Prior to that, she served as the Special Assistant to the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Department of the Interior, where her role was to work with the Service's regions and offices around the country to provide briefings and information to agency leadership. She has also completed various fellowships related to public policy and sustainability. Emily graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.A. in Political Science, and is from Cheverly, Maryland.

Matthew Young 

Matthew Young is ASHRAE's Manager of Federal Government Affairs.

Matt comes to us from American Rivers where he held the position of Associate Director of Policy and Government Relations. Prior to that, he worked for Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. He holds degrees in Environmental Engineering (BS) and Environmental Science (MS) from The Ohio State University. As a Master’s student, he received ASHRAE Funding to support his thesis, which examined reducing peak power demand in commercial buildings by implementing smart building ventilation modulation.

Jacob Karson

Jacob Karson is the Associate Manager of Government Advocacy and Outreach.

Most recently, Jacob was the Government Relations Coordinator at the International Code Council, where he oversaw state and local advocacy for Washington DC, Delaware, and Maryland, and provided logistical support to the full government relations team. Prior to working at the International Code Council, Jacob interned in the congressional office of Representative Adam Schiff, and has also worked on several political campaigns. He holds a degree in International Political Economy from the University of Puget Sound.

Andrew Barberi

Andrew Barberi is the ASHRAE Washington Office Operations Manager.

Most recently, Andrew was the Office Manager for Avalere Health, an Inovalon Company in Washington D.C. Before entering the corporate world, Andrew was in the education field. Andrew was the Eanes Independent School District’s Color Guard Department Director in Austin, Texas for six years. During his time, he developed his operations and logistics skills that would propel his career to the corporate sector as an Executive Administrator at a tech start-up based in Austin, and eventually to running a 250 person Washington D.C. office.  

ASHRAE Washington Office
1255 23rd Street, NW
Suite 825
Washington, DC 20037
Telephone (202) 833-1830
Fax: (202) 833-0118