ASHRAE, in partnership with the DOE has appointed its first Building Energy Codes ASHRAE Fellow, according to a release sent to ES headquarters. The new Fellow, Mike Erbesfeld, will assist the DOE in assessing the impact of updating state energy codes to meet the 2010 version of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1.

Erbesfeld will analyze energy code updates based on EnergyPlus analysis of benchmark buildings and cost databases, and perform compliance testing of COMcheck using benchmark buildings and recommend program and front end changes to simplify COMcheck use. COMcheck is a software program from the DOE that simplifies energy code compliance by offering a flexible computer-based alternative to manual calculations.

ASHRAE launched its Washington Fellow program in 2007 to allow participants to work in the federal government in a technical advisory role for limited terms. The Society is accepting applications for additional DOE ASHRAE Fellows. For more information on the program, contact Doug Read, ASHRAE program director of Government Affairs, at dread@ashrae.org or (202) 833-1830.