New WHPA Executive Committee and Council of Advisors Convene for First Time
The Executive Committee and Council of Advisors held their kickoff meetings at the Pasadena Hilton on November 16, 2011. Industry leaders from around the nation were in attendance and topics vital to the HVAC and energy efficiency industries were discussed and debated.
The Executive Committee voted on the Chair and Vice Chair for the Council of Advisors. Mark Lowry with Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) was selected as Chair, and Tom Garcia with California Building Officials (CALBO) was selected as Vice Chair.
A significant portion of the Council of Advisors agenda was devoted to an informative presentation by Mike Messenger of Itron Inc. who introduced Council members to several interrelated subjects including energy savings research and estimating tools, the Database for Energy Efficient Resources (DEER), and cost effectiveness tests all of which have an impact on HVAC energy efficiency program design and implementation in California. Mr. Messenger’s PowerPoint slideshow can be viewed by clicking here.
Simon Baker, Program / Branch Manager, Demand-side Programs of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said this about the lively discussion that occurred during Messenger’s presentation: “The CPUC was pleased to participate in the discussions held on the important topics of energy savings estimation and cost-effectiveness evaluation. Like the WHPA itself, the dialogue brought multiple perspectives – representing customers, contractors, ratepayers, and society – to the table. The result was some good cross-fertilization of ideas and a better understanding of the issues. This will contribute to finding regulatory solutions that more accurately represent the value of quality installation and maintenance, as foundational HVAC strategies in the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.”
Why the Leadership Structure Change?
The interim Steering Committee was restructured into the Executive Committee and Council of Advisors to represent the broadest possible set of HVAC industry participants. By having Executive Committee members be associations, rather than individual organizations, a much larger group of industry professionals is represented.
We've gone from 26 members of the interim Steering Committee to 12 in the Executive Committee and 27 in the Council of Advisors. The Executive Committee and Council of Advisors pages list the member organizations and name of the voting individual for each.
In 2012, the WHPA will reach out to organizations such as UA Star, Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), California Energy Efficiency Industry Council, Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), International Facility Management Association (IFMA), Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), among others, to join the Council of Advisors. This will expand the dialogue and cooperation between market actors of many sectors.