The United States federal government recently passed significant climate change legislation which will reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 40% by 2030. This legislation includes many provisions to accelerate building decarbonization including investments in energy efficiency, electrification, and distributed energy resources. The federal sustainability plan for its own operations is even more ambitious, calling for a 50% reduction in building operational emissions by 2032. Dozens of state and local governments are also introducing regulations to reduce building emissions through stretch (“zero”) building codes, existing building performance standards and electrification requirements.

In this session, panelists will share the current status of U.S. federal, state and local government action in building decarbonization and discuss what ASHRAE can do to support these and similar efforts around the world.



Clay Nesler is the Founder and CEO of The Nesler Group, after having worked almost four decades at Johnson Controls in the U.S. and Europe. He currently serves as co-chair of the U.S. General Service Administration’s Federal Building Decarbonization Task Group and serves on the Executive Committee of ASHRAE’s Task Force on Building Decarbonization. Clay received BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.