ASHRAE Establishes Permanent Decarbonization Committee


ASHRAE had expanded its commitment reducing of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the built environment by transitioning its building decarbonization task force into a permanent committee.

The ASHRAE Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization (CEBD) will replace the ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization. The goal of the CEBD is to accelerate the adoption of climate change mitigation policies and reinforce ASHRAE's commitment to achieving net zero GHG emissions in operation for all new buildings by 2030.

The CEBD’s primary activities are as follows:

  • Strategy – Guide ASHRAE's building decarbonization efforts and integrate relevant goals into the Society's strategic plan. Develop, lead and collaborate on strategic initiatives with partner organizations to accelerate and advance global building decarbonization.
  • Thought leadership – Track emerging issues and trends to showcase ASHRAE's leadership position.
  • Collaboration – Coordinate joint initiatives, events and projects with U.S. and international organizations that complement ASHRAE’s building decarbonization efforts.
  • Public advocacy – Provide reliable technical information on decarbonization to policymakers, media and the public.

"Our decision to establish the ASHRAE Center of Excellence for Building Decarbonization represents a strategic move towards amplifying our impact on climate change mitigation in the built environment,” said 2024-25 ASHRAE President Dennis Knight, P.E., BEMP, Fellow Life Member. “By solidifying this committee's permanence, we are broadening our capacity to drive systemic change. This transition signifies ASHRAE's dedication to empowering stakeholders with essential resources and educational opportunities and underscores our pivotal role in shaping a more sustainable future.”

The CEBD is releasing two new technical guides:

  • Decarbonizing Hospital Buildings (available now) – A guide on reducing GHG emissions in hospitals, specifically for use by hospital facility managers, capital planners, hospital architectural and engineering teams, sustainability leaders, contractors and other building stakeholders.
  • Decarbonizing Building Thermal Systems: A How-To Guide for Heat Pump Systems and Beyond (coming soon) – Supports design engineers and building operators in commercial and multifamily buildings with decarbonization efforts. The guide covers application and sizing for various climate zones, system configuration, refrigerants, electrical requirements and control strategies for space and hot water applications.

The ASHRAE Decarbonization Challenge Fund, a year-long competitive grant program to implement decarbonization projects within local ASHRAE chapters, has also been reinstated for a second year.

Members of the ASHRAE CEBD are as follows:

  • Kent Peterson, P.E., Presidential Fellow ASHRAE, chair
  • Blake E. Ellis, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, vice chair
  • Ghina Annan, M.Eng Applied Energy
  • Constantinos Balaras, Ph.D., P.Eng., Tech Council liaison
  • Carrie Brown, Ph.D.
  • Kayleigh Houde, MEP liaison
  • Luke Leung, P.E., P.Eng., BEMP, Fellow ASHRAE
  • Bing Liu, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE
  • Bill McQuade, P.E., LEED AP, Members Council liaison
  • Clay Nesler
  • Rajan Rajendran, Ph.D.
  • Stet Sanborn
  • Ginger Scoggins, P.E., Presidential Fellow ASHRAE
  • Jeremy Smith, P.E., LEED AP, Tech Council liaison



Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is a global professional society committed to serve humanity by advancing the arts and sciences of heating ventilation, air conditioning, refrigeration and their allied fields. As an industry leader in research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE and its members are dedicated to promoting a healthy and sustainable built environment for all, through strategic partnerships with organizations in the HVAC&R community and across related industries. The Society is showcasing integrated building solutions and sustainability in action through the opening of the ASHRAE Global Headquarters building in metro-Atlanta, Georgia. For more information, visit