Members of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) looking to assist with national energy-code deployment and compliance can apply for a new ASHRAE-sponsored fellowship.

ASHRAE is seeking members to apply for a fellowship with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The selected person would be placed in the DOE’s Office of Building Technologies, Building Energy Codes Program. The fellowship would last from 12 to 18 months, depending on the office’s needs and the applicant’s qualifications.

“This fellowship will give an engineer or scientist with a unique opportunity to participate directly in the policy-implementation process, all while providing a valuable public service,” Doug Read, ASHRAE’s program director of government affairs, said. “This enriching experience will enable the Fellow to bring back to their employers an insider's perspective on government decision-making that can contribute significantly to the mission and vision of the organization.”

The placed individual will work in one of the following areas:


• Code compliance, working to establish three compatible template processes and procedures for state evaluation of state code compliance.
• Residential-duct-test training, including preparing training materials for the new duct-testing requirements in the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code, including strategic options for practical code enforcement and compliance.
• Assessment of the impact of updating state energy codes, including preparing reports of the impact of updating state building energy codes to meet Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, based on EnergyPlus analysis of benchmark buildings and cost databases.
• Advanced energy-code training, including prepare training materials for six areas of advanced commercial-building energy-code training to assist designers and code officials.

The successful applicant will be expected to participate in Building Technologies Program staff meetings, Building Energy Codes monthly deployment meetings, Energy Codes National Workshops, and the Building Energy Codes Program review.

A minimum stipend of $50,000 per year will be provided. ASHRAE members interested in the position can contact Doug Read at (202) 833-1830 or dread@ashrae.org. Applications are being accepted and will be reviewed on a rolling basis.