The IES releases new report on germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) and how it could reduce the spread of COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a wave of seemingly conflicting statements and opinions about the disinfection capabilities and safety of GUV, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES, est. 1906) has issued a report by their Photobiology Committee explaining germicidal ultraviolet (GUV) disinfection and its potential to safely reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The authors of the report have provided answers to frequently asked questions about GUV, drawing from expertise from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Harvard Medical School, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and from germicidal UV manufacturing and research organizations.

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019 Released

ASHRAE recently announced that the revised ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2019, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, includes over 100 changes from the 2016 version. Many of these changes are energy-saving measures.

Announcement on Recent DOE Actions

The purpose of this communication is to provide IES members with updated and accurate information on the recent DOE rescission, and to inform members of a new public comment period on related issues.

DOE Publishes a Comment Period Extension Pertaining to the Request for Information for the Energy Conservation Standards Program

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a Federal Register notice extending the comment period pertaining to the RFI that was published on November 28, 2017, seeking comments from interested parties to assist DOE in evaluating the potential advantages and disadvantages of additional flexibilities in the U.S Appliance and Equipment Energy Conservation Standards program. The comment period has been extended until March 26, 2018.