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Hear from the current ASHRAE Society President, Ginger Scoggins, regarding her Presidential Theme for 2023-2024.

Learn more on the ASHRAE website.


Our chapter sponsors are very important to the success of our chapter. Without their support, we would not be able to meet our yearly Research Promotion campaign goal. Thank you to our Platinum, Gold and Engineering Sponsors! 

Interested in becoming a chapter sponsor or would like to sponsor other Southern Piedmont Chapter events? Reach out to our chapter president, Erica Powell, and we will get you connected to the right chapter chair!


Presidential Visit!

I hope you had a chance to register for the SPASHRAE chapter meeting last week where the 2023-2024 ASHRAE president Ginger Scoggins was our guest. As I wrote in my article in December of 2022, there have been four ASHRAE presidents from Region IV (North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia) – that number has now grown to five. In Region IV, there are seven chapters and several sections. The seven chapters are:

  • Atlanta
  • Charleston
  • Greenville (SC)
  • North Piedmont (Greensboro, NC)
  • South Carolina (Columbia, SC)
  • Southern Piedmont (Charlotte, NC)
  • Triangle (Raleigh, NC)

The five ASHRAE presidents from Region IV are/were:

  • 2023-2024 – Ginger Scoggins (Triangle)
  • 2020-2021 – Chuck Gulledge (North Piedmont)
  • 2014-2015 – Tom Phoenix (North Piedmont)
  • 1987-1988 – Barney Burroughs (Atlanta)
  • 1974-1975 – David Rickelton (Southern Piedmont)

These ASHRAE members represent four of the seven chapters in the region and next year, Dennis Knight of the Charleston chapter will become Society President bringing the total number from Region IV to six presidents! Ginger’s theme this year has been, “Challenge Accepted: Tackling the Climate Crisis”. You can read about her theme in the online ASHRAE Journal by searching for that topic. To read her update on the state of society and the status of her presidential efforts, access the “State of Society” here.


ASHRAE Submits Comments in Response to RFI on National Definition for a Zero Emissions Building

In response to a request for comments from the White House Climate Policy Office through the U.S. Department of Energy, ASHRAE responded to questions and provided recommendations to the Administration. ASHRAE’s Task Force for Building Decarbonization played a critical role in these responses, including suggesting clarifications on its reference to Standard 90.1, recommending definitions included in ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 228, Standard Method of Evaluating Zero Net Energy and Zero Net Carbon Building Performance, and recommending the application of Standard 90.2 for construction of new homes and Standard 100 for existing homes. ASHRAE also recommended the Administration align its definition with international definitions, and urged coordination and collaboration with ASHRAE on development of new standards, including Standard 242P, Standard Method for Calculation of Building Operational Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

2024 Presidential visit

RP Campagin Donation goal

The Research Promotion (RP) goal bar tracks our progress towards reaching our chapter goal of $37,300. If you are interested in donating or becoming a chapter sponsor, please reach out to our current RP Chair, Kyler Asia, at
Goal: $37,300.00
Collected: $21,255.00

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