DOE Appoints ASHRAE Building Energy Codes Fellow


ATLANTA ‘ The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has appointed its 2012-13 Building Energy Codes ASHRAE Fellow to assist in a variety of code development and deployment activities.


ASHRAE member Ian LaHiff will assist in the DOE’s Office of Building Technologies, Building Energy Codes program in areas such as residential and commercial code research and development; developing code change proposals; code compliance and energy code training; developing and implementing tools and training programs aimed at increasing compliance; assessing the impact of adopting and updating state energy codes ; and performing analysis of energy savings and cost effectiveness of proposed code revisions and published codes.


‘This fellowship will give me the opportunity to combine design experience with my knowledge of industry research,” LaHiff said. ‘I hope to bridge the gap, helping the construction community adopt the latest, cutting-edge building techniques, codes and standards while pushing the industry forward and keeping the end user in mind.”


LaHiff most recently worked with exp as a mechanical design engineer and project coordinator for healthcare and mission critical facilities. He has also performed research at the Florida Solar Energy Center funded by both DOE and ASHRAE.  His research findings contributed toward the Building America Industrialized Housing Partnership that refined construction standards to maximize building energy efficiency. LaHiff’s investigations into uncontrolled airflows and building leakage also helped highlight envelope construction best practices for residential and commercial facilities.


LaHiff graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering with a focus on energy systems.


ASHRAE launched its Washington Fellow program in 2007 to allow participants to work in the federal government in a technical advisory role for limited terms.


The Society is accepting applications for additional DOE ASHRAE Fellows.  For more information on the program, contact Doug Read, ASHRAE director of Government Affairs, at


ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.


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