Government Affairs Committee (GAC)

Government Affairs Committee (GAC)

The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for organizing ASHRAE members to educate local, state, provincial, and national government bodies and officials in areas of interest to ASHRAE members, and to promote effective cooperation between ASHRAE members and government. The committee works to coordinate government affairs efforts and is responsible for developing the extent and the manner in which ASHRAE implements and pursues actions to influence government affairs and public policy.  Learn More>

A new standing committee beginning in Society Year 2013-14, the Grassroots Government Activities Committee (GGAC) wants members at all levels of ASHRAE to be a part of this exciting program.  In Society Year 2015-16, the Advocacy Committee and the Grassroots Government Activities Committee merged into the Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee, bringing all of ASHRAE’s government affairs under one umbrella.  In Society Year 2018-19, the name of the committee was changed to the Government Affairs Committee to more accurately reflect the purpose and work of the Committee. 

Did you know that:

  • ASHRAE’s Government Outreach Days are targeting legislative leaders and other policy makers at all levels of government?

  • Building connections with representatives from relevant government entities and related professional and technical organizations is a critical goal of ASHRAE for the adoption and use of our Standards, Guidelines, and other technical and educational resources?

  • The Government Affairs Committee confers an Award annually to an ASHRAE member who demonstrates outstanding efforts in government activities of importance to ASHRAE?

Committee Activities update (september 2019):

Greetings fellow ASHRAE members,

The Baltimore Chapter Government Affairs Committee (GAC) has begun activities this year. For a second year in a row your committee chair is Ben Becker with vice chairs Keith McFadden and Brady Orem. During the chapter regional conference our regional vice chair Kinga Hydras informed us of how we can make connections with our state and local legislators regarding ASHRAE’s goals and support. This year we will hold a government outreach day (aka “Day on the Hill”), and we are looking for volunteers for this event. Basically, a group of us will travel to Annapolis and speak with legislators and their aids regarding who ASHRAE is and how we can support them. This will be a very positive event for both parties. The youtube link below shows interviews of participants after a 2018 day on the Hill;

Stay tuned for future information on this event.

The 2019-2020 public policy priorities address building performance optimization, public safety, indoor environmental quality, residential codes, standards, and refrigerant safety, and STEM and workforce development.

Look for future GAC activity updates and reach out if you need anything.


Ben Becker, GAC Committee Chair


Contact our GAC Committee Chair for more information.

Current listing of local and state Energy code(s) for entities within chapter area; including contacts for people managing the Energy Codes


The State of Maryland

The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) – compilation of all administrative regulations issued by agencies of the state of Maryland. Title 05 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Subtitle 02 BUILDING AND MATERIAL CODES Chapter 07 Maryland Building Performance Standards Authority: 
Public Safety Article §12-501―12-508, Annotated Code of Maryland
2015 International Building Code

2015 International Residential Code for One- and Two-Family Dwellings

2015 International Energy Conservation Code 05 Maryland Building Performance Standards.. A. The IBC, IRC, and IECC, as modified in Regulation .04 of this chapter, shall constitute the Maryland Building Performance Standards.B. Local Amendments.

1) Each local jurisdiction:. a) May by local amendment modify the provisions of the Standards to address conditions peculiar to the local jurisdiction's community;b) May adopt and amend the IGCC to be part of the Standards applicable in the local jurisdiction.

For additional information, contact:
Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation
Division of Labor and Industry
Building Codes Administration 
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Room 606
Baltimore, MD 21201 
e-mail: [email protected]

Maryland Counties

Allegany County
Division Chief, Land Development
701 Kelly Road, Suite 112
Cumberland, MD 21502-3401
Phone: 301-777-5951 Ext. 291
Fax: 301-777-5950

Anne Arundel County
Codes Enforcement Administration, Department of Inspections and Permits
2664 Riva Road, MS 6201
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: 410-222-7737
Fax: 410-222-7970

Baltimore City
Deputy Commissioner, Permits and Code Enforcement
City of Baltimore - DHCD
417 East Fayette Street, Room 301
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: 443-984-1806
Fax: 410-396-8135

Baltimore County
Building Engineer, Baltimore County
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Room 105
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: 410-887-3353
Fax: 410-887-5708


Calvert County
Division Chief, Inspections and Permits
150 Main Street, Suite 201
Prince Frederick, MD 20678
Phone: 410-535-1600 Ext. 2523
Fax: 410-414-3283

Caroline County
Director, Department of Planning, Codes & Engineering
403 South 7th Street, Suite 210
Denton, MD 21629
Phone: 410-479-8100
Fax: 410-479-4187

Carroll County
Chief, Bureau of Permits and Inspections, Carroll County Government
225 North Center Street
Westminster, MD 21157
Phone: 410-386-2674
Fax: 410-876-9252

Cecil County
​Director, Permits and Inspections
200 Chesapeake Boulevard, Suite 2200
Elkton, MD 21921
Phone: 410-996-5235
Fax: 410-620-4263

Charles County
Building Code Official, Permits Administration, Charles County
P.O. Box 2150
La Plata, MD 20646
Phone: 301-645-0692
Fax: 301-645-0575

Dorchester County
​Director, Department of Planning and Zoning
P. O. Box 107
Cambridge, MD 21613
Phone: 410-228-3234 
Fax: 410-228-1563

Frederick County
Manager of Plan Review Services, Division of Permitting and Development Review
30 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-600-1943
Fax: 301-600-2309

Garrett County
Garrett County Department of Permits and Inspection Services
203 South Fourth Street, Room 208
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone: 301-334-7470
Fax: 301-334-7469

Harford County
Chief of Building Services, Harford County/DILP/Building Services Division
220 South Main Street
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: 410-638-3366
Fax: 410-638-3410

Howard County
Director, Howard County Inspections, Licenses and Permits
3430 Court House Drive
Ellicott City, MD 21043
Phone: 410-313-2433
Fax: 410-313-3298

Kent County
​Director, Kent County Planning and Zoning
400 High Street
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-0455
Fax: 410-810-2932

Montgomery County
Department of Permitting Services
255 Rockville Pike, 2nd Floor
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-777-6300
Fax: 240-777-6258​

Prince George's County
Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement
9400 Peppercorn Place
Largo, MD 20774
Note: For all inquiries, please call Prince George's CountyClick 311. They will direct your call to the proper person at the proper agency.

Queen Anne's County
Zoning Administration, Queen Anne's County
110 Vincit Street, Suite 104
Centreville, MD 21617
Phone: 410-758-4088
Fax: 410-758-3972

St. Mary's County
Director, Land Use and Growth Management St. Mary's County
P.O. Box 653
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: 301-475-4200 Ext. 1500
Fax: 301-475-4672

Somerset County
Technical and Community Services
11916 Somerset Avenue
Princess Anne, MD 21853
Phone: 410-651-1424
Fax: 410-651-2597​

Talbot County
Planning and Permits Department
215 Bay Street, Suite 2
Easton, MD 21601
Phone: 410-770-8030
Fax: 410-770-8043

Washington County
Director, Permits and Inspection, Washington County
80 West. Baltimore Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: 240-313-2460
Fax: 240-313-2461

Wicomico County
Chief Building Inspector, Department of Public Works
P.O. Box 968
Salisbury, MD 21803
Phone: 410-548-4810
Fax: 410-548-4941
Wicomico County​

Worcester County
Administrator, Worcester Government Center, Department of Development, Review and Permitting
One West Market Street, Room 1201
Snow Hill, MD 21863
Phone: 410-632-1200 Ext. 1150
Fax: 410-632-3008
e-mail: [email protected]


Maryland Department of General Services

301 West Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

IBC 2015

IRC 2015

IEBC 2015

NFPA 101(Life Safety Code) 2015

NFPA - 1 2015 (Fire Code)

NFPA - 13 (Sprinkler Code) 2013

IMC – 2015

National Standard Plumbing Code – 2015

NEC – 2014

ASHRAE 90.1 (Latest Edition)

Elevator and Escalator Safety Code ANSI/ASME A17.1 2013

Accessibility Code MAC (COMAR 05.02.02 & 2010 ADA Standards)

Energy Conservation Code IECC – 2015

Ellington E. Churchill, Jr.
Nelson E. Reichart​
Deputy Secretary

Lauren T. Buckler, P.E., CEM, LEED, AP, BD+C 
Assistant Secretary, Facilities Planning, Design, & Construction Division (FPDC)​

David B St. Jean
Energy Performance and Conservation

Jack Howard​
Assistant Secretary, Administration Division

Luis A. Luna
Assistant Secretary, Facilities Operations & Maintenance​ Division (FOM)

Eric T. Lomboy​
Assistant Secretary, Procurement & Logistics​ Division (P&L)

Wendy Scott-Napier
Assistant Secretary, Real Estate Division (ORE)​

Colonel Michael Wilson
Chief, DGS Maryland Capitol Police (MCP)

Lauri McGuire
Principal Counsel​

Maryland Energy Administration

Chris Russell
Energy Program Manager, State Buildings
& State Agency Loan Program, Building Codes

Rory Spangler
Energy Program Manager, Energy Efficiency, CHP, Data Centers, Next Gen EENet Zero, Public Schools Engineering Design Program


Baltimore County Public Schools

Facilities Management
Pradeep (Pete) Dixit
Executive Director

Deborah (Deb) Soper
Administrative Assistant II
Phone: 443-809-6435


9610 Pulaski Park Drive, Suite 204
Baltimore, MD 21220


City of Baltimore General Services

DGS Major Projects Division

Bambi Stevens, Chief
Major Projects Division
Abel Wolman Municipal Building
200 North Holliday Street, Room 204
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
(410) 396-4600
[email protected] 

Montgomery County Public Schools DIVISION OF CONSTRUCTION

45 W. Gude Drive, Suite 4300
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Shela Plank, Energy Program Manager
Phone: 240-314-1060 

Director I


Howard County Public Schools

Scott Washington
Capital Planning and Construction
Position: Director, Capital Planning and Construction
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 1-410-313-6807


Harford County Public Schools

Facilities Management

Patti Jo Beard
Executive Director
[email protected]


Justin Evans
Assistant Supervisor for Energy and Automated Building Systems
[email protected]


Prince George’s County Central Services

Sustainable Energy Program

Erica Bannerman, Energy Manager
Main: (301) 883-6450
Email: [email protected]