CBECS delayed?

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Authors: Mark Ames and Mark Wills
Date: June 2012
From: ASHRAE Journal(Vol. 54, Issue 6)
Publisher: American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
Document Type: Article
Length: 544 words
Lexile Measure: 1330L

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Work is under way on the Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS), with an expected data release in 2014. Significant progress has been made on the Survey. However, ASHRAE has learned that the Survey may be interrupted, and release of the data delayed for a year as a result of possible congressional funding decisions for fiscal year 2013.

Specifically, the House Appropriations Committee proposed a $5 million reduction in funding for the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), which administers CBECS. EIA needs about $4 million per year to continue work on CBECS, and a $5 million funding reduction could result in suspending work on the Survey. EIA previously halted work on CBECS as a result of congressional funding cuts.

Despite this threat, the next edition of the survey may still be released on schedule, because the...

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