Heating and cooling systems within condominium developments are called upon to provide safe, consistent energy to residents. The people who bring you heat, air cooling and refrigeration know that, and want to find what works—and what doesn’t—as technology evolves. They invest a good deal of time and effort into finding and sharing the answers to this search and similar questions about their work. What results are higher standards for buildings, better efficiency and safety for all.
The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers—ASHRAE, founded in 1894—has a membership of more than 50,000. As an exceptionally active professional and educational organization, ASHRAE focuses on advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration products, improving environmental sustainability, and encouraging the best technology through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.
Food for Thought
That’s a tall order, but members don’t shy away from it, attending sessions like a recent, Department of Energy-led forum: “Are High-Performance Buildings Really Performing?” and supporting research into new product and technology development. ASHRAE chapters are busy, sustained in part by the support and involvement of ASHRAE’s executive board. There is one in every New England state, part of a widespread, national and international organization. President-Elect Patrick Duffy leads ASHRAE Boston, the largest of 15 chapters in Region 1. The New Hampshire chapter is the region’s youngest, chartered in 1987. Duffy points out that a very active society, and its chapters, keep the focus on quality improvement and training.
“ASHRAE is very supportive. The society’s founding credo is to make grassroots effort part of what we do. It’s not a ‘president that dictates to members’ kind of thing. The members drive a lot of what happens.” That focus brings the workplace changes and issues to the forefront more quickly.
ASHRAE came about through the 1959 merger of the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers.