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April 28, 2011


The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) advances heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

ASHRAE is the global leader, the foremost source of technical and educational information, and the primary provider of opportunity for professional growth in the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating.

It was formed by the merger of two societies, American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE), known after 1954 as American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) and the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE). The two merged in 1959.

ASHRAE's areas of expertise include:

  • energy efficiency
  • high performance buildings
  • indoor air quality
  • green building design
  • building codes and standards
  • saving energy during blackouts
  • data center air conditioning and ventilation
  • health concerns such as Legionnaire's disease and mold growth
  • guidance for a safe environment during extraordinary events

STANDARDS:  ASHRAE – with 119 standards and guidelines that establish recommended design and operation practice – is one of only five standards-developing organizations in the U.S. that can self-certify that its standards have followed American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) standards development procedures.

RESEARCH:  ASHRAE’s research program, established in 1912, supports 69 research projects with a combined value of more than $8 million. Research focus includes energy and resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, design and operation and management tools, alternative technologies and materials and equipment. Through scholarships, grants and awards, the Society supports engineering education for undergraduate students and research projects for graduate engineering students and new post-doctoral scholars.

TECHNICAL OVERSIGHT:  ASHRAE has some 100 technical committees that drive the ASHRAE research program, sponsor the technical program at ASHRAE meetings, develop technical articles, special publications and educational courses and write the ASHRAE Handbook.

PUBLICATIONS:  ASHRAE produces hundreds of publications, including the ASHRAE Handbook, the bible of the HVAC&R industry; books on specialized topics within the field; and various CDs and DVDs. The Society also publishes the peer-reviewed monthly ASHRAE Journal and bimonthly HVAC&R Research, the most prestigious reporting of archival research in the fields of environmental control for the built environment.

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