Keeping It Cool The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating And Air-Conditioning Engineers

 Heating and cooling systems within co-op or 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 evolve. 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 the recent, “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.  

 The New York chapter is comprised of over 900 members and is part of a  widespread, national and international organization. Newly elected president  Steven Baumgartner has held the post for only two months, but has been involved  with ASHRAE for over 10 years. “There are a lot of excellent groups pushing high-performance and energy  efficiency issues in the city, but I felt most closely aligned to the mission  of ASHRAE,” he says.  

 “ASHRAE is an international nonprofit technical society. Our areas of expertise  include HVAC&R [heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration] codes and  standards, energy efficiency and indoor air quality, among others,” says Baumgartner. “What I like about ASHRAE is that it strikes a good balance between depth of  expertise in these areas and a large breadth of knowledge of areas in the  industry. ASHRAE also supports a strong research program on the areas  mentioned.”  

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