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.”