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ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

ASHRAE's areas of expertise include:

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

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Karen Buckley Washington
Public Relations Specialist
Email: kbwashington@ashrae.org
Phone: 404-636-8400

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ASHRAE Consumer Center

To help educate consumers about air conditioning, energy efficiency and other issues important to ASHRAE, we have created an online consumer center. The center includes information about:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Energy efficiency in homes
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Proper humidity levels in homes

ASHRAE Press Releases

Registration Open for Hybrid 2021 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference
ATLANTA (July 15, 2021) – Registration is now open for 2021 ASHRAE Building Performance Analysis Conference in Denver, CO, November 10 -12. This will be ASHRAE’s first hybrid conference, where virtual attendees will have access to live sessions, participate in speaker Q&A as well as interact with both virtual and in-person conference attendees.

ASHRAE Publishes Customized Version of Standard 100 to Support Building Energy Performance in Washington State
ATLANTA (July 9, 2021) – Washington state is providing assistance to eligible building owners that comply with energy performance standards in advance of mandatory deadlines. Early compliance will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy consumption, which also will save operating costs.

ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful 2021 Virtual Annual Conference
ATLANTA (July 1, 2021) – ASHRAE hosted its 2021 Virtual Annual Conference June 28-30, which saw 970 virtual global registrants, exploring topics related to critical environments, building operation and maintenance, and plant and animal environments.

ASHRAE Introduces 2021-22 President, Officers and Directors
ATLANTA (June 30, 2021) – ASHRAE is pleased to introduce its 2021-22 Society president, executive committee officers and directors.

ASHRAE Members Recognized for Professional and Society Achievements
ATLANTA (June 29, 2021) – ASHRAE is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to the Society and the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry.

ASHRAE Releases Standard 62.1 User’s Manual
ATLANTA (June 21, 2021) – ASHRAE has released the 2019 edition of the Standard 62.1 User’s Manual. The latest 62.1 User’s Manual focuses on ASHRAE’s primary ventilation standard, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019.

ASHRAE Present Co-Organized World Refrigeration Day Webinars
ATLANTA (June 18, 2021) – ASHRAE will present two co-organized webinars to mark the observation of World Refrigeration Day 2021. World Refrigeration Day, June 26, is an international awareness day to celebrate applications of refrigeration technology and its impact on the quality of life.

ASHRAE Participates in High Performance Buildings Coalition Congressional Event
ATLANTA (June 9, 2021) – In recognition of High Performance Building Week, 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E spoke on a panel titled Building Better: Congressional and Private Sector Efforts to Promote High Performance Buildings.

Technical Program Now Available for 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference
ATLANTA (June 3, 2021) – The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference technical program is now available, with sessions running from June 28-30.

ASHRAE and IUVA Sign Memorandum of Understanding
ATLANTA (May 12, 2021) – ASHRAE and the International Ultraviolet Association (IUVA) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

ASHRAE Publishes Updated Health Care Facility Ventilation Standard
ATLANTA (May 11, 2021) –ASHRAE has released an updated edition of ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities. The standard offers guidance, regulation, and mandates to designers of health care facilities.

Registration Opens For 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference
ATLANTA (May 3, 2021) –Featuring new and expanded offerings in current practices and updates on research, the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference will be held June 28-30, 2021. Registration is now open.

ASHRAE Supports USGBC IAQ Schools Survey and Report
ATLANTA (April 29, 2021) –With technical support from ASHRAE, the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBS) published a new report on indoor air quality (IAQ) measures that schools have taken in response to the pandemic.

ASHRAE Launches Vision 2030 Webpage
ATLANTA (April 27, 2021) –As technology continues to improve every aspect of the built environment, ASHRAE’s Vision 2030 is committed to leading, serving, and providing all professionals in the buildings industry with the resources and knowledge to continually drive the innovative and strategic improvements needed during the revolution of the built environment.

ASHRAE and UN Environment Programme Launch Three-Year Workplan
ATLANTA (April 15, 2021) – ASHRAE and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced the launch of its 2021-23 workplan. The workplan’s theme is “Refrigeration Management for Developing Economies” and was signed by Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E., 2020-21 ASHRAE President and James S. Curlin, Acting Head of UNEP OzonAction Programme.

ASHRAE Global Training Center Offers Healthcare Design and Data Center Training
ATLANTA (April 7, 2021) – The ASHRAE Global Training Center will offer two courses to address the rapidly evolving needs of healthcare facilities and data centers.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Airborne Transmission Guidance
ATLANTA (April 5, 2021) – The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force released an updated, unequivocal statement on the airborne transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in buildings.

ASHRAE To Host Tech Hour on Commissioning of New and Existing Buildings
ATLANTA (April 1, 2021) – ASHRAE announced the launch of its third Tech Hour video. ASHRAE Tech Hour provides relevant technical content in the form of one-hour videos to members and interested individuals through the ASHRAE 365 app.

ASHRAE and ICC Release 2018 IgCC User’s Manual
ATLANTA (March 30, 2021) – ASHRAE and the International Code Council (ICC) have announced the release of the 2018 International Green Construction Code® (IgCC®) User’s Manual. The User’s Manual is a joint initiative of the ICC and ASHRAE.

Call for Abstracts Announced for 2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Las Vegas
ATLANTA (March 26, 2021) – Abstracts are now being accepted for the 2022 ASHRAE Winter Conference to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 29 – February 2, 2022, at Caesars Palace.

ASHRAE and IAPMO To Co-Publish Water Efficiency Document
ATLANTA (March 18, 2021) – ASHRAE and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAMPO) announced an agreement to co-publish a document to address water efficiency in buildings.

New ASHRAE Course Offered on Reopening Universities and Managing HVAC Systems
ATLANTA (March 8, 2021) – ASHRAE is offering a new course to address the vulnerabilities in the design, construction, installation, operation, and maintenance of HVAC systems in universities exposed by the pandemic.

ASHRAE Global Training Expands HVAC Design Web-Training Series
ATLANTA (March 5, 2021) – The ASHRAE Global training Center has expanded its registration for HVAC Design Web-Training series. The training is comprising of two HVAC Design courses; HVAC Design: Level I – Essentials (MENA) and HVAC Design: Level II – Applications (MENA).

ASHRAE Forms Task Force for Building Decarbonization
ATLANTA (March 3, 2021) – ASHRAE recently formed a task force to address climate change through responsible decarbonization strategies for the built environment. The ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization (TFBD) has been established to develop technical resources and provide leadership and guidance in mitigating the negative carbon impact of buildings on the environment and the inhabitants of our planet.

ASHRAE and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Sign Memorandum of Understanding
ATLANTA (March 1, 2021) – ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

ASHRAE 2021 Annual Conference To Be Held Virtually
ATLANTA (February 16, 2021) – ASHRAE announced that its 2021 Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in Phoenix, will now take place virtually. Designed to provide the latest insights from industry leading expert in the built environment, the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference will provide focused, actionable and innovative content to support HVAC&R and building systems professionals.

ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful Virtual Winter Conference
ATLANTA (February 15, 2021) – The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference concluded with more than 1,800 people in attendance over three and a half days and presentations from industry thought leaders from around the world.

ASHRAE Recognizes Members for Outstanding Industry Accomplishments
ATLANTA (February 12, 2021) – ASHRAE is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to the Society and the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Honors and awards were presented during the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, February 9-11.

ASHRAE Announces Nominees for 2021-22 Slate of Officers and Directors
ATLANTA (February 5, 2021) – ASHRAE is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2021-22 slate of officers and directors. Nominations for officers and directors were made by the ASHRAE Nominating Committee from a list recommended by individual members and from Chapters Regional Conferences.

ASHRAE Provides Testimony at Congressional Hearing on COVID-19 Safety
ATLANTA (February 4, 2021) – ASHRAE is slated to provide witness testimony in a congressional hearing on COVID-19 risks and response in transportation systems, held by the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. The full hearing can be viewed at this link on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure website.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Building Readiness Guide
ATLANTA (February 2, 2021) – “The Building Readiness Guide includes additional information and clarifications to assist designers and commissioning providers in performing pre- or post-occupancy flush calculations to reduce the time and energy to clear spaces of contaminants between occupancy periods,” said Wade Conlan, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Building Readiness team lead.

ASHRAE Seeks Presentations for 2021 Building Performance Analysis Conference
ATLANTA (January 29, 2021) – ASHRAE has announced a call for presentations for the 2021 Building Performance Analysis Conference to be held September 22-24 in Denver, Colorado. The theme for the conference is “Design and Operation for Resilient and Healthy Buildings”.

ASHRAE’s Virtual Winter Conference Offer Robust Technical Program
ATLANTA (January 15, 2021) – A full technical program, featuring more than 120 sessions will be presented at the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, running from February 9-12. The technical program includes 8 tracks compromised of 40 live sessions (most with live Q&A) and 80+ on-demand sessions, with many addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Core Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure and Communities of Faith Building Guidance
ATLANTA (January 14, 2021) – The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has released new guidance to address control of airborne infectious aerosol exposure and recommendations for communities of faith buildings.

ASHRAE Learning Institute Opens Registration for Spring Online Courses
ATLANTA (January 8, 2021) – ASHRAE Learning Institute announced that registration is open for its 2021 Spring online instructor-led course series. The 16 online offerings, including eight new courses, run from January through June.

ASHRAE and CIBSE Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement
ATLANTA (December 15, 2020) – ASHRAE and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have signed a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

ASHRAE Global Training Offers HVAC Design Web-Training Series
ATLANTA (December 14, 2020) – Registration is now open for HVAC Design training through the ASHRAE Global Training Center.

ASHRAE and NASEO Sign Memorandum of Understanding
ATLANTA (December 3, 2020) – ASHRAE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference Registration Is Open
ATLANTA (December 1, 2020) – Registration is now open for the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, February 9-11, 2021. The convenient online format of the conference will allow for global participation with a group of the world’s leading presenters delivering timely and useful industry content.

New Alternative Care Site Guidebook Available to Help Respond to the Rising Need for Hospital Beds due to COVID-19
ATLANTA (November 20, 2020) – Guidebook Developed by a Joint Task Force Established by the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

ASHRAE Learning Institute Releases New HVAC Design Training Schedule
ATLANTA (November 16, 2020) – Registration is now open for HVAC Design and Operations training through ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI). The training will run from December 2020 through June 2021.

ASHRAE Announces Move to New Net-Zero Energy Global Headquarters In Metro Atlanta
ATLANTA (November 5, 2020) – ASHRAE, a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment, announced a move to its new global headquarters ...

ASHRAE Recognizes 2020 LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams
ATLANTA (October 19, 2020) – The competition was held virtually for the first time in conjunction with the virtual 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and Simbuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA.

ASHRAE Announces 2021 AHR Expo Has Been Cancelled
ATLANTA (October 15, 2020) – ASHRAE has announced that the 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL has been cancelled. ASHRAE worked alongside AHRI and Show Management to explore every possibility that could lead to hosting an in-person event, but unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present challenges and unpredictable variables.

ASHRAE Introduces Remote Online Proctored Exams
ATLANTA (October 14, 2020) – ASHRAE launches Remote Online Proctored examination as a safe, secure and convenient certification exam delivery mode. ASHRAE candidates are now able to schedule and sit for a certification exam from their home or office.

ASHRAE Announces 2020-21 Society Scholarship Recipients
ATLANTA (October 5, 2020) – ASHRAE has announced the recipients of 30 Society scholarships, totaling $167,000, for the 2020-21 academic year.

Technical Bulletin on Edge Computing Design and Operation
ATLANTA (September 25, 2020) – ASHRAE Technical Committee (TC) 9.9 (Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment) has addressed the unanticipated risks associated with edge computing design and operation through a new technical bulletin, “Edge Computing: Considerations for Reliable Operation.”

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