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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.

Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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Government Affairs

Public Policy Issue Briefs, Letters, Testimony


ASHRAE Position Statements

Written materials, approved by the Society’s Board of Directors (such as ASHRAE Position Statements, Position Documents and Position Briefs), officially represent the Society’s position on a technical subject. These are timely position documents, which have been developed by technical experts within the Society on major industry issues, also have been approved by the ASHRAE Board of Directors. These Board-sanctioned materials can be used (in whole or in part) in comments given by local chapters without seeking permission.


Letters and Testimony

ASHRAE Government Affairs staff regularly tracks activities within Congress. and Federal, State and Provincial legislative bodies, and local government agencies that are of importance to ASHRAE members. When warranted, letters and testimony are prepared to express ASHRAE’s stance on a particular issue. The most recent letters or testimony appear below.


pdf_icon.png 12-18-2017 - Efficiency Tax Incentives Letter

pdf_icon.png 12-06-2017 - Energy Efficiency Appropriations and Caps Letter

pdf_icon.png 11-07-2017 - Support the ENERGY STAR Program

pdf_icon.png 10-17-2017 - Multisociety Immigration Letter

pdf_icon.png 09-26-2017 - House Impoundment and Budget Letter

pdf_icon.png 09-26-2017 - Senate Impoundment and Budget Letter

pdf_icon.png 09-14-2017 - Public Comments on Behalf of ASHRAE in Indiana

pdf_icon.png 08-22-2017 - Public Comments on Behalf of ASHRAE in Kentucky

pdf_icon.png 06-26-2017 - HPBC Letter in Support of Energy Star

pdf_icon.png 05-03-2017 - Letter in Support of EPA’s Indoor Air Program Sent to Management and Budget Office

pdf_icon.png 03-21-2017 - Letter in Support of EnergyStar Sent to House Appropriations Committee

pdf_icon.png 03-21-2017 - Letter in Support of EnergyStar Sent to Senate Appropriations Committee

pdf_icon.png 03-10-2017 - President Wentz Writes Columbus Georgia City Council on Proposed Smoke-Free Ordinance


pdf_icon.png 12-27-2016 - ASHRAE Supports Indiana’s Commercial Energy Code Extension

pdf_icon.png 10-17-2016 - ASHRAE Supports Licensing That Works Task Force Efforts

pdf_icon.png 09-02-2016 - ASHRAE Comments-GSA Payment in Kind Rulemaking

pdf_icon.png 04/27/2016 - ASHRAE Comments to New York State on Proposed Legionella Rules

pdf_icon.png 01/23/2016 – ASHRAE Comments on EPA Proposed Section 608 Rule on Refrigerant Management


pdf_icon.png 11/13/2015 - ASHRAE Comments to DOE on BTO’s Draft Multi-Year Program Plan

pdf_icon.png 06/26/2015 – ASHRAE Opposition to Language in NC State Senate Budget Draft

pdf_icon.png 05/11/2015 – Sign-On Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee in Support of Model Building Energy Codes


Government Affairs Impact Brochures


ASHRAE Public Policy Issue Briefs

In an effort to translate ASHRAE’s positions and activities into easily understood and communicated concepts, the Society has developed a series of Public Policy Issue Briefs. These documents are intended for distribution to government officials and others with limited technical expertise, but who would benefit from information regarding ASHRAE and its activities.

All files updated July 5, 2016

pdf_icon.png Building Energy Data: A Critical Resource

pdf_icon.png Climate Change and Building Energy Efficiency

pdf_icon.png Consensus Standards: Expert Solutions to Meet National Needs

pdf_icon.png Energy Efficiency for Buildings and HVAC&R Equipment

pdf_icon.png Energy Use Metrics and Targets for Commercial Buildings

pdf_icon.png Research and Development Needs to Meet National Goals

pdf_icon.png Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education & Competitiveness

pdf_icon.png Commercial Building Energy Use Disclosure