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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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Society Groups

Council and Committee Structure


ASHRAE's committee structure is the mechanism that makes the Society run. Through this structure, members formulate policy, develop procedures, and direct Society activities. Decisions made by the Board of Directors are based on the recommendations of committees. Because of this, the Board of Directors is only as effective and efficient as the Society committees.

New ideas and new programs are usually initiated in committees, which also serve as management training centers for future Society leaders. Those interested in serving on a committee are encouraged to make their wishes and qualifications known. Chapter and regional officers, and others who are in a position to know and evaluate prospective committee members, are urged to submit recommendations for consideration.



ASHRAE's chapters are the grassroots of the organization. In ASHRAE, nourishment comes from local chapters, each Supported by volunteer effort.

Each of the Society's more than 170 chapters usually meets for a monthly dinner and technical session featuring a noted speaker.
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Councils are comprised of board members, representatives of related standing committees, and other members elected by the Board of Directors.

Their mission is to administer the activities and policies promulgated by the Board that concern those committees within the organizational structure of the councils.

In addition, councils approve or reject the funding of projects and programs recommended by the appropriate committees.

The three councils are:
Publishing and Education


Become a Volunteer

Volunteering within ASHRAE provides you with a single resource for keeping up with technical advances in the industry. By volunteering, you gain direct access to new technology, technical information available that is universally recognized as authoritative and reliable and you influence the direction of HVAC&R technology. See some of the ways that you can volunteer within ASHRAE by following the link below. 
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Committee participation is one of the most important and rewarding aspects of ASHRAE membership. Committee leadership is necessary to achieve the overall objectives of the Society and coordinate activities in the most effective manner.

Leadership is provided by the committee chair - someone who sets goals, recognizes problems, and assigns the right people to develop creative solutions. Achieving results requires a concentrated team effort. Ideally, the chair is attuned to the committee's tasks as well as the interpersonal dynamics of the committee members.
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