USA: As part of its commitment to extend the Society’s global reach, ASHRAE has announced the formation of a new ASHRAE Region in Europe and two new strategic partnership agreements.
The establishment of the new European Region XIV coincides with the establishment of a new chapter in Ireland. ASHRAE Ireland was founded in June 2015 and received Chapter status this month. It currently represents around 100 ASHRAE members in Ireland.
ASHRAE has also announced strategic partnership agreements with European societies Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), which is based in the UK, and the Belgium-based Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning associations (REHVA).
The agreements will increase the knowledge transfer from the societies between North America and Europe and will include research; joint conferences and meetings; training and education programs; publication distribution and chapter collaboration.
These announcements were among many made during the inaugural address of new ASHRAE president, Bjarne W. Olesen.
“Extending our global community will acknowledge our interconnectedness and embrace our shared needs and objectives,” Olesen said. “By creating a new region and strengthening our relationships with associate societies in Europe, our members will be even more empowered to continue producing and sharing technical guidance worldwide. This will, in turn, bolster our industry’s global diversity as we work toward a more sustainable world.”
Olesen also announced that ASHRAE is establishing a Global Training Center for Global Excellence in Dubai, which will serve ASHRAE members and other building systems professionals in the Gulf Region and in surrounding areas. It is scheduled to open in September.