Keeping it Cool The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engnieers

 Heating and cooling systems within 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 evolves. 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 Illinois Chapter, located in Cook County’s Evergreen Park is part of a widespread, national and international  organization. Newly-elected president Laura Ludwig, who took office in July of  this year, leads ASHRAE Illinois, the organization’s largest chapter. The Illinois Chapter of ASHVE, the precursor to today’s society, dates back to 1907. The Illinois chapter has a significant amount of  documents and literature related to its activities over more than a century.  

 Promote Betterment of Society

 “Our main focus is to promote the betterment of society through education of  professional resources in the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration  business,” says Ludwig. “My role as president is to direct and organize the chapters’ functions and to represent the chapter to the national organization as well as  to represent it to the community at large.”  

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