ASHRAE forming new European region
As part of its commitment to extend its global reach and better support its membership, ASHRAE is forming a new ASHRAE region in Europe, according to a release.
Region XIV begins July 1. With the new region also comes a new chapter in Ireland, which will be important for industry collaboration throughout Europe, officials said.
Additionally, the ASHRAE announced two strategic partnership agreements with the signing of new memorandums of understanding (MoU) with high-profile European societies. The first is a trilateral agreement with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), which is based in the UK, and the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning associations (REHVA). REHVA is a federation of 26 European HVACR societies with more than 100,000 members. The second MoU is directly between ASHRAE and REHVA.
Both agreements will increase the knowledge transfer from the societies between North America and Europe and outline how the groups will work together more closely and with more defined parameters to continue furthering and promoting the advancements of HVAC&R technologies, according to the release. These include research, joint conferences and meetings, training and education programs, publication distribution and chapter collaboration.
The announcements were among many made during the inaugural address of incoming 2017-18 ASHRAE president Bjarne W. Olesen. During his speech, Olesen presented his presidential theme, which is “Extending Our Community.”
Through this theme, Olesen plans to focus on extending ASHRAE’s global community, technological horizons and overall value to the Society’s members.
“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 the ASHRAE is establishing the ASHRAE Global Training Center for Building Excellence in Dubai, which will serve ASHRAE members and other building systems professionals in the Gulf Region and in surrounding areas.
The focus of the center will be to make training conveniently available on a regular schedule that is curricula-based. Training offered in the center will be customized and scalable, accounting for climate, culture, suppliers, energy sources, prices, codes and construction practices. The center’s instructors will be engineers familiar with the intricacies of the Middle East. It is scheduled to open in September.
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