ASHRAE to expand member services globally

With an eye toward a more interconnected world, ASHRAE has approved strategies to help strengthen its role as a global resource for HVAC/R practices through expanded membership services and cooperation with associations globally.

08/15/2007



With an eye toward a more interconnected world, ASHRAE has approved strategies to help strengthen its role as a global resource for HVAC/R practices through expanded membership services and cooperation with associations globally.

ASHRAE has some 50,000 members in more than 130 countries, and in recent years has seen an increase in its non-North American membership, outpacing its traditional base growth. New technologies have also accelerated at varying speeds in different parts of the world. In response to these challenges, the ASHRAE board of directors has adopted the "Strategies for a Global Environment," incorporated into its strategic plan adopted last year.

Through the 14 strategies in the plan, ASHRAE hopes to expand the amount and the quality of information and services available to its members.

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The strategies include:

  • Developing expertise in HVAC/R technologies to embrace whole building sustainable design and be one of

  • Pursuing opportunities and processes along with translation to publish its literature in various languages

  • Cooperating with organizations with shared objectives and strengthening the ASHRAE Associate Societies Alliance.

  • The cost of annual membership dues will be balanced with the cost of providing membership benefits and services in different geographic regions.

  • Pricing publications and educational products so they are within reach of ASHRAE’s global membership but will not be priced at less than the cost of providing them.

  • Volunteer participation obstacles will be overcome through meeting planning and organization that is sensitive to global participation and that benefits from electronic communication technologies.

  • While ASHRAE’s chapter and regional structure shall be the backbone of ASHRAE’s structure globally, it shall be flexibly applied to serve membership.

  • Supporting, in cooperation with national associations, a uniform, international standard for credentialing in the disciplines and practices of HVAC/R.

  • Actively supporting and participating in international standard development activities.

  • Actively protecting its intellectual property rights.

  • Providing enhanced staff support outside of the United States.

  • Aligning its business practices to better serve members globally.

  • Pursuing, in cooperation with national societies or independently, conferences and exhibitions outside North America.

  • Strengthening the ASHRAE Brand to reflect a global strategy that serves the needs of all members.

The new strategies can be read at www.ashrae.org/globalstrategy .





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