ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.
ASHRAE's Mission and Vision
To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.
ASHRAE will be the global leader, the foremost source of technical and educational information, and the primary provider of opportunity for professional growth in the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating.
ASHRAE's Core Values
ASHRAE education, technical information and all other activities and products will always reflect the best practices that lead our industry. We strive for continuous improvement and innovation in all our practices and products.
ASHRAE and its members are passionate about serving the built environment, creating value, and recognizing the accomplishments of others.
ASHRAE is committed to the highest ethical standards. We work transparently, observing essential requirements for due process and peer reviews to assure our members and stakeholders that we do the right things the right way.
ASHRAE seeks and embraces collaborative efforts with organizations, agencies, and individuals sharing our commitment to sustainable built environments.
Members lead ASHRAE at every level, serving ASHRAE and helping ASHRAE serve society.
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ASHRAE Governing Documents
ASHRAE's Annual Reports
The 2012-2013 ASHRAE Annual Report is now available. The report highlights ASHRAE’s successful initiatives from throughout the past year, including financial updates in the Treasurer’s Report.
Though we don't always recognize it, all of us are touched by the activities of ASHRAE. Visit the Consumer Center to see how ASHRAE activities have an impact on your daily life and to gain access to valuable information such as the Top Ten Things Consumers Should Know about Air Conditioning and more.
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Nearly 200 members, chapters, sister organizations and companies joined in leaving a lasting impression of their contributions to our Society and the industry by purchasing a personalized paver.
Learn more about the renovation of ASHRAE's Headquarters. www.ashrae.org/building
Support ASHRAE Research
Whether it’s involvement with a chapter, the monthly ASHRAE Journal, the networking possibilities or the excellent learning opportunities, ASHRAE members all have different reasons for joining and staying in the Society. Find out what it means to be an ASHRAE member by watching brief interviews conducted during the Seattle Annual Conference 2014, and join the ranks of those shaping the future of the built environment today. Watch the interviews and learn more >>
ASHRAE en Espanol
As a service to ASHRAE's Spanish-speaking members, we now provide a page with general information about ASHRAE in the Spanish language, as well as other information of interest. Learn More >
Employment at ASHRAE
Special Reports from ASHRAE on Environmental Security
After 9/11, ASHRAE published Risk Management Guidance for Health and Safety under Extraordinary Incidents on January 12, 2002. A year later an expanded version of the document was published to include Environmental Security.
Risk Management Guidance for Health and Safety under Extraordinary Incidents (January 12, 2002):
Risk Management Guidance for Health, Safety and Environmental Security under Extraordinary Incidents (January 26, 2003):