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ASHRAE Membership

ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 56,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.

Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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ASHRAE and Industry History

ASHRAE History

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.


Society Meeting Dates

These two lists include the dates and places of ASHRAE Society meetings beginning with the first one in 1895 through the 2013 Annual Conference. The lists include Annual, Semi-Annual, and Fall Meetings for ASHVE; Annual, Semi-Annual, Spring or Western Meetings for ASRE; Annual, Semi-Annual and Winter Meetings as well as Winter and Annual Conferences for ASHRAE.


ASHRAE Journal Article Archives

As an ASHRAE Member you can search and download any ASHRAE article back to 1997. There are a number of articles detailing either industry or society history.

Go to the Members Only ASHRAE Journal Archive
NOTE: You will need to use your member login to access this area.


Abstract Archives

The Abstract Archives are a member benefit consisting of an online index of almost 7,000 abstracts of papers and publications from ASHRAE. It is a useful tool for identifying many papers and articles that are not available through the online bookstore.

Indexes to Earlier ASHRAE Publications

These indexes were scanned from paper indexes. They are arranged by broad subject categories and authors' last names. To access the page with the links to the indexes, you must be logged in as an ASHRAE member.


ASHRAE Archives (Historical Archives) 


DOLMERE, the first electric refrigerator

The DOMELRE was the first successful, mass marketed package automatic electric refrigeration unit
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CIBSE Heritage Group




Air-Conditioning and Refrigerating Patents and Chronology


Special Series Commemorating the First Century of Air Conditioning


A Look Back at HVAC&R


Timeline of the History of Refrigeration


ASHRAE Historical Committee