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ASHRAE Strategic Plan 2014 Toolkit

Introduction

ASHRAE_StratPlan_TOOL-KIT_5-cover.jpgOn June 24, 2014, the ASHRAE Board of Directors (BOD) approved a new Strategic Plan to help guide the Society into the future.

ASHRAE volunteers will help make the Strategic Plan a reality. The ASHRAE Strategic Plan Toolkit provides additional information on the plan, the initiatives and the expected resource requirements and outcomes. This information is provided to assist volunteers in this critical effort. As a supplement to the Strategic Plan Toolkit, the Strategic Plan Implementation Process provides a timeline for completing key aspects of the Plan and includes methods for measuring progress and performance on activities conducted to implement the Plan.

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The ASHRAE Strategic Plan

Figure 1 is the the overall ASHRAE Strategic Plan in a summarized, one-page format. The actions that must be taken to implement the plan are shown in the "Initiatives" box. There are five initiatives: Market Prioritization, ASHRAE Efficiency, Applied Product Development, ASHRAE's Role in the Global Community, and ASHRAE's Role in the Global Community. Figure 2 shows how the initiatives support the goals outlined in the Strategic Plan.

 

Figure 1, The Strategic Plan on a Page

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Figure 2, Goals and Initiatives

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Initiative 1 – Market Prioritization: Member Passion and Core Market

Board Champion | President-Elect

Background
Market prioritization came out of two key discussions during which two questions were asked: (1) Is ASHRAE doing enough to ensure that the world knows what the Society is working on and (2) is ASHRAE really listening carefully to its members needs and acting to fulfill them? The initiatives are intended to make sure ASHRAE is properly connected to its key constituencies, such as consulting engineers, as well as getting the message out about ASHRAE to employers, building owners, and other influential groups.

Objectives Affected

  • Develop, implement and assess methods to strengthen the member value proposition.
  • Expand educational topics and enhance delivery methods to address the needs of priority audiences including employers, owners and operators.
  • Augment ASHRAE's marketing and promotional capabilities to drive higher levels of awareness and uptake of offerings.
  • Ensure that ASHRAE's products, programs and services are well aligned to meet the needs of its membership.

Possible Programs and Resource Allocation
As part of the planning process, a core team of ASHRAE members with Board of Directors (BOD) representation brainstormed specific actions and Planning Committee (PLC) provided the BOD with an estimate of resources needed to implement each action. Table 1 lists the actions and estimated resources. These estimates are provided for reference only to assist volunteers in setting the actual program plans and budgets.

 

Table 1: Initiative 1

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Initiative 2 – ASHRAE Efficiency: Organizational Assessment

Board Champion | Society President

Background
ASHRAE efficiency is a challenge to the organization to remove unnecessary effort so that precious volunteer and staff hours are directed to productive results. There is a specific challenge to refocus and strengthen the heart of ASHRAE Technology (Technical Committees) to meet the challenges and opportunities facing ASHRAE. In addition to the internal focus, there are opportunities for ASHRAE to join forces with other like-minded organizations up to and including consolidation.

Objectives Affected

  • Maximize opportunities for member involvement in Society activities.
  • Foster collaborations throughout the building industry to augment the positive impact of ASHRAE's offerings on building performance.
  • Ensure that ASHRAE's products, programs and services are well aligned to meet the needs of the global building industry.

Possible Programs and Resource Allocation
As part of the planning process, a core team of ASHRAE members with BOD representation brainstormed specific actions, and PLC provided the BOD with an estimate of resources needed to implement each action. Table 2 provides the actions and estimated resources. These estimates are provided for reference only to assist volunteers in setting the actual program plans and budgets.

 

Table 2: Initiative 2

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Initiative 3 – Applied Product Development

Board Champion | Treasurer

Background
Applied product development is focused on ASHRAE's continued leadership in developing technology. In particular, there is a focus on practical or applied technology that is relevant to ASHRAE's consulting community. This initiative speaks to the need to provide tools that help members do their jobs.

Objectives Affected

  • Prototype and experiment with new resources that integrate ASHRAE's science and technology into building performance and knowledge systems.
  • Develop programming and promotions that enable ASHRAE chapters to educate a wider range of audiences.
  • Expand educational topics and enhance delivery methods to address the needs of priority audiences including employers, owners and operators.
  • Foster collaborations throughout the building industry to augment the positive impact of ASHRAE's offerings on building performance.
  • Identify and launch pilot programs in select international markets to customize and adapt offerings to address local demand.
  • Work to translate science and technology into practical tools and resources that drive effective building design, operation, and management.
  • Ensure that ASHRAE's products, programs and services are well aligned to meet the needs of the global building industry.

Possible Programs and Resource Allocation
As part of the planning process, a core team of ASHRAE members with BOD representation brainstormed specific actions and PLC provided the BOD with an estimate of resources needed to implement each action. Table 3 lists actions and estimated resources. These are provided for reference only to assist volunteers in setting the actual program plans and budgets.

 

Table 3: Initiative 3

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Initiative 4 – ASHRAE's Role in the Global Community

Board Champion | Treasurer

Background
ASHRAE's role in the global community continues to represent a great opportunity and a major strategic issue. The Board of Directors discussed this issue at length and came to the conclusion that it does not know enough to set a clear direction for the Society. The decision was made to act quickly to gather the necessary input and develop a set of initiatives that could then be added to this plan.

Objectives Affected

  • Develop, implement and assess methods to strengthen the member value proposition.
  • Develop programming and promotions that enable ASHRAE chapters to educate a wider range of audiences.
  • Identify and launch pilot programs in select international markets to customize and adapt offerings to address local demand.
  • Ensure that ASHRAE's products, programs and services are well aligned to meet the needs of the global building industry.

Possible Programs and Resource Allocation
As part of the planning process, a core team of ASHRAE members with BOD representation brainstormed specific actions and PLC provided the BOD with an estimate of resources needed to implement each action. Table 4 provides the actions and estimated resources. These are provided for reference only to assist volunteers in setting the actual program plans and budgets.

 

Table 4: Initiative 4

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Initiative 5 – ASHRAE's Role in the Residential Sector

Board Champion | Vice Chair Tech Council

Background
Despite the large impact the residential sector has on the built environment, ASHRAE has had only minor role in that sector to date. Most of ASHRAE's current membership is focused on commercial construction but the BOD has realized that ASHRAE still has a role to play in the residential sector, more likely through collaboration with other groups focused on the residential sector. During 2013–14, a presidential ad hoc committee studied ASHRAE's role in the residential sector. The proposals in their report are expected to generate more initiatives to support this important goal.

Objectives Affected

  • Develop programming and promotions that enable ASHRAE chapters to educate a wider range of audiences.
  • Expand educational topics and enhance delivery methods to address the needs of priority audiences including employers, owners and operators.
  • Foster collaborations throughout the building industry to augment the positive impact of ASHRAE's offerings on building performance.
  • Work to translate science and technology into practical tools and resources that drive effective building design, operation, and management.

Possible Programs and Resource Allocation
As part of the planning process, a core team of ASHRAE members with BOD representation brainstormed specific actions and PLC provided the BOD with an estimate of resources needed to implement each action. Table 5 provides the actions and estimated resources. These are provided for reference only to assist volunteers in setting the actual program plans and budgets.

 

Table 5: Initiative 5

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