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CIBSE and ASHRAE mark 40th Anniversary with Historic Agreement

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  • 13 Oct 2016
  • London

CIBSE and ASHRAE mark 40th Anniversary with Historic Agreement

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Allen Haynes

LONDON (Oct. 13, 2016)
– ASHRAE and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) have signed a partnership agreement to mark the 40th anniversary of their relationship.
Editors Note: A photo of the signing is available.

Meeting in London to celebrate 40 years since the Institute of Heating and Ventilation Engineers and Illuminating Engineering Society merged to form CIBSE, and the start of their collaboration with ASHRAE, the two organizations signed an agreement to implement a range of new initiatives. These include: collaborating strategically on projects in each other’s regions, creating a long-term staff exchange program, encouraging collaboration between regions, groups and chapters and mutually promoting the publication of new codes and standards.

While the two organizations have been working closely together for four decades, this agreement represents the first time that they have committed to a joint approach in promoting the mutual global interests of CIBSE and ASHRAE, and agreed to a raft of activities and goals to promote a more sustainable world.

Alongside a wider commitment to improve knowledge sharing between the two organizations, including jointly presenting work to industry, members and legislators, the agreement also formalized a commitment to working at a grass-roots level. This includes encouraging cooperation between ASHRAE chapters and CIBSE Regions, coordinating the programs of similar groups such as Women in Building Services Engineering (WiBSE) and Women in ASHRAE (WiA), as well as aligning activity for the young engineers of both organisations and working together on emerging topics such as legionella, resiliency and cyber-security.

John Field, President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, said: “It is a tremendous honor to be able to sign this agreement and start a new era of even closer cooperation between our institutions. This is an unprecedented opportunity to spread the benefits of our work together through every level of our organizations. Building services engineers are doing some of the most important work on the planet, and our two organizations have done invaluable work over the last 40 years to raise standards across our industries and across the world. With this agreement in place, I look forward to continuing this work for many more decades to come.”

“Collaboration and sharing of knowledge are key to advancing the built environment industry,” Tim Wentz, ASHRAE president, said. “ASHRAE’s partnership with CIBSE over the last 40 years has proven to be an invaluable collaboration for our respective members and the industry at large. Our joint work through conferences, publications and education has greatly added to the worldwide best practices databank of innovative and successful technologies. I am pleased to celebrate this milestone and look forward to many more.”

To help commemorate the 40th anniversary of collaboration and the signing of the new agreement, CIBSE and ASHRAE also hosted a seminar titled 'Defining, delivering and assuring building environments that are truly fit for use,' held at Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London. A rare opportunity to hear from leading speakers from two of the world's most influential built environment-related bodies, the sessions considered how the skills and intelligence available to designers should be applied to ensure that built environments are not only environmentally-appropriate but also reflect the needs and wellbeing of occupants.


ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

CIBSE publishes Guidance and Codes which provide best practice advice and are internationally recognised as authoritative design guidance for building services. The CIBSE Knowledge Portal, which makes Guidance available online to all CIBSE members, is the leading systematic engineering resource for the building services sector. For more information about the Institution please visit