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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.
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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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2017 Applied Engineering Challenge

ASHRAE’s stated goals and objectives include connecting with others, educating, extending the reach of HVAC&R information, and adapting today’s technology for tomorrow to local and global communities.   Many engineering and sustainable challenges exist in the world.  The 2017 Applied Engineering Challenge (AEC) is intended to stimulate student lead groups to find engineering solutions to comfort cooling and water challenges in local or regional communities and develop ways to solve them.

Introduction:  Non-profit organizations and government sponsored programs offer financial assistance to low income families who struggle to pay utility bills during hot and humid months.  Many recipients of these programs, including seniors, families with young children, and the disabled, are at high risk for heat-induced health issues.  Financial resources from the government and non-profits will always be limited, and/or there may be limitations as to who can receive help.  What if a technology existed that could simply reduce these utility bills at the source?  What if greywater from a home could be reclaimed to reduce energy use?

ScopeDesign a retrofit evaporative cooled system to reduce the energy consumption of typical residential air conditioning system used by a 1,600 sq ft (149 m2) residence in Atlanta, GA using harvested and/or reclaimed water.  Harvested water may be an easy resource to capture and inexpensive to utilize.  Using reclaimed water will provide greater use of the evaporative cooling system throughout dry weather periods.  The submitted system design should include detailed system design documents including types of materials, electronic controls and control sequence, water system design, estimated capital cost, estimated energy consumption, estimated annual energy savings, available utility rebates, estimated water usage and availability, and maintenance requirements.

Constraint:   Potable water and well water cannot be utilized.

Judging criteria: The project is a specific task to challenge your design and engineering skills. A portion of the judging will center on the presentation and justification of ideas, designs, and other relevant factors in the report with graphics, tables of information, and/or other typical presentation methods for a technical report.

The submission must be limited to a 25 page maximum technical report.  The document must be formatted to 8-1/2 x 11 paper with margins of 1 in, a font size of 11 points using either Arial or Times New Roman, and a line spacing not less than the MS Word standard of 1.15.  All documents must be delivered in PDF format and should be clearly readable in black and white print.

Projects shall be evaluated, at a minimum, according to the following criteria listed below.  For items not covered specifically below, judging will be based on the merits of the proposal and documentation presented as justification.  Teams are urged to use their creativity, but like most real life situations must be based in fact and the ability for the project to be communicated and completed during the current ASHRAE year and within a specific budget.

  • What is the long term sustainable impact of the project? Include the return on investment, financial investment, and other benefits which may be conferred due to your project.
  • Does the project address ASHRAE or sustainably related topics?
  • What is the level of creativity in project selection?
  • All quantitative analysis items are fully justified and explained in the project write-up.
  • Clarity of reporting the intent and results of the project, including money budgeted and raised for the project.
  • Use of ASHRAE Standards and other related materials.