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What is a Technical Committee?

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The technical expertise of ASHRAE is concentrated in its Technical Committees (TCs), Task Groups (TGs), Technical Resource Groups (TRGs) and Multidisciplinary Task Group (MTGs) . These groups are responsible for:

  • preparing the text of ASHRAE Handbook chapters
  • originating, coordinating, and supervising Society-sponsored research projects
  • presenting programs at ASHRAE meetings
  • reviewing technical papers
  • evaluating the need for standards
  • and advising the Society on all aspects of the technology it embraces

ASHRAE TCs consist of people who have a recognized proficiency in a specific field of interest. TGs, similar to TCs, are formed when a subject of current interest is not covered in the scope of an existing TC or when the subject encompasses the scope of more than one TC. TRGs are similar to TCs except that their responsibilities are limited to preparing, reviewing, or revising technical material. They do not have responsibility for programs, research, or standards. MTGs are different from TCs, TGs, and TRGs.  The objective of the MTG is to first try and better coordinate and focus the activities of the affiliated TC and non-TC groups (EHC, REF, SSPCs, outside groups, etc) that make-up the MTG on the task for which the MTG was created without duplicating the functions of a TC or TG so that the task can be completed as efficiently as possible.

If you have further questions about TC Committee membership or TC Committee operations, please see Applying for Membership on a Technical Committee.