Founded in 1894, ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) is an international society focusing on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. With technical seminars and workshops, ASHRAE facilitates information and experience to be shared globally.
ASHRAE has more than 52,000 members from over 130 different countries and is one of the few societies in the world with its own R&D program. ASHRAE aims to provide technical information for its members, to be the industry’s source of sectoral standards and technical principles, to create a network of professionals within the sector and to facilitate their continued training.
ASHRAE is comprised of 15 Regions and over 170 chapters. With 12 of the regions on the American continent, the 13th Region includes Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. The last region, known as the “Region at Large” includes India, UAE, Nigeria, Egypt, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, Sri Lanka, Kuwait, South Arabia, Bangladesh, Bahrain and Turkey.
Each Section and Chapter, established based on national or geographic locations, uses its strength as a part of a highly institutionalized Society to make it possible for its members’ voices to be heard on a global scale. Additionally, Sections facilitate its members’ access to ASHRAE trainings, contribute to the organization of regional conferences conducted by distinguished instructors and make it possible for such programs to be held in their own countries.
During the ASHRAE Winter Conference held in Dallas (January 26-30, 2013), ASHRAE members applied to the Members Council expressing their interest in establishing a Section in Turkey. On January 29, 2013 the application was approved and thus the “ASHRAE Turkish Section” was formed. With the mission of being the main contributor and leader of the HVAC sector worldwide, ASHRAE began its activities in Turkey under the “Turkish Section” in 2013 with 25 members, by means of the considerable effort given by sector professionals, academics and sectoral non-governmental organizations.