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ASHRAE Insights August 2014
ASHRAE Adopts Strategic Plan
To Join Forces
ASHRAE and the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) have agreed in principle to
join forces, combining resources to improve
indoor air quality in the built environment.
Pending a three- to six-month period of
due diligence, IAQA will become a part of
the ASHRAE organization while maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors.
IAQA will operate independently within
ASHRAE's organizational structure. Plans
call for IAQA headquarters to relocate
from Rockville, Md., to ASHRAE's international headquarters in Atlanta. The
agreement was reached between the leadership of both associations and confirmed
at the 2014 Annual Conference.
"This merger is benef icial to both
ASHRAE and IAQA in that it strengthens
the programs and services of both organizations," said Tom Phoenix, ASHRAE
president. "The work of IAQA complements the work of ASHRAE in its standards, research, publications and educational offerings. We now combine our
resources to ensure the industry receives
the best indoor air quality technical guidance and educational programs possible,
which means improved indoor air quality
for the world around us."
"This merger allows IAQA to maintain its own brand while also providing
See ASHRAE IAQA, Page 2
"The Society has a responsibility to educate the industry and the
general public through publications,
definitions, codes, standards and public
relations on-first, the purpose and
importance of adequate heating, ventilating and air conditioning; second,
what constitutes an adequate system;
and third, how an owner can ask for
and receive the which he has every
right to expect. This is a long range
prospect and is being studied by the
Long Range Planning Committee. In
the meantime, as engineers and Society
members, let's insist that we give the
general public what they have every
right to receive, and that the heating
and air conditioning systems which
we design and install meet the requirements, whatever they may be."
-ASHVE President John Haines,
addressing the first regional ASHVE
meeting, in Oklahoma City, May,
The allocated room at the Higher
Ground restaurant quickly filled up as
the 150-plus crowd of SAIRAC and local
ASHRAE members poured in, forming a
group of excited banter around Bahnfleth.
Major actions taken at the recent 2014
Annual Conference included introduction
of its strategic plan, creation of a new
indoor air quality alliance, and announcement of a milestone related to its research
program and Foundation.
Some 1,700 people attended the Conference, held June 28 - July 2 in Seattle.
During the Conference, ASHRAE introduced its newly adopted Strategic Plan.
The plan's four strategic goals-connect,
educate, extend, and adapt-serve as broad
statements of what the Society most wants
and expects to accomplish over the next
several years. The goals are supported, in
each case, by a handful of objectives that
further define specific accomplishments to
pursue within the plan horizon.
2013 - 14 President Bill Bahnfleth
noted that the Society has had many significant accomplishments this year, but
he views the most important one to be
the new plan.
The plan can be viewed at www.ashrae.
"Planning provides our map from the
present to the future," said Bahnfleth. "In
laying the ground-work for the new plan
that can guide us over the next three to five
years, we asked key questions of ourselves
and others. Who are our members and what
are their needs? How do we structure our
Society to be truly global and financially
"ASHRAE is a conservative organization and has a strong reputation and good
financial health to show for it. However,
there are times when we have to venture
beyond certainties to meet new challenges
and take advantage of critical opportunities.
I believe we have been in such a period for
nearly a decade. This plan allows us to be
more proactive in shaping our future."
Coincidentally, Bahnfleth's father,
Presidential Member Don Bahnfleth, over-
See South Africa, Page 2
See Strategic Plan, Page 2
Visiting the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) are (left to right) Piet
le Roux (SAIRAC), Bill Bahnfleth (ASHRAE), Obed Baloyi (DEA chief director:
chemicals management), Solome Molefe (DEA director: hazardous chemicals
management), Lutendo Ndhlovu (DEA), Lubabalo Maweni (DEA), and John
Ackermann (SAIRAC president).
2013-14 President Visits
South African Societies
Editors Note: The following is an excerpt. The full article can be found at www.
By Ilana Koegelenberg,
assistant editor, RACA Journal
In June, 2013 - 14 President Bill
Bahnfleth made history as the first sitting
ASHRAE president to visit South Africa
(SA), spending a week meeting with various local industry players and sightseeing
For weeks (if not months) local industry
excitedly waited for this day to arrive-the
day that a reigning ASHRAE president
finally visited our country. The South
African Institute of Refrigeration and Air
Conditioning (SAIRAC) had put in a great
deal of effort align the industry in time, setting up meetings for Bahnfleth with players
from various sectors, from government to
the engineers themselves.
The first stop on the president's tour
was the Consulting Engineers of South
Africa (CESA) association. Bahnfleth
met with the Abe Thela (president) and
Lefadi Makibinyane (CEO), as well as
other association representatives. During
the meeting, the parties discussed ways in
which SAIRAC and ASHRAE could work
together with CESA to support the local
Next, it was off to busy Pretoria for a
meeting with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)'s Solome Molefe,
director of hazardous chemicals management. The group met to discuss Montreal
Protocol compliance issues as well as the
Refrigeration Committee (for the development of new refrigerants) and the Refrigerant Management Programme, with specific
reference to the development of new refrigerants and the phase-out of R-22 in SA.
Free bEQ Offer as Methodology Changes
To allow greater uniformity for building types seeking an In Operation rating
under its Building Energy Quotient (bEQ)
program, ASHRAE is now using methodology from its standard for energy efficiency
in existing buildings to calculate the rating.
The bEQ program, a consistent, comprehensive and accurate method of rating and
labeling buildings based on energy use, offers two rating labels: an As Designed label
that rates the building's expected energy use
under standardized conditions-indepen-
dent of the building's occupancy and use
variables-and an In Operation label that
rates the building's actual metered energy
use as influenced by the building's occupancy, structure and use.
Previous to this change, the In Operation rating relied on Energy Star Portfolio
Manager to provide a normalized median
energy use index (EUI) for the rating calculation. This normalization was only available for those buildings that were covered
by Portfolio Manager, so all other building
types, such as convenience stores, libraries,
fire stations and restaurants, had no methodology for this normalization.
"The change provides several advantages
for those who are submitting buildings for
In Operation ratings," said Ross Montgomery, bEQ Committee chair. "The new
methodology allows greater uniformity for
many more available building types, which
should result in better rating comparisons
since those buildings are now able to get a
See bEQ, Page 4
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ASHRAE Insights - August 2014
ASHRAE Adopts Strategic Plan
ASHRAE and IAQA Agree To Join Forces
Free bEQ Offer as Methodology Changes
2013–14 President Visits South African Societies
Historical Minute: On Education
Research Campaign Breaks Record
BOD Approves Council Items in Seattle
Simulation Conference Scheduled for Sept.
Mariners Welcome ASHRAE to Seattle
10 New Distinguished Lecturers Named
Distinguished Lecturer Visits Indian Chapters
ASHRAE Offers Endowed Research Fund Program
Societies Form IEQ Global Alliance
Call For Papers For 2015 Annual Conference
ASHRAE Officers, Directors, Committee Members & Staff
ASHRAE Councils & Committees
ASHRAE Insights - August 2014