ASHRAE Ireland was inaugurated in 2015. Since then we’ve held our first two annual conferences in February 2016 and May 2017, with presentations from renowned ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturers (DL) and local experts. We welcomed the ASHRAE President Prof. Tim Wentz in October 2016. We have also organised regional talks and workshops on a variety of topics, such as future of the building services industry, BIM and facility management, integrated building design (IBD), and data centres (with CIBSE-ASHRAE group). In April this year, we facilitated a presentation from another ASHRAE DL, Dr. Tom Lawrence, during the SEAI Energy Show, on Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB). All of these events are free, open to both members and general public, and have been attended from hundreds of local professionals, attracting growing attention from national media.
We are already organising the visit of the new ASHRAE President Prof. Bjarne Olesen to Dublin on 17 October 2017. You can keep up with the latest developments by following our twitter feed, subscribing to our mailing list, and keeping track of the event’s page on our website.
Our plans for the future are grand and ambitious. Every year we will be organising two major events – our annual conference in the spring and the ASHRAE President visit in the autumn. Several other regional events will also be scheduled throughout the year, including technical seminars, training courses and student competitions. We are actively engaging with Universities and Institutes of Technology across Ireland to support their programmes in the sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration as well as raising the visibility, understanding and influence of our profession. We are also liaising with affiliated professional associations (e.g. Engineers Ireland, CIBSE, IoR, HPAI etc.) and government agencies (e.g. SEAI) to help promote a sustainable built environment in Ireland.
However, for all of our ambitious plans to materialise and expand we will like to invite companies to support us. ASHRAE is a voluntary organisation and we are more than happy to dedicate our own time and effort, but to organise and hold all those events that benefit the local building and HVAC industry and professionals we need resources that extend beyond our labour.
Funding and support from our partners and sponsors are always at the forefront of our planning. The support raised by our fundraising committee provides vital resources to ensure the event and activities roll out as planned. More importantly, it allows the ASHRAE Ireland Chapter to host its annual conference and the other events that are so valuable to our regional members and the public attendees who join us. Attendees to those sessions can earn CPD credits that can be used to maintain their chartered status and provide valuable continuing education.
Beyond sponsorship we would like to encourage you to support and promote ASHRAE membership within your organisation. ASHRAE member employees have the tools necessary to meet and exceed company expectations, by having access to (and discounts on) industry publications, as well as networking opportunities, continuing education courses, and much more.