ASHRAE’s role in providing guidance for contractors explored in forum

October 31, 2007 — /ASHRAE News/ — ATLANTA, GA — To ensure design and construction of the most efficient and comfortable buildings possible, ASHRAE is working to provide its technical guidance to all members of the building team.

Input on guidance needed from ASHRAE to best serve contractors and design build firms is sought in a forum at ASHRAE’s 2008 Winter Meeting, “Missing the Bus: What is ASHRAE Not Doing for the Contractor?” It takes place from 12:15-1:15 p.m. on Jan. 22, Javits Convention Center.

“ASHRAE isn’t looking to reinvent the wheel on training documentation targeted to contractors and design-build firms but instead to work with existing organizations to market a more comprehensive suite of training information for contractors,” Jim Fields, chair of ASHRAE’s task group on HVAC contractors and design-build firms, says. “One of our primary goals is to see how we can make existing products, such as standards and design guides, more user-friendly for contractors.”

ASHRAE formed its task group earlier this year. Fields says more active involvement with contractors and design-build firms will help strengthen the level of understanding between design engineers and these other disciplines.

For more information about the ASHRAE meeting, Jan. 19-23, at the New York Hilton, visit

Held with the ASHRAE Winter Meeting is the ASHRAE co-sponsored International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating
Exposition, Jan. 22-24, at Javits Convention Center. For more information, visit

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of 55,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


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