- ASHRAE-Hosted Chapter Web sites
Is there a cost for chapters to use the ASHRAE Web site server?
ASHRAE provides hosting for chapter Web sites at no cost to chapters.
Where can I get more information to set up a chapter Web site?
Click on the following link http://www.ashraechapters.org or contact Emily Sigman at email@example.com.
Does ASHRAE provide each chapter participating in the chapter Web site hosting program its own URL?
ASHRAE has purchased one domain name for the hosting of chapters’ program. This provides consistency, but also means that the Society does not have to select, register and maintain each individual domain name for chapters (and TCs). For example, in the case of the Montreal Chapter, the domain name would be: http://montreal.ashraechapters.org. The chapter can designate itself anyway it wants before the first dot. If the Web site is designed properly how the site is named should not make a difference to a search engine. Through the chapter hosting service, ASHRAE is not trying to be a commercial service provider. It is simply purchasing space from a service provider and offering that space in subdivided fashion at no cost to chapters and TCs.
What is the set limit on the size of a host chapter Web site and why can’t the size be increased?
The current limitation is 30MB. The limitation is flexible. Any chapter that needs more should tell us what they need. The 30MB size seems to have worked well for chapters using the hosting service so far. Space can be expanded if needed. This information is also included in the chapter Web site hosting information.
- Web Searches
Does ASHRAE have an advance search on the Web site?
The ASHRAE Web site uses Google search technology. PDF files can be searched even when they are not opened.
- Society Organizational Chart
How can I access the Society Organizational Chart located on the Web site?
You can access the organizational Society Organization Chart in PDF.
Can I register for my region’s CRC online?
Yes, Society can collect CRC registrations for the regions using an online process. This benefit is optional to the region so check with the Director and Region Chair (DRC) or the CRC General Chair in your area to see if this is available in your region.
What chapter positions are reimbursed for transportation to the CRCs?
Answer: Please review Appendix HH, Section II of the Manual for Chapter Operations on the ASHRAE website. All chapter positions reimbursed for transportation to CRCs are listed in this appendix. Note: the MP and RP chapter chair positions are reimbursed for transportation to the region’s centralized training workshop only. Centralized Training for membership promotion (MP) and research promotion (RP) are normally held in a different location outside of the chapter chair’s region.
Question: What if I choose to drive to my region’s CRC instead of flying? How is the transportation reimbursement determined?
Answer: If you choose to drive instead of using the airline for travel, ASHRAE will only reimburse the most economical way of travel. In some cases, air transportation may be more economical than driving and ASHRAE will reimburse the fourteen (14) day advance airfare. The following statement is strongly enforced: “All claims should be submitted to ASHRAE’s comptroller within 30 days of the travel date. Claims submitted after 90 days will not be reimbursed.” For more details, please review the ASHRAE Travel Reimbursement Policy located on page two (2) of the ASHRAE Travel Voucher.
- Chapter Information Questionnaire
Question: Why can't I find the Chapter Information Questionnaire form?
The Chapter Information Questionnaire has changed. Please click on the following link to access the instructions for the Chapter Information Questionnaire.
Question: Can the information for members holding a current chapter position be changed to a new position? (Example: John Doe is the current chapter president elect, could this be changed to the position of president by typing over the information that’s already there?)
Answer: No, if you type over the current information, you are removing information from the Society’s database and from the member’s historical record. These positions and the terms served are included on the member’s bio and is used when determining nominations for awards. You must use the Add button each time, for each position, for each individual, for each one year term. (Please access the Chapter Information Questionnaire to review the instructions on this page.)
Question: Can the years be extended for the chapter positions? (For example, could a current one-year term be extended to read as a two or three year term?)
Answer: No, the chapter positions should always be entered as a one-year term; each chapter position should not go beyond a one-year Society term. For example: July 1 of the current year through June 30 of the following year is a one-year Society term.
Question: Can a chapter position have dates that do not coincide with ASHRAE Society dates of July 1 through June 30? (Example: 05/15/yyyy through 05/15/yyyy.)
Answer: No, for each Society year, chapters must use the start date as 07/01/yyyy and the end date must always be entered as 06/30/yyyy.
Question: When mistakes are made on the new Chapter Information Questionnaire (CIQ), how are they corrected?
Answer: Chapters can only add to the CIQ, not delete. All mistakes or corrections should be sent to the CIQ_questions@ashrae.org email address. Headquarters will make the corrections for you and you will be notified after this is done.
Question: What is the deadline date for submitting the online CIQ?
Answer: For chapters with a spring CRC, the deadline date is 30 days prior to the CRC. For chapters with a fall CRC, the deadline date is June 1 of each year.
Question: I have to fill another position which includes assistance with the chapter reports, completing CIQs, contacting chapter members, etc., but the individual does not have access to the chapter member database because he/she is not the chapter president, secretary, treasurer or MP chair. Is there an additional position that has access to the chapter member database?
Answer: Yes. This individual could be appointed as the Chapter Administrator and will have access to the chapter member database. Only one person per chapter can hold this position and this position must be appointed by the Chapter President and entered on the Chapter Information Questionnaire (CIQ).
Question: Can I serve as chair on a chapter committee if I am Affiliate grade or Student grade?
Answer: No, because the Affiliate grade and Student grade do not have voting privileges and cannot be appointed to chair a committee. They can however, volunteer to work on the committee itself. You must be a member in good standing with the grade of Member or Associate to serve as a chapter officer or committee chair.
Question: The chapter meeting date information used to be on the old CIQ form and is no longer available, where can I enter this information?
Answer: This information is now located on the ASHRAE website and the instructions to enter chapter meeting dates and locations are included with the CIQ instructions. To view your chapter’s meeting schedule entered by the chapter click here.
Why doesn’t my password work when I try to enter PAOE points?
Make sure that you have entered your correct ASHRAE membership ID and PIN, then enter your chapter’s logon and password. Both are case sensitive with no spacing and the last three characters of the password are numeric.
Question: Where can I find my chapter’s logon and password?
Answer: The chapter logon and password will be sent to the Chapter Presidents each year. If your Chapter President does not have the chapter’s logon and password, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the request.
Question: Why is the Chapter Operations category missing for my chapter but not all chapters in my region?
Answer: The Chapter Operations category is tied to the CIQ. If your CIQ has not been submitted by the PAOE deadline date, you will not be able to enter PAOE points in Chapter Operations. Your DRC may make an exception for your chapter, in which case the DRC must be notified by the chapter who then notifies staff at headquarters to make the category available.
- Site Maps
Why isn’t there a site map on the Web site?
ASHRAE does have a site map. It is located here (/site-map)
Why isn’t there a site map for the Manual for Chapter Operations?
In a sense, the Manual for Chapter Operations has its own site map by using the bookmark tabs. When you open the manual all of the contents are displayed on the left side of the screen with a description of the sections and appendices and each are linked to the manual. You can also do a search in the manual by keyword and all sections will be displayed anywhere the keyword is located in the manual.
- Chapters/Regions Proposals to Develop Standards and Guidelines
How do I submit a proposal to develop Standards and Guidelines?
Many chapters do not know that anyone, including chapters may submit a proposed title, purpose and scope for a standard or guideline. Proposals submitted through CRC motions are OK but the more direct way is to submit a proposal through the Procedures Administrator (email@example.com) at headquarters. Completing the form for the proposed title, purpose and scope of the standard or guideline will ensure that your proposal will go on the Standards Committee agenda at their next meeting which speeds up the process. You will no longer have to submit a CRC motion or wait until your next CRC to do this. Form for Proposing a Standard or Guideline - (March 2012) (Word Document).
- Deceased Members
How do I have deceased members removed from our chapter roster?
The following procedures are used to notify Society headquarters of the death of chapter members. Before any names can be removed from the rolls, Society must have some notification of the death, such as the following: email or call from a chapter officer or membership promotion chair; newspaper obituary; written notification from family member; returned mailing indicating “addressee deceased;” or copy of death certificate.
- Greening Chapter Meetings and Events
How can Chapters make their meetings and events more sustainable?
Society supports efforts to reduce the impact of all meetings and events on the environment and encourages chapters and individuals to take steps toward being more sustainable. An added bonus is that many methods for being sustainable will count toward PAOE points!
As guidance for chapters that want to “green” their meetings, Society offers the following materials:
Greening Chapter Meetings provides both an overview of “Green Meetings” and a few examples of ways to implement these types of initiatives.
Greening ASHRAE Meetings and Events is a short PowerPoint that chapters may want to share with their members and that provides ideas for being more sustainable.
- Electronic Chapter Meetings
Question: What is an electronic meeting?
Answer: ASHRAE members can meet by phone or web conference instead of traveling to a destination. ASHRAE can assist chapters and regions with an electronic meeting. An electronic meeting can be used for regular chapter meetings, BOG meetings or web conferencing.
Question: Who do I contact for an electronic meeting?
Chapter or BOG meetings – firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Promotion – email@example.com
Student Activities – firstname.lastname@example.org
Chapter Technology Transfer – email@example.com
Research Promotion – firstname.lastname@example.org