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ASHRAE membership is open to any person associated with heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration. ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Over 55,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

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Refrigeration Committee

Refrigeration Committee encourages the advancement of refrigeration technology and its application. This committee reports to Technology Council. Through its use in refrigeration and air conditioning systems, the refrigeration process has become critical to the health, comfort, and welfare of humanity.  The Refrigeration Committee of ASHRAE encourages the advancement of refrigeration technology and its application.


What's New with the Refrigeration Committee

Refrigeration Committee activities of potential interest to the Chapters are reported through the Members First! newsletter and to the Regional Vice Chairs during the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee meeting at the annual and winter conferences. This section will highlight recent resources or activities of interest to the committee.

Members First! Technology Council Newsletter, July 2016, vol. 20, issue 2
Back issues available in the Technology Council area.

REF report to CTTC  - ASHRAE Annual Conference 2016 (PPT)


Committee Operations

Committee operations are set by Section 2.420 of the Rules of the Board (ROB) and by the Manual of Procedures (MOP).  Supporting information and procedures are located in the Reference Manual.  This Committee reports to Technology Council.

Rules of the Board, Volume 2: Standing Rules for Board, Councils, Committees

 Manual of Procedures - revised June 2015 (MOP)

 REF Reference Manual – revised June 2015



2016 Draft St. Louis Annual Conference Minutes

 2016 Orlando Winter Conference Minutes

 2015 Atlanta Annual Conference Minutes

2015 Chicago Winter Conference Minutes

2014 Seattle Annual Conference Minutes

 2014 New York Winter Conference Minutes

 2013 Denver Annual Conference Minutes

 2013 Dallas Winter Conference Minutes

  2012 San Antonio Conference Minutes

 2012 Chicago Winter Conference Minutes

 2011 Montreal Annual Meeting Minutes

 2011 Las Vegas Winter Meeting Minutes


Committee Resources

To support the Chapters, the Refrigeration Committee has developed materials to assist in presenting refrigeration-themed programs.

 Tips on Hosting a Successful refrigeration-focused ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

Kindred Refrigeration Societies 

 ASHRAE Refrigeration Speaker's List (updated Nov. 2013)

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Program



The Refrigeration Committee annually administers two such awards which recognize the refrigeration-relevant achievements of designers and owners for innovation and/or new technologies.

Milton W. Garland Commemorative Refrigeration Award for Project Excellence 

Milt Garland Winners

  • 2002 Albertson's Grocery Retrofit
  • 2003 Saint Louis Penguin/Puffin Coast
  • 2004 Cornell University Lake Source Cooling Project
  • 2009 San Fernando Brewery Refrigeration Project
  • 2010 Innovative Cold Storage Enterprises
  • 2011 Price Chopper Supermarket
  • 2014 Olympic Heat Recovery Project
  • 2016 Oil Transfer and Recycling System for Ammonia Refrigeration Installation


Comfort Cooling Award for Project Excellence

Comfort Cooling Winners

  • 2006 UIC West Campus Central Chilled Water System
  • 2009 Carlisle Regional Medical Center
  • 2013 The Medical Center Phase 2 Cooling
  • 2016 Drammen Fjernvarme District Heating & Cooling System

Member Resources

The Refrigeration Committee assists and advises Technical Committees and Task Groups with refrigeration-oriented goals. Relevant TCs are primarily from Sections 3 and 10. These links provide Society members with summaries of on-going activities performed by these Refrigeration TCs.

 ASHRAE Refrigeration Handbook Chapters and Sponsoring ASHRAE Technical Committee (PDF)

ASHRAE Technical Committees web pages

ASHRAE Refrigeration Handbook

ASHRAE Research – current refrigeration related research

ASHRAE Standards – current refrigeration related standards and guidelines


Learning Resources

The Refrigeration Committee of ASHRAE seeks to promote refrigeration education and development at all levels of the society.  Whether you are a potential student or already in your career, these links will provide information on educational opportunities.

ASHRAE Learning Institute Courses

ASHRAE meeting Seminar DVDs

The Refrigeration Committee encourages technology transfer.  One method is through sessions at the ASHRAE annual and winter conferences.  Another is through recognition of the best refrigeration-related article published in the ASHRAE Journal through the Committee’s George C. Briley ASHRAE Journal Article Award.  Here are the most recent presentations and winner.

George C. Briley Award winning articleAlternatives to Vapor-Compression HVAC Technologies by William Goetzler; Robert Zogg; Jim Young; and Caitlin Johnson