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ASHRAE Membership

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. Approximately 51,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society.

Discounts on Publications

ASHRAE members earn 15% off publications. Hundreds of titles are available including the complete collection of ASHRAE Standards including 90.1, 62.1 and 189.1.
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Develop Leadership Skills

When you join ASHRAE, you are making an investment in yourself. When you become active in the Society by giving your time and sharing your knowledge, you get even more out of that investment.

Network with Industry Professionals

Each month, all over the world, ASHRAE chapters convene for an informational program featuring a speaker or topic that is key to professionals in the industry. Meet with your peers and share ideas.
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Standards, Research & Technology


Support Research

TC/TRG/MTG/SSPC Important Dates and Deadlines

Strategic Plan for Research

ASHRAE 2010-2015 Research Strategic Plan 

A new research strategic plan will guide ASHRAE research for the next five years. The plan outlines ASHRAE’s research goals for the next five years. It centers on sustainability, which is defined as 'the concept of maximizing the effectiveness of resource use while minimizing the impact of that use on the environment.'

Please review Download file ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan 2010-2015 (PDF)

The 2005-2010 Research Strategic Plan and other background documents that were used to develop the 2010-2015 plan are available immediately below. 

 2010-2015 Plan Development Process/Approach

  ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan 2005-2010

  Survey Results for ASHRAE Research Strategic Plan 2010-2015

  Active ASHRAE Research Projects on 2010-18 Strategic Plan


Automatic Notification of New Research Projects Bidding


Guidelines for Submitting Solicited Research Proposals


Proposal Preparation Instructions: Unsolicited Proposals


Research Projects Ready to Bid

ASHRAE is pleased to solicit proposals for 4 new research projects and three re-bid projects. The research project titles are listed below.

In all cases, electronic proposal must be in the hands of the ASHRAE MORTS by 8 A.M. EDT, Friday, May 15, 2015 NO EXTENSIONS, NO EXCEPTIONS. The projects are scheduled to begin September 1, 2015 or later.

**Prior to preparing a proposal, please review the sample ASHRAE Research Agreement and General Conditions found on the Research page of the ASHRAE website. If your contracting officer cannot accept this Agreement, please contact us prior to bidding.

Copies of requests-for-proposal (RFPs) are linked to the title list and may be downloaded or printed from this site.

Please give this announcement wide and prompt distribution to all interested researchers within your organization.

 1414-TRPUpdate of U-factors, Solar Heat Gain Coefficients and Visible Transmittances of Standard Fenestration Units made from Representative Fenestration Frame and Glazing Systems in the Fenestration Chapter of the Handbook of Fundamentals” Sponsored by:  TC 4.5, Fenestration.

 1614-TRPDeveloping a Test Method to Determine the Effectiveness of UVC Systems on Commercial Cooking Effluent” Sponsored by: TC 5.10, Kitchen Ventilation

 1696-TRP (re-bid), Thermal, Moisture and Air Transport Property Values for New Building and Insulating Materials Sponsored by: TC 4.4 Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance

 1702-TRP (re-bid), “Case Studies to Test Performance Measurement Protocols” Sponsored by: TC 7.6, Building Energy Performance

 1740-TRP, Hydrogen Fluoride Capacity of Desiccants Sponsored by: TC 3.3, Contaminant Control in Refrigerant Systems; Co-sponsored by: TC 3.2, Refrigerant System Chemistry

 1746-TRP (re-bid)Validation of RP-1455 Advanced Control Sequences for HVAC Systems – Air Distribution and Terminal Systems   Sponsored by: TC 1.4, Control Theory and Application

 1747-TRP, Implementation of RP-1547 CO²-based Demand Controlled Ventilation for Multiple Zone HVAC Systems in Direct Digital Control Systems Sponsored by: TC 4.3 Ventilation Requirements and Infiltration, Co-sponsored by: TC 1.4 Control Theory and Application


Research Topics in Development

The Society’s Research Implementation Plan is updated following each Society meeting and now includes links to the RTARS, Work Statements, and RFPS listed on the plan.

Research Implementation Plan (Revised 11/2014)

Research in Progress: Reporting Requirements and Forms

Progress and Financial Reports, must be made to the Society, through its Manager of Research and Technical Services in quarterly intervals; specifically on or before each January 1, April 1, June 10, and October 1 of the contract period.
 Quarterly Progress Report Form
Research Quarterly Financial Report Form

Research in Progress: List of Current Abstracts


Research Results

These Research Project Final Reports document the results of the research project, and are approved by the sponsoring Technical Committee. ASHRAE members have free access through the Members-Only Research Projects Final Reports site. Non-members can purchase and download individual Research Reports for $30 each through ASHRAE's Online Bookstore.

Please contact the Manager of Research and Technical Services, Mike Vaughn, at mvaughn@ashrae.org if you cannot find the report you are looking for below. Additional reports are available in hardcopy form only for $30 plus shipping and handling.

Since 1958: Research Project Final Reports
Members-only free access to Research Projects Final Reports: Downloads Only
ASHRAE Research Project History (Excel Spreadsheet) (updated 12/2014)

The official record of research presented at ASHRAE's Annual and Winter Conferences is ASHRAE Transactions

Comprehensive reporting on original research of lasting value is published in HVAC&R Research, a bimonthly journal.

Free ASHRAE Research Project Final Report


Research Administration Committee


RAC Sponsored Seminars


Research Manual


Research Grants and Awards

ASHRAE Research - International Dissemination Travel Grant Program

ASHRAE New Investigator Award
 Evaluation Form for ASHRAE New Investigator Award
Submission Deadline for These Awards is December 15

ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant Program

IRG for 2014-15 postponed.

The ASHRAE Research Administration Committee (RAC) decided at their recent fall meeting not to solicit  grant proposals for the 2014-2015 Society year.

RAC will also revisit this issue again prior to November 2014 for the 2015-2016 IRG solicitation.

Homer Addams Award
Graduate Student Grant-In-Aid Award Program (updated 03/2015)
Application for Grant-In-Aid for Graduate Students
Grant-in-Aid Criteria
 Grant-in-Aid Evaluation Form
 Cofunding Research led by others (NEW)
Submission Deadline for This Award is September 30
 Service to ASHRAE Research Award (Word Document)



Information for TCs/TGs/MTGs Sponsoring Research


Research & Technical Activities Reports


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