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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. Over 55,000 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

Standards & Guidelines

ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines

ASHRAE develops standards for both its members and others professionally concerned with refrigeration processes and the design and maintenance of indoor environments.

ASHRAE writes standards for the purpose of establishing consensus for: 1) methods of test for use in commerce and 2) performance criteria for use as facilitators with which to guide the industry. ASHRAE publishes the following three types of voluntary consensus standards: Method of Measurement or Test, Standard Design and Standard Practice. ASHRAE does not write rating standards unless a suitable rating standard will not otherwise be available.

Consensus standards are developed and published to define minimum values or acceptable performance, whereas other documents, such as design guides, may be developed and published to encourage enhanced performance.

ASHRAE is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and follows ANSI's requirements for due process and standards development.


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Translations of Standards and ASHRAE Handbook

ASHRAE supports the use of ASHRAE Standards and ASHRAE Handbook internationally. Procedures and policies are in place to promote such uses while protecting ASHRAE's intellectual property and technical credibility. Agreements vary depending on source of requests (ASHRAE chapters, Associate Societies, commercial publishers or other commercial firms, government, standards bodies, other associations, and educational institutions). ASHRAE also considers requests for translation of other ASHRAE books, articles, and papers. To request a translation agreement, contact W. Stephen Comstock, Publisher/Director of Publications & Education, at scomstock@ashrae.org.

View a complete list of Standards and Guidelines currently offered by ASHRAE


Project Committee Websites

ASHRAE Project Committees can now create and post web pages using a server and templates created especially for them.

View current Project Committee Websites.

Contact Mark Weber, Assistant Manager of Standards - American, at mweber@ashrae.org or 678-539-1214, to get started.


Building Energy Codes 101

Introduction to Energy
Codes from DOE

Building Energy Codes - crop of houses

In order to provide a basic introduction to the varied and complex issues associated with building energy codes, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Building Energy Codes Program (BECP), with valued assistance from the International Codes Council (ICC) has prepared Building Energy Codes 101: An Introduction. Please note with regard to the “Beyond-code programs” discussion on p. 21 of this report, ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guide series provides a valuable additional resource to achieve beyond-code energy performance. These documents are in widespread use and are available for free download on the ASHRAE website: AEDG free Downloads.

To view DOE Commercial Building Benchmark Models


Purchase Standards and Guidelines

ASHRAE Standards and Guidelines are available for purchase as downloadable Digital Publications (PDFs), hard copy, or CD-ROMs in ASHRAE's online bookstore.

Code Officials Discount

Code officials are eligible for a discount on books published by ASHRAE.
* Discount: 30% off list price
* No quantity requirements
Contact ASHRAE Customer Service at orders@ashrae.org or 1-800-527-4723 (US & Canada); 404-636-8400 (Worldwide)


Titles, Purposes and Scopes of Standards

Useful tools for those who want to know about the status of any ASHRAE Standard can be found in the Indexes of Current & Withdrawn Standards and Discontinued Projects.

Titles, Purposes, and Scopes

Numeric Index

Subject Index

Withdrawn and Discontinued Projects