Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My Time on the ASHRAE Board

As many of you know, I served for the last three years on the ASHRAE Board as a Director at Large. It was a three-year term, which ended at the June meeting in Las Vegas. It was certainly an interesting time... I served as ExO (Executive Officer) of two committees: RAC (Research Administration Committee) and the newly formed RBC (Residential Building Committee). As ExO, my function was to ensure that the committees ran well, that membership and leadership functioned properly, and that issues were brought to the Board (through Tech Council, on which I also served).

During this time, ASHRAE established a European Region. This not only helped build alliances with other international organizations, but it gave me an opportunity to spend time with a number of people that I would not have otherwise. And to make it that much more enjoyable, I was also able to continue working alongside others that I've known for years. So, it's no surprise that I was a bit sad to see it come to an end.

Since then, I volunteered for and have been accepted as a voting member on the RBC, where I was previously an ExO. The RBC has been tasked with getting ASHRAE involved in the residential side of our industry, which has received little attention thus far. The overlap between commercial and industrial engineering with residential starts with multi-family dwellings. As such, one of our first orders of business was to develop a multi-family design guide; it should be going to bid soon.

ASHRAE is a rarity in technical societies. It brings together engineers, scholars, and manufacturers for the purpose of researching and developing true consensus standards for the industry. I am proud to have served on the Board and will continue to support ASHRAE in the future.

Authored by: Dan Int-Hout, Chief Engineer Krueger