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ASHRAE Assessing HVAC&R Market Needs
October 7, 2004

To help develop and maintain products and services to better meet the needs of its members and others in the global HVAC&R industry, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is launching a comprehensive market research program.

The market research program involves collecting data from current members, former members and non-members around the world. As part of the assessment, ASHRAE will conduct a survey via email all of its current members as well as conduct focus groups and telephone interviews. Some 50,000 people are expected to be asked about how they use existing ASHRAE products and services, how those products and services could be improved and what products and services should be developed to better assist the industry.

The effort focuses on ASHRAE’s key stakeholders: consulting and design engineers, contractors, manufacturers and their sales representatives, and facility managers and building owners.

The results of the research program will be delivered prior to ASHRAE’s 2005 Winter Meeting, Feb. 5-9, Orlando, FL.

Kent W. Peterson, P.E., P2S Engineering of Long Beach, CA, an ASHRAE volunteer leads a team of volunteers, staff and market research consultants that are carrying out the program. The consulting firm, Kerr-Downs Research Inc., has 20 years of experience in delivering successful market research programs to technical/engineering associations.

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