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Improving Performance Focus of ASHRAE Meeting
July 18, 2008

Tremendous opportunities for improving the performance of existing buildings were highlighted at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 2008 Annual Meeting held in Salt Lake City.

The meeting theme of “Building Performance” was reinforced by focus of the newly elected president on operation and maintenance, introduction of a new “sustainable footprint” project and launch of the Society’s certification program for high performance building design professionals.

At the meeting, ASHRAE launched its first sustainable footprint project, designed to leave behind a lasting sustainable footprint in the cities where the Society’s meetings are held. Thanks to funds and equipment donated by members and others, a solar hot water heating system was installed at the YWCA of Salt Lake City’s Teen Home. For more information, visit

ASHRAE Learning Institute courses related to natural ventilation and solar applications were well-attended, illustrating that “technology as usual” is no longer the norm for building design, construction and operation.

ASHRAE also launched its second certification program in high-performance building design with some 60 people taking part. The examination will be available on computer at testing centers in the U.S. and Canada by mid-August, 2008.

The next certification program will focus on operation and maintenance, and is scheduled to launch at the 2008 Winter Meeting, followed by a program on commissioning at the 2009 Annual Meeting. For more information, visit

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