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The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an international organization of 50,000 persons with chapters throughout the world. The Society is organized for the sole purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration for the public's benefit through research, standards writing, continuing education and technical publications.

Through its membership, ASHRAE writes standards that set uniform methods of testing and rating equipment and establish accepted practices for the HVAC&R industry worldwide, such as the design of energy efficient buildings. The Society's research program, currently more than 100 research projects worth nearly $8 million, investigates numerous issues, such as identifying new refrigerants that are environmentally safe. ASHRAE organizes broad-based technical programs for presentation at its semiannual meetings and cosponsors the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, the largest HVAC&R trade show in North America.

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How to Become a Member

Membership in ASHRAE is processed at the national level. To review the qualification requirements for membership and to get a copy of the "Membership Application" form, please go to the ASHRAE web site by clicking here.

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Benefits of Membership

Membership - Benefits to you:

Handbook Series
- 4 ASHRAE Handbooks
(1) HVAC Applications
(2) Fundamentals
(3) HVAC Systems and Equipment
(4) Refrigeration
- Available in SI and IP Units
- All 4 are available on 1CD

ASHRAE Journal
- A monthly magazine, reviews current HVAC&R technology of broad interest through publication of application-oriented articles.

ASHRAE Insights
- A monthly newspaper, provides news about ASHRAE at the chapter, region and Society levels.

Bookstore Discounts
- Some 300 current titles-which members are able to purchase at a 33% discount.

- Meet your peers at meetings and outings
- Find out about new career opportunities
- Become involved in groups focused on your areas of interest

- Latest System and Technology Information Available
- ASHRAE Professional Development Series
- ASHARE Home Study Courses
- ASHRAE Transactions

Members Only Web Site
- Access to on-line bookstore accounts
- Enhanced search capabilities
- Updating membership information
- Student branch support
- Abstract Center (8,000 abstracts)
- Chapter Support
- Honors and awards

Group Insurance
- Group rate premiums on term life, high limit accident, disability income; major medical expense, excess major medical, in-hospital expenses and Medicare supplement.

Membership - Benefits to your company:

Marketing Opportunities
- Team with other companies to get larger projects
- Become aware of work being bid
- ASHARE research projects
- Visibility of your company

Access to "Leaders" in all fields of expertise
- The best talent in the world attends ASHRAE meetings
- Have direct access to them through committee work
- On the job training provided free of charge

Local connections
- Meet the key people in the area at monthly chapter meetings
- Expand your network of contacts for "Crisis" periods
- Improve your chances of getting work by putting face to name

Free leadership experience
- Volunteering for positions in technical committees and sub committees
- Giving presentations
- Writing papers
- Organizing Technical Sessions

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This web site describes the activities of Roanoke Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE). It does not present official positions of the Society nor reflect Society policy. ASHRAE is not responsible for this site's content. To learn more about ASHRAE activities on an international level, contact the ASHRAE home page at

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