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13 October 2016

CIBSE and ASHRAE celebrate 40th anniversary with historic agreement

CIBSE (the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) and ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) have signed a partnership agreement to mark the 40th anniversary of their relationship.

Meeting in London to celebrate 40 years since the Institute of Heating and Ventilation Engineers and Illuminating Engineering Society merged to form CIBSE, and the start of their collaboration with ASHRAE, the two organisations signed an agreement to implement a range of new initiatives. These include: collaborating strategically on projects in each other’s regions, creating a long-term staff exchange programme, encouraging collaboration between regions, groups and chapters and mutually promoting the publication of new codes and standards.

While the two organisations have been working closely together for four decades, this agreement represents the first time that they have committed to a joint approach in promoting the mutual global interests of CIBSE and ASHRAE, and agreed to a raft of activities and goals to promote a more sustainable world.

Alongside a wider commitment to improve knowledge sharing between the two organisations, including jointly presenting work to industry, members and legislators, the agreement also formalised a commitment to working at a grass-roots level. This includes encouraging cooperation between ASHRAE chapters and CIBSE Regions, coordinating the programs of similar groups such as Women in Building Services Engineering (WiBSE) and Women in ASHRAE (WIA), as well as aligning activity for the young engineers of both organisations and working together on emerging topics such as legionella, resiliency and cyber-security.

CIBSE president John Field said: “It is a tremendous honour to be able to sign this agreement and start a new era of even closer cooperation between our institutions. This is an unprecedented opportunity to spread the benefits of our work together through every level of our organisations.

“Building services engineers are doing some of the most important work on the planet, and our two organisations have done invaluable work over the last 40 years to raise standards across our industries and across the world. With this agreement in place, I look forward to continuing this work for many more decades to come.”

ASHRAE president Tim Wentz added: “Collaboration and sharing of knowledge are key to advancing the built environment industry. ASHRAE’s partnership with CIBSE over the last 40 years has proven to be an invaluable collaboration for our respective members and the industry at large.

“Our joint work through conferences, publications and education has greatly added to the worldwide best practices databank of innovative and successful technologies. I am pleased to celebrate this milestone and look forward to many more.”

To help commemorate the 40th Anniversary of collaboration and the signing of the new agreement, CIBSE and ASHRAE also hosted a seminar entitled 'Defining, delivering and assuring building environments that are truly fit for use', held at Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, University College London. It was a rare opportunity to hear from leading speakers from two of the world's most influential built environment-related bodies. The sessions considered how the skills and intelligence available to designers should be applied to ensure that built environments are not only environmentally appropriate but also reflect the needs and wellbeing of occupants.

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