Research Promotion


To improve the quality of life and to answer tomorrow's questions through research TODAY


It is the research program that sets ASHRAE apart from other professional societies and associations of its kind.  ASHRAE’s Handbook series, technical programs, standards, and specialpublications all utilize the results of Research.

An interest in research can be traced to the very roots of this Society. At the first annual meeting of the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE), one of ASHRAE’s predecessor societies, an initial order of business dealt with research.  They passed a resolution recommending that the U.S. Department of Agriculture equip and maintain a cold storage plant for the purpose of research.  They also appointed a committee of five members to work on the establishment of a standard unit or “ton” of refrigeration.

In a similar vein, ASHRAE’s other forbearers, the American Society of Heating and Ventilation Engineers (ASHVE) recognized that “the practice of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning was more of an art than a science.”  In 1971, ASHVE took steps to correct this by initiating a Research Bureau.  This facility was located in three rooms in the US Bureau of Mines Experiment Station in Pittsburgh, PA.  Research was conducted here from 1919 until 1944.

From these humble beginnings to  a current $2 million annual budget and 70-80 research projects being conducted at once, ASHRAE Research has definitely come a long way in advancing the arts and sciences of HVAC&R.

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