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Our History: 2019 - 2020

Message from Our President

Portrait photograph of Richard Humphrey
Chapter President

Welcome to the South African Chapter of ASHRAE. We are a volunteer based society of dedicated professionals in the Built Environment, striving to improve and share building sciences and related industries. The ASHRAE society has been around since 1894 consisting of about 56,000 members internationally with 132 Nations divided into 15 Regions, with local Chapters supporting each Region. These all form and serve a community of enthusiastic volunteers in constant communication and selflessly sharing their knowledge and experience. The South African Chapter was chartered in July 2018 which brings the total number of ASHRAE societies in Africa to four.

Our focus this year is to build solid platforms for each of our committees, which comprises 15 committees consisting of the mandatory committees prescribed by the society and the newly formed sustainability, building simulations, fire and related industry committees along with the Young Engineers in ASHRAE committee. While we consist primarily of built environment professionals we hope to extend our membership base to include other construction professionals including Architects, Quantity surveyors, contractors and industry associated people. We are also hoping to grow our Women in ASHRAE campaign.

With the formation of the SA Chapter we hope to bring our shared enthusiasm, dedication and technical expertise to you our members through our volunteer committees and industry specialists. We encourage you to join ASHRAE SA Chapter to be a volunteer to help grow the South African building Sciences and we look forward to hearing from you.

President ASHRAE SA Chapter 2019/2020


President's Message - September 2019

Another year, new committees, new volunteers and new energy in different spaces. Whilst the first year was turbulent and frenetic, we try this year to establish the systems put in place by the committed volunteers from the year past. Our Board of Governors remains consistent and we hope to gain momentum in the joint industries surrounding the HVAC & R related industries.

Some Memorandum of Understandings with various allied associations are in the process of being finalised and whilst the HVAC & R and Construction industry might be in a slight negative downturn we hope as the 2019 committee, volunteers and board of governors to bring to our members a broader scope of international topics, speakers and a renewed commitment to training and education.

We are always looking for new volunteers within our current fourteen, yes fourteen, active committees ranging from technical to diversity to sustainability and simulations we remain engaged to keep you our members abreast of new developments with the HVAC & R fields.

We, along with the Region At Large, hope to bring you, our members, our first Chapter Regional Conference, so keep the dates of 26 – 29 September 2020 clear and diarise these Dates. Further information will be sent out in this regard during the course of the year.

We welcome you our members to another ASHRAE SA Chapter year and hope to improve on our performance following our successful first year whilst we consolidate and grow.

Kind Regards

Richard Humphrey Pr Tech Eng

ASHRAE SA Chapter President




Past training events

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Annual General Meeting

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