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Our History: 2020 - 2021

ASHRAE Society Theme

The theme of the Presidential Address for 2020-21 is The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.

Digital transformation is not simply associated with adopting new technical solutions. Knowledge needs to be captured and linked in such a way that ALL relevant stakeholders’ benefit. Doing so requires understanding of how to collect, store, and analyze data; so that it is insightful and actionable. The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0 focuses on reimagining the building industry by not only integrating industry segments, but technology. This presentation will examine how ASHRAE will lead the industry in becoming a part of the digital transformation that will guide the building industry into the next decade and beyond.



Based on the impact of COVID-19, the executive committee have made the decision to not have a face-to-face CRC, which was due to take place in Cape Town at the lovely Lagoon Beach Hotel.

The CRC was well advanced in the planning being held in conjunction with the Pakistan and Indian Chapters - it would have been the first in South Africa and would have been attended by nearly 400 foreign delegates.

It is unfortunate but we aim to bring this CRC back to South Africa in 2022.

The CRC for 2020 will be a virtual CRC, taking place between the 4th and 5th of December 2020, so watch this space as it promises to be short and punchy, with lots of interaction for members to see how business is undertaken at the Region-at-Large.

The next face-to-face is planned for 2021 in Luxor, Egypt.




Chapter President's Message

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 Presidential theme for this year: TEAM. This signifies our focus for this Society year. We want to create an enabling environment where Together Each Achieves Much. To achieve this goal, the three goals captured within the strategic society plan will be followed. These goals are:

  1. Position ASHRAE as an essential knowledge resource for a sustainable, high-performance built Environment.
  2. Maximise member value and engagement.
  3. Optimise ASHRAE’s Organizational Structure to Maximise Performance.

The acronym TEAM will form the basis for our ASHRAE SA Chapter society year in 2020/21.

Together: In the last two years, we’ve seen what we can do together and how we can move forward in strength and strides. However, this is to be enhanced in this society year. We will need every single one of us to stand up and be counted and put aside our differences and work on a common goal and that goal is: making our industry attractive and relevant.

Each: Every single one of us matters. There is no one that can form an island alone. Our experiences pooled together will enable us to become more relevant. You matter!

Achieving: Whatever we are now individually is not compared to what we can be collectively. A collective people with one goal can go further than an individual alone.

More: That is the ultimate goal. The society can only move forward when we all work together. Working together creates a wonderful atmosphere for each one of us to achieve more. In fact, the good book I read actually recognises that: if the people are one and speak one language, whatever they imagine or envisioned to do, they are able to achieve with no issue.

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.

Thank you all and God bless.

President ASHRAE SA Chapter 2020/2021


Chapter Presidential Theme

Presidential theme 2020 to 2021