The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced that it is developing a comprehensive research plan to identify the broad research needs of the industry and ASHRAE members.
ASHRAE is now developing a strategic research planning process that will include creation of a 5- to 10-year research plan. The plan will provide a guide for Society-sponsored research over the next several years.
"We want to ensure that ASHRAE's research program is meeting the needs of members and those in the industry," John Mitchell, chair of ASHRAE's Research Advisory Panel, which is preparing the plan, said. "Therefore, we are asking 'what research should ASHRAE undertake to meet the challenges of the next 5 to 10 years?'"
To ensure the plan will meet the future needs, ASHRAE is seeking input from members, non-members, and selected industry and government representatives. ASHRAE held the second of two workshops on Oct. 1, meeting with some 20 people to discuss their research needs.
"We are not asking for specific research topics, but rather general topic areas, such as adaptive controls, dedicated outdoor air systems, more applied research, or more basic, pre-competitive research and in what areas," Mr. Mitchell said.
The Research Advisory Panel hopes to obtain approval of the plan at ASHRAE's 2005 Annual Meeting, held June 25 to 29 in Denver, CO, U.S.
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