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WV ASHRAE provides technical. leadership and education support to the WV Building Owners and Design + Construction + Support Community. ASHRAE is an international organization of over 50,000 members. The local WV Chapter provides support in these areas: green buildings, energy efficient buildings, Indoor air quality, water management, energy codes, refrigeration, HVAC, energy recovery, net zero energy use - primarily in non residential buildings.
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Recently I attended Chapter President’s Elect training at the ASHRAE Headquarters in Atlanta and learned that our incoming Society President’s theme is People, Passion and Performance. I couldn’t help but think that Tom Phoenix’s theme aptly describes WV ASHRAE’s first year as a chapter. Our Chapter has several passionate individuals who have gotten us off to a great start. I would especially like to thank
Todd Zachwieja for his selfless commitment to the Chapter and for assembling a
great corps of Committee Chairs and Officers as our first President. I feel a
great challenge to fill his shoes and carry on the good work of this team.
With that in mind, I have chosen Sustainability as my theme as President this year. Everyone has an idea that comes to mind when they hear that word these days, but I think it applies to so much of what we do in our industry, to our individual lives and within ASHRAE.
Sustainability is going to be critical to our Chapter as we build on the momentum and energy of a few key people to create an organization that is vibrant, educational and important to our work. We need to build on our knowledge of ASHRAE and how it works. We also need to continue to leverage ASHRAE’s resources to influence energy codes and how we build, operate and maintain buildings.
Sustainability applies to continuing to add to our membership roles and educate new engineers about the opportunities in our industry. As a small chapter of approximately 75 members spread out over the entire state, we need to utilize technology to strengthen the ties to our distant members and to keep them engaged in our chapter.
The great work ASHRAE recently did at EXPO is a great example of the sustainable efforts we need to build on within West Virginia. Events like this allow us to raise our visibility and demonstrate our leadership within the building community and to bring the resources of ASHRAE and the knowledge of our members to the forefront.
You can’t read the newspapers or watch the news without hearing gloomy news about the affects of climate change. Recent studies have presented alarming data of increasing temperatures, weather volatility, and melting polar caps. All of this will affect our children in ways that we recently thought were still a few hundred years off and the pace is increasing. The other headlines involve the world’s insatiable appetite for energy. We have made some positive strides in cleaning up our polluting power plants in the US, only to have the demand in China and other parts of Asia wipe out these benefits in the developed world.
This gold rush for energy is playing out right in our backyard as we place more emphasis on energy independence. Our historic global sources for energy are under siege by the rest of the world as we all compete more intensely for the
energy that either secures our way of live or enables other countries to raise their standards of living.
These events inspire us to make a difference any way we can and fortunately we influence the largest consumers of energy….Buildings!. We need to be the leaders for doing the right thing and doing everything in our power to make this world
the best it can be for our families in the future. We can’t overlook the economic benefits of doing the right thing as well, since this is what tends to keep us all employed and serves as the impetus for most projects we get involved with. Regardless of what the politicians legislate (or fail to legislate) and irrespective of the outcome of world events, our actions will make a difference for the next generations and we need to act “Sustainably!”