June 2023 Newsletter

ASHRAE UK Chapter Launch

16th June 2023

We are thrilled to share the incredible success of our ASHRAE UK Chapter launch and the 1st ASHRAE UK Technology Awards and Dinner night 2023. It was an absolute pleasure to witness the convergence of industry experts, esteemed speakers, and distinguished guests who shared their invaluable insights and experiences.

The highlight of the evening was our exquisite Dinner and Technology Awards ceremony, where we celebrated outstanding innovations and technologies in the field of HVAC&R. It was a moment of pride to honour the brilliant minds behind these groundbreaking advancements.

With more than 200 attendees for our launch event and around 70 guests for the dinner, the overwhelming response was a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire organizing team, headed by Prof. Mahroo Eftekhari from the ASHRAE UK Chapter. We couldn’t have achieved such a remarkable feat without their relentless efforts.

We would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our launch event and dinner sponsors, Vexo International, Computair Ltd, ELCO Heating Solutions UK, Koura, and Tempcon Instrumentation Ltd. Your generous support played a crucial role in making this event a resounding success. We are truly grateful for your commitment to the HVAC&R industry and your belief in our mission.


Lastly, but certainly, not least, a big thank you goes out to all the attendees who graced us with their presence and made this event truly special. Your enthusiasm, engagement, and active participation contributed to the vibrant atmosphere of the evening.

We are excited about the future of the ASHRAE UK Chapter and look forward to continuing our journey of promoting excellence and innovation in HVAC&R.

If you missed the event or want to relive the memories, check out our website for highlights and photos – https://www.ashrae.uk/ashraeuk-launch-photo-gallery/

Presidents Message

Together, let us create a legacy that future generations will look back upon with gratitude and pride.

 Joshua Vasudevan, President ASHRAE UK (2023-24)

As the newly elected President of the ASHRAE UK Chapter, I am honored to serve you. Every year ASHRAE society president set their theme for the year. This year I want to set a theme for our chapter based on the previous president’s vision. Our theme for this year is “Collaborate, Innovate, and Secure the Future.” We believe that by fostering collaboration among building services organizations, we can create a sustainable future. Together, we can achieve real progress through shared knowledge and innovative ideas.

I want to build upon the foundation set by our previous ASHRAE Presidents, who wisely urged us to “Feed the roots” and “Secure the future.” Today, I extend their message to our you ng engineers and future leaders. Just as others have nourished and guided us, it is now our responsibility to feed the roots of the next generation, to provide them with mentorship, support, and opportunities for growth. By investing in their development and sharing our experiences, we can empower them to become leaders who secure the future of our industry.

The urgency of addressing climate change cannot be overstated. The building industry is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and we must act decisively to decarbonize our practices. This is not a task we can undertake alone. Collaboration will be key to our success. Let us reach out to other organizations and institutions, establishing platforms for knowledge exchange and innovation. By pooling our resources and expertise, we can find sustainable solutions and accelerate the decarbonization of the building industry.

Throughout the year, we will organize events and initiatives to foster collaboration, encourage innovation, and support the growth of young engineers. By leveraging our chapter’s expertise and forming partnerships, we will work towards a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable built environment.

I invite each of you to actively participate in our endeavors. Your expertise and dedication are crucial to our success. Let us unite as a community, share our knowledge, and empower each other to make a real difference.

In conclusion, as President of ASHRAE UK Chapter, I am committed to promoting collaboration, accelerating decarbonization, and securing the future of our profession. By embracing our theme of “Collaborate, Innovate, and Secure the Future,” we can nurture the talents of young engineers, exchange ideas, and drive meaningful change.

Technology Awards 2023

The ASHRAE UK Chapter recently marked a significant milestone with the launch of its inaugural event. The ASHRAE UK Chapter Launch Event served as a platform to recognize and honor outstanding technological innovations in the field of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVAC&R). This prestigious occasion brought together industry experts, professionals, and enthusiasts to celebrate advancements that drive energy efficiency, sustainability, and comfort in the built environment.

The categories for the Awards include Residential, Office, Education, Commercial, Industrial, Healthcare, Refrigeration, and Smart Building and Equipment Awards.

Find out more here.

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  • Dru Crawley – Director of Building Performance Research at Bentley Systems, ASHRAE Director-At-Large, and current IBPSA President.
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  • Andy Tindale – Chair and co-founder of DesignBuilder Software.

This engaging session will include three concise presentations plus an opportunity to explore key aspects related to weather data. Dave will facilitate the discussion, asking Dru, Joe, and Andy questions on topics such as the evolution of weather data, future climate, data quality issues, weather data sources, and matching the type of data to the application.

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How clean air helps prevent the spread of infectious diseases

Besides efforts to manage energy, air quality in buildings must be monitored and optimised frequently. Good indoor air quality is known to have a positive impact on the wellbeing and productivity of building occupants.

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Technology plays an important role in educational buildings

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  • Miscellaneous enhancements

Find out more.

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