ASHRAE TURNS 125 Years Old in 2020!

Fun Facts about the founding of ASHRAE below: 

·         ASHRAE was founded in 1894 as the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE). Ten years later the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) was organized in December 1904. Although there were many members who had membership to both societies and discussions about a merger; it wasn't until 1959 that there was a final agreement and the two organizations merged to form ASHRAE. 


·         ASHVE was first talked of, at least with the idea of at once forming such society, in the summer of 1894. It was thought that the time was ripe for a pure engineering society. Composed of the active workers in the field of heating and ventilating, meetings subjects most interesting to the engineer would be discussed. As the result of the interchange of ideas, it was decided to ask the opinions of 50 or 75 engineers known to be much interest in their chosen line of work, as to the advisability of forming such an organization.  


·         So many favorable replies were received that invitations were sent out to about 25 persons in New York city to come together at the office of Heating and Ventilation, 146 World Building, New York, Thursday, August 2, 1894. The first regular meeting was called to order at the Broadway Central Hotel, New York, at 3 P. M., September 10, 1894. The first annual meeting of The American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers was held at No. 12 West 31st street, New York city, January 22, 23, and 24, 1895


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