The ASHRAE, the trade group for heating, ventilating, refrigeration, and air-conditioning professionals, has debuted its new online discussion forum, ASHRAExCHANGE. The organization is currently holding its 2013 annual conference in Denver, which runs through Wednesday.
Through the new forum, at www.ashraexchange.org, the trade group “is providing both members and non-members with an online platform for real-time discussion and information exchange for design, construction, operation, and support of the built environment,” which includes pumping and other process equipment used in HVAC.
“Many ASHRAE members felt there was a need for a place where ASHRAE members and non-members alike can freely and openly exchange information focused on the built environment,” said Spencer Morasch, incoming chair of the group’s committee on electronic communications.
The trade group says “thousands” of ASHRAE members and non-members are checking ASHRAExCHANGE. The online forum does not require registration and, of course, operates 24/7. Registration is, however, required for those who want to post messages and responses in actively participating in discussions.
The forum is being moderated by volunteers, according to ASHRAE. The platform is intended to be “self-correcting,” in that forum members will oversee themselves in terms of etiquette and technical accuracy in discussions. “It is expected that … if there are any technical errors posted, someone will post a correction as a reply,” the ASHRAE wrote.
“The intention is to help get participants pointed in the right direction or open the thought processes,” Moarsch affirmed, saying that the information found on the forum shouldn’t be “the basis of a design” for visiting engineers and industry professionals.
ASHRAE, founded in 1984, has 50,000 members worldwide. It focuses on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration, and sustainability. It is involved in research, standards writing, continuing education, and government affairs.