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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE)
The HVAC&R industry recognizes ASHRAE as its foremost resource for engineering and scientific information. ASHRAE’s technical foundation is built by its 55,000 members from more than 130 countries, individuals who work for consulting engineering, architectural and contracting firms; manufacturers and their representatives; government; utilities; educational and research institutions; or as members of building and facility operating staffs. ASHRAE currently funds some 70 non-proprietary research projects having a combined value of more than (US) $8 million. It guides the HVAC&R industry by promulgating standards for testing and design practice. And ASHRAE disseminates research findings and supports use of standards through the four-volume ASHRAE Handbook; ASHRAE Journal, the HVAC&R publication of record; and Science and Technology for the Built Environment, the leading archival research publication in the field. ASHRAE’s professional development products include self-directing learning courses, on-demand eLearning, instructor-led seminars, and short courses, all of which are coordinated under the ASHRAE Learning Institute. ASHRAE’s global network of peer exchange is fundamental to success in creating a sustainable world. To learn more about ASHRAE, visit www.ashrae.org or call 404-636-8400.
Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI)
The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) is the trade association representing manufacturers of air conditioning, heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment. An internationally recognized advocate for the industry, AHRI develops standards for and certifies the performance of many of these products. AHRI’s 300+ member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial air-conditioning, space heating, water heating and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America. To learn more about AHRI, visit www.ahrinet.org.
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The Associated Air Balance Council (AABC)
The Associated Air Balance Council (AABC) is a nonprofit association of professional, independent test and balance agencies. The AABC establishes industry standards for the field measurement and documentation of HVAC systems and provides education, technical training, and certification for its members. The association is dedicated to identifying highly qualified, independent test and balance agencies who are capable of performing work to AABC Standards.
The American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) is the national, nonprofit trade association of manufacturers of commercial/institutional, industrial and power-generating boilers, related fuel burning equipment, users of boiler and boiler-related equipment, and companies which provide products and services to the boiler industry. In short, ABMA represents the companies that design and build the systems that combust the fuels that generate the steam and hot water that powers and comforts America and the world. ABMA is committed to leading and to strengthening the world boiler industry. ABMA and their member companies have a long and proud history of service and achievement, and celebrate that history as a prelude to a future of providing safe, efficient, low-emission and reliable hot water, comfort heating, process and power-generating boiler systems.
The Air Movement and Control Association International, Inc. (AMCA)
The Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International is an international not-for-profit association of the world’s manufacturers of fans, louvers, dampers, air curtains, airflow measurement devices, ducts, acoustic attenuators and other air system components. AMCA members consist of any manufacturer of the aforementioned products, and embraces suppliers as associates and re-sellers as affiliates. AMCA began in the USA in 1917, and now includes Asia AMCA and European AMCA operating out of Singapore and Brussels respectively. AMCA is expanding rapidly and becoming more international than ever, with more than half of their membership outside of the USA. AMCA operates its own testing facilities in Chicago and Singapore, and uses a licensed independent laboratory in Seoul to test and certify the ratings and regulatory compliance of member and non-member products. Members define AMCA programs, write AMCA standards, and guide AMCA activities to serve its mission, which is to advance the health, growth and integrity of the industry. To learn more about AMCA, visit www.amca.org.
BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the successful use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products. The BACnet standard was developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and has been made publicly available so that manufacturers can create interoperable systems of products. BACnet International complements the work of the ASHRAE standards committee and BACnet-related interest groups around the world. BACnet International members include building owners, consulting engineers and facility managers, as well as companies involved in the design, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and maintenance of control equipment that uses BACnet for communication.
The Building Commissioning Association (BCA) is dedicated to creating and supporting the highest standards for the commissioning profession. Through professional development programs, nationally-recognized certifications, tools and market outreach the BCA has earned its leadership role in accelerating best practices and promoting cross-industry collaboration.
The Building Services Research and Information Association (BSRIA)
BSRIA is a consultancy, test, instruments and research organization that provides specialist services for construction, building services and facilities management. As a nonprofit, BSRIA invests in on-going research for the advancement and development of the Building Services industry. BSRIA’s engineering, technical and market research experts provide independent, objective and practical help in design, construction and occupancy of the built environment. A member association with over 50 years’ experience, they support industry through advice, testing, instruments, research and guidance to promote energy and water efficiency, best practice in construction and effective operation of buildings. In addition, BSRIA’s Market Intelligence division provides the latest information on market size, trends and drivers for 94 countries for the key HVACR, Heating and Intelligent Building Control product areas.
The Biomass Thermal Energy Council (BTEC) is a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing the use of biomass for heat and other thermal energy applications. BTEC members are biomass fuel producers, appliance manufacturers and distributors, supply chain companies and nonprofit organizations that view biomass thermal energy as a renewable, responsible, clean and energy-efficient pathway to meeting America’s energy needs. BTEC engages in research, education, and public advocacy for the fast growing biomass thermal energy industry.
Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA)
The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) is an international not-for-profit industry association dedicated to the advancement of intelligent home and intelligent building technologies. The organization is supported by an international membership of nearly 400 companies involved in the design, manufacture, installation and retailing of products relating to home automation and building automation. Public organizations, including utilities and government are also members. CABA’s mandate includes providing its members with networking and market research opportunities. CABA also encourages the development of industry standards and protocols, and leads cross-industry initiatives. To learn more about CABA, visit www.caba.org.
Council of Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Educators (CARE)
The Council of Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration Educators (CARE)’s main purpose is to improve the quality of education to meet or exceed established industry standards in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) industry or that of related HVACR trade practitioners. They are on a mission to address the needs of the industry practitioner by providing technical educational opportunities to acquire and maintain marketable skills and competency necessary to compete successfully in a constantly changing, technologically advancing market.
Since 1950, the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI) has been a nonprofit, self-governing association. The CTI is dedicated to benefitting the public by leading the way in advocating and promoting the use of all environmentally responsible cooling technologies. It encourages education on new technologies, the development of codes, standards and guidelines, independent performance verifications and certification programs, research, and technological information exchange. Water and air pollution is a prime concern of CTI and its membership and they are strong advocates for open dialog on the benefits of cooling technologies with government agencies and other organizations with shared interests.
The Green Mechanical Council (GreenMech) is an international nonprofit organization of diverse members involved in the design, production, installation, inspection, service, education, operation or use of high performance, energy efficient building mechanical systems. Their mission is to educate contractors, field technicians, and industry leaders about creating and maintaining environmentally sound residential, commercial and industrial mechanical systems.
GreenMech provides: specialized focus in structural mechanical systems to include plumbing, HVACR, electrical, and related systems; recognition of their membership as leaders in energy efficiency materials, technology, design, installation and service; education and training to enable members to maximize the efficiency of existing mechanical systems and specifying high performance replacement; current information about people, products and processes to enable members to stay at the cutting edge of their trade; networking opportunities with other members and industry leaders; educational outreach to the public to increase awareness of the benefits of energy efficient systems and the advantage of engaging their members’ services; input to Code authorities to help write effective and meaningful standards regarding mechanical systems; a forum for members through Advisory Boards, and an effective network with similar minded organizations.
The GridWise® Architecture Council (GWAC) is a team of industry leaders who are shaping the guiding principles, or architecture, of a highly intelligent and interactive electric system – one ripe with decision-making information exchange and market-based opportunities. This architecture will provide guidelines for interaction between participants and interoperability between technologies and systems. The Council is neither a design team, nor a standards making body. Their role is to help identify areas for standardization that allow significant levels of interoperation between system components. They are helping to outline a philosophy of intersystem operation that preserves the freedom to innovate, design, implement and maintain each organization’s portion of the electrical system.
HARDI promotes and strengthens the HVACR wholesale distribution channel through education, benchmarking, advocacy, and networking. HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies, sheet metal, controls, pumps, fans, filters, and other related HVACR products. The customer base served by the distributor members includes installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets and commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI serves over 450 distributor members representing nearly 5,000 branch locations and over 475 suppliers, manufacturers reps and service vendors. To learn more about HARDI, visit www.hardinet.org.
Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada
Founded in 1968, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a non-profit national trade association of manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors in the Canadian heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industries. More than 1,300 member companies provide products and services for indoor environments and essential refrigeration processes. HRAI also has more than 150 associate members including utilities, municipalities, educational institutions, consultants, manufacturers’ representatives and related trade organizations.
HRAI advocates a safe, responsible and fair industry where indoor environment systems are designed, installed and serviced by qualified professionals in order to ensure efficient and energy-conscious operation. The association’s activities are directly related to the needs and requests of its membership and include education and training programs, industry meetings, up-to-date industry information, technical support, government and industry advocacy, statistics and trends, and a bi-ennial national trade show.
The Home Ventilating Institute (HVI) is an internationally respected trade association dedicated to advancing the value of residential ventilation for healthier living. HVI is the leading name in performance certification of residential ventilation products. HVI-Certified Ratings are trusted and referenced by ENERGY STAR®, ASHRAE, USGBC, NAHB, ICC, CSA and in building codes across North America. Routine, third-party verification of HVI-Certified products ensures that they continue to perform as advertised. HVI represents the world’s leading residential ventilation manufacturers whose products are found in more than 90% of dwellings throughout North America.
International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) is recognized the world over for its Uniform Codes. With offices in 11 states and seven countries, IAPMO has assisted globally with code development and adaptation to meet the specific regional needs. IAPMO develops and publishes the Uniform Mechanical Code® (UMC); Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC); Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code®; and the Uniform Solar Energy & Hydronics Code®. In support of these publications, IAPMO works with governmental jurisdictions, professional plumbing contractors, labor force, and manufacturers to produce product standards, technical manuals, personnel certification educational programs and additional resource publications to meet the ever-evolving demands of the industry as well as the health and safety needs of the public.
Established in 1995, the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) is dedicated to bringing practitioners together to prevent and solve indoor environmental problems for the benefit of consumers and the public. IAQA’s membership is comprised of individuals and companies and is open to anyone with an interest in IAQ including contractors, consultants, facility maintenance professionals, researchers, industry vendors, school officials, and representatives from state and federal government agencies. Membership dues are affordable and include an array of benefits: Find a Pro listing, government affairs reporting, chapter membership, annual meetings, education courses, weekly “IAQA Digest” newsletter, and much more.
The International Certification Board (ICB) and Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau (TABB) are committed to the welfare of the general public, engineers, building owners and design professionals by working to assure all building environmental systems are installed properly and adjusted to design specifications, and that HVAC Fire Life Safety systems are properly inspected, tested and maintained. ICB and TABB offer the first and only ANSI-accredited HVAC testing, adjusting and balancing certification program. ICB/TABB certified professionals subscribe to a strict Code of Conduct and pledge to upgrade their skills to meet advances in the HVAC industry.
International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR)
The International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration (IIAR) is the world’s leading advocate for the safe, reliable and efficient use of ammonia and other natural refrigerants. They set the standard for providing advocacy, education and the most up-to-date technical information to the ammonia and natural refrigeration community. IIAR has broad industry representation including manufacturers, design engineers, contractors, end users, academics, scientists, and trainers. Members share their collective knowledge and experience to produce consensus documents that address various aspects of the natural and industrial refrigeration industry. In addition, IIAR helps professionals develop their skills and further their careers by promoting the common interests of their 2,400 plus members.
LonMark International is recognized globally as a major driving force in the delivery of open standards for products used for building automation and energy efficiency. Having certified nearly 1,000 industry professionals for proficiency in open systems, LonMark International remains committed to leading the industry down the path of open, interoperable systems by providing tools, resources, and support for its members and their products.
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association (NADCA) was established in 1989 to promote source removal as the best practice for cleaning HVAC systems. Today, NADCA encompasses the broader scope of HVAC inspection, maintenance and restoration in buildings world-wide. With over 1,100 members in 30 countries, NADCA is the leading association for HVAC cleaning and restoration contractors. The Association is an Accredited Standards Developer through ANSI and publishes Assessment, Cleaning and Restoration of HVAC Systems (ACR, the NADCA Standard) – available for free electronic download at www.nadca.com. NADCA also offers training and certification to industry professionals who exemplify expertise in indoor air quality and HVAC system cleaning and maintenance. NADCA serves the industry and society through consumer and end-user education, as well as through sponsored research designed to quantify energy savings derived from proper HVAC maintenance (cleaning) and restoration.
The National Air Filtration Association (NAFA) is a dynamic, nonprofit trade association. NAFA members include air filter and component manufacturers, sales and service companies, and HVAC and indoor air quality professionals across the United States and in several foreign countries. Various programs are undertaken by NAFA, including education, certification, publications, technical seminars and the NAFA Clean Air Award, which recognizes a facility’s commitment to maintaining a clean and healthy indoor environment through effective air filtration.
North American Technician Excellence, Inc. (NATE), an independent, third-party certification body, is the leading certification program for technicians in the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry. NATE testing validates the technician’s knowledge and a training program’s instruction. NATE tests are the only tests supported by the entire industry and are offered by NATE-approved testing organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Candidates can earn installation and/or service certification in the following specialty areas: air-conditioning, air distribution, heat pumps, gas heating, oil heating, light commercial and commercial refrigeration.
National Comfort Institute, Inc. (NCI) is a national training organization created to help commercial and residential HVAC contractors transform their businesses, improve their bottom line, and deliver outstanding services to their customers.
NCI accomplishes this by focusing on the delivery of true heating and cooling system performance in the systems their certified contractors design, sell, install, and service. This includes residential and commercial forced-air and hot-water systems. NCI calls this type of total system measurement, “Performance-Based Contracting™,” and believes it is the Gold Standard for HVAC Contracting both today and in the future.
Over the past twenty-five years, NCI has trained and certified more than 25,000 HVAC industry professionals worldwide in more than 6,000 contracting businesses and facilities maintenance organizations. NCI trains and certifies in Residential Home and HVAC System Performance and Air Balancing, Commercial HVAC Performance and Air Balancing, and Combustion Diagnostics and Carbon Monoxide Safety. The organization also trains and certifies HVAC professionals in Large Commercial/Industrial Air and Water Balancing through its National Balancing Council (NBC) division.
Established in 1971, the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) is the premier international association of certified firms that perform building systems commissioning, building envelope testing, cleanroom performance testing, fume hood testing, retro-commissioning, sound and/or vibration measurement, and testing, adjusting, and balancing of HVAC systems. In addition to certifying firms and individuals, NEBB is the leading source of industry information providing technical and procedural standards, publications, study courses, and newsletters.
NSF International is a global independent organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF International is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF’s global water services include testing, certification and auditing for municipal water treatment components and chemicals, plastic piping systems, plumbing fixtures and fittings, point-of-use and point-of-entry water systems and filters.
Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA)
The Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation (PAHRA) was formed by all major trade and professional associations in the HVACR industry to recognize secondary and post-secondary instructional programs that prepare HVACR technicians to meet industry-specific standards. Instructional program leaders prepare a rigorous self-examination of the way their program is organized and the level of instruction provided then request a site-visit by an industry expert who determines whether the program is teaching students to industry standards. Programs that meet industry standards are invited to display the prestigious PAHRA banner and accreditation certificate in an appropriate place in the labs and administrative office.
Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors National Association (PHCC)
The Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors — National Association (PHCC), formed in 1883, provides legislative advocacy, education, and training to more than 3,500 plumbing and HVACR businesses and 70,000 technicians in residential, commercial, new construction, industrial, and the service and repair segments of the plumbing and HVACR industries. PHCC members have access to a wide variety of services designed to increase their professionalism, grow their businesses, and improve profitability.
Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations (REHVA)
REHVA is the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-conditioning Associations in the area of building engineering services: heating, ventilation and air-conditioning for energy efficient, healthy buildings. Established in 1963, REHVA connects European professionals and represents more than 100,000 engineers from 26 European associations. REHVA’s main activity is to develop and disseminate economical, energy efficient and healthy technology for mechanical services of buildings. REHVA provides networking and cooperation opportunities for both member associations and companies with European and international organizations, which have similar goals in the building sector. This is achieved through the exchange of technical information, practical experience and research results from REHVA’s working groups, seminars, and publications. REHVA publishes the REHVA Journal as well as the REHVA Guidebook to achieve its dissemination goal.
Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA)
Founded in 1910, the Refrigerating Engineers & Technicians Association (RETA) is an international professional association dedicated to the professional development of industrial refrigeration operators and technicians. RETA is the primary industrial refrigeration certification resource – offering the only ANSI-accredited Industrial Refrigeration Certification Program in the world. With membership in excess of 6,000, RETA owes its success to a long-standing dedication to education and the provision of educational materials both in traditional book format and web-based training, as well as having the only National Conference to provide hands-on training sessions.
Since 1994, the Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA) and its members have been dedicated to promoting the use of radiant heating and cooling technologies as a comfortable, efficient, and healthy alternative. The RPA is an active international organization of professionals who share the desire to advance the understanding and acceptance of radiant and hydronic technologies. These stake holder members work to promote the professional growth and advancement of everyone in the organization. In addition to advocacy, the RPA delivers first-rate assistance to its members with up-to-date reference materials, industry leading periodicals, expert led training seminars, and state-of-the-art educational webinars on topics about contemporary hydronic and radiant systems.
Founded in 1933, the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society (RSES) is a non-profit organization of more than 15,000 members in more than 175 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. It is the world’s leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES offers the following credential programs: Active Specialized Member (SM), Certificate Member (CM), Certificate Member Specialist (CMS), R-410A Certification, and one of the largest EPA Section 608 Certification programs in the industry. RSES training and certification programs are available directly through local chapters, self-study, eLearning and international seminars.
Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA)
The Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) is an international standards-setting organization representing 4,500 contractor firms in commercial, institutional, industrial and residential heating, ventilation and air conditioning; architectural sheet metal; industrial sheet metal; kitchen equipment; manufacturing; testing and balancing; service; energy management and maintenance; and siding and decking. Founded in 1943, SMACNA has earned international recognition and respect from the design community for its library of technical manuals on specifying sheet metal installations and the fabrication and installation of HVAC and specialty sheet metal systems.
SPIDA, the Spiral Duct Manufacturers Association, is composed of companies that make spiral duct and its related products as well as associated companies that supply the materials used in the manufacturing of spiral duct. SPIDA is committed to the promotion of the use of spiral duct and to the improvement of duct and related products. The association believes that the use of spiral duct over conventional duct produces a superior installation in a more cost-effective manner.
Women in HVACR (WHVACR) exists to improve the lives of its members by providing professional avenues to connect with other women growing their careers in the HVACR industry around the U.S. and empower women to succeed through networking opportunities, mentoring and education. Women in HVACR was organized exclusively for educational purposes to further the growth of women in all areas of the HVACR industry, including technical, sales, management and ownership. The Board of Directors, members and sponsors from all aspects of the industry, work together to identify resources and networking opportunities. By assigning committees specific goals, they are able to achieve greater results and provide a wider range of support for their members. Women in HVACR is a strong organization because of the time and effort put in by those willing to lead and share their knowledge with others.
The ZigBee Alliance offers green and global wireless standards, connecting the widest range of devices to work together intelligently and help you control your world. The ZigBee Alliance is an open, nonprofit association of approximately 400 members driving development of innovative, reliable and easy-to-use ZigBee standards. The Alliance promotes worldwide adoption of ZigBee as the leading wirelessly networked, sensing and control standard for use in consumer, commercial and industrial areas.