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Websites round two: CIBSE vs. ASHRAE

by Mel Starrs on October 2, 2006

in Blogging and social networks

I felt a little guilty for picking on CIBSE in my last post, so I thought I’d check out the competition across the pond: ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers – almost as snappy a title as Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers).

I’ll give them top marks for having some podcasts available (at a price), but still no RSS, XML or even a way to sign up to the news page.

I did however find a great document called ‘Green Tips‘ (pdf) which could prove useful.

I was surprised that ASHRAE has only 50,000 members – I believe CIBSE has 17,000 which is comparable given the population of the UK vs. population of US.

So I went off on a tangent and wondered where else would have a comparable body – Australia! From what I can gather AIRAH (Australia Institute of Refrigeration Air Conditioning and Heating) is the equivalent of ASHRAE and closely collaborates with it.  This surprised me as CIBSE has a (small) presence in Australia. AIRAH has a membership of around 10,000. What I liked about AIRAH was the superior journal, Ecolibrium, available via pdf on the site.  With the weather we had in the UK this summer, it might be prudent to see how those in hotter climates operate! Again, no RSS, XML or way to sign up for email updates.

Have I missed a really good example of a professional body who does it better than these three?  Let me know in the comments…