ASHRAE and the Institute of Refrigeration signed a new Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the organizations’ relationship, which dates back more than a century. The MoU was signed April 6 by ASHRAE President Tim Wentz and IOR President Stephen Gill as part of the CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium 2017 at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom.

The new MoU outlines how the two groups will work together more closely and with more defined parameters to continue furthering and promoting the advancements of cooling- and heating-related technologies. These include but are not limited to research; joint conferences and meetings; training and education programs; publication distribution and chapter collaboration.

“Strengthening our relationship with IOR is a natural and obvious decision,” said Wentz, Fellow ASHRAE, HBDP. “Both organizations are committed to harnessing and adapting new technologies and research to create a future where the built environment is healthier, more comfortable and more energy-efficient.”

As part of the agreement, ASHRAE and IOU will explore ways to make technical information more accessible to both memberships. The MoU additionally places special focus on continuing to build and strengthen the organizations’ global networks. Co-hosting a conference or meeting would directly support global collaboration that could help further the impact the groups have on the industries they serve.

“We look forward to continuing to work closely together in the future, particularly in areas such as improving education and skills, disseminating technical publications and encouragement of improved standards — especially in refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pump areas of expertise,” said Gill.