In 2016, ASHRAE reached 56,105 members, its highest total in 14 years.
“This growth reflects ASHRAE’s influence on building standards and best practices around the world,” Tim Wentz, ASHRAE president, said. “Our members recognize that the society increasingly provides opportunities to network with the global built environment’s best and brightest.”
ASHRAE currently has 181 chapters, 41 sections, and 234 student branches around the globe, with members in 130 countries.
Seventy-nine percent of ASHRAE’s total membership is based in the United States and Canada, while 21 percent is from other countries, an increase from 18 percent two years ago.
ASHRAE’s Region-at-Large, which encompasses the Middle East, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Africa, and Europe, had the largest percent gain in membership in the society year of 2015-16.
“From expansion into residential markets to providing resources for the quickly changing refrigerant industry, ASHRAE will continue to use the expertise of its members to further the technology of tomorrow,” Wentz said. “At the same time, ASHRAE is partnering with other organizations dedicated to working toward a more sustainable environment, creating a worldwide best-practices databank of innovative and successful technologies that will serve the built-environment community.”