ASHRAE Northern Alberta Chapter President's Message

I will be leading the ASHRAE Northern Alberta Chapter as President for 2016/2017 with the HVAC industry in Alberta is in a state of significant change and facing several challenges.  The new National Energy Code for Building will soon be fully implemented and required for all new buildings going forward, resulting in highly efficient new buildings.  LEED version 4.0 will also be required for new LEED projects going forward, which will substantially raise the bar for efficiency as well. 
 
The economic climate in Alberta is creating challenges for our industry, however the challenge of global warming and compliance with international COP21 agreement will require all of our building engineering and construction skills to meet.  ASHRAE provides the opportunity to network and stick together in tough economic times and I encourage all members to continue their support of the NAC chapter and overall ASHRAE membership.
 
ASHRAE is the global leader and main source of technical and educational information for the HVAC Industry. This year’s theme, selected by the society president Tim Wentz, “Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow” is a very significant undertaking that will improve access to the knowledge base that ASHRAE represents:
 
·       Directive One – Adapt ASHRAE resources to expand knowledge.  This includes ASHRAE University, new variety of industry related courses, and an internship program.
·       Directive Two – Adapt ASHRAE investments to energize chapters and members.  This includes a chapter opportunity fund, ASHRAE Leadership Academy, and expand use of BEQ.
·       Directive Three – Adapt ASHRAE technology to produce an immediate, direct benefit to members and society.  This includes a technology portal for members, application guidelines for practicing professionals, and expanded access to technical standards and guidelines.
 
I am very excited about this significant shift in philosophy by ASHRAE to improve overall skills of young members, provide well rounded educational offerings, and provide more technical content availability to all members as part of their membership.
 
The goal of the ASHRAE NAC meetings and technical presentations this year will be to provide information on the new efficiency requirements including high performance building designs, best practices, and round table sessions.  We also intend to host an ASHRAE NAC tradeshow this April/2017 that will include manufacturer displays and technical courses. 
 
This year’s social events will include Octoberfest, the Christmas Luncheon, Curling Bonspiel and Golf Tournament.  We will keep mixing up the monthly meetings with changing venues and meeting times as we did last year, but some venues have been dropped due to excessive cost. I hope to see you at the regular monthly meetings, as well as the social events.  We will also continue to offer several YEA/Student Events including Football games and other mixers.  These events are available to all members for attendance, the students and young members would appreciate the opportunity to talk to more experienced members.
 
If you have any questions throughout the year or would like to find out more, please feel free to contact myself or any members of the Board.  If you are interested in the tradeshow, the details will be released in Fall/2016 to allow sufficient time for planning.
 
Grant Kidd
ASHRAE NAC President 2016-2017

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