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American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) (Professional Institute)

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

(Professional Institute)

About American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 54,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. ASHRAE was formed as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers by the merger in 1959 of American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE) founded in 1894 and The American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) founded in 1904.

ASHRAE's Mission and Vision

To advance the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.

ASHRAE will be the global leader, the foremost source of technical and educational information, and the primary provider of opportunity for professional growth in the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating. 

ASHRAE's Core Values

ASHRAE education, technical information and all other activities and products will always reflect the best practices that lead our industry. We strive for continuous improvement and innovation in all our practices and products.

ASHRAE and its members are passionate about serving the built environment, creating value, and recognizing the accomplishments of others.

ASHRAE is committed to the highest ethical standards. We work transparently, observing essential requirements for due process and peer reviews to assure our members and stakeholders that we do the right things the right way.

ASHRAE seeks and embraces collaborative efforts with organizations, agencies, and individuals sharing our commitment to sustainable built environments.

Members lead ASHRAE at every level, serving ASHRAE and helping ASHRAE serve society.

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Importance Of Refrigeration - And Ice Cream - Focus Of ASHRAE Conference Workshop

ATLANTA - From Cherry Garcia to Sea Salt Caramel, Americans love their ice cream. Nearly 9 percent of cow's milk produced in the United States goes toward making ice cream, and America is the number one consumer worldwide. What better way to illustrate the importance of refrigeration technology, than to explore the process of making this country's favorite frozen treat?

Doug Reindl and Dan Dettmers' workshop, "I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Refrigeration Basics of Ice Cream," is part of the Technical Program at ASHRAE's 2015 Winter Conference. The Conference takes place Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton, while the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is held Jan. 26-28, McCormick Place. Complete Conference information and registration can be found at

The session explores the process of making ice cream, leads attendees through the cooling load calculations and finishes up with a chance to participate in the ice cream making process.

One catch, however. Attendees have to correctly calculate the cooling load before they can taste the final product, which will be made cryogenically. The workshop starts at 8 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

"We want to reach a younger audience to interest them in the 'R' in ASHRAE - refrigeration," Reindl, a speaker at the session, said. "We thought this would be an out of the box way to show them about processes, the science, taste and texture of food, home refrigeration."

His presentation will focus on the methods and cooling loads encountered in the ice cream industry.

Session chair Dan Dettmers notes that while ice cream is one of the simple pleasures of life, it also is one of the most complex frozen products available today.

"Unlike ice, which freezes in a crystalline structure, ice cream is an amorphous solid similar to glass," he explained. "Its structure is primarily air held in a complex lattice of sugars and fats. Likewise, the process of producing ice cream is far more complex than most frozen foods with variations from traditional ice cream to frozen novelty bars and cakes."

Other sessions related to refrigeration include:

  • Energy Use Analysis in Retail and Small/Medium Office Applications, Sunday, Jan. 25
  • Alternative Refrigerants for Residential Refrigerator-Freezers, Sunday, Jan. 25
  • Walgreens Pursuit of a Net-Zero Store, Sunday, Jan. 25
  • Refrigeration for Craft Brewing, Monday, Jan. 26
  • Demand-Defrost Controller for Walk-in Boxes, Monday, Jan. 26
  • Energy Efficiency of Novel and Conventional Compressors using Low-GWP Refrigerants, Tuesday, Jan. 27
  • Environmentally Sound Refrigeration, Wednesday, Jan. 28
  • Supermarket Hot Gas Defrost Piping Guidelines for Best Performance, Reliability and Leak Reduction, Wednesday, Jan. 28
  • Energy Reducing Design Developments for Ice Arenas, Wednesday, Jan. 28

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrowÂ’s built environment today. More information can be found at

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