The Difference is the Company We Keep: ASHRAE

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

ASHRAE“ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry.”

Not only does EAB’s involvement in ASHRAE serve as a way to influence and guide the industry, but it also keeps our team at the forefront of industry standards and emerging technologies.

Read more about ASHRAE here.

EAB’s ASHRAE Involvement

EAB’s involvement with ASHRAE began with its founders, Walt Lipski and Jim Reid, who were committed to professional growth and technological advancement in the industry. Walt Lipski played a crucial role in forming ASHRAE’s first technical committee for Testing and Balancing, initially known as TC 9.7. Their goal was to contribute a chapter on Testing and Balancing to the ASHRAE Handbook, which led to the development of industry awareness and the publication of ASHRAE Standard 111 in 1988.

Throughout the years, EAB has maintained a strong presence in ASHRAE committees. Notably, Gaylon Richardson served on TC 5.6 for Smoke Control and was appointed ASHRAE liaison to the NFPA’s Standard 90A committee. In addition, his expertise in fire and smoke-rated damper testing led to EAB’s selection for significant projects like the Bexar County Jail and the Alamodome. Gaylon also actively participated in the Technical Activities Committee, Standards Committee, and other governing committees, earning him prestigious awards and recognition.

Currently, EAB team members continue to contribute to ASHRAE committees. They are involved in TC 7.7 (Testing and Balancing), TC 7.9 (Building Commissioning), TC 9.6 (Healthcare Facilities) and TC 9.10 (Laboratory Systems). Jason Hauska serves as the Secretary of TC 7.7, while Justin Garner holds the position of Secretary in SSPC 300 (Building Commissioning) as well as the liaison between SSPC 300 and SSPC 90.1 (Building Energy Code).

Development of New Standards

In 1988, Gaylon Richardson and Gar Conaway played pivotal roles in the Bexar County Jail project, collaborating with the design team and contractors to develop groundbreaking written procedures that met the requirements of the Texas Jail Commission with testing the smoke control systems. These procedures set new standards for testing jail smoke-removal systems and continue to be used today. The findings from this project were instrumental in the creation of ASHRAE’s guideline for commissioning smoke management systems, which received approval in 1994.

ASHRAE Industry Events

Aside from the regular committee meetings, the EAB Team attends and supports the ASHRAE Annual Conference,  ASHRAE Winter Conference, AHR Expo each year, and the local Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio Chapter events.

Our team members have previously participated in presentations at the conference events. Gaylon Richardson presented at last year’s AHR Expo, and Justin Garner will present “Proving Control Performance for Critical Ventilation” at the upcoming annual conference.

We look forward to this year’s upcoming conference in Tampa, Florida.


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