Message from DRC
  The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc. - Region-at-Large
  The Region-At-Large (RAL) was formed to replace the International Committee on July 1, 2001. The purpose of the Region-At-Large is to provide a means to represent all ASHRAE members not represented by other regions at Members Council and the Board of Directors.The Region-At-Large is now divided into three Sub-Regions; Sub Region A- consists of Middle-East and Africa, Sub Region B – Europe, United Kingdom & Ireland, and Sub Region C – Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and eastern part of Asia.


Region-At-Large has a wide geographic area where the members are more than 5300. As ASHRAE, RAL, is organized for the sole purpose of advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration for the public's benefit through research, standards writing, continuing education and publications.

Through its membership, ASHRAE writes standards that set uniform methods of testing and rating equipment and establish accepted practices for the HVAC&R industry worldwide, such as the design of energy efficient buildings.

The Society's research program, currently has more than 100 research projects worth nearly $8 million, investigates numerous issues, such as identifying new refrigerants that are environmentally safe. ASHRAE organizes broad-based technical programs for presentation at it's semi-annual meetings and co-sponsors the international Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Exposition, the largest HVAC&R trade show in North America.

As DRC for RAL, I am counting on all the members to come forward with new ideas to promote ASHRAE in their respective countries, and with all the support of all chapters, RAL will be advancing and becoming more recognized.

  Ashok Virmani, Director & Regional Chair,RAL
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