In ASHRAE's mission & vision statements (posted below), there is NOTHING that mentions ANYTHING about focusing on the Commerical, Industrial or Residential markets,
yet ASHRAE's impact on the Residential Market has been minimal at best.
Standards 90.2 and 62.2 barely get any attention.
Rules of thumb and very inconsistant design & construction practices seem to be the norm.
For the most part, the public is uneducated, and views HVAC as a commodity and just accepts what the builder gives them as standard with no questions asked, while at the same time spending more time researching (ie. Googling) & questioning upgraded carpet and countertops!
Let's get some discussion going - What does ASHRAE need to be doing to be more of a player in the residential market?
Should ASHRAE even make the effort, or just let business as usual continue in this area?
Should ASHRAE be partnering with other related organizations, such as ACCA (Air Conditioning Contractors of America) and the various builders groups out there?
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.