Chapter History

On September 10, 1894 the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE) was established. On December 5, 1904 the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers (ASRE) was founded. In 1906 the term "Air Condition" was coined by a North Carolinian - Stuart Cramer. On January 29, 1959 ASRE and ASHAE merged to form the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

The North Carolina Chapter of ASRE was formed in 1939. The current North Piedmont Chapter grew from the division of the original North Carolina Chapter. The North Piedmont Chapter was charted and began its operation in the 1952 / 1953 fiscal year of ASHVE (not ASHRAE). The first North Piedmont Chapter President for ASHVE was L. L. Vaughan in 1952. The first president of the North Carolina Chapter of ASHRAE after the merger was B. J. (Billy) Jeglinski in 1959.

The North Piedmont Chapter has Greensboro, NC (Guilford County) as its headquarters and encompasses the following North Carolina counties: Alamance, Caswell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Randolph, Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin.

The North Piedmont Chapter has maintained a "Historian Archive" since 1982 and at present it remains in the original location of 206 Atwell Ave, Greensboro, NC. Records indicate that The North Piedmont Chapter has received the Society's " Gold Ribbon for History" every year except one since 1982. (Click here for an image of an article from ASHRAE's newsletter "Insights" highlighting one of these Gold Ribbon awards.)

ASHRAE 's success as the world's leader in the HVAC & R industry is the direct result of leadership's, continued involvement and the dedication of all the society's membership.

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