A new research plan will ask the HVACR industry what the biggest challanges will be in the next five to 10 years.

ATLANTA - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers is developing a five- to 10-year research plan. The plan will work as a guide for society-sponsored research in the future.

"We want to ensure that ASHRAE's research program is meeting the needs of members and those in the industry," said John Mitchell, chairman of ASHRAE's research advisory panel, which is preparing the plan. "Therefore, we are asking ‘What research should ASHRAE undertake to meet the challenges of the next five to 10 years?' "

ASHRAE is seeking input from members, nonmembers, and selected industry and government representatives. The society held the second of two workshops Oct. 1, meeting with some 20 people to discuss their research needs.

"We are not asking for specific research topics, but rather general topic areas, such as adaptive controls, dedicated outdoor air systems, more applied research, or more basic, pre-competitive research and in what areas," Mitchell said.

The research advisory panel hopes to obtain approval of the plan at ASHRAE's June 2005 annual meeting in Denver.