The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers has formed Region XIV, the organization’s new region in Europe. ASHRAE is also adding a new chapter in Ireland to support industry collaboration throughout Europe.

“Extending our global community will acknowledge our interconnectedness and embrace our shared needs and objectives,” said Bjarne W. Olesen, an ASHRAE fellow and the society’s 2017-18 president. “By creating a new region and strengthening our relationships with associate societies in Europe, our members will be even more empowered to continue producing and sharing technical guidance worldwide. This will, in turn, bolster our industry’s global diversity as we work toward a more sustainable world.”

Olesen made these announcements during an inaugural address, which outlined his presidential theme of “extending our community.”

ASHRAE also announced two strategic partnership agreements with the signing of new memorandums of understanding with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers in the U.K. and the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning Associations. The society said both agreements will increase the knowledge transfer between organizations in North America and Europe, and promote the advances of HVAC and refrigeration technologies.

In addition, ASHRAE is establishing its Global Training Center for Building Excellence in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, which is scheduled to open this month.