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BREAKING NEWS

 

ASHRAE PRESIDENTIAL VISIT TO SOUTH AFRICA

 

The reigning President of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Airconditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Prof. William P. “Bill” Bahnfleth, will visit South Africa from 9/6/2014 to 13/6/2014 as a guest of SAIRAC. He will spend 3 days in Johannesburg and 2 days in Cape Town. President Bahnfleth will be the first reigning President of ASHRAE to visit South Africa in an official capacity.

 

President William P. Bahnfleth. Ph.D., P.E., Fellow of ASHRAE, Fellow of ASME, is a Professor of Architectural Engineering and Director of the Indoor Environment Centre at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

 

President Bahnfleth is chairman of ASHRAE’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  His academic qualifications include:

 

• A Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering (1979)

• A Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering (1980)

• A Bachelor of Music degree in pipe organ performance (1988)

• A Doctorate in mechanical engineering (1989)

 

His Presidential Theme, “Shaping the Next”, focuses on embracing our responsibility to “Our World” – fellow humans and the earth, to make buildings safe, healthy, productive, comfortable environments in harmony with nature. To do this he believes we must develop “Ourselves” – the human resource of the professional community, and transform “Our Work” – what we do, how we do it, and who we do it with, by becoming more global in outlook, broader in scope,

and more collaborative in approach.

It is envisaged that his activities during his visit will include meetings with the following:

 

• SAIRAC and ASHRAE members.

• Consulting Engineers South Africa.

• The Engineering Council of South Africa.

• The Department of Environmental Affairs.

• The South African Bureau of Standards.

• Academics.

• Engineers and Technologists in Industry.

 

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OTHER NEWS

 

CAPE TOWN CROWNED GLOBAL EARTH HOUR CAPITAL 2014!

 

Cape Town is the World Wide Fund for Nature’s (WWF) Global Earth Hour City Capital for 2014. The announcement was made at a ceremony on Thursday, 27 March 2014, in Vancouver, Canada – which won the award in 2013. This accolade is a prestigious honour that recognises the city’s innovative actions on climate change and its dedication to pursuing the goal of a sustainable urban environment.

 

Cape Town was selected as the global Earth Hour Capital from among 163 entrants in 14 different countries, after an expert jury reviewed the actions and commitments reported on by these cities.