ASHRAE BC Student Activities

As the Student Activities Chair for 2018-19, I would like to welcome all students to the ASHRAE BC Chapter. 

Each year, ASHRAE supports local universities and technical colleges in an effort to advance Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC&R) professions. The BC Chapter sponsors two local student branches, BCIT and UBC.

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Both student groups have actively pursued their study of HVAC&R through classroom and extra-curricular activities. We are solely here to support students showing their interests in HVAC field.

We offer scholarships, an opportunity for networking, involvement in local/international HVAC projects and more.

In addition, we do tours of sustainable buildings like Rogers Arena, Vancouver Convention Center, Science World and more, all for an affordable $10 fee (student rate). You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Set yourself apart from your peers, and get a head start in your career by joining the province's premier student association for the HVAC industry.

Student membership registration is very easy, just click on the following link and choose to either Join Online or Join (PDF). Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about ASHRAE or if I can help your school branch in any way.  I look forward to seeing you soon!

ASHRAE Student Design Competition

Congratulations to UBC for taking first place in the ASHRAE 2016 Student Design Competition!

The UBC team receiving their award in Las Vegas in January 2017.

The UBC team receiving their award in Las Vegas in January 2017.

A team of UBC MECH students, Samarth Joshi, Sylvia Odaya, Zander Brosky, Aubrey McNeil, Kathy Yang and Tammy Yu, won first place in this year’s American Association of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Design Calculations Competition, beating out 18 other teams from around the world.

The ASHRAE Design Calculations Competition is an international competition to prepare a complete Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system design for a complex building. Students are required to determine the heating and cooling loads of a building in a specific location–this year, Beijing China–and design the system used to heat, cool and ventilate the building. The submission package includes drawings, supporting calculations (by hand and with building modelling packages), and a report, all of which is evaluated by a panel of senior engineers for technical accuracy, innovation and presentation clarity.

The UBC team completed the design as a MECH 457 capstone project, supervised by MECH professor Dr. Nima Atabaki and Ali Nazari from the Integral Group, with Dr. Steven Rogak as the client. The team received their award at the ASHRAE 2017 Winter Conference in Las Vegas this January.

More information on the competition, including a link to the full report, can be found here: design-competition/student-design-competition