ASHRAEhopes to attract additional younger members and meet the needs of members in developing regions through creation of a new member grade. "The Society's new affiliate grade will help ASHRAE broaden its appeal and remain vibrant by reaching out to younger members and those who live in developing regions," Ron Vallort, P.E., ASHRAE president, said.

ASHRAE currently has some 7,000 student members. However, only about 100 of those transfer to Associate Member or Member status each year. The new grade will help bridge that gap, according to Vallort. In addition, the new grade will be used to attract members in countries outside North America. ASHRAE currently has members in 134 countries.

The affiliate grade is open to new members under age 30 and can only be held for up to three cumulative years. Annual dues are $40. Benefits include access to members-only pages of, ASHRAE Journal and ASHRAE Insights, HVAC&R Industry and Society Connections newsletters and a 20 percent discount on publications, ASHRAE Learning Institute courses and meeting registrations.

For more information, visit the "join ASHRAE" link on or contact the member services department of ASHRAE at 404-636-8400.