As ASHRAE kicks off the centennial celebration of its predecessor society, the same holds true. "ASRE and now ASHRAE provide a clearinghouse and a place for sharing knowledge," William "Joe" Buck, chair of the centennial committee, said. "In the early days, each practitioner had to stand on his own. If he encountered a problem, he had no organized place to go for help. ASHRAE also provides a source for standardized technical information. Without this central clearinghouse for information and without the research provided by ASHRAE and ASRE, the marketplace would be chaotic at best."
ASRE established the safety code for mechanical refrigeration, which is still used today in an updated format, and defined the standard tonnage basis of refrigeration, which again is still used today, according to Buck.