ASHRAE and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

The MoU was signed by ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter and AIA President William J. Bates on May 22. The agreement defines parameters on how the two societies will collaborate more closely to continue promoting the advancements of a more sustainable built environment.

Areas of potential collaboration include, but are not limited to: general advocacy, research, technical committee coordination, joint conferences and meetings, young professionals’ development, training and education programs, publication distribution, community service, and diversity and inclusion.

“ASHRAE is pleased to establish this cooperative agreement with AIA as we seek to leverage the synergies of our organizations in accelerating our common objective of advancing the built environment through sustainable practices,” said Hayter. “This MoU formalizes a long-standing collaboration between ASHRAE and AIA. We appreciate AIA’s support over the years and look forward to the continued opportunity to work together.”

“The AIA and ASHRAE Memorandum of Understanding continues to advance our shared commitment to sustainability in the built environment,” said Bates. “By working together, members of AIA and ASHRAE will benefit from collaborative events, common values, best practice sharing, and joint advocacy efforts.”