In the beginning...

Building on over a 50-year tradition of leadership, education and service, the Fort Worth Chapter of ASHRAE is an integral part of the HVAC and R industry in Texas and the nation as a whole.


Up until 1956, Forth Worth member ASHAE (American Society of Heating and Air Conditioning Engineers) had been assigned to the Dallas Chapter of ASHVE (American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers). These members decided it was time to create a Fort Worth Chapter of ASHAE. The Fort Worth Chapter became the seventh in Texas and the 67th in society in 1957.


1958 marked a turning point in the history of the Chapter and Society. ASHAE and ASRE (American Society of Refrigerating Engineers) began negotiations to merge the two organizations. A prospectus plan of the merger was given to the Chapters for consideration and discussion. Regional Directors polled their Chapters in October 1958, and in December the merger was approved and ratified, establishing the combined name of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers.