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    Welcome to ASHRAE Fort Worth Chapter

    Letter from the president

    Greetings Fort Worth HVAC&R professionals!  This spring feels like a true new beginning as our country and industry start to emerge from the global pandemic.  While the building design and construction industry faired better than many sectors of our economy, there is no doubt that we’ve been affected and had to adapt like the rest of society. 

    Now the warmer weather seems to be bringing with it a renewed feeling of optimism as we start to see the light at the end of the Covid tunnel.  No doubt we all need to remain vigilant as new viral cases stabilize and recede, but we are finally starting to catch a glimpse of what comes after. 

    I have a few observations of what I think our “new normal” may include.

    1. Enhanced resiliency: I brought up this topic in the March newsletter so I won’t go too deep here.  Regardless of the Texas Deep Freeze in February, the pandemic health crisis was another major example of how buildings generally, and HVAC in particular, are vulnerable to extreme events.  I think we will see increased emphasis on contingency planning for various building types across the board.
    2. Digital transformation: This topic is probably near the peak of the hype cycle, but we’ve all had to get accustomed to a more virtual world over this past year.  Embracing technology has added increased momentum to the digitization of our work.  I believe this momentum will also continue for building systems automation in addition to the automation of the design and construction process.  On the other side of the coin, this pandemic has also made it clear that good ole’ fashioned human interaction has real value.  I believe digital transformation will continue at a fast pace, but we will also see a return to human connectedness in the cases where it really matters.
    3. Indoor air quality: The pandemic has brought increased focus to the quality of the air we breath indoors.  Thermal comfort and humidity control are also crucial parts of occupant health in indoor environments that can’t go unaddressed.  Everything seems to be interrelated in the indoor air environment.  I imagine the IAQ focus will drop somewhat in a year’s time, but I expect it to be a bigger priority than it was pre-pandemic.  People won’t be able to unlearn the knowledge they’ve gained about airborne viruses and indoor health.

    Regardless of what the “new normal” looks like for our industry, HVAC&R professionals will be out doing our part on the front lines.  I look forward to seeing what that looks like.  As always, please let us know if there’s anything you want or need from ASHRAE.  Thanks!


    Scott West, P.E., President
    ASHRAE Fort Worth
    [email protected]

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