Quickly adapting to the escalating situation around the world, ISHRAE has taken the lead to serve as an example for other organizations as it hosted a nationwide online meeting with all its key personnel for the very first time. The digital meeting was held keeping in mind social distancing and the fact that the COVID-19 virus is a large drop transfer that can be transferred by an infected person in the same room as others.
ISHRAE President Richie Mittal also announced the initiative by creating a COVID Taskforce team that will address the COVID-19 pandemic and provides guidance on how to prepare buildings for future pandemics. The team will extend their research on air control systems and develop guidelines for HVAC&R systems and Temperature/ RH on disease transmission & control systems, specifically as per Indian conditions for Residences, Commercial Buildings, Factories & Industry, Cold Storages, Refrigeration and Healthcare Facilities.
Mr. Richie Mittal, President ISHRAE said, “While the world continues to fight this global pandemic of COVID-19, we, at ISHRAE, adapted quickly and shifted to the digital platform. At ISHRAE, safety and health of all concerned will always be of utmost priority. Therefore, the HQ staff was tasked to work from home much before the lockdown was even announced. A webinar was organized and flyers were shared using the digital medium to spread awareness about this dreaded disease.”
According to officials at ISHRAE the digital transformation initiative was held to formally introduce and induct the new national President Mr. Richie Mittal. This solution will further be used by officials at ISHRAE in the days to come for all official meetings.
The Indian Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ISHRAE), was founded in 1981 at New Delhi by a group of eminent HVAC&R professionals. ISHRAE today has more than 28,000 HVAC&R professionals and Student-members. ISHRAE operates from 43 Chapters and sub Chapters spread all over India, with HQ in Delhi. It is led by a team of elected officers, who are members of the Society, working on a voluntary basis, and collectively called the Board of Governors.