President’s Message

Photo of Peter ChengDear ASHRAE Singapore Chapter Members,

It is an honour for me to humbly assume the position as President of ASHRAE Singapore Chapter, an organisation with a proud past and an exciting future. Under the leadership of my predecessor, Ms Florence Chan, the ASHRAE committee proactively built upon the foundation laid by the previous teams, engaging stakeholders of the HVAC industry and related fields, and strengthening bonds between members as well as with young industrial talents and graduates of our five Student Branches. I extend my heartfelt thanks to Ms Chan and the team for their efforts and contributions to the association.

2020 will be remembered as the year of the global pandemic, a time when we witnessed indescribable tragedy but more importantly, also unexpected strength and flexibility in overcoming challenges. The COVID-19 situation dramatically affected the way we work, interact and socialise. Today, it is a norm for non-essential office workers in Singapore to work remotely. Video conferencing has quickly become a de facto tool many companies and individuals had to get accustomed to over the last few months. For us at ASHRAE, it was also the first time in our Society history that our Annual General Meeting was held virtually. With international and local restrictions in place on the movement of people and on gatherings, we have to rethink about how our activities going forward will be organised. We expect to see some of these moved unto a digital platform going forward. We will also comply with government guidelines for any face-to-face activities in the near future.

The 2020-2021 ASRHAE Society Year theme, “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0”, focuses on digital transformation and its impact on the engineering and construction ecosystem. As our ASHRAE President, Mr. Gulledge’s address mentions, this is not just about adopting new technical solutions, but involves reimagining and integrating technology. This is also aligned with what we observe in the Construction Industry Transformation Map put forward by the Building and Construction Authority in Singapore. We must be prepared to adapt and evolve as digital acceleration will continue to challenge our perspectives and expectations, shifting us to the “next-normal” in the construction eco-system.

During our term, my team and I look forward to contributing to the betterment of our chapter and ask that you continue to partake in our activities and support the initiatives that we will put forth going forward. We are open to suggestions and ways of improvement and ask that you reach out to us via email, phone, or face-to-face. With this, I would like to wish one and all the very best of health and stay safe.

Peter Cheng
President, 2020-2021
ASHRAE Singapore Chapter

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