I am truly honored and privileged to serve as President for the Chapter year again in 2012-2013. This year will be
a very special and exciting year to all of us due to very specific reasons.
Time has passed quickly and we have reached ten years after chartering the ASHRAE Sri Lankan chapter.
Firstly, we are stepping in to a second decade of the Chapter operations after 10 successful years of
tremendous achievements by the preceding officers and committees of the chapter.
Secondly, Sri Lanka is rapidly recovering from over 30 years of an era of darkness with new infrastructure
development occurring in all sectors such as Tourism, Housing, Commercial and industrial facilities, Ports & Air
ports, Education, Healthcare, Transportation, Communication, Power and Energy and Environmental protection
etc. Therefore the ASHRAE Sri Lankan chapter will become an important partner in these developments with
the infusion of state of art technology, latest cost effective alternate solutions, Energy efficiency, Environmental
issues, Green and Sustainable concepts etc.
Thirdly, we were honored by the Regional Chapters of Region -At - Large (RAL) to host an international
conference of "Chapter Regional Conference - 2012 " (CRC of RAL) in Sri Lanka which will be held in Colombo
during September/28/29/30/2012 with the participation of the President of ASHRAE, delegates from ASHRAE HQ,
Regional heads and delegates from Sub Regions A,B&C including the Middle East, Continental Europe,
Western Asia and the Indian sub continent respectively.
Furthermore we have planned an excellent set of programs and events for this year including twelve
professional educational seminars, Technical publications, Exceptional publicity to events , Membership
promotions, Six Newsletters, Line up with Govt agencies such as Sustainable Energy Authority, Central
environment Authority, Sri Lanka Customs, National Ozone Unit etc, Social Events, Annual awards, Yearend
family get together, Informative website ( www.ashraesl.org ) and so on.
The progress of CRC Action Committee is remarkable and the outcome can be seen at the forthcoming CRC.
In addition as I stated during my inaugural speech in last June, as an incoming president, the following distinct
areas of my concern will also be initiated /implemented during this chapter year.
1. To motivate Officers ,Committee Chairs, Members actively by following the MCO (Manual for Chapter
2. Facilitate linkages amongst other agencies & institutions involved in the industry.
3. Initiate fund raising programs for the Chapter's own premises.
While thanking you once again for your continued trust in me, I reiterate that I will always endeavor to give you
the best during my presidency and expect your utmost and continued support and constructive comments.
Let us join hands and continue our journey!
Eng. Wimal Jayakody
Sri Lankan Chapter 171
We will be hosting the Region at large, Chapters regional conference and a meeting of 'Young engineers in ASHRAE' in the history of the ASHRAE in Colombo this year. A CRC action committee has been formed from the Sri Lankan chapter members who are working around the clock in liaison with ASHRAE officials to make this event a success.
The society president's theme this year is "Broadening ASHRAE's Horizons". ASHRAE members role as leaders in the application of sustainable design and practices in our communities is highlighted. ASHRAE members are encouraged to reach out to our communities with the knowledge we have gained in the areas of sustainability for the benefit of mankind.
We are always open to your proposals and suggestions to include new tasks or goals that would be of interest to the membership and improve on how we do things in the chapter. We sincerely appreciate your comments in this regard.
I have worked with the present president before and trust we will be able to form a strong partnership to achieve our chapter goals with the assistance of Board of governors, committee members, chairs and the general membership.
Finally I would like to thank all the volunteers for their time and resources, without them it would be near impossible to achieve many of the chapter goals.
Sri Lankan Chapter 171