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As a consultant, I need to be able to take in the big picture. No one should believe that they can get by as only an engineer, or an architect, for example. We need to expose ourselves to as wide a range of thinking as possible. In my case, as an electronics engineer in the built environment, I find that the control and automation of buildings involves just about every science and every professions imaginable. That is why I belong to so many organisations, a few of which are listed below.

I am an active member of these organizations – I proactively seek out others with similar interest as myself, and I find they often belong to other Professions. So the “cross pollination” of ideas is critical to my thinking.

IEEE IEEE – A non-profit organization, IEEE is the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology. IEEE's core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Their statement is to be essential to the global technical community and to technical professionals everywhere, and be universally recognized for the contributions of technology and of technical professionals in improving global conditions.

USGBC USGBC - The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.  They certify sustainable businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and neighborhoods. USGBC is dedicated to expanding green building practices and education, and its LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System™.

gbcsa_greenback GBCSA - The Green Building Council of South Africa aims to lead the transformation of the South African property industry to ensure that all buildings are designed, built and operated in an environmentally sustainable way that will allow South Africans to work and live in healthy, efficient and productive environments.

ASHRAE ASHRAE – Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is an international organization of 51,000 persons. It fulfils its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

saiee SAIEE - The South African Institute of Electrical Engineers, formed in 1909, has grown to over 5000 members. Members are professionally engaged in the full range of engineering activities, including academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infra-structural services. Members make meaningful contributions to the quality of life of the community and to the steady advancement of technology. Their efforts are acknowledged in many countries of the world. The Institute contributes to the common interests and welfare of the whole engineering fraternity through close co-operation with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).

nfpaNFPA – National Fire Protection Association’s mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. The nonprofit association was established in 1896. The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. NFPA membership totals over 75,000 individuals around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.

bcxaThe BCA's (Building Commissioning Association) goal is to achieve high professional standards, while allowing for the diverse and creative approaches to building commissioning that benefit our profession and its clients. For this reason, the BCA focuses on identifying critical commissioning attributes and elements, rather than attempting to dictate a rigid commissioning process.

nfrcNFRC – The National Fenestration Rating Council is a non-profit organization that administers the only uniform, independent rating and labelling system for the energy performance of windows, doors, skylights, and attachment products. Our goal is to provide fair, accurate, and reliable energy performance ratings so that: a) Architects, builders, code officials, contractors, homeowners, and others can compare different products and make informed product choices. b) Building officials, state government employees, and others involved in code development and enforcement can determine if products meet local codes. c) Government- and utility-run energy efficiency programs can establish performance requirements and standards. d) Manufacturers have a fair and level playing field to compare products and an accurate method of showing the energy benefits of new designs or technology.

ibpsaIBPSA -The International Building Performance Simulation Association is a non-profit international society of building performance simulation researchers, developers and practitioners, dedicated to improving the built environment. It was founded to advance and promote the science of building performance simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of new and existing buildings worldwide.

GBCAGBCA -The Green Building Council of Australia Launched in 2002, the GBCA is a national, not-for-profit organisation that is committed to developing a sustainable property industry for Australia by encouraging the adoption of green building practices. It is uniquely supported by both industry and governments across the country.

DaylightingThe Daylighting Collaborative was initiated by the Energy Center of Wisconsin and its sponsoring members as a source of why-do and how-to information for daylighting using windows. With the growing interest in the energy savings benefits and research on the other non-energy related benefits, the Daylighting Collaborative and its website were re-focused to not only provide information but act as a gateway to other existing information on daylighting.

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