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HVAC AND SANITARY ENGINEERING

In Turkey, services like building physics, heating, ventilation-air conditioning, refrigerating, fire installation, kitchen installation, sanitary installation, and energy economics in buildings (and in industrial plants when applies) may, collectively or partially,  be referred to as “HVAC (heating, ventilating, air conditioning) and Sanitary Engineering”. Engineers that offer these services can be called HVAC and Sanitary Engineers. Although similar degrees are offered overseas, there is no HVAC and sanitary engineering degree offered by the universities in Turkey. These services are usually offered in our country by engineers who are graduates of Mechanical Engineering departments of universities. Graduates of architecture, and electrical, electronics, environmental, chemical and physics engineering departments also offer such services to the degree they are related.

Experts working in the field of HVAC and sanitary engineering have experience in building technologies, building operation and energy economics; have sufficient practical knowledge in architectural design and application services; and experienced in heating, ventilating, sanitary installation, medical establishment installation, etc. systems based upon their area of expertise. These experts practice their professions in one or more of the production, sales, assembly, purchasing, design, application, test, control, acceptance, operation and service, and maintenance and upkeeping phases.

The fire regulation put in force in recent years, regulations on earthquake resistant buildings, and especially the renewed TS 825 regulation may be counted as important developments in the field of HVAC and sanitary installation. The standards may be improved further by new regulations to be put in force in the future. In addition, significant improvements have been achieved in the expertise and education levels of the experts working in the installation sector with the help of the contributions of Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers and other concerned institutions. As a result, important domestic and foreign projects were undertaken; and our firms have started to work in foreign markets as producers and contractors.


HISTORY OF TTMD

Turkish Society of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers (TTMD, Türk Tesisat Mühendisleri Derneği) was founded by Mr. Celal OKUTAN and his friends in 1992 under the title of , Association of HVAC and Sanitary Engineers (“Tesisat Mühendisleri Derneği”) to develop HVAC and sanitary engineering, and to earn the sector the respect it deserves. In 1997, the word “Turkish” was added before the title and a significant step towards becoming a national association was taken. The Association Economic Enterprise was founded in 2003.

TTMD regularly holds an “International HVAC+R Technology Symposium” once every two years, and an annual workshop to discuss a selected topic in detail, participates in domestic and overseas fairs and symposia in the sector, and publicizes and supports such activities. TTMD also publishes books for professional development, and a bimonthly journal addressing the sector with the title “TTMD Dergisi” (previously TTMD Bülteni for 35 issues). In addition, an English issue is published annually to promote our sector overseas.

On the other hand, training programs and seminars are held by our Regional Offices to improve the service quality of our colleagues. Our society tries to facilitate forming of bonds among our colleagues by bringing them together in various platforms, in addition to making a significant contribution to the sector by improving the quality of on-the-job training, which is among its purposes of foundation.

TTMD has become a member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating and Refrigeration Engineers) in 1993, of REHVA (Federation of European Heating and Air Conditioning Association) in 2005, and of CLIMAMED (Joint Organization of HVAC&R Associations of France, Italy, Portugal, Spain) in 2009.

TTMD develops and supports R&D projects within the framework of university-industry cooperation, takes active part in the preparation of standards and regulations, cooperates with public bodies in the preparation of regulations thus contributing to their conformity with the norms, develops and operates national and international projects (EU, FCO, etc.), and continues its publishing and educational activities in the sector.

WHAT IS TTMD?  
TTMD was founded in 1992 to improve the HVAC and Sanitary Engineering and the services it offers to the society in the areas identified in the definition; today, it has become an association where professionals from different disciplinary backgrounds come together for shared goals. We maintain contacts with foreign professional bodies to achieve Knowledge and Technology transfer, to represent our colleagues in international platforms, and to follow the developments closely.

WHAT ARE THE OBJECTIVES OF TTMD? 

The objectives of TTMD include; first and foremost, contributing to the training and research of our professional colleagues, fresh graduates, and students willing to develop their skills in this profession in application field; contributing to the knowledge and technology transfer; providing the necessary communication and discussion opportunities; contributing to the research undertaken in universities and research centers concerning our sector; and improving the university-industry cooperation. Publication of “Manuals” containing correct and contemporary information on the installation sector, and the establishment of “Rules of Conduct” are also among our main objectives. Keeping these up-to-date is the responsibility of our dynamic and concerned Committees and Commissions always in operation. Contributing to the development of our country as we do our profession, and in this context creating healthy, safe, hygienic, comfortable, in a word, livable environments in different buildings in which people spend about 80-90 % of their times; generating energy-efficient and environment-friendly solutions using the opportunities offered by the nature; working in coordination with other professional and expertise groups.

OUR ACTIVITIES
TTMD performs various activities related to installation in line with its charter,  and thus contributes to the public good. Some of the activities of the society performed with this aim are as follows.

  • Realizing knowledge and technology transfer,
  • Contributing to the efficient use of energy in our country,
  • Improving knowledge accumulation and knowledge sharing in the sector and thus contributing to the building of better buildings and plants,
  • Promoting our Country overseas in its own sector,
  • Representing our colleagues in international platforms and following the developments closely,
  • Contributing to the training and research of our colleagues offering professional services, newly graduated engineers, and students willing to develop their skills in this profession in application field, and contribute to knowledge and technology transfer,
  • Providing the necessary communication and discussion environment,
  • Contributing to the research undertaken in universities and research centers concerning our profession and improving the university-industry cooperation,
  • Publication of journals, books, and manuals containing correct and contemporary information on the installation sector, and the establishment of “Rules of Conduct” ,
  • Contributing to the development of the country as we do our profession,
  • Creating healthy, safe, hygienic, comfortable, in a word, livable environments in different buildings in which people spend about 80-90 % of their times,
  • Generating energy-efficient and environment-friendly solutions and cooperating on this issue,

Working in coordination with other professional and expertise groups.

 


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