The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute adopted an Internet-based virtual meeting system to help reduce the cost of member participation in standards development and to speed up the standards process.

The new system allows ARI section members to use their personal computers and a telephone to dial into the ARI/PlaceWare Web site to either draft or edit standards in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents. Changes are seen immediately on PC screens.

"The system can also be used globally for international standards development and may even be extended to other ARI activities," said Mark Menzer, ARI vice president/engineering and research.

For more information, contact Jim Walters, ARI's director/international standards at