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ASHRAE Winter Conference attracts 2,800 stakeholders

Buildings-related engineers, architects, contractors, students and other industry professionals among the attendees, says ASHRAE

ATLANTA, Georgia, United States, 10 February 2020: ASHRAE declared its Winter Conference and AHR Expo, held from February 1 to 5 in Orlando, Florida a success. The Conference, ASHRAE said through a Press release, attracted nearly 2,800 buildings-related engineers, architects, contractors, students and other industry professionals.

According to the release, ASHRAE celebrated its 125th anniversary with paper sessions chronicling the progress of key industries and the evolution of energy modelling. An updated edition of the Society book, Proclaiming the Truth, was released at the Conference, in addition to a composite video highlighting ASHRAE’s history which debuted at the plenary session, the release said.

The Winter Conference technical programme featured more than 300 presentations, with interest surrounding this year’s new track, Big Data and Smart Controls, where session topics included smart sensor technologies, occupant behaviour in buildings and cost-based control of supply air temperature, the release said.

According to the release, the AHR Expo offered more than 1,900 exhibitors, with 300 companies exhibiting for the first time. The three-day show, occupying 506,000 net square feet of exhibit space, attracted attendees from more than 160 countries.

2019-20 ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce, provided Society updates and initiatives related to his presidential theme, “Building for People and Performance. Achieving Operational Excellence”. He focused on how building professionals can ensure operational performance for the people that live, work and interact in buildings. Speaking on the Society’s new Global Headquarters building, he said, “With the opportunity to create a new ASHRAE Global Headquarters building, we are living the real-world challenge of designing and building a great environment for our staff, volunteers and industry visitors from around the world, that will operate effectively and not waste energy.”


The plenary session, the release said, drew more than 1,000 people and provided a forum for the presentation of awards to experienced and emerging leaders in the industry. Keynote speaker Ed Hochuli, retired Head Referee in the National Football League, closed the session with an empowering presentation on being successful at any job.

According to the release, the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offered four full-day seminars and 17 half-day courses. New courses included: Guideline 36: Best in Class HVAC Control Sequences, Save 40% by Complying with Standard 90.1-2019, Best Practices for Installing DDC Systems, IgCC and ASHRAE Standard 189.1 Technical Provisions, Principles of Building Commissioning: ASHRAE Guideline 0 and Standard 202, Designing for Cold Climates and V in HVAC – What, Why, Where, How, and How Much. The new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification exam was also administered during the conference, the release said.

According to the release, the 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference will take place from June 27 to July 1 in Austin, Texas. The 2021 Winter Conference, the release added, will take place from January 23 to 27, and the AHR Expo from January 25 to 27, in Chicago.

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