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ASHRAE 2017 Winter Conference aims to bridge design challenges

February 2, 2016 | By Doug Picklyk

In a bid to address design challenges in the current market, ASHRAE is introducing new tracks for its 2017 Winter Conference in Las Vegas, NV on January 28 to February 1.

“Today’s HVAC/R profession is facing challenges unlike those from the past,” said Leon Shapiro, conference chair. “The rapidity with which technology advances the modeling, design, equipment, systems, construction and operation of the buildings we deal with, along with the speed with which climate change is significantly altering the conditions around which we design, are creating problems for today’s ASHRAE members. The conference seeks to address those problems.”

Organizers have issued a call for papers on tracks that address those changes in technology, including the relationship between water usage and energy systems; developments in mission critical facilities and the challenges of meeting increasing load demands while minimizing the impact on energy and water usage; methods to increase building resiliency and facilitate climate adaptation; and achieving energy efficiency in industrial buildings without compromising life safety considerations.

In addition, the conference seeks papers on fundamentals and applications, HVAC/R systems and equipment, commercial and industrial IAQ, and building operation and performance-meeting the modeling expectations.   

“The industry’s goal is to design, build and operate buildings today that are efficient and sustainable, and that are intended to remain efficient and sustainable into the future,” said Shapiro. “How do you accomplish that if tomorrow promises to be notably different than today? No sensible design decisions can be made without taking into account not only the world as it has been or is, but also the world as it will be. The 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference attempts to bridge this design challenge through the tracks and papers and programs accepted for the program.”

Abstracts for conference papers are due March 14, 2016. Upon acceptance, papers will be due July 6, 2016. Full technical papers are due April 18, 2016. To submit a Conference paper abstract or a technical paper and for more information about the conference, visit www.ashrae.org/lasvegas.



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