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ASHRAE Conference tracks focus on building performance, design

April 26, 2018 | By Jillian Morgan

ASHRAE annual conference building performance and design

At this year’s sixth annual Research Summit, an announcement will be made about collaboration with ASHRAE’s archival research publication, Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program will offer educational tracks on design and performance optimization for buildings.

A new track at this year’s conference, “Residential – Modern Building in Hot and Humid Climates,” will discuss integration of modern residential design and building practices into hot and/or humid climates with specific challenges, such as indoor comfort, ventilation and mold.

Another design track, “District Energy and Cogeneration Plants,” will discuss the role of combined resources to minimize carbon footprint. This track takes a look at the advantages, limitations and best practices of utilizing this type of shared system.

The conference will be held June 23-27, 2018 at the Hilton Americas-Houston hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Centre in Houston, TX.

Research scientist and author Ainissa Ramirez will provide a keynote talk titled, “Inspiring the Next Generation.” Shelia Hayter, ASHRAE president for 2018-19, will present the Society theme for the coming year during the President’s Luncheon on June 25, 2018.

Conference tracks include:

  • HVAC/R systems and Equipment
  • Fundamentals and Applications
  • District Energy and Cogeneration Plants
  • HVAC and Resiliency: Safeguarding our World
  • Residential – Modern Building in Hot and Humid Climates
  • Professional Skills
  • Research Summit
  • HVAC/R Control Freaks
  • HVAC/R Analytics

ASHRAE Learning Institute will offer two full-day seminars and eight half-day courses. New courses include: Advance Design for Net Zero Buildings; Latest in High-Performance Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems; Save 30 Per Cent Complying with Standard 90.1-2013; and Principles and Practices of Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning.

Those interested in ASHRAE certification exams must apply by June 5, 2018. Exams include: Energy Auditing, Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Healthcare Facility Design, High-Performance Building Design and Building Operations. www.ashrae.org/houston



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