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ASHRAE Winter Conference coming to Windy City

Examine the latest in the building industry at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) conference, which heads to Chicago this winter.
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Registration is open for the 2018 American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Winter Conference, which will be held in Chicago from January 20 to 24 at the Palmer House Hilton. The event features eight conference tracks, tours, social events, and a keynote message from Debbie Sterling, CEO of GoldieBlox, an engineering-themed line of toys aimed at girls.

“Engineers and designers continue to adopt design principles to reduce the ecological impact of our built environment on the world around us. It has practically become second nature,” said Michael Collarin, the conference’s technical program chair. “This conference provides professionals with an unparalleled opportunity to focus on the design, build, control, commission, operating facilities, and infrastructure resources that they need, not only to be efficient, but also resilient.”

Attendees will examine the latest in the building industry through a technical program featuring more than 200 presentations and 300 speakers. Trends in resiliency and modeling throughout a building’s life cycle will be discussed. Tracks on standards, fundamentals and applications, systems, and equipment as well as specific disciplines like tall buildings and heat-exchange equipment are also on the agenda.

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will also be offering two full-day and five half-day seminars. Courses include:

  • “The Commissioning Process in New & Existing Buildings;”
  • “High-performance Building Design: Applications & Future Trends;”
  • “Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design & Application;” and
  • “Designing Toward Net-zero Energy Commercial Buildings.”

Visit ALI for a full list of conference courses.

Registrants have complimentary access to AHR Expo, which will be held from January 22 to 24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. This expo is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The event will showcase products for building automation and control (e.g. climate controls, monitoring systems, cloud-based options, lighting, security, and fire alarms), indoor air quality (IAQ) — such as monitors, exhaust fans, environmental testing systems, and dehumidifiers, and software related to HVAC.

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