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ASHRAE 2014 conference seeking papers, research

ASHRAE is currently seeking papers for its 2014 Annual Conference in Seattle June 28-July 2. According to organizers, the conference addresses broad topics in the application of technology to practice, specific applications in ground source heat pumps, O&M and indoor environmental quality, as well as new reports on research taking place worldwide.

The second annual research summit is seeking papers that report on HVACR research with particular emphasis on high performance building design and its role in a clean energy economy. ASHRAE is also looking to bring together researchers to present and discuss the latest research on these topics. Papers describing ASHRAE-related research are encouraged as well as papers from societies and associations worldwide.

The "Indoor Environment — Health, Comfort and Productivity" track of the conference seeks papers highlighting the state of knowledge on the balance of environmental health and energy efficiency in buildings and research directions. The track called "Ground Source Heat Pumps State of the Art: Design, Performance and Research" requires papers addressing all aspects of design that lead to optimally performing systems in addition to avoiding common pitfalls that lead to poorly performing systems.

With low energy and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and operations, and maintenance. The "Installation, Commissioning, Operation, Maintenance of Existing Buildings" track is looking for papers focusing on lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications, and efforts to improve the installation, startup, O&M, and commissioning of HVAC systems.

The track focusing on refrigeration has an emphasis on global perspectives on new refrigerants, variable refrigerant flow applications, magnetic bearing compressors, and refrigerant management.  Papers on non-comfort cooling applications in food preservation and medical cryogenics are sought, also.

As with past ASHRAE conferences, the Seattle conference also seeks papers addressing advances and practices across HVACR systems, equipment, fundamentals, and applications. In addition, the conference features a professional skills track.

Conference paper abstracts are due Sept. 23, 2013. Upon acceptance, papers will be due Jan. 9, 2014. These papers undergo a single-blind review.

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