Engineered Systems Magazine

In a down economy, an uplifting conference

April 29, 2009

In the current economic environment, networking and business development opportunities are more important than ever. With its nearly 100 educational sessions, the technical program at ASHRAE’s Annual Conference is designed to provide the perfect environment for developing new skills and contacts.

“Why attend the ASHRAE Annual Meeting in Louisville? Professional preservation is the purely selfish reason to attend,” says Kirk Mescher, chair of ASHRAE’s Conferences and Expositions Committee. “When working in HVAC&R, you need to be well educated on upcoming changes and new codes and standards, all of which are covered in the technical program. Those who develop the Handbooks and standards are there at the meeting; you should be too. ”

With a focus on optimal indoor air quality, the technical program runs June 21-24, at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Ky., with sessions on nearly every aspect of HVAC&R, from staying current with design practices to commissioning and good engineering business practices. New this year is the full range of programs scheduled in the buildings track. Complete program details are available at www.ashrae.org/louisville.

The technical program features a large building systems track that begins with an introduction to large buildings and addresses sustainable large building design, energy modeling, smoke control and specifically indoor sports facilities, entertainment venues, and museums and libraries. Other tracks with multiple programs include systems and equipment, indoor air quality, exergy and sustainability.

The program includes 60 seminars, 15 forums, more than 90 papers presented, and a technical plenary on Sunday that outlines the potential needed adaptation of cities and buildings for climate change. Sue Roaf, Ph.D., Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland, speaks about the concept of the low-carbon building and how we can make them happen while we redesign the built environment for the future.

Sessions of interest include:

- Seminar 7, ASHRAE Members’ Survival Guide: Keeping Your Business Alive and Well During Difficult Economic Times
- Seminar 8, Case Studies of Moisture Management Issues in Litigation
- Seminar 31, Contracts?? (Ugh! Boring!) A Comparison of the AIA 2007 and AGC ConsensusDocs Contract Forms
- Seminar 2, Energy Use and Efficiency in Healthcare Facilities
- Seminar 39, Defining the Contribution of Fans in Achieving the Goals of ASHRAE Standard 90.1
- Seminar 14, Balancing Indoor Air Quality and Energy Conservation/Effi ciency Objectives in Schools
- Transactions 17, Issues with Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in ASHRAE Residential Standards
- Seminar 28, Real World BIM for the HVAC Engineer
- Seminar 54, Optimal Air Quality: Control of Ozone
- Seminar 37, Cost Impacts of ASHRAE’s New IAQ Guide
- Seminar 59, Using Cx to Improve Sustainability and IAQ of Existing Buildings

 For more information on ASHRAE’s 2009 Annual Conference, visit www.ashrae.org/louisville. Conference registration is $670 ($505 for members).

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