ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2016 Winter Conference, and the association is looking for the best paper written by a graduate student. The 2016 conference is set for Jan. 23-27 in Orlando, FL.

Papers are being accepted on the following topics.

• Design Build project delivery explores the challenges and benefits, highlights successful projects and addresses several topics, including contracts and alternative design and construction processes.

• Modern Residential Systems for energy efficient solutions and the latest advances ranging from glazing to water heating to lighting for the residential market.

• Cutting Edge Technologies explores efforts to achieve net zero energy buildings.

In addition, the 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference also seeks papers addressing advances and practices across HVACR systems, equipment, fundamentals and applications, especially for the International Design Track.

ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions:

• Conference paper abstracts due March 23, 2015. Upon acceptance, papers will be due July 6, 2015. These “final” papers undergo a single-blind review, are submitted as a PDF, and have an eight single-spaced page maximum length.

• Full technical papers due April 20, 2015. Papers submitted for review must be both technically accurate and clearly written. These papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review and can be a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages.

Graduate students who submit a conference paper are eligible to participate in a recognition program titled “Best Graduate Student Paper.” The recognition program is an ASHRAE effort to expose a deserving graduate student to the international community of researchers in the field by helping to fund their travel to the 12th CLIMA World Congress to be held May 22-25, 2016, in Aalborg, Denmark.

ASHRAE will conduct a review of graduate student papers accepted for the January 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference to make the selection. The graduate student author chosen will receive funding up to $2,500 to offset expenses of attending the CLIMA 2016 Congress. Conditions of the award are that the paper must be based on the student’s thesis, that the paper be a conference paper (not a technical paper), that the student be the first author listed, and that the submitter be a graduate student at the time of the abstract submission.

To submit a conference paper abstract or a technical paper and for more information about the tracks, go to