Our live event and innovative industry winners lead the AHR Orlando update.

Happy new year! We’re hitting the ground running with our annual live event at the AHR Expo, and I’ve got more details for you this month about speakers and their subject matter.


Rebecca Ellis, P.E., LEED AP, CxA

Our popular commissioning columnist will look at evolving trends in emergency systems for critical facilities.


James McEnteggart, P.E., CEM, LEED AP

Jim is Senior VP – Operational Risk Management for Primary Integration, Inc. We’re very happy to have him in the lineup this year, and he’ll talk about design details and requirements for critical system controls.


Aaron Duda, P.E., PA LEED BD+C

UA Tier Designer Senior Associate/mechanical engineer at Environmental Systems Design in Chicago, Aaron has refined his topic a bit further from the house ad on page 72 (which has all the other logistics for the event) and will focus on water treatment for direct and indirect cooling strategies.


The plan again this year is to offer professional credits for attendees, and the session is free as always. The one requirement is that you must pre-register. Our room is limited to about 75, so we need to plan and get a headcount accordingly. The URL for sign-up (is not concise, but you only have to type it once): www.regonline.com/criticalcoolingcontrol2016.



Our website starts off the new year with something extra as well. If working with or specifying PEX piping is relevant to your interests, then you’ll want to drop by www.esmagazine.com and review the white paper on the subject by Uponor’s Daniel Worm, CPD. Expect insights and tips on PEX design, sizing, and thermal expansion and contraction.



And finally, a round of applause for this year’s AHR Innovation Award category winners:

Building Automation- Accutrol, LLC for Accutrol AVC Fume Hood Control System

Cooling - Sporlan - Parker Hannifin for ZoomLine™ Flexible Tubing

Green Building - International Wastewater Systems Inc. for Piranha Wastewater Heat Recovery Heat Pump

Heating - Victaulic for Victaulic Grooved System for Saturated Steam Piping

Indoor Air Quality- SEMCO for ASCENDANT™ conventional cooling, active desiccant hybrid system

Plumbing- SEMCO for NEUTON controlled chilled beam pump module

Refrigeration– Carel Industries for HEOS Sistema – high-efficiency waterloop system for commercial refrigeration

Software- Plasma Air International for PlasmaSoft 2.0 IAQ Procedure Software

Tools & Instruments- Sporlan - Parker Hannifin for ZoomLock™ Braze-Free Fittings

Ventilation- Aeroseal LLC for Aeroseal duct sealing technology

We’ll report online once one of the nominees snags this year’s grand prize in Orlando. ES