ASHRAE has opened registration for its 2018 winter conference, Jan. 20-24, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Registration is also open for the AHR Expo, Jan. 22-24, at McCormick Place, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

The ASHRAE Winter Conference features eight conference tracks, tours, social events, and a keynote message from Debbie Sterling, founder and CEO of GoldieBlox.

“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,” says Michael Collarin, technical program chair of the ASHRAE Winter Conference. “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 resilient.”

The conference includes tracks on standards, fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment. Tracks on industry trends in resiliency and modeling throughout a building’s life cycle, as well as tracks addressing specific disciplines, such as tall buildings and heat exchange equipment are also on the agenda.

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer two full-day and five half-day seminars during the conference. Courses include: The Commissioning Process in New & Existing Buildings; High-Performance Building Design: Applications & Future Trends; Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design & Application; and 78 Designing Toward Net-Zero Energy Commercial Buildings.

New and updated courses include:

• Optimizing Indoor Environment: Increasing Building Value

• Understanding and Designing Chilled Beam Systems

• Designing High-Performance Healthcare HVAC Systems

• Complying with Standard 90.1-2016: HVAC/Mechanical

• Humidity Control I and II: Principles & Applications

Those interested in sitting for one of six ASHRAE certification exams must apply by Dec. 20. The exams include: Energy Assessment, Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Healthcare Facility Design, High-Performance Building Design, and Building Operations. Learn more and apply at

For complete conference and expo information, go here.