ASHRAE Announces Technical Program for 2019 Winter Conference
ATLANTA – The technical program has been announced for the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 12–16, at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center. The conference technical program, which offers over 100 sessions, is now available in the ASHRAE 365 app and corresponding event website.
Registration for the conference provides free entry to the co-sponsored AHR Expo, to be held Jan. 14–16 at the Georgia World Congress Center.
The five-day event includes eight conference tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.
A new and anticipated track at this year’s conference, Renewables and Natural Systems, will explore topics such as energy technologies, renewable energy sources and the future of the smart grid.
Another new conference track, The Engineer’s Role in Architecture, will examine the integral role engineers have toward the safe design of buildings and structures. Topics include designing resilient building using historical insight, equipment selection and strategies to facilitate integrated project delivery.
Conference tracks include:
• Systems and Equipment
• HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications
• Refrigeration
• Construction, Operation and Maintenance of High Performance Systems
• Common System Issues and Misapplications
• The Convergence of Comfort, Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency
• Building Integrated Renewables and Natural Systems
• The Engineer’s Role in Architecture

PDH’s are available to attendees who attend any of the Technical Sessions or ALI Courses.

Additionally, ASHRAE will offer onsite administration of ASHRAE certification exams on Jan. 12 and Jan. 16.

The exams being administered include: Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP and CPMP Recertification); Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP); Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP); High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP); Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP); and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP). Applications must be submitted by Dec. 21.

ASHRAE President Sheila J. Hayter will provide an update on the 2018-2019 society theme, “Building Our New Energy Future” at the President’s Luncheon on Monday, Jan. 14. Major contributors to the ASHRAE RP Campaign will also be recognized at this lunch.

For complete conference and expo information, visit the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo websites.

ASHRAE Announces New HVAC&R Student Competition

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced a call for entries for its 2019 HVAC&R Student Paper Competition.
The competition is aimed at students working on their Bachelor or Master’s degree who are members of ASHRAE. The winning entry will represent the Society at the 2019 HVAC World Student Competition to be held in conjunction with the 2019 CLIMA Conference, May 26-29, in Bucharest, Romania.
A key component of the requirements is the preparation of a paper that is based on an accepted BS or MS thesis. The paper’s topic must be in the area of HVAC technology, building services, indoor environmental control or energy performance of buildings.
Entrants for the 2019 ASHRAE HVAC&R Student Competition are asked to do the following:
1. Submit a six-page maximum length paper that is based on an accepted BS or MS thesis by Nov. 30.
2. Give a 10 minute oral presentation on Monday, Jan. 14, during a session scheduled during the ASHRAE 2019 Winter Conference in Atlanta, Ga.
3. Prepare a poster for discussion between the entrants and jurors.
Entrants will be notified shortly after the presentations of the competition results.
For more information about the 2019 ASHRAE HVAC&R Student Competition or to submit an entry, visit

ASHRAE Realigns Relationship with IAQA

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced that an agreement has been reached with the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) for IAQA to transition to an association management firm.

IAQA became an affiliate of ASHRAE in 2015. In that relationship, IAQA’s operational base became integrated within ASHRAE’s headquarters operations in Atlanta, Ga. With this change, IAQA will take on a more independent management position. Both organizations are committed to continue collaborative programming that benefits all members involved.

During its affiliation, IAQA operated independently within ASHRAE’s organizational structure, maintaining its own brand and Board of Directors. Both associations viewed the initial partnership as an asset for the growth and development of each organization’s distinct membership base.
IAQA will continue to offer corporate and individual memberships, education, conference and resources to indoor air quality professionals. ASHRAE will continue its longstanding leadership of IAQ sciences and technologies.

A task force has been established to examine the best path forward for both organizations.