Midwest HVAC News
ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to
Chicago for 2015 Winter Conference, Expo.
is open for ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where
attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics
in the building industry, network; participate in technical tours;
attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits;
and obtain ASHRAE certifications.
The ASHRAE Conference takes place Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton,
while the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is held Jan. 26-28, McCormick
Place. Complete Conference information and registration can be found
www.ashrae.org/chicago, and Expo information at
In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education, the
Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well
as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a
Professional Engineering license.
The Technical Program features more than 100 sessions and 300
speakers over eight tracks: Systems and Equipment; Fundamentals and
Applications; Industrial Facilities (new); Large Buildings: Mission
Critical Facilities and Applications (new); Energy Efficiency; Life
Safety (new); Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems (new);
Hospital Design and Codes (new). Specifically, the program features
sessions on cold climate design, tall buildings, hospital and clean
room design and data centers.
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The ASHRAE Learning
Institute (ALI) offers 20 professional development seminars and
short courses to stay current on HVAC&R trends. Among them is a
new course on Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings
and Systems, in addition to updates to Standard 90.1, Energy
Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,
and 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality.
Training topics include commissioning, energy management,
Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human
Occupancy, energy efficient data centers, healthcare facilities,
building energy audits, the coming smart grid and ground source
Additionally, ASHRAE offers a special administration of all six
certifications on Jan. 28: Building Energy Assessment
Professional (BEAP); Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP);
Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP);
High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP); Healthcare
Facility Design Professional (HFDP); and Operations &
Performance Management Professional (OPMP). Register at
The keynote speaker at
the opening Plenary Session is Aron Ralston, adventurer and subject
of the film 127 Hours. In April 2003, during a hike into a remote
area of Utah’s canyon country in April 2003, Ralston accidentally
dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand. After
six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself with a cheap
multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue. Since his
amputation, Ralston has written an internationally bestselling book,
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, later turned into a movie nominated
for six Oscars.
Also offered are technical tours, which include Walgreens net zero
store, a brewery and McCormick Place.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human
well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment.
The Society and its more than 50,000 members worldwide focus on
building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality,
refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards
writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE
shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be
found at www.ashrae.org/news.