Return to Dallas Sees High Attendance, New Technology at
ATLANTA –From technology in the palm of your hand to
technology from around the world, the ASHRAE Winter
Conference brought attendees all the latest updates in
the building industry.
Some 2,840 people attended the Conference, held Jan.
26-Jan. 30, in Dallas, Texas. Attendees came from around
the globe, including India, Latvia, Romania, Thailand
and even Uganda, to name just a few.
Also taking place in conjunction with the Conference was
the ASHRAE co-sponsored Air-Conditioning, Heating, and
Refrigerating Exposition, which set new all-time records
for a Southwest Show. The Expo attracted 51,337
attendees, including nearly 34,000 visitors. The Show
also saw the most exhibitors, 1,951, and largest square
footage, 397,000 sq. ft., for any Southwest Show.
New to the Conference was the ASHRAE Event App. Some
2,000 Conference attendees accessed education courses
and social events with the touch of a button; had maps
and floorplans in hand to find their way around; added
sessions to their personal schedules and created
one-touch custom agendas of events from their
smartphones and tablets.
The Winter Conference technical program featured nearly
200 presentations, with the top attended session in the
systems and equipment, facility management, energy
conservation and fundamentals and applications tracks.
The top-attended sessions were Introduction to the
ASHRAE/REHVA Chilled Beam Design Guide; Desiccant
Enhanced Air Conditioning; The FM Perspective: Reducing
Energy Consumption and the True Cost of Maintenance;
Innovative Energy Efficiency Strategies for Commercial
Buildings; and Decoupling the Latent Load Through
Other Conference highlights included the Technical
Plenary, which drew 330 attendees, with its focus on
ethics and engineering.
These, and additional sessions, from the Technical
Program are part of ASHRAE’s Virtual Conference, which
provides access to more than 250 presentations. Register
or access presentations at
Conference offers an opportunity for ASHRAE to
strengthen its relationships with other associations
from around the world. ASHRAE took advantage of the
diverse group of attendees to sign Memorandums of
Understanding (MOU) with the Council of American
Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (CAMEE); the
National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO);
and the Society of Heating, Air-Conditioning and
Sanitary Engineers of Japan (SHASE). The Society also
signed a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with the
Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
The MOUs and MRA highlight the shared goals of ASHRAE
and the organizations and promote mutually beneficial
partnerships between the signing parties.
ASHRAE also furthered its existing relationship with the
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), launching
its third biennial Work Plan for 2013-2014, based on a
global cooperation agreement signed in 2007.
Also offered were five Professional Development Seminars
and 14 short courses from the ASHRAE Learning Institute
(ALI). The most popular courses were Energy Management
in New & Existing Buildings; Humidity Control
Applications, Control Levels and Mold Avoidance; and
Laboratory Design: The Basics and Beyond. Additionally,
ALI offered a special session of its in-depth HVAC
Design: Level I—Essentials training. The session was
held Jan. 30-Feb. 1 and saw 39 attendees.
Top selling publications included “Performance
Measurement Protocols: Best Practices Guide;” “Handbook
of Smoke Control Engineering;” “Thermal Guidelines for
Data Processing Environments, 3rd edition;” Standard
90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise
Residential Buildings; “A Practical Guide to Seismic
Restraint, 2nd edition;” “ASHRAE Papers CD: 2013 ASHRAE
Winter Conference;” and Standard 90.1-2010 User’s
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology
society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The
Society and its members focus on building systems,
energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability
within the industry. Through research, standards
writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE
shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.