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Mother Nature Can’t Stop High Attendance for ASHRAE Conference, AHR Expo.

ATLANTA—Even Winter Storm Janus couldn’t deter the thousands of attendees of the ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference. In spite of the snow storm, the Conference, held Jan. 18-22, in New York City., saw over 2,800 attendees.

Additionally, the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, held in conjunction with the Conference, saw record numbers. According to Show organizer International Exposition Company, a total of over 61,000 attendees (42,991 visitors and 18,219 exhibitor personnel) registered for the 2014 AHR Expo. HVACR professionals from all 50 states and over 130 countries braved the elements to see the latest products and technologies on display from over 1,900 exhibiting companies from around the world. Pending verification, these figures make the 2014 AHR Expo the event with the highest registered attendance in the history of the exposition.

The Conference’s Technical Program ranked high in attendance, addressing trends in tall building, international design and building information systems, to name just a few topics. Individual top-attended sessions in the technical program were “Commercial Building Energy Efficiency and High Performance HVAC,” which was a student sponsored session; “Designs for Thermal Comfort and Energy Savings: Real Practices in School and Office Buildings;” “Efficient Technologies That Are Also Economically Sustainable, Part 3 of 3: Thermal Energy Storage (TES) and Complementary Options;” “Effective Best Practices for Successful Building Systems Commissioning;” and “Getting to Green: Where's the Value in ‘Next Level’ Operations and Retro-cx? And your Energy Audit is Worthless...or is it?”


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Also offered were a combined 23 courses—eight Professional Development Seminars and 15 Short Courses—from the ASHRAE Learning Institute. The most popular offerings among the Short Courses were “High-Performance Building Design: Applications & Future Trends;” the new “Designing High-Performance Healthcare HVAC Systems;” “Troubleshooting Humidity Control Problems;” and “Energy Efficiency in Data Center.” Popular Professional Development Seminars included “Commercial Building Energy Audits;” “Energy Modeling Best Practices & Applications;” and the new “Introduction to Building Enclosure Commissioning.”

Among the top selling publications were “ASHRAE GreenGuide, 4th ed.;” “HVAC Design Guide for Hospitals and Clinics, 2nd ed.;” “Refrigeration Commissioning Guide;” “Pocket Guide, 8th ed.;” “District Heating Guide;” ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2013, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality; ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013 (I-P), Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; and ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2013, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.

ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference takes place in Seattle, Wash., June 28-Jul. 2. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/seattle.

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, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.


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