Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 29 July 2018: ASHRAE’s Annual Conference, will take place from June 22 to 26, 2019, in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, at the Kansas City Marriott and Kansas City Convention Center, the organisation said in a Press communiqué.
According to ASHRAE, the conference includes a technical programme comprising eight tracks and one mini-track representing areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.
Carrie Anne Monsplair, Chair of the 2019 Annual Conference, said: “With the global movement towards sustainable energy, the HVAC&R industry is ever-changing. We continue to face new challenges as we adapt our designs, codes and technology to fit this constantly changing criteria. The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges and offer best practices, lessons learned and innovative design strategies to be applied in a wide range of topics.”
According to ASHRAE, the ‘HVAC&R Systems and Equipment in the Built Environment’ track focuses on selection, which is paramount to HVAC&R design. Papers in this track will assist designers, engineers and operators in the design, selection, and operation of HVAC&R systems and equipment, the communiqué said.
The ‘Fundamentals and Applications’ track lays the foundation for understanding applications in engineering, the communiqué said. Key components include thermodynamics, psychrometrics and fluid and mass flow, the communiqué further said.
The ‘Optimisation in HVAC&R’ track seeks papers focused on using models to inform decision-making for design and operation of HVAC&R and High Performance Buildings, the communiqué said.
The ‘Commissioning New and Existing Buildings’ track will address lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and effort to improve the installation, startup, O&M and commissioning of HVAC systems, the communiqué said.
The ‘Occupant Health and Safety’ track includes topics such as filtration, change-overs, best practices for maintainability, fire ratings/dampers, detection and ventilation for toxic gases, operator safety in equipment rooms, OSHA requirements and industrial and hazardous spaces, the communiqué said.
Papers are solicited for the ‘Modelling Throughout the Building Lifecycle’ track on all aspects of building modelling, with a particular interest in successful applications that have extended modelling into operational phases of the building lifecycle, the communiqué said.
The ‘Professional Development’ track will cover all aspects of business outside of engineering/technical applications and includes interactive sessions such as workshops and forums, the communiqué said.
In addition, a ‘Radiant Heating and Cooling’ mini-track will explore the fundamental concepts of how different radiant systems work (high mass vs. low mass), how they are designed, constructed and optimally controlled, and where they have been used in the past, with lessons learned and documented performance data.