ATLANTA, Georgia, United States, 15 October 2020: ASHRAE has announced that the 2021 AHR Expo, originally scheduled to be held from January 25 to 27, 2021, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, has been cancelled. ASHRAE said it worked alongside AHRI and Show Management to explore every possibility that could lead to hosting an in-person event, but unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present challenges and unpredictable variables.
The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Virtual Conference, which will include a mixture of live, pre-recorded and on-demand sessions, will take place from February 9 to 11, 2021, ASHRAE said.
“The Board of Directors has carefully considered what course of action would be best for ASHRAE members, the committees that conduct the Society’s business, the industry we serve and the AHR Expo,” said 2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. “The pandemic has affected everyone, requiring that we adapt to existing conditions in our personal and professional endeavors and our decision to cancel the 2021 AHR Expo is a reflection of necessary adjustments.”
ASHRAE committee, council and board meetings will take place virtually in January, ASHRAE said. More information and details will be available in the coming weeks, it added.
“Current health rules regarding social distancing and large gatherings makes it impossible for us to provide the experience that our attendees expect at the AHR Expo,” said ASHRAE Executive Vice President Jeff Littleton. “As leaders in the built-environment, we have a responsibility to protect health and wellbeing of attendees, exhibitors and staff. While we could not find a path forward to host the Expo in 2021, we anticipate an even greater show in 2022 in Las Vegas.”
ASHRAE said additional information about the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Virtual Conference and committee meetings, including registration details, will be made available soon on the ASHRAE website. It urged the industry to continue to check ashrae.org/Chicago. For further questions regarding the AHR Expo 2021 show, ASHRAE urged the industry to visit the show update page.
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