ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful 2019 Winter Conference, AHR Expo

ATLANTA, Ga. – Increased building activity, operational demands, changes in codes and design and new energy efficiency strategies were just some of the topic discussed among buildings professionals at the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo.

The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference took place Jan. 12-16 in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 2,700 individuals registered for this year’s Winter Conference.

The AHR Expo attracted HVACR professionals from around the globe and provided a forum for manufacturers to showcase the latest products and services. The expo drew more than 65,000 attendees, with 1,809 exhibitors total, 496 international exhibitors from 35 countries and 107 first-time exhibitors.

The Winter Conference technical program featured more than 300 presentations, with interest surrounding this year’s new track, Renewable and Natural Systems, where session topics included exploring energy technologies, renewable energy sources and the future of the smart grid.

ASHRAE Learning Institute offered five full-day seminars and 15 half-day courses. The top attended courses were Humidity Control I: Design Tips and Traps; Humidity Control II: Real-World Problems and Solutions; and Variable Refrigerant Flow System: Design & Application.

During the conference, ASHRAE signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Pakistan HVACR Society. The agreement formalizes the two organizations’ long-standing commitment toward the promotion of common cooling and heating related endeavors.

ASHRAE and UN Environment announced the launch of its 2019 and 2020 work plan. The new work plan will afford ASHRAE opportunities to work with local and national policy markets, ensuring sound energy efficiency and environmental protection policies based on ASHRAE standards and resources. This is the fifth work plan resulting from a 2007 MoU agreement between ASHRAE and UN Environment.

ASHRAE recognized outstanding achievements and contributions of dedicated members to the HVACR industry during its Honors and Awards program. A special presentation was made to H.E. (Barney) Burroughs, presidential Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, for his 100th ASHRAE conference attended.

The slate of nominees for 2019-2020 board officers and directors were announced. Elections will be held in May.

New publications were highlighted including the International Green Construction Code powered by ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2017, the newly revised ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2018, Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings and the Commissioning Stakeholders’ Guide, among others.

The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference will take place June 22-26 in Kansas City, with the 2020 Winter Conference Feb. 1-5 and the AHR Expo, Feb. 3-5, in Orlando, Florida.