Editors Note: Photographs from the Conference are available upon request.
ATLANTA – High attendance was reported for the recent ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo, in Orlando. The 2016 ASHRAE Winter Conference, was held Jan. 23-27, with the AHR Expo held Jan. 25-27.
The Winter Conference had more than 3,000 attendees. Attendance this year was higher than the past eight Winter Conferences, except Las Vegas 2011. Attendees came from 67 countries. The 2016 AHR Expo, co-sponsored by ASHRAE, set a record by being the first show outside of Chicago to break 400,000 square feet of exhibitor space. The Expo featured 2,063 exhibitors, including 561 deemed international. The total attendance for visitors was 42,672, with total attendance of visitors and exhibitors at 60,926.
Best sellers at the ASHRAE Bookstores included the Pocket Guide I-P; “HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics,” 2nd edition; “Cold-Climate Buildings Design Guide;” Guideline 0-2013, The Commissioning Process; Standard 188-2015, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems; “HVAC Simplified;” and the “Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, and Megatall Building Systems.”
The Conference’s Technical Program ranked high in attendance, with new tracks focused on design-build practices and residential systems. Individual top-attended sessions in the technical program were related to Cooling with the Sun: Solar Thermal Cooling; Energy Submetering Fundamentals: Benchmarking, Baselining and Beyond!; The Impacts of Operable Windows on Building Performance; Highlights from the 24th IIR International Congress of Refrigeration; The Internet of Everything: How Smart and Connected Sensors Will Transform the HVAC Service Industry; HVAC Pumps: New ECM Motor and Control Technologies; Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency: Measurement and Analysis of Multiple Approaches; Back to Basics: The Science, Application and Art of Load Calculations; Integrating Cutting-Edge Technology: Renewable Energy and Thermal Energy Storage; and Hydronic Systems: Doing More with Less.
Also offered were a combined 20 Professional Development Seminars and Short Courses from ASHRAE Learning Institute. The most popular Short Course offerings were Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems; Complying with Standard 90.1: HVAC/Mechanical; and Designing High-Performance Healthcare HVAC Systems. The Professional Development Seminars that drew the highest number of registrations were Energy Modeling Best Practices & Applications; Commercial Building Energy Audits; and Commissioning Process for New & Existing Buildings.
The 2016 ASHRAE Annual Conference takes place in St. Louis, Mo., June 25-June 29, 2016. The 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place Jan. 28-Feb. 1, Las Vegas, Nev., with the AHR Expo being held Jan. 30-Feb 1.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 54,000 members worldwide 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. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/news.