Branches

Region Student Branches: (Chapter)

UF - University of Florida - Gainesville (Jacksonville)

UCF - University of Central Florida - Orlando (Central Florida)

USF - University of South Florida - Tampa (Florida West Coast)

FIU - Florida International University - (Miami)

FAU - Florida Atlantic University, Florida Technical College Pembroke Pines - (Gold Coast)

FIT - Florida Institute of Technology - (Spacecoast)

FTC - Florida Technical College - Kissimmee - (Spacecoast)

PR - University of Turabo, Politechnic University, University of Puerto Rica-Mayaguez - (Puerto Rico)

PUCP - Peru - Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru - Lima - (Florida West Coast)

UM - University of Miami, Lindsey Hopkins Tech Education Center, Miami Senior Adult Education Center - (Miami)

UNF - University of North Florida - (Jacksonville)

Universidade De Brasilia, UMC Universidade De Mogi das Cruzes - (Brasil)

Universidad Nacional de la Plata, Universidad Nacional Lujan + UTN, Libertador, Efficiency, Universidad Tecnológica Nacional, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Instituto Tecnológico Universitario, Ingeniería UNC, Tecnológico Argentino, Universidad Tecnológia Nacional- Architectural Faculty - (Argentina)

Universidad Nacional , Universidad de los Andes, Universidad El Bosque - (Colomibia)

Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral (Central & South America)

Design Competition

The Design Competition 2017 selected University of Central Florida as 2nd Place in Integrated Sustainable Building Design. Let´s congratulate them.

The Design Competition 2016 selected University of Central Florida as 1st Place in Integrated Sustainable Building Design. Let´s congratulate them.

The Design Competition 2015 selected University of Central Florida as 2nd Place in Design Calculations. Let´s congratulate them.

The Design Competition 2014 selected University of Central Florida as 1st Place in Design Calculations. Let´s congratulate them.

The Design Competition 2013 selected University of Florida as Rising Star in HVAC Design Calculations. Let´s congratulate them.

2020 Design Competition:

Register

ASHRAE sponsors these competitions to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to ensuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems. ASHRAE will recognize the outstanding student design projects at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Meeting scheduled for January in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America.

The student design competition guidelines provide enough background information to enable the teams to design or select the HVAC system for the given building, or to design a sustainable building implementing an integrated building design process (the architectural and building design for sustainability, and its supporting mechanical and electrical systems) for the given program.

The Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) competition's aim is to encourage students to extend their knowledge beyond the core mechanical systems. For the ISBD category, the final design level presented may be in a preliminary stage, as the competition's basic intention is to challenge students' imaginative thinking and creative engineering approach to the building and all of its systems.

Teams may compete in one of the three categories:

  • HVAC Design Calculations
  • HVAC System Selection
  • Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)

ASHRAE recommends that the project groups consist of at least two members from an undergraduate engineering or architecture curriculum for the HVAC Design Calculations or HVAC System Selection and at least three members (architecture or construction, mechanical and electrical) for the ISBD competition. Team members can be from multiple colleges. All team members must be enrolled during the semester/term in which they contribute to the design.

Participating teams are NOT required to have an ASHRAE Student Branch at their university.

  • COMPETITION DESCRIPTIONS

The 2020 student competition focuses on a new archives storage facility in Mumbai, India. ASHRAE sponsors these competitions to encourage students to become involved in a profession that is crucial to insuring a sustainable future for our Earth – the design of energy-efficient HVAC systems. The final HVAC System Selection and Design for the proposed building shall address the following major design goals:

  • Low Life Cycle Cost
  • Low Environmental Impact
  • Comfort and Health
  • Creative High Performance Green Design
  • Synergy (with architecture)

Owners Requirements

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Services Overview
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Competition Drawings

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1. HVAC Design Calculations
For students who have attended 1-2 HVAC courses. Focuses on the design calculations required to provide an energy-efficient design for the facility. Students are required to determine heating and cooling loads, and design the selected HVAC systems for the building, while demonstrating compliance with ASHRAE Standards 55, 62.1, and 90.1.
AND/OR

2. HVAC Systems Selection
For students at schools completing a dedicated HVAC or building environmental systems curriculum. The project encourages students with a solid HVAC base to use life-cycle cost process to select the building HVAC system(s) as well as incorporate the sustainability process promoted by ASHRAE by integrating ASHRAE Standard 189.1-2011 - Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings, and the US Green Building Council's LEED™ Rating System (or equivalent in the home country of international students.)

3. Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD)
This 2017-2018 student competition requires multidisciplinary teams to design an energy efficient sustainable project approaching a "Zero Energy" building with minimized energy demands for HVAC and all other technical systems that could be satisfied with locally available or building-installed renewable energy sources (RES). Students will be asked to satisfy a national or local sustainability standard (LEED or the equivalent in their country), and then implement RES to approach "Zero Energy" limit.

The fundamental goal of this design competition category is to encourage students to obtain experience in the ISBD process. Architects and engineers should work together from the very beginning to determine building orientation, layout, materials, mechanical systems, and electrical systems that meet the client's needs and work with the surrounding environment to minimize energy consumption.

4. Applied Engineering Challenge (AEC)

Design a system to be used by building occupants to report operational issues to building operators. The system should identify issues and provide solutions and/or next steps to solve these problems.

As an example, your system may be an automated platform that integrates to open, standard building automation systems.  The system could also be standalone and offer building occupants a way to provide objective, constructive feedback to building operators while assisting building operators in assessing and solving operational issues.  Whatever direction you choose, judging will be weighed heavily on real-world functionality of your design across a broad spectrum of buildings and building occupants and operators.

The system shall take into account multiple system variables, including space temperatures, humidity, lighting, acoustics, building plant design criteria, and outdoor conditions to determine the best course of action to address the occupant complaint.

Designs should accommodate a large commercial building (100,000 ft2 [9290 m2] or greater), with the ability to scale up to multiple buildings on a campus or in a business park.  Assume the building being monitored has heating and cooling systems as well as ventilation and airflow to meet all ASHRAE standards. Designs shall consider all types of HVAC systems (constant volume, VAV, heat pumps etc.) and be generic enough to use across multiple building design scenarios.

Submission Instructuctions

ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE TO BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY via the ASHRAE FTP site. Only those teams that register will get the FTP site information and instructions for uploading entries. 
All teams that are registered participants of the Design Competition will receive the FTP upload instructions via email. If your team is not registered, you will NOT receive this information.

The submission for the HVAC Design Calculations competition must be in PDF format only! No separate visual aids will be accepted (PowerPoint, YouTube, etc). Deliverable presentation should consist of a 35-page maximum technical report in PDF format only. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman.

The submission for HVAC System Selection competition is limited to 15 minutes visual aid (PowerPoint, YouTube, etc.) All PPTs have to be automated and not page by page click ALONG with a 30-page maximum technical report in PDF format. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman.

The submission for the Integrated Sustainable Building Design competition is limited to 15 minutes (PowerPoint, YouTube, etc.) ALONG with a 35-page maximum technical report in PDF format. Font size should be 11 pts, utilizing either Arial or Times New Roman.

The submission for the Applied Engineering Challenge must be submitted electronically by June 8, 2020 by uploading the entry to the ASHRAE Society FTP site established for this purpose. Only teams who register will receive the FTP site information, so please register at least 30 days prior to this date to allow for processing. The submission must be limited to a 25-page maximum technical report. The document must be formatted to 8.5 x 11 inch paper with margins of 1 inch, a font size of 11 points using either Arial or Times New Roman, and a line spacing not less than the Microsoft Word standard of 1.15. All documents must be delivered in PDF format and should be clearly readable in black and white print.

Questions

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Please submit your questions here
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Time Line

What is the Evaluation Time Schedule? 
There will be three levels of evaluation. Evaluators at all levels will judge the design project reports, not only for content, but also for compliance with the contest rules.

May 4, 2020
Entries must be submitted electronically by this date by uploading the entry to the ASHRAE Society FTP site established for this purpose. Only teams who register will get the FTP site information emailed to them, so please register at least 30 days prior to this date to allow for processing.
Only ASHRAE chapters with registered teams will have the FTP site emailed to them as well.
Teams that do not have a local chapter are required to adhere to this same deadline. Your entry will be evaluated by the closest chapter to your school or your Regional Vice-Chair (RVC) for Student Activities.

May 18, 2020
Deadline for local ASHRAE Chapters to forward their selection of the best entry in each category to the Student Activities Regional Vice Chair (RVC). Chapters are to download the necessary entries from the ASHRAE FTP site for local judging. FTP site information is only distributed to those chapters that have teams registered to participate in the competition.

Once your selection is made simply email the names of the winning entries to your RVC with a copy to kthomson@ashrae.org by the deadline above.

If applicable, chapters should ALSO nominate a "rising star" as well. The Rising Star must be a school that does not qualify for the regional or national competition, but is a quality entry and the school has not had a winning entry in the previous three years.

June 8, 2020 
Deadline for local ASHRAE Student Activities Regional Vice Chairs to forward their selection of the best entry in each category to ASHRAE Headquarters for national judging. Regional Vice Chairs are to download the necessary entries in your region from the ASHRAE FTP site for judging.
Once your selection is made simply email the names of the entries to kthomson@ashrae.org by the deadline above.

All entries that pass regional judging will be submitted to the national judging committee for final judging.
If applicable, Regional Vice Chairs can nominate a "rising star" as well. The Rising Star must be a school that does not qualify for the national competition, but is a quality entry and the school has not had a winning entry in the previous three years.

June 26, 2020
National level competition under the direction of the Student Activities Design Competition Subcommittee will complete evaluation of national level entries, and will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. In order to encourage additional schools to participate in the competition, a "Rising Star" winner will be chosen within each category from among those schools that have not had a winning entry in the previous three years.

Please Note: The Society level of the competition is conducted during a closed subcommittee session and therefore, team members and/or faculty advisors, or other persons outside of the Student Activities Committee, may not attend. Any violation of this notice can result in a team's disqualification from the competition.

August 3, 2020
Winners announced

Awards

Awards will be presented to the winners of each of the three competitions as follows:

  • First place
  • Second place
  • Third place
  • Rising Star

First Place: $2,000 plus a representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights lodging and $100 expenses for attendance at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Plenary. A 24 x 36 inch poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Second Place: A representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights' lodging at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 inch poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Third Place: A representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights lodging at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 inch poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Rising Star: A representative from the team will receive free transportation and two nights lodging for attendance at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Chicago, Illinois, United States of America where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 inch poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program. 

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K - 12 Resource Center

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Scholarships

These are the new scholarships, which will be available for 2019-2020:

  • Gordon V.R. Holness Scholarship, named in honor of ASHRAE Presidential Member Holness, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, who served as president in 2009-10.
  • ASHRAE Central New York Chapter King-Traugott Scholarship, named in memory of Fritz Traugott, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, and Harry King, Life Member. King created the Air Conditioning Engineering Technology program at SUNY Canton in 1946 and helped orchestrate its tremendous growth until his retirement in 1983. After receiving his doctorate from Syracuse University, Traugott went on to become a guest lecturer and lifelong supporter of the University, sharing a vision for the motivation, inspiration, and education of young engineers, especially in energy conservation.
  • James R. Bullock Jr. Scholarship, named in honor of Bullock, P.E., Life Member, a longtime ASHRAE member who serves as president of Environmental Air Systems Inc.
  • Freshman Engineering Scholarship

The following are the ASHRAE’s scholarship assistance for 2019-2020:

  • Willis H. Carrier Scholarships: $10,000 each for one year The scholarship was established by the Carrier Corp. in memory of its founder, who installed the world’s first scientifically designed air-conditioning system.
  • Reuben Trane Scholarships: $10,000 each to be awarded over two years. The scholarship was established by the Trane Co. in memory of its founder, an innovative engineer, inventor and business executive.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship: $5,000 for one year. The scholarship recognizes a female undergraduate engineering student and is named in memory of the Society’s first female president.
  • Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Technology Scholarship: $5,000 for one year.  The scholarship recognizes female engineering technology students.
  • Region IV Benny Bootle Scholarship: $5,000 for one year. The scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate engineering or architecture student attending an institution in ASHRAE Region IV, which covers North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. It is named for a former Region VI chair and regional director on the ASHRAE Board of Directors.
  • Frank M. Coda Scholarship: $5,000 for one year. The scholarship was created in memory of ASHRAE’s former executive vice president, who served from 1981-2004.
  • David C.J. Peters Scholarship: $5,000 for one year. The scholarship was created by Southland Industries to honor Peters, an advocate of recruiting quality.
  • Duane Hanson Scholarship: $5,000 for one year, Jordan Shefchik, University of Wisconsin-Madison, mechanical engineering.  The scholarship was established by Gayner Engineers and is named for the company’s former president.
  • Alwin B. Newton Scholarship: $5,000 for one year. The scholarship is named for an industry pioneer and ASHRAE Fellow who was granted 219 patents.
  • General Scholarships: $5,000 each for one year.
  • Legacy Scholarship: $5,000 for one year.
  • Bachelor Engineering Technology Scholarship: $5,000 each.
  • Associate Engineering Technology Scholarship: $5,000 for one year.

The following awards provide one-year $3,000 scholarships:

  • Minnesota Chapter Scholarship:  Matthew Hamilton, University of Wisconsin, mechanical engineering.
  • New Jersey Chapter Scholarship: Adel Njeim, City College of New York, mechanical engineering.
  • Henry Adams Scholarship: Smart Maduka, University of Lagos, mechanical engineering.  The scholarship was established by Henry Adams, Inc. in memory of its founder, a charter member and sixth president of ASHRAE’S predecessor society, ASHVE, established in 1899.
  • Region III Boggarm S. Setty Scholarship:   Andrew Brouwers, Pennsylvania State University, architectural engineering/mechanical engineering option.  This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate engineering student attending an institution within ASHRAE Region III, which covers Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C. and is named after Setty, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member.
  • Region VIII Scholarship:   Brandon Comisarenco, University of Texas, architectural engineering.  The scholarship is awarded to a student attending a school in ASHRAE Region VIII, which includes Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mexico and parts of Louisiana and Texas.
  • High School Senior Scholarships: Claire Feind, Texas A&M University, engineering; Rachel Hutzel, Purdue University, mechanical engineering technology; Brooke Bialas, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, mechanical engineering; and Morgan Kelley, Texas A&M University, engineering.  The scholarships are provided for high school seniors entering their freshman year of college in an engineering or engineering technology program.

For more information on ASHRAE scholarships, visit www.ashrae.org/scholarships. Applications are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 undergraduate, regional/chapter and university-specific scholarships. The deadline is December 1.

Membership

ASHRAE is unique because its membership is drawn from a wide range of disciplines relating to the HVAC&R field. Approximately 57,000 individuals from more than 100 nations belong to the Society. Among them are students, consulting engineers, mechanical contractors, building owners, and employees of manufacturing companies, educational institutions, research organizations, government or any organization concerned with environmental control. Members range from students to longtime engineers and professionals in other related disciplines such as architecture and medical research

To Join visit www.ashrae/students

Resources

We have a lot of resources for our students. Please visit www.ashrae.org/student-resources

Newsletter: Please visit Newsletter

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