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Enhancing student understanding of HVAC&R system design and sciences through competition.


2023 Design Competition

The 2023 student competition focuses on a new laboratory building at a research center located in Cairo, Egypt. 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.  

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2023 Applied Engineering Challenge

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed our perceptions of our workplace. The 2023 Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge (AEC) is focused on the design of a portable IAQ healthometer that will detect contaminants in a space and display the levels of different toxins to the user.  

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2023 Building EQ (Building Energy Quotient) Competition

The Student Activities Committee and Building EQ Committee have collaborated to create a new Building EQ competition. Students will have the opportunity to evaluate and audit building energy consumption for buildings in operation to give the building a Building EQ score using the ASHRAE Building EQ online tools. 

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2023 ASHRAE 3D Modeling Competition

The 3D modeling competition is for students 13-18 years of age and provides the opportunity to take the first steps in designing a building’s HVAC system. This competition will expose high school students to the process that designers and engineers go through when designing building systems.  

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2023 HVAC&R Student Paper Competition

The competition is aimed at students working on their Bachelor and Master’s degree who are members of ASHRAE. A key component of the requirements is the preparation of a paper that is based on an accepted BS or MS thesis. 

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Solar Decathlon

The Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition that challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. The combined competition features two tracks, the Design Challenge and the Build Challenge.