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2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference

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2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Austin, TX | June 27 -July 1

The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Austin, TX! The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, the Bookstore and Speakers Lounge will be at the JW Marriott and Austin Convention Center. 

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Conference Activities

Social Events
Welcome Party
Presidents Luncheon
Women in ASHRAE Happy Hour
Life Members Luncheon
Members' Night Out



ALI Courses

Committee Meetings

  • Technical Program

    The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks as well as a mini-track, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. The track focus areas include fundamentals and applications, HVAC&R systems and equipment, research summit, professional development and other specific topics including grid-interactive efficient built environment, multifamily and residential buildings, resilient buildings and communities, zero energy buildings, communities: opportunities and challenges and a building myths mini-track.

    “We are living in a constant changing world. ASHRAE members are facing a major evolutionary change in how buildings and energy systems interact,” said Bing Liu, chair of the 2020 Annual Conference. “Instead of individual equipment and system, buildings are becoming integrated, flexible and resilient systems to respond to the climate change challenges. The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges and feature a strong technical program with a wide range of topics applicable to engineers, architects, designers and professionals.”

    Track #


    Track Chair


    Fundamentals and Applications: Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychometrics, fluid and mass flow. This track provides opportunities for papers and presentations of varying levels across a large topic base. Concepts, design elements and shared experiences for theoretical and applied concepts of HVAC&R design are included.

    Rupesh Iyengar Rupesh_iyengar@yahoo.com


    HVAC&R Systems and Equipment: HVAC&R Systems and Equipment are constantly evolving to address the changing requirements of the built environment. Papers and programs in this track will focus on the development of new systems and equipment, improvements to existing systems and equipment and the proper application and operation of systems and equipment.

    Ashu Gupta


    Research Summit: Active research, and the exchange of those research findings, are critical to the development of our HVAC&R industry and built environment. The 8th annual research summit invites researchers to share those results, including ASHRAE-sponsored research and research of interest to the ASHRAE community. Researchers are invited to present papers, extended abstracts, seminars, forums or participate in panel discussions. The Research Summit includes a partnership with ASHRAE's archival journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

    Kristen Cetin


    Professional Development: As members of a professional organization, we not only participate for the great value of technical exchange, but also the interpersonal exchange. We recognize that the single greatest strength of our organization is its membership. This track is designed to allow those professionals an opportunity to develop in the areas of presentation skills, leadership, team-building, understanding various business operations, interpersonal skills, etc. In short, the Professional Development Track will cover all aspects of business outside of engineering/technical applications and lends itself to interactive session types such as workshops and forums.

    Devin Abellon


    Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment: This new track focuses on the effects of industry trends (grid-enabled buildings, demand response, decarbonization, etc.) on system, building and community design practices. Topics include smart building, grid-enabled equipment and appliance, and HVAC design and operation for load flexibility. Topic can also include energy storage (thermal, battery, building mass, etc.), energy recovery (from condenser water or air), time-of-day practices, utility programs, etc.

    Vikrant C Aute


    Multifamily and Residential Buildings: Multifamily is one of the fast growth building sectors but has been underserved. Multifamily buildings present challenges and opportunities on energy codes requirements, energy efficiency opportunities, ventilation and air tightness balance, and equality to address low-income multifamily buildings. This track covers programs and papers on best practices, utility and above-code incentive programs, field studies, and codes and standards requirements. This track also welcomes programs and papers for single family housing and other residential buildings.

    Sonya Pouncy


    Resilient Buildings and Communities: The cycle of building development, design and construction is moving more rapidly than ever. Key stakeholders in the design and construction process face new challenges of responding to a range of environmental, market and consumer-driven pressures. Increasingly, it is being recognized that “smart” buildings and integrated systems are central to successfully addressing challenges posed by climate change, natural disasters, accidents, disease, and terrorism. Papers and program in this track focus on innovation and exploration related to these challenges and best practices that enable adaptability, resilience and recovery of buildings and communities.

    Christine Reinders-Caron


    Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Opportunities and Challenges. To address the climate change challenges and carbon reduction needs, zero energy buildings and communities have proven concept in many cases. However these case studies remain a very minor portion of the building stock. This track provides an opportunity to address the challenges and demonstrate opportunities in a wide range of perspectives. Topics in this track includes integrated design approach, tools and resources to make it easier on zero energy design and operation, innovative and state-of-art technologies and strategies; balance between energy efficiency measures and on-site renewable generation, aggregated scale to achieve zero energy communities and campuses. This track will also cover the topics on policies and regulations, codes and standards and utility programs for adoption and scale up of zero energy buildings and communities.

    Raul Simonetti

    9 Mini-Track

    Building Myths: It is often difficult to present or publish “negative” results where there was no successful outcome of an experiment or study. This often leads to people conducting similar experiments to discover what others knew but never published. This min-track is designated to share the lessons learned from these precious experiences. This mini-track will also identify and test unquestioned assumptions related to the built environment and its efficient operation.

    Kimberly Pierson

    Submit Abstracts

    Important Dates:

    Monday, August 12, 2019 Conference Paper Abstracts, Technical Papers and Paper Session Requests Due
    Friday, August 30, 2019 Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Monday, December 2, 2019 Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment)
    Friday, December 20, 2019 Conference Paper Accept/Revise/Reject Notifications
    Monday, January 13, 2020 Website Opens for Seminar, Workshop, Panel, Debate, Forum and Extended Abstract Proposals
    Monday, January 13, 2020 Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Monday, February 10, 2020 Program (Seminar, Forum, Workshop, Debate and Panel) and Extended Abstract Paper Due
    Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications
    Monday, March 2, 2020 Extended Abstracts Accept/Reject Notifications
    Monday, March 16, 2020 Debate, Panel, Seminar, Forum, Workshop Accept/Reject Notifications
    Friday, May 1, 2020 Upload of presentation open for review
    Monday, June 1, 2020 Presentation submissions due

  • Registration Information

    Online registration will open spring 2020.


    Early Bird







    First Time Members




    Life Members




    Student Members and Student Branch Advisors




    One Day Member








    First Time Non-Members




    Student Non-Members




    One Day Non-Member












    One Session (onsite only)




  • Travel | Housing | Visa Letter

    Airline Transportation


    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer travel discounts for ASHRAE.
    Book online at www.delta.com/meetings and provide the Meeting Code NMTVK, or call Delta reservation Desk at 800-328-1111 and provide the Meeting Code.

    United Airlines:

    Book online via the United Airlines site at:
    using Z Code: ZHX4 Agreement Code: 970276 or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code and Agreement Code.

    Rental Cars

    Alamo Car Rentals:

    Book online at www.alamo.com and provide the CD number CD#LEADERS or call Alamo at 844-354-6962 and provide the CD number.

    Hertz Car Rentals:

    Book online at www.hertz.com and provide the CD number CD#1170024 or call Alamo at 800-654-3131 and provide the CD number.


    The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference will take place at the JW Austin and the Austin Convention Center. Hotel reservation information will be announced in early spring 2020.




    Distance to JW

    to ACC

    JW Marriott (Headquarter Hotel)

    110 E. 2nd St.



    2  blocks

    Austin Convention Center

    500 E. Cesar Chavez St.


    2 blocks


    Hyatt Place

    211 E. 3rd St.


    2 blocks

    1 block

    Hampton Inn

    200 San Jacinto Blvd.


    1 block

    1 block

    Visa Letter

    Use this form to create a letter of invitation:

    Visa Letter

  • Plenary | Keynote Speaker

    Saturday, June 27 | 3:15 pm

    Kick off the ASHRAE Winter Conference with the opening Plenary session. Society updates will be presented and ASHRAE will recognize award winners.

    Keynote Speaker: Ann Daniels, Record-Breaking Polar Explorer 

    Success is an Adventure

    Polar Explorer Ann Daniels is a world record holder and one of Britain’s leading female explorers. Starting out as a mother of young triplets and without any outdoor experience whatsoever, pure hard work and belief led her to being selected from over 200 more experienced women to take part in her first North Pole expedition. From these humble beginnings, she went on to conquer the South Pole and in 2002, became the first woman in history to ski to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams. Experiencing temperatures as low as -50C and dealing with various encounters with Polar bears, she has sledge-hauled over 2000 miles, in the most inhospitable environments in the world, completing over 10 polar expeditions and surviving over 400 days on the ice.  She understands the importance of good planning, hard work and a positive attitude in the most difficult circumstances.  As a Polar guide and the only leader of all 3 Catlin Arctic surveys she is living proof that good leadership, teamwork and believing in yourself does make a difference.

    Using photographs and video the presentation will share Ann’s journey through the harshest environments on earth. It will tell the story of how Ann became a world record holder when she skied to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams and then went on to lead many scientific expeditions on the Arctic Ocean, working with scientists around the world including NASA and the European Space Agency to better understand this fragile part of our planet.

    Her most recent expeditions in 2017 and 2018 saw Ann working with NASA and the European Space Agency to help scientists understand what is happening in the fragile Polar ices cap. She has some exciting projects coming up soon including 2 major expeditions and a tv drama documentary series.

    Her achievements have been recognized by many bodies including the Guinness book of records, The Pride of Britain Awards, The Foreign Office and the Women of the Year Awards.  She has appeared on t.v. and radio and along with bringing up her four children is currently working on her next North Pole venture.

  • Host Committee

    2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference Host Committee:

    General Chair: Bill Klock
    Entertainment Subcommittee Chair: Larry Bloomquist
    Women in ASHRAE Happy Hour: Vanessa Freidberg
    Tours Subcommittee Chair: Andy Collier with support from Leo Fernandez
    Hospitality, Information and Publicity Subcommittee Chair: Justin Johnson
    Sessions Subcommittee Chair: Phil Naughton

    Host Chapter: Austin Chapter
    Host Region: Region VIII

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