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2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference | Orlando, FL

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ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo
Orlando, FL | February 1 – 5, 2020

The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held in Orlando, FL! The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, the Bookstore and Speakers Lounge will be at the Hilton Orlando and Orange County Convention Center.

The AHR Expo will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, Monday, Feb.3 – Wednesday, Feb. 5. 

  • Technical Program

    The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. The track focus areas include HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, refrigeration and refrigerants, and other specific topics including novel approaches to HVAC&R systems and buildings for contemporary concerns and analytical techniques to economically automate buildings.

    "The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference will feature a strong technical program including presentations and discussions on best design practices and standards, incorporation of innovative technologies, and cutting edge approaches applicable to a wide range of buildings-related engineers, architects, and professionals," said Conference Chair, Melanie Derby.

    1. HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications:  Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychrometrics, 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.
    Track Chair: Maggie Moninski

    2. 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.
    Track Chair: Sonya Pouncy

    3. Refrigeration and Refrigerants: Refrigeration is a critical element of modern life, from preserving food and medicine to maintaining comfort.  With significant changes on the horizon for refrigerant regulations, along with new applications for refrigeration systems being frequently applied, there is more need than ever to understand both the fundamental and advanced concepts and issues related to refrigeration.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on refrigerants, refrigerant regulation, refrigeration cycles and refrigeration applications.
    Track Chair: Stephen Idem

    4. Cutting Edge Approaches:  This track focuses on novel approaches to HVAC&R systems and buildings due to changing energy, economic, and environmental concerns. Papers and programs will focus on emerging approaches such as the critical Water-Energy nexus, natural/emerging refrigerants and other cutting edge approaches pertaining to HVAC&R systems and buildings.
    Track Chair: Marianna Vallejo

    5. High Efficiency Design and Operation: Submissions are requested regarding high efficiency design and operation of commercial and residential buildings, including specialty building types.
    Track Chair: Ryan MacGillivray

    6. Big Data and Smart Controls: This track examines the use of big data, advanced algorithms, occupancy-based control strategies, data mining and other analytical techniques to economically automate buildings. Given the intersection with the larger world of IT, cybersecurity is also a topic of interest in this track.
    Track Chair: Leticia De Oliveira Neves

    7. Ventilation, IAQ and Air Distribution Systems: This track solicits submissions pertaining to the design, operation and study of ventilation and air distribution systems in residential and commercial buildings. The intersection of these systems with respect to indoor air quality and health effects are also of significant interest for this track.
    Track Chair: Robert Cox

    8. Standards, Guidelines and Codes: ASHRAE is a leader in the development of standards and guidelines pertaining to the indoor environment; these standards and guidelines are used to shape codes. This track invites submissions pertaining to standards for buildings, HVAC&R systems and IAQ
    Track Chair: Lee Riback


    Monday, March 18, 2019: Conference Paper Abstracts, Technical Papers and Paper Session Requests Due
    Monday, April 22, 2019: Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Monday, June 17, 2019: Website Opens for Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Proposals
    Monday, July 8, 2019: Final Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment); Request for Conference Paper Sessions Due
    Friday, July 26, 2019: Conference Paper Accept/Revise/Reject Notifications
    Friday, August 2, 2019: Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Proposals Due
    Friday, August 9, 2019: Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Friday, August 26, 2019: Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications
    Friday, October 4, 2019: Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Accept/Reject Notifications

  • Registration Information

    Online registration will open in fall 2019.

  • Travel and Housing

    Airline Transportation – Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE

    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer travel discounts for ASHRAE.

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    To take advantage of these travel discounts:

    Make Your Reservations

    You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2EW

    *Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800-number


    * Please beware of all unauthorized hotel deals. Emails from companies not affiliated with ASHRAE about housing may be a scam. If you have questions, contact ASHRAE is aware of emails circulating advertising lower rates. The emails appear to be coming from the AHR Expo. The AHR Expo are not sending the emails, they are being sent by a third party. Do not book through these emailed links, they are a scam.  

    The ASHRAE room block has not opened yet. More information will be made available in the fall of 2019. Rates are $249 + tax per night. 

    The Headquarters Hotel is the Hilton Orlando, located at 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida, 32819, USA.

  • Social Events

    Welcome Party

    Saturday, Feb. 1 | 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones at the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference Welcome Party. The Welcome Party will take place at Topgolf on Saturday, Feb. 1. Topgolf is a sports entertainment complex that features an inclusive, high-tech golf game that everyone can enjoy. Food and drinks will be available as well as access to climate-controlled hitting bays.

    Presidents Lunch

    Monday, Feb. 3 | 12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

    2019-20 ASHRAE President Darryl Boyce provides an update on his presidential theme. Major contributors to the ASHRAE RP Campaign also are recognized.

    Life Members Luncheon

    Tuesday, Feb. 4 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

    Enjoy lunch, share ideas about the future of technology and swap memories of the Society while dining with Life Members. This member grade is for members who have completed 30 years of continuous membership and are at least 65 years of age.

    Members’ Night Out

    Tuesday, Feb. 4 | 6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Reception
    7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment

    More details will be posted soon.

  • Host Committee

    Wade Conlan, General Chairman

    Nate Boyd, Vice Chairman

    Amy McClurg, Entertainment - Co Chair

    Mike Dillard, Entertainment - Co Chair

    Jason Alphonso, Tours Co-Chair

    Todd Moore, Tours Co-Chair

    Ian LaHiff, Information/Publicity

    Firouz Keikavousi, Hospitality

    Paul Albers, Sessions

    Nate Boyd, Sustainability Project