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The 2021 Annual Conference originally scheduled to be held June 26-30, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ is now going to be held online in a virtual format. The conference will include a mixture of live and on-demand technical and interactive sessions that will take place Monday, June 28-30, 2021.

Society Standing, Technical and Project Committees will be scheduled virtually and can take place anytime between June 7-25, 2021 leading up to the live sessions. Please see the “Committee Meetings” section below for more information and to request your meeting date and time as soon as possible.  

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Technical Program  Committee Meetings & Live Sessions  Schedule-at-a-Glance  

  • Technical Program

    The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will begin on Monday, June 28 at 12:00 PM EDT, and will end on Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 PM. On-demand seminars and conference papers will be made available at the start of the conference, and the live portion will contain a mix of standalone and concurrent sessions, similar to the schedule of the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference.

    "Our world has experienced fundamental change in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The HVAC community continues to respond addressing challenges in how we design, build, and operate buildings." said Christine Reinders, 2021 Conference Chair. "We continue to evolve, adapt, and innovate, confronting these challenges head on. The 2021 Virtual Annual conference will focus on critical environments, hot climates, and future proofing. The technical program, including the research summit and professional development, fosters sharing of knowledge to allow us all to serve our communities and solve society’s greatest challenges."

    The 2021 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of seven tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.

    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.             

    Sonya Pouncy


    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.  

    Rupesh Iyengar


    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.

    Marites Calad


    Design, Control, and Operation of Critical Environments: Critical environments often present design, control, and operation challenges that require innovation, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of the intended operational parameters. This track includes innovative designs and strategies that adapt to the standards and special requirements presented by healthcare, cleanrooms, data centers, laboratories, isolation rooms, and pharmacies. Papers and presentations will also address how controls systems, smart building technologies, and security systems and other technologies are adapting to the emerging needs of critical environments.

    Raul Simonetti


    HVAC&R for Indoor Plants & Animals: This track addresses HVAC&R systems design for controlled environments that host plants & animals. Papers and programs in this track will present the challenges and opportunities associated with energy and water utilization for indoor growing spaces, including standards and regulations that guide the design of plant & animal habitats. Environmental parameters for indoor agriculture, including controlling temperature, humidity, air movement, air quality will be covered. This track will also address reducing consumption of energy & water and compare how crop types and animal species impact HVAC analysis and design. 

    Ryan MacGillvray


    Future Proofing - Renewable, Regenerative, and Resilient: The HVAC&R industry faces many challenges including climate change, pandemics, natural disasters, catastrophic accidents, and terrorism. Rising to meet these challenges are a host of technologies and strategies, including grid-enabled buildings, demand response, decarbonization, resiliency, zero energy design, energy-efficiency and renewable energy systems. This track invites papers, abstracts, seminars and forums that highlight the innovative technologies and strategies that are reimagining our relationship with the built environment now and into the future. 

    Andy Cochrane

  • What’s New?

    >> Learn more about new and expanded offerings for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference

    Live Sessions Available for Attendees Across the Globe!

    Several technical sessions have been scheduled strategically so registered attendees from around the globe can participate in live sessions during their core work hours! Sessions scheduled at 7:00 a.m. EDT are prefect for attendees joining live from the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Sessions scheduled at 7:00 p.m. EDT are prefect for US West Coast attendees as well as people joining live from Asia and Oceania!


    Middle Eastern, European,  African Audiences US West Coast, Asian and Oceanian Audiences
    Tuesday, June 28


    1. Impact of IoT on Building Controls
    2. Plant and Animal Environments: What Makes Them So Unique?
    Wednesday, June 29 COVID-19 Particle Removal by Air Filter Devices Reducing Ozone: A Critical Factor in Improving IAQ
    Thursday, June 30 Development of Reference Building Information Model (BIM) Test Cases for Improving Usage of Software Interoperability Schemas


     Interactive Technical Panels and Forums

    All Technical Panels and Forums will be presented via Zoom. Attendees will be able to unmute themselves and turn their webcam on to ask questions during these sessions as well as use the chat box feature.

    Panel topics include:

    • The Efforts of ASHRAE Chapters to Help Reduce Risks of COVID-19 Transmissions
    • Importance of Achieving Verified Net Zero Goals
    • Lessons Learned from Adapting BAS to Meet Changing Requirements
    • What Indoor Farmers Need and Want from their HVAC System
    • Controlled Environment Agriculture and the Future of Secure and Sustainable Food Production

    Forum topics include:

    • Post Pandemic Resiliency Measures for Transportation Facilities
    • Is there a Magic Formula for Combining Multiple Air Cleaning Technologies to Improve Air Quality?

    Research Summit

    The Research Summit will be held on Wednesday, June 30 in the afternoon. The Summit will include more than ten 60-minute sessions for authors of Conference Papers to present a summary of their paper. The sessions will be presented in PechaKucha-style, allowing each presenting author to summarize their paper in 2 minutes with 1 slide. There will be up to eight presenters per session. After the paper summaries, all authors will be available for an interactive Q&A hosted via Zoom with conference attendees. These sessions will be moderated by members of the Conferences and Expositions Committee.

    Connect with Sponsors LIVE!

    Are you missing the business connections made at a face-to-face conference? While a virtual environment cannot completely fill the void of in-person connections, attendees can still connect with conference sponsors directly and live in the virtual conference environment. Starting on Monday, June 28, dedicated time has been established to allow for live interaction between attendees and conference sponsors. Visit the Sponsor Hall during these times to engage in conversation with sponsor representatives.

    • Monday, June 28, 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET and 3:30 – 4:00 p.m. ET
    • Tuesday, June 29, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET and 2:00 – 2:30 p.m. ET
    • Wednesday, June 30, 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. ET and 1:30 – 2:00 p.m. ET

    Roundtable Discussions and Meet Ups

    Roundtables and Meet Ups are small group sessions hosted and moderated by Society grassroots committees and are meant to bring attendees together for an interactive discussion. A Roundtable is hosted by a moderator on a certain topic of interest, generally inciting a more technical discussion.  Meet Ups are perfect for a small group of people who wish to meet “face-to-face” during the virtual conference to engage in casual conversation. Attendees can unmute themselves and communicate with one another via their microphone and/or webcam.  Be on the lookout for more information on scheduled Roundtable and Meet Up discussions from committees such as:

    • Government Activities Committee
    • Communications Committee
    • Certification Committee
    • Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Committee

    Sponsor Technology Demonstrations

    Technology Demonstrations hosted by sponsoring companies provide the opportunity for attendees to join a 30-minute interactive session via Zoom to learn more about conference sponsors’ technology. Additional slots were added to the schedule for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference. Check the Schedule at a Glance section for more information on the sponsor companies hosting the demos.

  • Registration

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    Registration Fees for 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Rate
    ASHRAE Member $  285.00
    Non Member* $  505.00
    Student Member and Student Branch Advisor $  25.00
    Student Non Member $  60.00
    Speaker $  75.00
    Life Member $  75.00
    Company Package (3-5) $  1,215.00
    Company Package (6-10) $  2,280.00
    Company Package (11-20) $  4,275.00

    *Non-members receive a one free year of ASHRAE membership. Visit ashrae.org/membership for more information about membership benefits.

    **Receive between 15-25% discount off the Member rate per person when registering for a Company Package! The more employees you register, the greater the savings!

    Registration includes:

    • More than 50 sessions presented live, including sessions scheduled for live participation from attendees in different time zones across the globe.
    • Sessions addressing the latest information relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as eight other tracks.
    • Meeting of the Members providing updates from Society leaders and 2021–2022 ASHRAE President Mick Schwedler’s Society Address.
    • Live 60-minute forum and panel sessions with interactive participation.
    • Opportunities to interact with fellow attendees in 30-minute round table discussions and social meet ups throughout the conference.
    • Recognition of award recipients of ASHRAE’s most prestigious Society awards.
    • Downloads of conference proceedings. Includes technical papers, conference papers and extended abstracts.
    • Access to the Research Summit which includes more than ten, 60-minute Conference Paper Sessions presented in PechaKucha-style, with live Q&As with paper authors.
    • All live sessions will be recorded and available on-demand until December 30, 2022.
    • Over 80 additional on-demand sessions accessible on your terms for 18 months.
  • Committee Meetings

    Virtual Meeting Requests for TCs and PCs

    Virtual meeting requests for Technical Committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now being accepted for the Virtual Annual Conference. Committee meetings should be scheduled June 7-25, 2021, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Saturday only. Sundays are only allowed under special circumstances and will be reviewed by ASHRAE staff before approved.

    Please click on the button below to request your virtual meeting using our new meeting request platform.
    Requests must be submitted by Friday, April 23.

    Tips Before You Submit your Request:

    • ALL committees and subcommittees wishing to meet virtually must submit a request. Meetings will NOT be automatically scheduled.
    • Submit only one request for each committee or subcommittee.
    • Poll your fellow committee members in advance of submitting a request for the best date and time for your members.
    • Consider different time zones of your members. TIP: www.timeanddate.com
    • Schedule your meeting before your committee’s reporting body will meet. Contact meetings@ashrae.org to check a particular meeting time.
    • If your committee wishes to meet during its “regular” day/time slot during the (i.e., Monday at 2:15 p.m. ET), you may do so as long as the slot falls within the days and times stated above.
    • ASHRAE will supply a virtual meeting platform for your meeting. If you wish to use your own platform you can indicate that in the appropriate place in the meeting request system.
    • Click the “Create a profile now” link to get started.
    • You may request a meeting or edit a previous request by April 23, 2021.

    Request Virtual Meeting

    The following reporting bodies are scheduled for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.




    Mon. June 14 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. BEQ
    Tues. June 15 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. SPLS
    Thurs. June 17 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Executive Committee
    Fri., June 18 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors
    Mon., June 21 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Executive Committee
    Mon., June 21 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Standards
    Mon., June 21 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REF
    Mon., June 21 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TAC
    Mon., June 21 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. RAC
    Mon., June 21 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. RBC
    Mon., June 21 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. AEDG
    Mon., June 21 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. EHC
    Tues. June 22 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Members Council
    Tues. June 22 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pub and Ed Council
    Tues. June 22 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Projects SubCom
    Tues. June 22 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Document Review
    Tues. June 22 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tech Council Operations
    Wed. June 23 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technology Council
    Thurs. June 24 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors
    Fri. June 25 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Executive Committee

     The schedule of all committee meetings will be released by mid-May 2021. Contact Lizzy Seymour for questions.

  • Special Events

    Meeting of the Members

    Monday, June 28 │12:00 p.m. EDT

    The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference’s Meeting of the Members includes an update on the State of the Society by ASHRAE President, Chuck Gulledge and the Secretary’s Report from ASHRAE Executive Vice President, Jeff Littleton, including an overview of the proposed bylaws amendment. The Meeting of the Members will also include special awards presentations for recipients of the prestigious Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award and the Andrew T. Boggs Award. President Gulledge will also recognize and thank major donors to the ASHRAE HQ Building Campaign.

    A recording will be posted for all ASHRAE members to view at www.ashrae.org/president on Monday, June 28.

    2021-2022 Presidential Address

    Wednesday, June 30 │10:00 a.m. EDT

    Join us for 2021-2022 Society President Mick Schwedler’s Presidential Address: Personal Growth. Global Impact. Feed the Roots. The official 2021-2022 Board of Directors election results will be announced. Retiring board members will be recognized for their service to ASHRAE and new members of the Board of Directors will be installed.

  • Award Recipients

    The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will be ASHRAE’s third conference held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. COVID-19 may have caused cancellations on in-person meetings – but COVID cannot overshadow the many achievements of ASHRAE members! ASHRAE will honor award recipients that would have been presented in-person at the plenary session at the 2021 Annual Conference in Phoenix. Join us for four award recognition segments scheduled throughout the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference to honor those who have made significant contributions to ASHRAE.

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Personal Honors

    Monday, June 28 │12:00 p.m. EDT │Presented as part of the Meeting of the Members

    • Louise & Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award
    • Andrew T. Boggs Service Award
    • Major donors of the ASHRAE Headquarters Building Campaign

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Personal Awards for General Society Activities

    Tuesday, June 29 │10:00 a.m. EDT

    • Distinguished 50-Year Member Award
    • Distinguished 75-Year Member Award
    • Exceptional Service Award
    • Distinguished Service Award
    • Scholarship Donors

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Personal Awards for Specific Society Activities and Papers

    Tuesday, June 29 │2:00 p.m. EDT

    • Lincoln Bouillon Award
    • Dan Mills Chapter Programs Award
    • William J. Collins RP Award
    • Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award
    • Government Affairs Award
    • Homer Addams Award
    • Ralph G. Nevins Physiology & Human Environment Award
    • ASHRAE Journal Paper Award
    • Science and Technology for the Built Environment Best Paper Award
    • Standards Achievement Award
    • Student Activities Achievement Award
    • 2020 Crosby Field Award
    • 2020 Technical Paper Award
    • 2020 Willis H. Carrier Award
  • Sponsorship

    Extend your industry branding by becoming a conference sponsor – and reach conference attendees and their high interest in new products, technology and technical information. A base sponsorship starts at $3,000 and includes benefits such as a sponsor kiosk in the Virtual Conference Environment Sponsor Hall, logo visibility, complimentary registrations and more!

    Additional Sponsorship enhancements are available as well including the opportunity to host a 30-minute Technology Demonstration, provide a virtual coffee break to attendees and much more!

    >> Visit our Conference Sponsor page for more information or contact Greg Martin at gmartin@ashrae.org.

  • Thank You To Our Sponsors

    Thank you to the following sponsors of the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference! During the live event, sponsor representatives will be available in the Sponsor Hall to chat live with registered attendees. Dedicated time in the conference schedule has been allotted for attendees to engage with sponsors. See the Schedule-at-a-Glance at the top of the page for more details on dedicated time with sponsors.                                  

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How do I access the technical program content?

    A link will be sent to the email address you used to register with the Friday before the live sessions begin (Friday, June 25). Please ensure meetings@ashrae.org is in your safe list.

    How do I get PDHs?

    PDHs will be available for most sessions by passing a short quiz at the end of each eligible session. Following the quiz a PDH certificate will be available for download.

    Do I have to be registered for the Virtual Annual Conference to attend a committee meeting?

    No, registration is not required to attend a committee meeting virtually.

    What if I have multiple employees from my company that want to register for the Virtual Winter Conference?

    ASHRAE offers three tiers of Company packages that accommodate discounted pricing. Contact meetings@ashrae.org if you have questions related to Company Packages and pricing.

    Do I have to be registered for the Virtual Conference to attend the live sessions, special events and meet-ups?

    Yes! If you can’t attend the live sessions you can still access the recordings after the event.

    Please contact meetings@ashrae.org with additional questions.