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2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference

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2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Kansas City, MO | June 22–26, 2019

The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City, June 22–26, 2019. The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, Bookstore, and Speakers Lounge will be held at the Kansas City Marriott and Kansas City Convention Center.
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Conference Activities

Keynote Speaker

Social Events
Welcome Party
Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Hospitality Suite
Meet and Greet
Presidents Lunch
Women in ASHRAE Happy Hour
Life Members Luncheon
Members' Night Out

General and Technical Tours

ALI Courses
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Certification Exams

Committee Meetings
Committee Listings
Meeting Room Requests


  • Technical Program

    The 2019 ASHRAE Annual 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, professional development, research, occupant health and safety and more specific topics of interest (such as radiant heating and cooling and understanding design intent of complicated HVAC systems).

    “With the global movement towards sustainable energy, the HVAC&R industry is ever-changing,” said Carrie Anne Monplaisir, chair of the 2019 Annual Conference. “We continue to face new challenges as we adapt our designs, codes, and technology to fit this constantly changing criteria. The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges, and offer best practices, lessons learned, and innovative design strategies to be applied in a wide range of topics."

    1. Systems & Equipment in the Built Environment: Selection of equipment and systems is paramount to HVAC&R design. Papers and programs in this track will assist designers, engineers, and operators in the design, selection, and operation of HVAC&R systems and equipment.
    Track Chair: Kimberly Pierson

    2. 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: Gary Debes

    3. Optimization in HVAC&R: The application of systematic optimization techniques is gaining ground in the field of HVAC&R, resulting in significant cost and performance benefits. This track seeks programs focused on using models to inform decision-making for design and operation of HVAC&R and High Performance Buildings. Topics of interest include but are not limited to: novel optimization techniques and their application to HVAC&R, optimization of heat transfer surfaces, component optimization, system optimization, optimization of high performance buildings, model-predictive control and other methods focusing on minimizing first and operating costs of these systems.
    Track Chair: Vikrant Aute

    4. Commissioning New & Existing Buildings: With low energy and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and O&M. Making sure that the design intent of these more complicated HVAC systems is understood by all team members and building operators is key to the building’s success. This track will address an array of topics including lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and effort to improve the installation, startup, O&M and commissioning of HVAC systems.
    Track Chair: Raul Simonetti

    5. Occupant Health & Safety: Indoor air quality has become a vital consideration during all phases of a building’s life as it is closely linked to comfort, occupant satisfaction, productivity and health. Proper design of fire and smoke control is another crucial method in protecting building occupants. This track seeks presentations and papers that explore these links, particularly in ways that make the case for high levels of indoor air quality compelling to building owners. Topics including (but not limited to): filtration, change-overs, best practices for maintainability, fire ratings/dampers, detection and ventilation for toxic gases, operator safety in equipment rooms, OSHA requirements, industrial and hazardous spaces, and many other design aspects directly related to occupant health & safety.
    Track Chair: Christine Reinders

    6. Modeling Throughout the Building Life Cycle: Modeling was originally concerned primarily with building and system design specifications.  The demands of energy efficient operation brought about the need for modeling of part-load operation for a variety of off-design conditions.  The explosion of computational capacity and data collection capability is rapidly expanding the scope, complexity and practical applications of modeling both during design, but even more so for fault detection, diagnostics and operational optimization.  Presentations and papers are solicited related to all aspects of building modeling, with a particular interest in successful applications that have extended modeling into operational phases of the building life cycle.
    Track Chair:
    Nivedita Jadhav

    7. 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.
    Track Chair: Rupesh Iyengar

    8. 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 seventh 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, 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.
    Track Chair: Bing Liu

    9. Radiant Heating & Cooling Mini-Track: As more and more jurisdictions and building owners are answering the call to establish higher energy-use standards for their construction projects, design teams are looking beyond traditional HVAC solutions to provide energy efficiency while maintaining occupant comfort and safety. A system that continues to gain momentum in North America is radiant heating and cooling. A radiant design strategy embodies the integration of architectural design and HVAC systems design with overall energy efficiency and comfort in mind. The papers and presentations in this track will explore the fundamental concepts of how different radiant systems work (high mass vs. low mass), how they are designed, constructed and optimally controlled, and where they have been used in the past, with lessons learned and documented performance data.
    Track Chair: Devin Abellon


    Wednesday, January 2, 2019 - Website Opens for Seminar, workshop, Forum, Debate and Panel Proposals
    Friday, February 8, 2019 - Program (Seminar, Forum, Workshop, Debate and Panel) Proposals Due
    Friday, February 8, 2019 - Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Friday, February 8, 2019 -- Extended abstracts due
    Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications
    March 7, 2019 -- Extended abstracts final accept/reject notifications
    March 8, 2019 -- Extended abstracts scheduled for presentation

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Conference Paper Abstracts, Technical Papers and Paper Session Requests Due
    Friday, September 10, 2018 - Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Friday, November 30, 2018 - Final Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment); Request for Conference Paper Sessions Due

    View the preliminary tech program below:

    Tech Program (3/12/2019)

  • Registration Information

    Register Now

    Online registration will open in March 1, 2019. Check back often for updates.

    Early Bird registration fees Fri., March 1 – Sun., April 28:

    • $525, member/$755, non-member
    • $500, first-time member attendee/$730, first-time non-member attendee

    Advance registration fees Mon., April 29 – Sun., June 9:         

    • $550, member/$785, non-member
    • $525, first-time member attendee/$760, first-time non-member attendee

    Onsite registration fees Mon., June 10 – Wed., June 26:

    • $690, member/$915, non-member
    • $665, first-time member attendee/$890, first-time non-member attendee
    • $265, member one-day fee/$315, non-member one-day fee
    • $70, one session

    Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students:

    • $135, speaker 
    • $135, Life Member
    • $25, student branch advisor
    • $25, student member/$55, full-time student non-member
    • $55, spouse/guest

    The Headquarters Hotel is the Kansas City Marriott. Some ASHRAE meetings and events will also take place at the Kansas City Convention Center.

    Marriott Kansas City Downtown– Headquarter Hotel
    200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
    Rate: $189/night + tax
    Distance to KCCC: Across the Street

    ASHRAE also has several overflow properties available:

    Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
    1301 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64105
    Rate: $170/night + tax
    Distance to the Marriott: 1 block
    Distance to KCCC: 1 block

    Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown – Aladdin
    1215 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
    Rate: $165/night + tax
    Distance to Marriott: ½ a block
    Distance to KCCC: 0.2 mile walk

    Please beware of unauthorized hotel deals. Emails from companies not affiliated with ASHRAE about housing may be a scam. If you have questions, contact

    Conference registration includes the following:

    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., June 23 – Wed., June 26 (Seminars, Workshops, Technical Paper Sessions, Conference Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels)
    • Access to the Virtual Conference for 18 months post-Conference (includes audio records paired with presentations from Technical Program presented at the Conference)
    • Entry into the Plenary Session on Sat., June 22
    • Networking Coffee Break on Sun., June 23 from 9 – 9:30 a.m.

    Additional items for purchase include:

    • ASHRAE Learning Institute Short Courses (3 hours) and Professional Development Seminars (6 hours)
    • General and Technical Tours
    • Social Events such as the Welcome Party, Women in ASHRAE Happy Hour, President’s Luncheon and Members Night Out
    • Certification Exams

    Spouse/Guest registration includes the following:

    • Plenary Session on Sat., June 22 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., June 23 – Wed., June 26 (Seminars, Workshops, Technical Paper Sessions, Conference Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels)
    • Access to Companion’s Meet and Greet event on Mon., June 24 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Access to the Spouse Lounge which is open from Sat., June 22 – Wed., June 26. Coffee and pastries served each morning.

    Access to Technical Committee meetings (TCs, PCs, etc) do not require pre-reservations or registration to attend the full conference. 

  • Travel | Housing | Visa Letter

    Airline Transportation – Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE

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

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    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


    The Headquarters Hotel is the Kansas City Marriott. Some ASHRAE meetings and events will also take place at the Kansas City Convention Center.

    Marriott Kansas City Downtown– Headquarter Hotel
    200 West 12th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
    Rate: $189/night + tax
    Distance to KCCC: Across the Street

    ASHRAE also has several overflow properties available:

    Crowne Plaza Kansas City Downtown
    1301 Wyandotte St, Kansas City, MO 64105
    Rate: $170/night + tax
    Distance to the Marriott: 1 block
    Distance to KCCC: 1 block

    Holiday Inn Kansas City Downtown – Aladdin
    1215 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, MO 64105
    Rate: $165/night + tax
    Distance to Marriott: ½ a block
    Distance to KCCC: 0.2 mile walk

    Please beware of unauthorized hotel deals. Emails from companies not affiliated with ASHRAE about housing may be a scam. If you have questions, contact

    Visa Letter

    Use this form to create a letter of invitation:

    Visa Letter

  • Justification Toolkit

    Easily get your boss on board using the templates provided in the conference justification toolkit.


  • Plenary

    Saturday, June 22 | 3:15 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker, Mike Massimino

    Kick off the ASHRAE Annual Conference with the opening Plenary session. ASHRAE award winners are recognized and updates on the Society will be presented.

    SPACEMAN: My Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

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    Mike Massimino, Former NASA astronaut, Sr. Advisor for Space Programs for the Intrepid Museum & Author of Spaceman

    Mike Massimino, a former NASA astronaut and the first person to tweet from space, is a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Columbia University and the Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. He received his Bachelor of Science from Columbia and Masters of Science in both Mechanical Engineering and in Technology and Policy, as well as his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    After working as an engineer at IBM, NASA, and McDonnell Douglas Aerospace, along with academic appointments at both Rice University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Mike was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1996. A veteran of two space flights, the fourth and fifth Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions in 2002 and 2009, Mike has many accomplishments including a team record for the number of hours spacewalking in a single space shuttle mission. He has also received a number of awards during his NASA career including two NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, American Astronautical Society’s 2009 Flight Achievement Award, and Star of the Italian Solidarity (Italian Knighthood). He is also the holder of two patents and author of many engineering research papers.

    Back at his alma mater, Columbia, Mike is teaching an undergraduate engineering course, Introduction to Human Space Flight, which harnesses his years of academic and professional experience. He is also working with The Art of Engineering, a course in which all first-year engineers attend design lectures and work on engineering projects with socially responsible themes.

    Mike has made numerous television appearances including a six-time recurring role as himself on the CBS hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory.” He hosted Science Channel’s “The Planets” and its special The Great American Eclipse, and will be featured in National Geographic Television’s upcoming series One Strange Rock. He is a frequent guest on television news and talk show programs including NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and FoxNews. He has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” radio and television shows.

    Mike’s book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, has received rave reviews and is a New York Times Bestseller. He has also received a 2017 Christopher Award, the 2017 Columbia University Community Impact Outstanding Community Service Award, and the 2017 Communications Award of the National Space Club. The street that Mike grew up on in Franklin Square, NY has been renamed “Mike Massimino Street.”

  • Committee Meetings

    Meeting Room Requests

    Meeting requests for Technical Committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now being accepted for the Kansas City conference. Please click on the button below that best describes your meeting request. You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted the form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your request may not have been received. Requests must be submitted by Friday, April 5.

    The schedule of all committee meetings will be released in May 2019. Contact Lizzy Seymour for questions.

    For Technical Committee (TC)/Task Group (TG)/Technical Resource Group (TGR)/Multidisciplinary Task Group (MTG) Meeting Room Requests:

    Click the button below to:

    • Reserve a room for a subcommittee meeting in Kansas City
    • Change the date and/or time of a main TC/MTG/TG/TRG meeting
    • Report if your subcommittee will be meet via conference conference/web meeting prior to the Kansas City Conference (date and time of meeting will be listed in committee listing)

    TC/TG/TRG/MTG Request Form

    *All main committees of ASHRAE TCs, TGs, MTGs and TRGs will be assigned the same date and time slot from the previous conference. View a list of main committee meetings that will automatically be reassigned. If you need to make a change to the date and/or time of your main committee meeting, please click the link above to submit that change.  Subcommittee meetings will NOT be scheduled unless requested through this link by April 5.

    For Standards Project Committee (SPC) / Guideline Project Committee (GPC) Meeting Room Requests:
    Click the button below to request a meeting room for a Project Committee at the Kansas City conference.

    SPC/GPC Request Form

    Remote Participation Meetings (RPMs)
    An RPM is a meeting that allows committee members to join via a GoToMeeting set up. The purpose of hosting an RPM is to achieve quorum for committee votes. For meetings that are selected to host an RPM, ASHRAE will provide a GoToMeeting login, speakers and microphone.
    Please submit a request for each committee meeting you would like to request RPM capabilities for by April 5:

    RPM Request Form

    A few reminders about RPMs:

    • RPM meetings are not automatically assigned; you must request the RPM meeting every year.
    • There are a limited number of RPM slots available.
    • Scheduling priority will be given to committees that are trying to meet quorum and who are up to date on deadlines and meeting notes.
    • Please note that last minute requests are very hard to accommodate especially on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday – these three days tend to be overbooked.
  • Host Committee

    Chair: Blake Ellis
    Vice Chair: Kelley Cramm
    Entertainment: Misty Givens
    Hospitality: Stuart Braden
    Tours: Jim Burger
    Information/Publicity: Stuart Braden
    Sessions: Ann Peratt
    Sustainability Project: Ben MacKenzie

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