Shaping Tomorrow's Built Environment Today

2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference

  • Technical Program

    The 2019 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 refrigeration, HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, common system misapplications and achieving high performance building operation after design. Others are aimed at moving building design, construction, and operation forward. 

    “Technology, operational demands, codes, and design objectives are constantly changing.  System designers, manufacturers, representatives, and contractors must continually adapt to a changing industry landscape.” said Conference Chair, Corey Metzger. “The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will provide a valuable opportunity for sharing of knowledge and information, and the technical program at the conference will provide a venue for a wide range of presentations and discussion.” 

    1. 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: Joseph Firrantello

    2. 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: Rick Hermans

    3. Refrigeration: 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: Leticia De Oliveira Neves

    4. Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of High Performance Systems: The design of high performance buildings and systems has become an increasingly important focus of those in the construction industry.  While designing high performance facilities is important, there have been numerous cases where a building with high performance design objectives have failed to achieve targeted performance.  Ultimately, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of facilities is critical to meeting targeted performance levels.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on meeting high performance design goals through construction and operation phases of a project.
    Track Chair: Sonya Pouncy

    5. Common System Issues and Misapplications: With the number of possible system and equipment options and combinations available, along with increasingly capable and complex automation systems, it is no surprise that issues are frequently encountered with HVAC&R systems.  While some of these issues may be unique, many have been experienced previously.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on issues or misapplications that are frequently observed, and opportunities to avoid these issues in the future.              
    Track Chair: Lee Riback

    6. The Convergence of Comfort, Indoor Air Quality, and Energy Efficiency: With the importance placed on optimizing comfort, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency, there are often trade-offs that must be made.  Improvements in one of these areas may necessitate compromise in others.  Additionally, there are numerous other codes and standards that create similar challenges in optimizing systems.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on strategies to limit required compromises, and on finding the best set of design criteria for each building or system.
    Track Chair: Ashish Rakheja

    7. Building Integrated Renewables and Natural Systems: As the movement toward more sustainable buildings and net-zero buildings continues to grow, the inclusion of building integrated renewable energy systems paired with other natural systems will become increasingly common.  At the same time, advances are being made with respect to integrating renewable energy systems into the built environment.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on advancements in building integrated renewable systems, application of building integrated renewable systems, and the use of renewable and natural systems in the move toward net-zero buildings.
    Track Chair: Maggie Moninski

    8. The Engineer's Role in Architecture: As the built environment becomes more complex, the role of the engineer in developing high performance facilities is increasingly important.  With significant attention being paid to integrated teams and early involvement by all team members, what is being done well, and what can be done better?  Papers and programs in this track will focus on improving the design and construction process by defining the roles to be played by engineers moving forward. 
    Track Chair: Ashu Gupta

    Monday, March 26, 2018 - Conference Paper Abstracts, Technical Papers and Paper Session Requests Due
    Monday, April 9, 2018 - Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Website Opens for Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate and Panel Proposals
    Monday, July 9, 2018 - Final Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment); Request for Conference Paper Sessions Due
    Monday, July 30, 2018 - Conference Paper Accept/Revise/Reject Notifications
    Friday, August 3, 2018 – Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate and Panel submissions due
    Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Monday, August 27, 2018 - Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications
    November 30, 2018 – Upload of Speaker Presentations Open
    January 4, 2019 – Speaker Presentations Due

    Electronic version of the printed Program Book now Available!
    View a PDF version of the printed program book using the button below. The program book includes information related to the 2019 ASHAE Winter Conference such as committee meetings and locations, social events, ALI courses and technical program. Printed copies will be provided at the onsite registration desk located in International Ballroom A-D, M2 level, North Tower, Omni. Onsite registration opens on Fri., Jan. 11 at 10:00 AM.

    PROGRAM BOOK (01/02/2019)

    View the current technical program only (includes updates to speakers and session abstracts):

    TECHNICAL PROGRAM (01/09/2019)

    You can also view an online version of the program and create a personalized schedule via ASHRAE 365:


  • Registration Information


    Onsite registration fees Mon., Dec. 31 – Wed., Jan. 16

    • $625, member/$830, non-member
    • $600, first-time member attendee/$805, first-time non-member attendee
    • $240, member one-day fee/$285, non-member one-day fee
    • $70, one session

    Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students

    • $120, speaker 
    • $120, Life Member
    • $25, student branch advisor
    • $25, student member/$55, full-time student non-member
    • $55, spouse/guest

    Conference Registration includes the following:

    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., Jan. 13 – Wed., Jan. 16 (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 AHR Expo
    • Entry into the Plenary Session on Sat., Jan. 12 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Networking Coffee Break on Sun., Jan. 13 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 Breakfast, President’s Luncheon and Members Night Out
    • Certification Exams

    Spouse/Guest Registration includes the following:

    • Plenary Session on Sat., Jan. 12 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., Jan. 13 – Wed., Jan. 16 (Seminars, Workshops, Technical Paper Sessions, Conference Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels)
    • Access to Companion’s Meet and Greet event on Mon., Jan. 14 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Access to the Spouse Lounge which is open from Sat., Jan. 12 – Wed., Jan. 16. 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 and Housing

    Airline Transportation – Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE

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

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    The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will take place January 12-16 at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center and Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC). The Omni Hotel at CNN Center is conveniently connected to the GWCC.

    Omni Hotel at CNN Center will host:
    ASHRAE’s Registration, Bookstore, Social Events, Member Lounges and some Committee meetings

    Buildings A and B of the GWCC (285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30313) will host:
    ASHRAE’s Technical Program, Speakers Lounge and some Committee meetings

    ASHRAE has room blocks for committee members and registered ASHRAE Winter Conference attendees at the following hotels:

    Omni Hotel at CNN Center – Headquarter Hotel
    100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303
    Rate: $239/night + tax

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park
    267 Marietta St, Atlanta, GA 30303 
    Rate: $239/night
    4 minute walk to the Omni

    Hilton Garden Inn
    275 Baker St NE, Atlanta, GA 30313
    Rate: $221/night
    6 minute walk to the Omni

    Glenn Hotel
    110 Marietta St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
    Rate: $259/night
    4 minute walk to the Omni

    AC Hotel by Marriott Atlanta Downtown
    101 Andrew Young International Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30303
    6 minute walk to the Omni

    Please contact for more information on how to book in the ASHRAE blocks at our partner hotels. Please note that the ASHRAE room blocks are for ASHRAE committee members and registered ASHRAE Winter Conference attendees and space is limited. Individuals planning to only attend the AHR Expo can book with the Expo’s many partner hotels. More information about the AHR Expo hotels may be found here:  

    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

    Will you need a visa letter to travel to the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference? If so, click the button below and fill out the form to have a visa letter generated for you.

    Visa Letter

  • Plenary

    Saturday, January 12 | 3:15 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker, Grant Imahara

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

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    Grant Imahara, Former Host on Discovery’s "Mythbusters" & Animatronics Engineering Expert

    Behind the Scenes of Mythbusters

    For almost a decade, Grant Imahara was one of the hosts of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. Using a blend of science and fun, he put urban legends to the test, sometimes with explosive results. Since joining the team in January 2005, Grant tested hundreds of myths, and in the process, swam with sharks, hung from the skids of a helicopter, fired cheese out of a cannon into the San Francisco Bay, allowed 25 tarantulas to crawl on his head, dropped a BMW from an aircraft, sliced a car in half using a rocket sled, destroyed so many cars he's stopped counting, and built many, many robots, all in the name of science.

  • Explore Atlanta (Activities, Restaurants and Savings)

    Welcome to Atlanta!

    Explore all Atlanta has to offer by visiting the Attend Atlanta site.


    Keep scrolling for discount programs, free and fun things to do and video tours of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city!

    CityPass Attraction Pass for ASHRAE Attendees

    Save up to 40% off or more on combined admission prices to Atlanta's top 5 attractions with Atlanta CityPASS – and skip most main-entrance ticket lines, too. CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for 9 days beginning with the first day of use so you can stay and play at your own pace. For more information and to buy booklets or printable vouchers.
    Adults: $76.00 + tax ($126 value)  
    Children (3-12): $101 + tax  ($101 value)

    ASHRAE CityPass Order Form

    Savings in the City

    Search specific special offers on local Atlanta Arts and Culture, Attractions, Entertainment and Nightlife, Restaurants, Retail, etc. Then simply review and print the Savings in the City card and specific offers that you wish to use!

    ASHRAE Savings In the City

    Discover Atlanta App

    Atlanta’s official guide to the hottest events, with access to special offers and the opportunity to win free prizes.
    Easy access to destination information at your fingertips:

    • Connect with Atlanta Dining community through special dining offers and free tickets for events and shows
    • Includes Savings in The City & CityPASS deals for 40% off admission to top attractions

    Amazing on-the-go Features:

    • Lists nearby location of restaurants, attractions, retailers and things-to-do with downtown maps
    • Offers exciting calendar of events to see what's new and happening in Atlanta

    Download the Discover Atlanta app

    Free and Fun Things to do in Atlanta

    Check out our free and cheap things to do in Atlanta here.

    Neighborhood Navigator
    Click the links below to watch videos to explore Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Westside and the Eastside Neighborhoods of Atlanta.

    Downtown Atlanta, at the heart of the city, is home to global attractions including World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park and more. Downtown’s Fairlie-Poplar Historic District features world-renowned performances at The Tabernacle and the Rialto Center for the Arts and Castleberry Hill blends artistry and city spirit.

    Midtown Atlanta is home to many of Atlanta's outdoor treasures, including Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Midtown Atlanta is also the heart of the arts, boasting the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. The Fox Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts and SCAD FASH offer world-class drama and preeminent fashion. Learn more about Midtown Atlanta

    Discover Buckhead, a neighborhood in Atlantafor upscale shopping, dining and hotels. From Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square to celebrity chefs and luxurious hotels, Buckhead is the perfect destination to make you feel pampered.

    Atlanta's Westside, the Design District, brings together some of the best dining, shopping, and arts in Atlanta. Atlantic Station features restaurants and shops, while artists flock to the Goat Farm, King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Westside Cultural Center. For some of the best shopping and dining in the South, walk around Westside Provisions District or travel south on Marietta Street.

    Atlanta's Eastside melds trendy hotspots like East Atlanta Village with the history of America's civil rights movement. Atlanta's Eastside is home to the Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Grant Park and Ponce City Market. For surging street life, visit Little Five Points. Stop by Virginia-Highland for sidewalk cafes and boutique shops.

  • Committees

    Committees (TC, PC and Standing Committees)

    Download the listing of confirmed committee meetings scheduled to take place at 2019 Winter Conference in Atlanta.

    page-excel-icon.gif Standing Committee List (as of 1/3/19) 

    page-excel-icon.gif TC/PC List (as of 1/9/19) 

    Use the ASHRAE 365 app to add search for committee meetings and add them to your schedule.

    Remote Participation Meeting (RPM) Requests:
    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.

    Requests for each committee meeting you would like to use RPM capabilities were due on Friday, October 5. An ASHRAE staff person will contact you closer to the conference to update you on the status of your request.

    Questions? Contact

    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.
  • 2019 Winter Conference Host Committee

    General Chair: Sarah Young
    Vice Chair: Meghan McNulty
    Entertainment and Tours: Pam Immekus, Peggy Fritz, Caroline Calloway
    Sessions: Matt Rowe
    Hospitality: Charles Miltiades
    Info & Publicity: Sarah Young

  • ASHRAE Learning Institute Courses

    The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers five full-day seminars and 15 half-day courses to help you stay in the forefront of the latest HVAC&R technology. All coursesare approved for continuing education credits toward maintaining P.E. licensure. Please bring to the course all identification numbers (AIA, NY, FL, NC) to ensure you receive proper credit.

    Commercial Building Energy Audits (code 60)
    12 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Effective Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings (code 61)
    12 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Operations and Maintenance of High-Performance Buildings (code 62)
    12 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    NEW! Advanced Designs for Net Zero Buildings (code 63)
    13 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Applications: Best Practices (code 64)
    13 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Latest in High-Performance Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS) (code 65)13 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design and Application (code 66)
    13 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Humidity Control I: Design Tips and Traps (code 67)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    NEW! Solar PV & Thermal System Analysis and Design (code 68)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    NEW! Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning (code 69)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Understanding and Designing Chilled-Beam Systems (code 70)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    ASHRAE Guideline 0: The Commissioning Process (code 71)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Design of Affordable and Efficient Ground-Source Heat Pumps Systems (code 72)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Designing and Operating High-Performing Healthcare HVAC Systems (code 73)14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Humidity Control II: Real-World Problems and Solutions (code 74)
    14 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    NEW! Choosing the Right Energy Code for your Project—IECC 2018 or ASHRAE 90.1-2016 (code 75)
    15 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Commissioning Process in New and Existing Buildings (code 76)
    15 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    Avoiding IAQ Problems (code 77)
    15 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    NEW! How Smart, Efficient, Sustainable Systems Lead to Improved Resilience (code 78)
    15 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

    High-Performance Building Design: Applications and Future Trends (code 79) 15 Jan 2019
    Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

  • Certification

    Saturday, Jan. 12 & Wednesday, Jan. 16

    Elevate your reputation among peers, in the workplace and among clients with an ASHRAE certification. Recognized by over 35 national, state and local government bodies – and with over 2,750 certifications earned – ASHRAE certifications increasingly have become the must-have credential for built-environment professionals.

    Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP)


    CPMP Recertification as a BCxP


    Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP)


    Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP)


    High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP)


    Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP)


    Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP)



    Learn More

  • On-Site FAQ Information

    Find information to use on-site at the conference based on many frequently asked questions (also available through the ASHRAE 365 app).