“We are living in a constantly changing world. ASHRAE members are facing a major evolutionary change in how buildings and energy systems interact,” says Bing Liu, chair of the 2020 Annual Conference. “Instead of individual equipment and systems, 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 features a strong technical program with a wide range of topics applicable to engineers, architects, designers and professionals.”
The five-day conference includes eight conference tracks, tours, social events, award recognitions and a keynote message from polar explorer, Ann Daniels. More than 100 technical committee meetings will take place concurrently with the conference.
During the President’s Luncheon, on Monday, June 29, incoming 2020-21 ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, will present his inaugural address and share the Society theme for the coming year, “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0”. The 2020-21 ASHRAE Board of Directors will also be installed.
The conference’s technical program will include new tracks, such as Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment, which focuses on the effects of industry trends in grid-enabled buildings on system, building and community design practices. The new track, Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Opportunities and Challenge, will explore topic such as integrated design approach, zero energy design tools and resources, on-site renewable generation, state-of-art technologies and more.
Conference tracks include:
- Fundamentals and Applications
- HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
- Research Summit
- Professional Development
- Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment
- Multifamily and Residential Buildings
- Resilient Buildings and Communities
- Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Opportunities and Challenges
ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer full-day seminars and half-day courses and ASHRAE certification exams will be administered during the week.