ASHRAE 2011 Annual Conference draws higher turnout than last three years
July 20, 2011 - Perspectives on design styles and experiences from around the world were shared by nearly 2000 built environment industry professionals at ASHRAE’s 2011 Annual Conference, said organizers. Held June 26-29 in Montreal, Quebec, the theme of this year’s conference was Sustainability Knows No Borders. Organizers also noted that this year’s attendance was higher than the last three ASHRAE annual conferences, which took place in Albuquerque, Salt Lake City and Louisville. (Woohoo, way to go Canada!)
By Alyssa Dalton
The ASHRAE Conference offered a technical program with nearly 300 presentations, nine educational courses and different social events. The meeting also featured nearly 400 meetings of technical, standards and standing committees, which aim to “develop guidance for the future of the industry and ASHRAE”.
Technical program highlights included several sessions that provided new applications and current practices, such as: case studies of new buildings without commissioning, using building energy information in a smart grid; selecting fans for minimum energy usage; emerging wireless technologies for HVAC&R applications; improving performance of refrigeration systems; back to basics on airflow in unitary systems, energy recovery issues in dedicated outdoor-air systems; unique applications of photovoltaic systems; applications of high temperature cooling and low temperature heating and HVAC&R design checklists that work.
“Net zero energy-related sessions were the highest-attended, especially methodologies for determining environmental impacts of buildings, renewable energy technologies for achieving net-zero energy design, challenges in making green buildings a way of life, design strategies for net-zero energy residential buildings, combined heat and power for net zero energy buildings, and alternate heating, cooling and domestic water heating technologies to reduce building energy usage,” said organizers.
Also offered were two Professional Development Seminars and seven short courses from the ASHRAE Learning Institute. The most popular courses were Advanced High-Performance Building Design; Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings; and Basics of High-Performance Building Design.