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Call for Abstracts – ASHRAE 2023 HVAC Cold Climate Conference


February 22, 2022
By Anthony Capkun


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February 22, 2022 – Abstracts are being accepting for the ASHRAE and SCANVAC HVAC Cold Climate Conference, being held in Anchorage, Alaska, March 6-8, 2023.

This conference will address unique challenges and solutions for climate change in cold and arctic communities.

“Net-zero energy and sustainability goals pose special challenges for cold climates; climates with large swings in temperature and where shifting weather patterns result in colder temperatures in areas where winters are typically mild,” said Erich Binder, conference chair. “Harmonizing human comfort with the climatic realities of these environments is a balancing act, and strategic design is key to building, commissioning and operating efficient and long-lasting cold-climate structures.”

The conference seeks papers focused on the following topics and subtopics:

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Innovation in equipment and application

• impacts of data centres, bit coin mining on cold climates
• industrial energy and resource development
• utilities and infrastructure
• district heating and cooling
• heat pumps/heat recovery

Sustainability and resiliency

• smart buildings
• energy conservation
• thermal storage
• decarbonization
• overheating/climate models
• maintenance and operations

Building environments

• indoor environmental quality
• critical environments/airborne virus transmission/cross contamination
• building envelope, and humidity impacts
• occupant comfort
• healthcare, assisted living, senior residences, elder care home, etc.
• digitalization and controls
• unique locations, underground spaces, walkways, etc.

Abstracts (300 words or less) should concisely present the problem statement, novelty of the work, methodology, impact and applicability in cold climates, and findings.

Submissions are due June 13, 2022. If accepted, final conference papers (8-page maximum) are due October 31, 2022.


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