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2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference

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2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference

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ASHRAE's 2020 Virtual Conference is still open for registrations. Registrants receive

  • 96 technical sessions + PDHs, accessible until December 2021
  • Access to technical papers, conference papers and extended abstracts. 

Sign on information to access the full virtual conference is provided in your registration confirmation email. Questions? Email meetings@ashrae.org

  • Registration Information

    This program will be accepted for many jurisdictions' continuing education requirements and most sessions are approved for LEED AP credits and AIA learning units.

    Registration Fees

    Individual Registration Rate



    Student Member


    Student Non-Member *




    Non-Member *


    *Non-Member – Fees include one year of ASHRAE membership

    Company Package Registration

    3-5 employees


    6-10 employees


    11-20 employees

  • Technical Program

    Technical Program (Online)


    The 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference is the Technology Answer for Today’s Challenges.  The technical program format features an in-depth learning experience, providing solutions, technology demonstrations and industry insights. The technical content coupled with the opportunity interact with colleagues around the world make this event one you can’t afford to miss!

    The technical program will explore how building and energy systems interact, while examining how buildings are becoming integrated, flexible and resilient systems to respond to climate change challenges.

    "The traditional tech-heavy and diverse topics of the onsite technical program is maintained and enhanced by interactive elements and sessions suited for the virtual environment and a worldwide audience," said Bing Liu, conference chair. "Literally hundreds of opportunities will be in place for attendees to interact with speakers during the Q&A session via a live chat with session speakers. Every day the virtual conference will feature several live sessions to highlight hot topics and COVID-19 related topics as well. Industry professionals have a wide-range of choices of sessions to select from in tracks on resiliency, zero energy buildings, residential, the grid, fundamentals, equipment and professional development."


    • Fundamentals and Applications
    • HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
    • Research Summit
    • Professional Development
    • Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment
    • Multifamily and Residential Buildings
    • Zero Energy Buildings and Communities
    • Resilient Buildings and Communities
  • Virtual Conference Schedule Summary

    Technical ProgramDaily Schedule

    On-Demand Technical Session: Monday, June 22

    Registrants receive on-demand access to the 80+ technical sessions.  This platform gives attendees the ability to take a quiz to earn PDH credits, and post questions for the presenters in the online forum.  See the technical program for the entire list of sessions and speakers.

    Live Events: Monday, June 29

    The following schedule is a summary of events. The full daily schedule includes details related to session times, descriptions and speakers. A rebroadcast of all of the sessions presented live will be made shortly after the virtual conference concludes each day within the virtual conference environment.

    Monday, June 29, 12:00pm – 5:00pm EDT

    Leadership Moment: 2019-2020 Society President, Darryl K. Boyce P. Eng presents State of Society address.

    Featured Technical Sessions:

    1. The Benefits of Off-Site Construction live panel
    2. Grid-Interactive Efficient Buildings: Introduction and Demonstration Projects
    3. COVID-19: Opportunities for Sustainable Development live panel

    Virtual Happy Hour hosted by Young Engineers in ASHRAE featuring "Some Good ASHRAE News"

    Tuesday, June 30, 12:00pm – 5:00pm EDT

    Leadership Moment: Secretary’s Report presented by Jeff Littleton.

    Featured Technical Sessions & Live Q&A Sessions:

    1. SARS, MERS, Ebola, COVID-19: How to Prepare for the Next Epidemic
    2. Tech Consultants Aren't ‘Designers of Record’ So No E&O Insurance Needed live debate
    3. Crafting an O&M Plan for a Net Zero/Passive House: An Interactive Workshop

    Virtual Happy Hour hosted by Membership Promotion and Women in ASHRAE featuring Trivia Night

    Wednesday, July 1, 12:00pm – 5:00pm EDT

    Leadership Moment: Reflection of Retiring Board Members and Introduction of Nominees

    Featured Technical Sessions & Live Q&A Sessions:

    1. ASHRAE's Latest Guides to Zero Energy Design
    2. It's Not a Hot Potato! Engineers Cannot Delegate Design as They See Fit live panel
    3. Effects of Building Ventilation on SARS-CoV-2 Transmission: A Preliminary Study keynote

    Virtual Happy Hour hosted by Retiring Members of the Board of Directors and Nominees

    Thursday, July 2, 12:00pm – 5:00pm EDT

    Leadership Moment: 2019-2020 President-Elect Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. presents his Vision for the Future

    Featured Technical Sessions & Live Q&A Sessions

    1. Additional technical session to be announced soon!
    2. Off-Site Construction for Resilient Buildings: Getting the Details Right
    3. Impact of COVID-19 on Buildings live panel

    Virtual Happy Hour hosted by ASHRAE members featuring the closest thing to a rock concert!

  •  Committee Meetings


    ASHRAE will conduct the business and technical meetings typically held during the ASHRAE Annual Conference in an online format. Beginning in late May and running through the end of July, online meetings will be scheduled for standing committees, councils, the Board of Directors, technical committees, standards project committees and others.

    Just like at ASHRAE’s face-to-face Annual Conference, attendance at committee meetings are open to all society members, to all registered guests at scheduled Society Conferences, and to those invited by the chairman at the request of a member. You are encouraged to attend any of these meetings in which you have a technical interest. 

    If you are interested in attending any of the meetings taking place this summer please email meetings@ashrae.org with the name, date and time of the meeting of interest no later than close of business the day before the meeting and information will be sent to you about how to join the online meeting.

    Committee Meeting Schedules now available!


  • Board of Directors Meetings

    The ASHRAE Board of Directors meetings will take place the following dates and times:

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020
    8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020
    8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ET

    Like at the ASHRAE Winter and Annual Conferences, the Board of Directors meetings are open. In the virtual format, 15 minutes will be dedicated at the beginning of the Board of Directors meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 1 to read into the record any comments or questions submitted to the Board of Directors via the online form that was available through 6 PM ET on Friday, June 26. Comments and questions will be posted on the website afterwards.

    If you wish to attend either of the Board of Directors meetings listed above, please email meetings@ashrae.org no later than the close of business the day before the meeting and information on how to access the meeting as a guest will be sent to you.

  • Sponsorship

    The 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference is the first of its kind. The Virtual Conference will present the technical program and Society updates in a new and convenient virtual format with networking opportunities throughout the schedule.

    Typically, the Annual Conference expects more than 1,600 face-to-face attendees who are buildings-related engineers, architects, contractors, and other industry professionals. The 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference hopes to provide a new and convenient platform so that even more of ASHRAE’s 56,000 members and other industry professionals can attend from anywhere!

    Like the typical Annual Conference, the 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference will expertly serve our members and industry with a showcase of board of director nominees, along with developing the next big technology, members will learn about 2020-2021 Society President’s vision for the future. 

    Any company affiliated with the HVAC&R industry may sponsor the 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference.

    Why Sponsor?

    ASHRAE conferences provide the best opportunity for sponsors to make impressions with top leaders in the HVAC&R industry and build credibility as innovators in the industry. View the Sponsor Prospectus below to see sponsorship levels and benefits for the 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference.


    Contact Greg Martin for further information or to confirm your sponsorship today!

  • Conference Sponsors

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Why should I attend the virtual event?
    Now more than ever, connecting and sharing solutions is important. ASHRAE is offering timely technical content and learning opportunities in an inexpensive and convenient format, in an effort to make sure all interested industry professionals have the opportunity to learn and connect with each other. As a registrant, you can chose to participate in the live event or access the content at your convenience for the next 18 months.

    How do I access the technical program content?
    Login information will be emailed to you June 22nd to access all technical program content. Information about logging into and participating in the live event which takes place June 29 – July 2 will also be emailed to you on June 22, and again June 29.

    How do I get PDHs?
    PDHs will be available for each session by passing a short quiz at the end of each session. Following the quiz a PDH certificate will be available for download.

    Access PDHs

    Do I have to be registered for the Virtual Conference to attend a committee meeting?
    No, registration is not required to attend a committee meeting virtually.

    How do I join a virtual committee meeting as a guest?
    If you wish to join a virtual committee meeting as a guest, please email meetings@ashrae.org no later than the close of business the day before the scheduled meeting with the name, date and time of the meeting you would like to join and information on how to access the meeting will be sent to you.

    Will there be a 2021 ASHRAE Annual Conference?
    Yes! The 2021 Annual Conference is scheduled for June 26-30, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ. Additional conferences can be found at ashrae.org/conferences.

    What if I have multiple employees from my company that want to register for the Virtual Conference?
    ASHRAE offers three tiers of Company packages that accommodate discounted pricing for up to 20 employees. If you have more than 20 employees that would like to attend the Virtual Conference, you can purchase multiple packages to maximize the savings! Contact meetings@ashrae.org if you have questions related to Company Packages and pricing.

    Do I have to be registered for the Virtual Conference to attend the Virtual Happy Hours?
    Yes. The Virtual Happy Hours are part of the four-day live Virtual Conference and included in your registration package. You will be able to access the Virtual Happy Hours within the virtual conference environment on the start times on each day of the live virtual conference. The Virtual Happy Hours will be recorded and will be part of the rebroadcast available shortly after the conference ends each day.

    Please contact meetings@ashrae.org with additional questions.