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2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference | Orlando, FL

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ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo
Orlando, FL | February 1 – 5, 2020

The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held in Orlando, FL! The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, the Bookstore and Speakers Lounge will be at the Hilton Orlando.

The AHR Expo will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, Monday, Feb. 3 – Wednesday, Feb. 5. 


Conference Activities


ALI Courses


Committee Meetings Schedule

Student Program

AHR Expo

  • Technical Program

    The 2020 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 HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, refrigeration and refrigerants, and other specific topics including novel approaches to HVAC&R systems and buildings for contemporary concerns and analytical techniques to economically automate buildings.

    "The 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference will feature a strong technical program including presentations and discussions on best design practices and standards, incorporation of innovative technologies, and cutting edge approaches applicable to a wide range of buildings-related engineers, architects, and professionals," said Conference Chair, Melanie Derby.

    1. 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: Maggie Moninski

    2. 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: Sonya Pouncy

    3. Refrigeration and Refrigerants: 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: Stephen Idem

    4. Cutting Edge Approaches:  This track focuses on novel approaches to HVAC&R systems and buildings due to changing energy, economic, and environmental concerns. Papers and programs will focus on emerging approaches such as the critical Water-Energy nexus, natural/emerging refrigerants and other cutting edge approaches pertaining to HVAC&R systems and buildings.
    Track Chair: Marianna Vallejo

    5. High Efficiency Design and Operation: Submissions are requested regarding high efficiency design and operation of commercial and residential buildings, including specialty building types.
    Track Chair: Ryan MacGillivray

    6. Big Data and Smart Controls: This track examines the use of big data, advanced algorithms, occupancy-based control strategies, data mining and other analytical techniques to economically automate buildings. Given the intersection with the larger world of IT, cybersecurity is also a topic of interest in this track.
    Track Chair: Leticia De Oliveira Neves

    7. Ventilation, IAQ and Air Distribution Systems: This track solicits submissions pertaining to the design, operation and study of ventilation and air distribution systems in residential and commercial buildings. The intersection of these systems with respect to indoor air quality and health effects are also of significant interest for this track.
    Track Chair: Robert Cox

    8. Standards, Guidelines and Codes: ASHRAE is a leader in the development of standards and guidelines pertaining to the indoor environment; these standards and guidelines are used to shape codes. This track invites submissions pertaining to standards for buildings, HVAC&R systems and IAQ
    Track Chair: Lee Riback



    Monday, March 18, 2019: Conference Paper Abstracts, Technical Papers and Paper Session Requests Due
    Monday, April 22, 2019: Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Friday, June 7, 2019: Website Opens for Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Proposals
    Monday, July 8, 2019: Final Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment); Request for Conference Paper Sessions Due
    Friday, July 26, 2019: Conference Paper Accept/Revise/Reject Notifications
    Friday, August 2, 2019: Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Proposals Due
    Friday, August 9, 2019: Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Friday, August 26, 2019: Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications
    Friday, October 4, 2019: Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Accept/Reject Notifications

  • Registration Information

    Online registration will open by August 1.   

    Early Bird registration fees through Sun., Oct. 27

    • $700, member/$930, non-member
    • $675, first-time member attendee/$905, first-time non-member attendee

    Advance registration fees Mon., Oct. 28 – Sun., Jan. 12 

    • $730, member/$960, non-member
    • $705, first-time member attendee/$935, first-time non-member attendee

    Onsite registration fees Mon., Jan. 13 – Wed., Feb. 5

    • $945, member/$1,175, non-member
    • $920, first-time member attendee/$1,150, first-time non-member attendee
    • $375, member one-day fee/$450, non-member one-day fee
    • $75, one session

    Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students

    • $200, speaker 
    • $200, Life Member
    • $45, student branch advisor
    • $30, student member/$60, full-time student non-member
    • $60, spouse/guest

    Conference Registration includes the following:

    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., Feb. 2 – Wed., Feb. 5 (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 Plenary Session on Sat., Feb. 1 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Networking Coffee Break on Sun., Feb. 2 from 9 – 9:30 a.m.
    • A copy of the 125th Anniversary edition of Proclaiming the Truth* 

    *Students, Guests and One-Day registrants will not receive a copy of Proclaiming the Truth. Copies may be purchased at the Bookstore onsite.

    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 Happy Hour, President’s Luncheon and Members Night Out
    • Certification Exams ­

    Companion/Guest Registration includes the following:

    • Plenary Session on Sat., Feb. 1 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., Feb. 2 – Wed., Feb. 5 (Seminars, Workshops, Technical Paper Sessions, Conference Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels)
    • Access to Companion’s Meet and Greet event on Mon., Feb. 3 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Access to the Companion Lounge which is open from Sat., Feb. 1 – Wed., Feb.5. 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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    To take advantage of these travel discounts:

    Make Your Reservations

    You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2EW

    *Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800-number


    * Please beware of all unauthorized hotel deals. Emails from companies not affiliated with ASHRAE about housing may be a scam. If you have questions, contact ASHRAE is aware of emails circulating advertising lower rates. The emails appear to be coming from the AHR Expo. The AHR Expo are not sending the emails, they are being sent by a third party. Do not book through these emailed links, they are a scam.  

    The ASHRAE room block has not opened yet. More information will be made available in the fall of 2019. Rates are $249 + tax per night. 

    The Headquarters Hotel is the Hilton Orlando, located at 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida, 32819, USA.

  • Plenary

    Saturday, February 1 | 3:15 pm

    Kick off the ASHRAE Winter Conference with the opening Plenary session. Society updates will be presented and ASHRAE will recognize award winners in the following categories: 

    • ASHRAE Hall of Fame
    • ASHRAE Honorary Member
    • ASHRAE Pioneers of the Industry
    • F. Paul Anderson Award
    • ASHRAE Award for Distinguished Public Service
    • EK Campbell Award of Merit
    • ASHRAE Fellows
    • Student Design Project Competition Awards (First place winners each category: HVAC System Selection, HVAC Design Calculations, Integrated Sustainable Building Design, The Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge)

    Keynote Speaker
    Ed Hochuli, Retire Head Referee in the National Football League (NFL) 

    Is this Pop Warner or the Super Bowl?....The Average Joe Principle

    Ed Hochuli is a Phoenix trial attorney with his own law firm, who has personally tried over 150 civil jury trials. But he is most widely recognized as a Referee in the National Football League, where’s he has worked for the last 28 years. Hochuli refereed two Super Bowls and 10 championship games, along with almost 600 games in the NFL. Having been highly successful at both jobs, one wonders what he views as the keys to his success. How does a football official go from officiating 8 year-olds in front of 50 parents, to refereeing a Super Bowl with 350 million people watching?

     By the very definition of the word “Average,” most people are either average or below average, but Ed believes that instead, anyone can be highly successful, if they just follow a few simple principles.  In this very entertaining and enlightening presentation, Ed sums up  the secret to his success in what he calls “The Average Joe Principle.”  His presentation includes anecdotes and a variety of video clips from his long career in the NFL.  It provides his tips and beliefs on the secrets to being successful at whatever job or avocation one takes on. 

  • Host Committee

    Wade Conlan, General Chairman

    Nate Boyd, Vice Chairman

    Amy McClurg, Entertainment - Co Chair

    Mike Dillard, Entertainment - Co Chair

    Jason Alphonso, Tours Co-Chair

    Todd Moore, Tours Co-Chair

    Ian LaHiff, Information/Publicity

    Firouz Keikavousi, Hospitality

    Paul Albers, Sessions

  • Committees

    Meeting Room Requests

    Meeting requests for Technical Committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) will open soon for the Orlando conference. Requests must be submitted by Friday, October 18.

    The schedule of all committee meetings will be released in January 2020. Contact Lizzy Seymour for questions.

    For Technical Committee (TC)/Task Group (TG)/Technical Resource Group (TGR)/Multidisciplinary Task Group (MTG) Meeting Room Requests:

    You should fill out a request form, when it is available, if you need to:

    • Reserve a room for a subcommittee meeting in Orlando
    • Change the date and/or time of a main TC/MTG/TG/TRG meeting
    • Report if your subcommittee will be meet via conference conference/web meeting prior to the Orlando Conference (date and time of meeting will be listed in committee listing)

    *All main committees of ASHRAE TCs, TGs, MTGs and TRGs will be assigned the same date and time slot from the previous conference. Subcommittee meetings will NOT be scheduled unless requested through this link by October 18.

    For Standards Project Committee (SPC) / Guideline Project Committee (GPC) Meeting Room Requests:
    You should fill out a request form, when it is available, if you need to reserve a room for any Project Committee or subcommittee meeting.

    Remote Participation Meetings (RPMs)
    You should submit a request form, when it is ready, for each committee meeting you would like to request RPM capabilities. The deadline will be October 18. 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. 

  • Schedule-at-a-Glance


    Fri. Jan. 31

    Sat. Feb. 1

    Sun. Feb. 2

    Mon. Feb. 3

    Tues. Feb. 4

    Wed. Feb. 5

    Registration and Bookstore

    10 a.m.-5 p.m.

    7:15 a.m.-6 p.m.

    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    7 a.m.-5 p.m.

    7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Technical Program


    Plenary Session: Awards Presentation and Keynote Speaker 3:15 p.m.

    8 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

    8 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2:15-4:30 p.m.

    8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:45 p.m.
    Free Sessions @   AHR Expo
    11 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

    8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    AHR Expo




    10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    10 a.m.-6 p.m.

    10 a.m.-4 p.m.

    Social Events


    Welcome Party
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Networking Coffee Break
    9 – 9:30 a.m.
    YEA Hospitality Reception 4 – 6 p.m.

    Women in ASHRAE Breakfast
    7-8:30 a.m.
    Meet and Greet
    9:30 – 11 a.m.
    President’s Luncheon
    12:15 – 2 p.m.
    Region Dinners

    Life Members Lunch  12-1:30 p.m.
    Members Night Out Reception and Dinner
    6:15 – 10 p.m.


    Committee Meetings

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    TC/TG/MTG Chairs Breakfast
    6:30-8 a.m.
    PC Chairs Breakfast 7:30-9 a.m.
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    Research Subcommittee Chairs Breakfast
    6:30-9 a.m.
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    8 a.m. –2 p.m.

    Council and Board of Directors Meetings



    Board of Directors 1:30-5:30 p.m.


    Members Council
    8:15 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Publishing and Education Council
    8 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Technology Council
    9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    Board of Directors 2-6 p.m.

    ALI Courses


    8 a.m.-3 p.m.

    3:30-6:30 p.m.

    8:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:45-5:45 p.m.

    9 a.m.-4 p.m.




    Student Welcome
    1-3 p.m.
    Student/YEA Mixer    5-6:30 p.m.

    Student Program
    8 a.m.-3 p.m.
    Student Tour
    1:30-3:30 p.m.




    Technical Tours



    Airport Terminal Facility
    3:30-5:30 p.m.

    UCF Energy Plant
    2-5 p.m.

    FL Solar Energy Center
    2-6 p.m.


    General Tours



    Kennedy Space Center
    8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Titanic the Exhibition
    2:15-5:15 p.m.

    Florida Everglades Tour
    2:30-5:30 p.m.


    Certification Exams


    9 a.m.-1 p.m.




    8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.