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2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference | Orlando, FL

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

Join over 3,000 buildings-related engineers, architects, contractors, students, and other industry professionals for this 5-day event packed with technical sessions, education, industry-advancing committee meetings and social events. Your conference badge will provide entrance to the AHR Expo, the world’s largest HVAC&R marketplace. Sign-up for updates.

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Welcome from the Chair

Conference Activities


Social Events
Welcome Party
YEA Hospitality Reception
Women in ASHRAE Breakfast
Meet and Greet
Presidents Lunch
Life Members Lunch
Members' Night Out

More details will be posted soon.


ALI Courses

(deadline to register for Certification Exams is closed)

Committee Meetings

Student Program

AHR Expo

Take the opportunity to share your thoughts with the board
during an Open Session in Orlando

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  • Technical Program

    Conference PROGRAM
    Filter by track or session type, AHR Expo Sessions, Debates, Forums, Panels, Paper Sessions, Seminars, Workshops, to see presentations included in the Technical Program.

    TECHNICAL PROGRAM (PDF) (December 9, 2019)

    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 31, 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
    Monday, December 2, 2019: Upload of PPTs Begin
    Monday, January 6, 2020: All PPTs Due Online
    Wednesday, January 29, 2020: Final Day for Commercialism Revision Upload prior to on-site
    Saturday, February 1, 2020: Speakers Lounge Opens

  • Registration Information


    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 | Housing | Visa Letter

    Airline Transportation &ndash Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE


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    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer travel discounts for ASHRAE.

    Discount codes and instructions will be posted fall 2019.

    Book online at www.delta.com/meetings and provide the Meeting Code NMTVK, or call Delta reservation Desk at 800-328-1111 and provide the Meeting Code.

    United Airlines:

    Book online via the United Airlines site at:
    using Z Code: ZHX4 Agreement Code: 970276 or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code and Agreement Code.

    Rental Cars

    Alamo Car Rental:

    Book online at www.alamo.com and provide the CD number CD#LEADERS or call Alamo at 844-354-6962 and provide the CD number.

    Hertz Car Rentals:

    Book online at www.hertz.com and provide the CD number CD#1170024 or call Alamo at 800-654-3131 and provide the CD number.


    The Headquarters Hotel is the Hilton Orlando, located at 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, Florida, 32819, USA. Rates are $249 + tax per night. For more information, contact meetings@ashrae.org

    * 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 meetings@ashrae.org. 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.  

    Visa Letter

    Will you need a visa letter to travel to the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference? If so, click the button below and fill out the form to have a visa letter generated for you.

    Visa Letter

  • 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, Retired 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

  • Committee Meetings

    The Committee Meeting schedule is now available for the 2020 Winter Conference online and in the ASHRAE 365 app. Click the button below and use the search bar to find your meeting or filter by Technical Committee, Project Committee, Standing Committee and Miscellaneous to find your committee date, time and location.

    Room assignments are subject to change. Please check back frequently for updates to the schedule and meeting room locations.

    Full Schedule

    What are ASHRAE committees?

    Standing Committees
    ASHRAE's committee structure is the mechanism that makes the Society run. Through this structure, members formulate policy, develop procedures, and direct Society activities. Decisions made by the Board of Directors are based on the recommendations of committees. Because of this, the Board of Directors is only as effective and efficient as the Society committees. New ideas and new programs are usually initiated in committees, which also serve as management training centers for future Society leaders.

    Technical Committees
    The technical expertise of ASHRAE is concentrated in its Technical Committees (TCs), Task Groups (TGs), Technical Resource Groups (TRGs) and Multidisciplinary Task Groups (MTGs). These groups are responsible in various degrees for:

    • Preparing the text of ASHRAE Handbook chapters
    • Originating, coordinating and supervising Society-sponsored research projects
    • Presenting programs at ASHRAE conferences
    • Reviewing papers for conferences
    • Developing ASHRAE publications
    • Evaluating the need for standards, and
    • Advising the Society on all aspects of the technology it embraces

    ASHRAE TCs and these other groups are comprised of volunteers who have a recognized proficiency in a specific field of interest.  There are some active 100 TCs addressing all aspects of the HVAC&R and buildings industries.
    Attendance at these meetings is 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.

    Project Committees
    ASHRAE Project Committees (PCs) develop ASHRAE standards and guidelines.  ASHRAE PCs consist of people who have a recognized expertise in a specific field of interest.  Standards produced by ASHRAE are used as authoritative documents throughout our industry.

    ASHRAE Project Committees meet at each Society Winter and Annual Conference.  Attendance at these meetings is open to everyone.  You are encouraged to attend any of these meetings in which you have a technical interest.  PC Chairs welcome visitors to PC meetings – a PC can never have too many willing and able volunteers.

    See the listing of Standards and Guidelines Committees meetings in the Final Program, online or in the app.

    Remote Participation Meetings (RPMs)

    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. The deadline to request an RPM for a meeting in Orlando has now passed. If you requested an RPM, you will be contacted before the Conference with information related to your request.  

    A few reminders about RPMs:

    • RPM meetings are not automatically assigned; you must request the RPM meeting every year.
    • RPM meetings are not available for subcommittee meetings.
    • There are a limited number of RPM slots available.
    • Scheduling priority will be given to committees that are trying to meet quorum and who are up to date on deadlines and meeting notes.
    • Please note that last minute requests are very hard to accommodate.

    Questions? Contact meetings@ashrae.org.

  • On-Site FAQ Information

    Find information to use on-site at the conference based on many frequently asked questions (also available through the ASHRAE 365 app).


  • Conference Sponsors

    Daikin North America

    LG Air Conditioning Technologies


    Super Radiator Coils

Interested in being a conference sponsor? Visit our Conference Sponsorship page for available opportunities.

Conference Marketing Materials are available to help you promote the event.