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The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference will take place in a convenient, online format February 9-11. Attendees can join live discussions with top experts, learn the latest updates relating to COVID-19, and have access to 90+ technical sessions for 18 months. Group rates are available, and members register for just $249.

The 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago has been cancelled.

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  What to Expect:

    • Three days packed with learning and live discussions with top experts
    • Special sessions covering the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic
    • 8 Tracks with 40 live and more than 80 on-demand sessions (most with PDHs), available for 18 months
    • Updates from Society leaders, Women in ASHRAE keynote presentation and recognition of ASHRAE Honors and Awards recipients
    • Virtual technical tours, social events, meet-ups, and networking opportunities

  • Post Event Registration Information

    Registrants get 18-month access to all content starting Feb. 8. Live sessions taking place Feb. 9-11 will be recorded and available at the end of each day. Most sessions are approved for LEED AP credits and AIA learning units.

    Post Event Registration Fees for 2021 Winter Virtual Conference Rate
    Member/Non Member Post Conference $ 324.00
    Company Package (3-5) $ 1,060.00
    Company Package (6-10) $ 1,995.00
    Company Package (11-20) $ 3,735.00

    *Non-member registrants receive one FULL year of ASHRAE membership in addition to their registration. Benefits include access to the ASHRAE Handbook, subscription to the ASHRAE Journal and more!

    Register Now

  • Committee Meeting Information

    The full committee meeting schedule is now available! Committee meetings will take place January 4 through February 5, before the Winter Virtual Conference Technical Program and Special Events kick off. Click the “Full Schedule” button at the top of the page to access an interactive schedule of all committee meetings (Jan. 4-Feb. 5) and live sessions presented during the Virtual Winter Conference (Feb. 9-11). All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

    If you requested a meeting, please click on the button below to check the status and view your request.


    The following meetings took place before the Virtual Winter Conference committee meetings start on January 4.

    Date Time Meeting Name
    Tues. Dec. 8 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    AND 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    TAC (Part A)
    Fri. Dec. 11 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. TC Chairs Breakfast - Watch Recording

    Contact meetings@ashrae.org for questions.

    Are you hosting your committee meeting using ASHRAE’s Zoom accounts? If you need day-of support please contact virtualsupport@ashrae.org or call 678-539-2108.

  • Tracks

    "Engineers and designers are being tasked to take closer looks at buildings and their systems to provide comfort to the occupants while also finding ways to reduce the impact on the environment and energy use,” said Maggie Moninski, chair of the 2021 conference. “The 2021 Winter Conference attendees will be given a great opportunity to learn from some of the leaders of the industry with a focus on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry along with specialty topics like International Design and the Future of HVAC Work."

    The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.

    Tracks include:
    Track #


    Track Chair


    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 Sponsored by:

    Robert Cox


    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.

    Dr. Marianna Vallejo


    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.

    Gary Debes


    Environmental Health Through IEQ: HVAC&R systems play a significant role in maintaining indoor environmental conditions. As people spend increasingly more time in the built environment, health concerns are becoming paramount to design. This track will seek papers and programs on developing, evaluating and predicting optimal indoor environmental conditions, especially as they pertain to environmental health.

    Track Sponsored by:

    Stephen Idem


    Building Performance and Commissioning for Operation and Management: Modern HVAC&R systems are complicated and designed for high efficiencies. In order to optimize their use and provide proper operation, commissioning is recommended. This track provides an opportunity to provide papers and presentations surrounding building operation and commissioning practices as well as case studies in performance and commissioning.

    Lee Ribeck


    Energy Conservation: Whether it is new construction, renovation, routine maintenance or energy audits there is a major concern over the use of energy in the built environment. Designs are using more techniques to reduce energy with the use of energy wheels and pipes, solar energy, photo voltaic, and more efficient equipment and new concepts that are pushing to be standard design practice. In addition, modeling is being used to generate more life cycle cost decisions for the design and value-engineering decisions beyond standard HVAC practice. This track will highlight case studies and research that expand on the simple to the complex energy savings measures being implemented in today’s and tomorrow’s designs.

    Nivedita Jadhav


    International Design: Design for various environmental elements, geography and culture demand that new and innovative strategies be developed. As an international organization, ASHRAE strives to meet the needs of a global membership. HVAC&R systems vary globally and this track provides an opportunity to share innovative and necessary design elements that can be shared internationally.

    Farhan Mehboob


    Standards, Guidelines and Codes: ASHRAE is known for its standards and design guidelines – and they are constantly evolving with the intent on improving the built environment and its systems. Designers, Contractors, Architects and Owners must be able to keep up with the continuing changes in the current cycle but to also be prepared for the future changes. In addition, there is a large interaction of ASHRAE with the code authorities and government to incorporate these standards and guidelines. The series of sessions in this track highlight the changes to the standards and guidelines, their projected path and optimum design techniques to meet or exceed the standards.

    Kyle Inge

  • Social Events

    Meeting of the Members

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 10:00 a.m. ET

    Tune in to for the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference’s Meeting of the Members to include an update on the State of the Society by ASHRAE President, Chuck Gulledge and the Secretary’s Report from ASHRAE Executive Vice President, Jeff Littleton. For members unable to attend the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference a recording of the meeting will be made available for viewing. More information will be posted soon.

    Virtual Escape Room hosted by the Chicago Host Committee

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. ET ∙ $10

    You have been summoned to the top office. On arrival, you discover you are locked in and have been framed for an elaborate Art Heist while the true culprit walks free. The police are arriving in one hour, you must work as a team to crack the code and escape before time runs out! Check out this video for a preview of what to expect.

    The Chicago Host Committee has worked hard to plan a fun, engaging and safe (at home) event for conference attendees to enjoy. Attendees will be broken up into teams of five to escape the room. The option to add and purchase a ticket for this event is now available through the conference registration system. Tickets must be purchased 48 hours in advance of the event. The deadline to purchase a ticket is 5:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 7. Prizes will be awarded to the winning team. Sponsorship opportunities are also available for this event. 

    Women in ASHRAE Keynote: Buildings are Our Best Medicine

    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 10:00 a.m. ET
    We are currently living with tremendous uncertainty brought about by a mutated virus of the familiar Coronavirus family. Many unanswered questions about COVID-19 disease transmission, mortality rates and our own immune response have resulted in fear, confusion and a sense of helplessness in many of us. Thankfully, we have a solid foundation of scientific data from studies in microbiology, medicine and the indoor environment that can guide our management of buildings so that they are true shelters. Women in ASHRAE invite Dr. Stephanie Taylor to present studies on building interventions that optimize the health of human occupants and decrease the threat of microbial pathogens such as COVID-19. Communication between medical and building professionals, such as in this webinar, along with your input will help us fight back and regain our footing. Attend this webinar to learn about the power of the indoor environment to keep us safe and healthy during COVID-19 and beyond.

    Small Group Roundtables, Meet Ups and Forums

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET

    Turn your video camera on and meet up with fellow attendees in a series of small group roundtable discussions, meetups and forums either by topic or by group. More information on these interactive sessions can be found here.

    Virtual Technical Tour of the New ASHRAE Headquarters Building

    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    Join Ginger Scoggins, Chair of the Building Ad Hoc Committee and ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge on a behind-the-scenes technical tour of the new ASHRAE Headquarters building located at 180 Technology Parkway in Peachtree Corners, GA. Ginger and members of the Building Ad Hoc Committee will be available to take live questions from the audience.

    Networking Lounge Take Over

    Join representatives from sponsors in the Networking Lounge to ask questions about products, projects, etc. A representative will be available in the Networking Lounge to answer questions and engage with attendees in conversation for a 30 minute time period each day. This is your chance to meet sponsor representatives and collaborate with other attendees through a group chat. A schedule is listed below.

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET   
    Thursday, February 11 ∙ 2:30 – 3:00 p.m. ET 

    Virtual Tour of STACK Infrastructure Data Center hosted by the Chicago Host Committee

    Friday, February 12 ∙ 11:00 – 11:20 a.m. ET
    The Chicago Host Committee is bringing a Chicago-based Technical Tour to you VIRTUALLY! Data centers are designed to operate with maximum uptime and resiliency where outages are measured in seconds and can equate to millions of dollars of lost revenue. STACK Infrastructure is nearing completion of a 200,000 SF, 24MW facility in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. The tour looks at the critical electrical and mechanical infrastructure that supports the server and network environment for some of the world's largest companies. Amongst them are secured facility entrances, electrical rooms providing uninterrupted power, data halls that house the computing equipment, and the chiller plant that rejects all of the immense heat produced by the innumerable computational operations continuously taking place.

    A pre-recorded video will be posted to the On-Demand section of the Virtual Conference environment with access to view at your leisure starting on February 8. Join presenters Brian Medina, PE, Kevin Cooper, PE, Aaron Duda, PE, Principal and members of the Chicago host committee for a live 20-minute Q&A chat on Friday, February 12 from 11:00-11:20 a.m. ET to ask questions. You must be registered for the Virtual Winter Conference to participate. The link to join the chat session will be available within the Virtual Conference environment.

    Closing Ceremony and Encore Performance featuring The Psychrometrics

    Thursday, February 11 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    Turn up your volume and join The Psychrometrics, a band made up of ASHRAE members, to close out the conference with up to nine tracks – some familiar and some original! The Psychrometrics made their official debut at the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference this summer but have been meeting in-person at ASHRAE Winter and Annual Conferences to jam together for years. Enjoy some tunes while cooking dinner, answering emails or with your family as we close the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference.

    Daily Trivia Challenge sponsored by Honeywell

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ Wednesday, February 10 ∙ Thursday, February 11
    Test your knowledge and win a prize each day of the live Virtual Winter Conference. Starting on Tuesday, February 9 visit the “Games” section of the virtual environment and click the Trivia dropdown to play. The attendee with the top score each day will win a $50 Amazon gift card compliments of Honeywell. Answer 10 questions related to Honeywell, ASHRAE history and random trivia facts. The top scorer each day will receive an email with instructions on how to redeem the gift card.

  • Awards Recipients

    COVID-19 may have caused cancellations of the in-person 2020 Annual Conference and 2021 Winter Conference – but COVID cannot overshadow the many achievements of ASHRAE members! ASHRAE will honor award recipients that would have been presented in-person at the plenary session at both the 2020 Annual Conference in Austin and the 2021 Winter Conference in Chicago. Join us for six award recognition segments scheduled throughout the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference  to honor those who have made significant contributions to ASHRAE.

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Society’s Personal Honors Awards
    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 11:30 a.m. ET
    Honoring recipients of the following awards:

    • ASHRAE Hall of Fame
    • F. Paul Anderson
    • Louise &Bill Holladay
    • Andrew T. Boggs
    • YEA Inspirational Leader
    • E.K. Campbell
    • ASHRAE Fellows

    The recipients will be honored immediately following the “What’s in Your Toolkit? Laboratory Efficiency for Cutting Edge Labs” seminar.

    ASHRAE Honors Research Promotion and Major Donors
    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 2:30 p.m.
    Honoring the following:

    • Leaders in the Research Promotion Campaign
    • Major Donors to Society
    • Scholarship Donors

    The recipients will be honored immediately following the “Fighting the Unseen Killers: Gas-Phase Air Cleaners” seminar.

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Specific Society Activity Awards
    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 10:30 a.m.
    Honoring recipients of the following awards:

    • Lincoln Bouillon
    • William J. Collins
    • Homer Addams
    • Ralph G. Nevins
    • John F. James
    • Standards Achievement
    • Dan Mills Chapter Programs
    • Student Activities
    • Lou Flagg Historical
    • Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health
    • Youth Outreach Award
    • Government Affairs

    The recipients will be honored immediately following the “Women in ASHRAE Keynote: Buildings are Our Best Medicine.”

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of General Society Activity Awards
    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 1:00 p.m.
    Honoring recipients of the following awards:

    • Exceptional Service Awards
    • Distinguished Service Awards
    • 50-Year Member Awards

    The recipients will be honored immediately following the “Is Air Change per Hour (h-1), cfm/ft2 or Something Else?” debate.

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Paper and Student Design Awards
    Thursday, February 11 ∙ 11:30 a.m.
    Honoring recipients of the following awards:

    • Crosby Field
    • Willis H. Carrier
    • Technical Paper
    • Journal Paper
    • STBE Best Paper Award
    • Student Design Winners for Design Calculation, System Selection, Integrated Sustainable Building Design and Applied Engineering Challenge

    The recipients will be honored immediately following the “MERV 13, HEPA and UVC: What Did Buildings Do During this Pandemic, and How to Make your Buildings More Resilient for the Next Outbreak” seminar.

    ASHRAE Honors Recipients of Technology Awards
    Thursday, February 11 ∙ 2:30 p.m.
    Honoring 1st Place Technology Award recipients of the following categories:

    • Award of Engineering Excellence
    • Category I-Commercial Buildings-EBCx
    • Category I-Commercial Buildings-Existing
    • Category I – Commercial Buildings – New
    • Category II – Educational Facilities – Existing
    • Category II – Educational Facilities – New
    • Category III – Health Care Facilities – Existing

    The recipients will be honored immediately following the “Best Practices of the Mentor-Mentee Relationship?” workshop.

  • Host Committee

    ASHRAE thanks the 2021 Host Committee from the Illinois Chapter:

    Chad Powell
    General Chair

    Maggie Moninski
    Technical Program Conference Chair

    - Vice Chair: Kevin Summers
    - Entertainment: John Song and Joe Hauge
    - Tours: Frank Moccio
    - Hospitality: Nick Manusos
    - Sessions: Sumayyah Theron

    Even though the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference will not meet in-person in Chicago, the Chicago Host Committee is still working hard to make your conference experience one that you won’t forget. Stay tuned for more information on how the Chicago host committee will “bring the Chicago experience” to the Virtual Winter Conference.

  • Thank You to Our Sponsors
    ASHRAE would like to thank these sponsors for supporting The 2021 Virtual Winter Conference.

  • Sponsor Technology Demonstrations

    New to the ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference are Sponsor Technology Demonstrations. Technology Demonstrations will be hosted by sponsoring companies and will provide the opportunity for attendees to join a 30-minute interactive session via Zoom to learn more about conference sponsors’ technology. Attendees will be able to interact with and ask questions throughout the session.

    Sponsor Technology Demonstration: Better Air Through Science presented by GPS

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET

    Join David Schurk, GPS Business Development Director and ASHRAE member, to learn more about understanding the process of needlepoint bipolar ionization and how NPBI® improves indoor air quality by reducing particles, odors and pathogens – including SARS-C0V-2.

    Presented by GPS: Global Plasma Solutions.

    Sponsor Technology Demonstration: Easy auto-tuning of PM Motors to Improve Efficiency presented by Mitsubishi Electric

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    Tuning a motor can take a significant amount of time to program a drive and motor to work together most efficiently. Using a VFD with auto-tuning capability, you can easily tune any motor from any manufacturer, saving set-up time by avoiding trial and error work. In this live demo, you will see the ease of using auto-tuning features.

    Presented by Mitsubishi Electric.

    How Ceiling Systems Can Clean the Air & Help Control & Direct Airflow presented by Armstrong Ceilings

    Tuesday, February 9 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    Join Paul Hough, ASHRAE member and Manager, Codes & Standards at Armstrong to see how technologies integrated into the ceiling plane can help create, convert or maintain more reliable and robust pressure-controlled spaces as well as utilize UV-C safely and effectively to clean the air. Learn from modeling and laboratory testing, along with case studies that demonstrate the impact of reduced air leakage through the ceiling plane, and the use of UV-C systems to reduce infectious aerosols. www.armstrongceilings.com/cleanair

    Presented by Armstrong Ceilings.

    Sponsor Technology Demonstration: Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Airborne Particle Analysis for HVAC and Environmental Testing Professionals presented by Honeywell

    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    This demonstration shows how new advances in artificial intelligence and massive cloud computing are starting to change the way HVAC and environmental testing professionals work with building owners to provide detailed insight into the types and quantities of airborne particles present. The demonstration shows how new technologies enable on-the the-spot display and classifications of particles, allowing field professionals deeper levels of insight for air cleaning systems and service design.

    Presented by Honeywell.

    Sponsor Technology Demonstration: Why R-32 is the Best Choice to Replace R-410A presented by Daikin

    Wednesday, February 10 ∙ 4:30 p.m. ET
    Join Anuj Mistry, Manager, Technical Services at Daikin for a presentation about R-32. For more information before the session, please visit www.R32Reasons.com.

    Presented by Daikin.

  • Sponsorship Information

    ASHRAE is offering creative and exciting sponsorship opportunities for this virtual event. Please take a look at the opportunities and contact Greg Martin with any questions: gmartin@ashrae.org or 678-539-1174.

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    How do I access the technical program content?
    A link will be sent to the email address you used to register with no later than February 8, 2021 so that you can access the virtual conference environment before live events kick off on February 9 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Please ensure meetings@ashrae.org is in your safe list.

    How do I get PDHs?
    For sessions that are presented live, there will be a “quiz” button located in the web console of the session. Click the quiz at any time during the session and score 80% or more and be able to download a PDH certificate immediately. You can take the quiz as many times as you would like. Once the live sessions are over and the recordings are posted, the quiz and certificate feature will still work to support on-demand viewing of the session recording.

    For sessions that are available in the On-Demand tab of the Theater within the Virtual Conference environment, download instructions on how to access the quiz and PDH certificate.

    Which sessions are eligible for NY/AIA and GBCI LEED AP credits?
    A full list of Technical Program sessions with information for the value of PDH credits can be found here as well as in the Resource Center within the Virtual Conference environment.

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

    What if I have multiple employees from my company that want to register for the Virtual Winter Conference?
    ASHRAE offers three tiers of Company packages that accommodate discounted pricing. 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 live sessions, technical tours, and meet-ups?
    Yes! If you can’t attend the live sessions you can still access the recordings after the event.

    Questions about the online conference venue?
    Please click here for an in-depth overview.

    Please contact meetings@ashrae.org with additional questions.