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2024 ASHRAE Winter Conference
January 20-24, 2024

Technical Program | upcoming deadlines

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Overview of Conference Tracks:

1. 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: Craig Bradshaw | craig.bradshaw@okstate.edu

2. HVAC&R systems and equipment are constantly evolving to address the changing requirements of the built environment. Papers and programs in this track 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: Aaron Boranian  | aaron.boranian@bigladdersoftware.com

3. Refrigeration systems generate and use cold for a range of processes, from food preparation and conservation to vaccine preservation, to long-term protection of fragile ancient inks of historic documents and others. Differences in technologies and equipment, performances, refrigerants, etc., may hide synergies from which both industrial and commercial systems might benefit, also, but not only, from the points of view of reducing direct and indirect GHG emissions.

Track Chair: Jon Cohen  | jonjcohen1@gmail.com

4. Jurisdictions globally are confronting climate change and recognizing that building decarbonization is an important component in their efforts. The worldwide building sector accounts for about 40% of energy-related carbon emissions and buildings remain a major sector that lacks sufficient mitigation policies. As the standards authority for energy usage in buildings, ASHRAE recognizes that our long-standing initiatives in energy efficiency should be expanded to building decarbonization. This track seeks papers and programs that demonstrate the industry’s decarbonization efforts.

Track Chair: Som Shrestha shresthass@ornl.gov

5. Many different hydronic systems are used in the built environment. This track looks at heating hot water, domestic water, chilled water, condenser water, etc.

Track Chair: Joe Chow joe.ashrae@gmail.com

6. Many different parameters come into play when designing and constructing a finished space. This track looks at how these parameters work with and against each other.

Track Chair: Anoop Peediayakkan  | peediayakkan@gmail.com

7. ASHRAE Standards 55, 62 and 90 require many things – some of which seem to be in conflict with each other.  This track looks at these standards as well as Guideline 10 and their effect on the final project as well as on each other. 

Track Chair: Erik Sanchez  | esanchez@prmech.com
Mentor: Maggie Moninski  | maggie.moninski@gmail.com

8. Determining the best system for a project only goes as far as the control system design that makes all of the elements function together and properly. This track looks at various control strategies and their application within the built environment.

Track Chair: Stephanie Mages  | s_mages@yahoo.com

9. This track focuses on the unique challenges in critical environments such as laboratories and incorporating decarbonization goals to these spaces. 

Track Chair: TBD

10. This track focuses on the necessary considerations for tall buildings.

Track Chair: TBD

11. This track focuses on applications for artificial intelligence and machine learning technology in HVAC&R controls and equipment.

Track Chair: TBD

Types of Presentations Presented

These sessions present both technical and conference papers. Conference papers are written on current applications or procedures, as well as papers reporting on research in process. These papers differ from technical papers in that they are shorter in length and undergo a much less stringent peer review. Technical papers cover current applications or procedures, as well as papers resulting from research on fundamental concepts and basic theory. Papers presented in these sessions have successfully completed a rigorous peer review. PowerPoint presentations with audio descriptions of the presentations are posted online in the Virtual Conference. Preprints of the papers are available to all attendees who have purchased a conference registration.

Forums are “off-the-record” discussions held to promote a free exchange of ideas. Reporting of forums is limited to allow individuals to speak confidentially without concern of criticism. There are no papers attached to these forums.

Debates highlight hot-button issues. Experts, either on teams or as individuals, present different sides of an issue in debate format. Each participant presents evidence for or against a specific statement or question such as ‘Is Sustainability Really Sustainable?”.

Panel discussions can feature a broad range of subjects and explore different perspectives on issues in the industry. A panel may feature discussions about integrated project delivery among designers, builders and facility management professionals.

Seminars feature presentations on subjects of current interest. Papers are not available from the Society; however, seminar PowerPoint presentations with audio descriptions of the presentations are posted online in the Virtual Conference. Access is free for attendees who purchase a conference registration. Seminars are available as a collection via subscription to the Technology Portal online and include video files synched with audio, audio files and PDF files of the presentations.

Workshops enable technical committees and other ASHRAE committees to provide a series of short presentations on a topic requiring specific expertise. These short presentations are provided with an increased emphasis on audience participation and training in a specific set of skills. PowerPoint presentations with audio descriptions are posted online in the Virtual Conference.

>> Upcoming Deadlines

  • Friday, November 24, 2023 | Revised Conference Papers Due
  • Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | Conference Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications

Technical Papers

Technical Papers most often report on ASHRAE-sponsored research and unsolicited research in HVAC&R technical areas.
All Technical Papers undergo critical, double-blind peer review by three or more specialists to ensure high quality of content. A paper must be accepted by three reviewers to be approved for an ASHRAE Winter or Annual Conference.

File submission is done online via Manuscript Central. Submission requirements and upload Instructions are available in
the “Instructions & Forms” section of that website.

Submit a Technical Paper