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HVAC Cold Climate Conference 2023

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HVAC Cold Climate Conference 2023

March 6-8, 2023
Marriott Anchorage Downtown, Anchorage, Alaska

March 9-10, 2023
Fairbanks, Alaska


Unique Challenges & Solutions for Climate Change in Cold & Arctic Communities

The goal of this International conference is for Built Environment engineers, practitioners, researchers, scientists, owners and government officials working in Cold Climate regions to share recent solutions and advancements addressing changes in climate; while experiencing the warmth, hospitality and culture of Alaska.

“ Net-zero energy and sustainability goals pose special challenges for cold climates, climates with large swings in temperature and where ever-changing climate and shifting weather patterns result in colder temperatures in areas where winters are typically mild. Harmonizing human comfort with the climatic realities of these environments is a balancing act, and strategic design is key to building, commissioning and operating efficient and long-lasting cold-climate structures. ” 

   - Erich Binder, conference chair.

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  • Call For Papers

    The conference Steering Committee seeks papers focused on the following topics and subtopics:

    Innovation in Equipment and Application

      • Impacts of Data Centers Bit Coin Mining on Cold Climates
      • Industrial Energy and Resource Development
      • Utilities and Infrastructure
      • District Heating and Cooling
      • Heat Pumps / Heat Recovery

    Sustainability and Resiliency

      • Smart Buildings
      • Energy Conservation
      • Thermal Storage
      • Decarbonization
      • Overheating / Climate Models
      • Maintenance and Operations

    Building Environments

      • Indoor Environmental Quality
      • Critical Environments / Airborne Virus Transmission / Cross Contamination
      • Building Envelope
      • Humidity Impacts on Building Envelope
      • Occupant Comfort
      • Residential, Commercial, Institutional, Manufacturing
      • Healthcare, Assisted Living, Senior Residences, Elder Care Home, Senior Housing Retirement Homes
      • Digitalization and Controls
      • Unique Locations, Underground Spaces, Walkways, Shopping Centers
      • Sports Facilities

    Abstracts (300 words maximum) should concisely present the problem statement, the novelty of the work, the methodology, the impact in cold climates, and the findings.

     Upcoming Deadlines:

    June 13, 2022: Abstracts due
    July 25, 2022: Notifications on abstract submissions sent
    October 31, 2022: Papers of accepted abstracts due

  • Hotel

    The ASHRAE/SCANVAC HVAC Cold Climate Conference will be held at the Marriott Anchorage Downtown in Anchorage, Alaska, March 6-8, 2023. The central location of the hotel provides lots of opportunity for conference attendees to explore Anchorage and other elements of Alaska.  Current negotiated room rate is $169 per night.

  • Steering Committee

    Erich Binder, Chair
    Bill Dean, Scientific Committee Chair
    Risto Kosonen, SCANVAC Representative
    Siru Lonnqvist, SCANVAC Representative
    Bjarne Olesen, ASHRAE Society Past President
    Eileen Jensen, ASHRAE Region XI DRC
    Tracy McKeon, Organizing Committee Co-Chair
    Craig Fredeen, Organizing Committee Co-Chair
    Mak Kampen, ASHRAE Alaska Chapter
    Nathan Zeigler, ASHRAE Alaska Chapter
    Marianna Vallejo, ASHRAE CEC Representative