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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

Registration is Open!



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

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.

Arctic Mini Conference: Fairbanks, AK March 9-10, 2023

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  • Registration

    Registration for the HVAC Cold Climates Conference is now open!


    Early Bird: (September 29, 2022 – January 6, 2023)


    Member $  590.00
    Non Member $  640.00


       Regular Registration: (January 7, 2023)



    $  640.00

       Non Member

    $  690.00






    $  325.00


    $  425.00

       Additional Registration Required


      Anchorage City Tour (Sunday, March 5)

    $  45.00pp

      Arctic Mini Conference (Fairbanks, AK, March 9-10)

    $  100.00

    In-Person Attendees will receive the following:

    • On-site Access to Technical Program from March 6-8, 2023.
    • Interactive Conference App: ASHRAE 365
    • Download access to all conference papers
    • Welcome Reception
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks Monday and Tuesday
    • Breakfast and AM Coffee Break Wednesday
  • Call For Papers

    >> For late abstract submissions, please contact Bill Dean, Scientific Committee Chair

    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:

    July 15, 2022: Abstracts due
    August 15, 2022: Notifications on abstract submissions sent
    October 31, 2022: Papers of accepted abstracts due

    >> For late abstract submissions, please contact Bill Dean, Scientific Committee Chair

  • Thank you to our Sponsors

    Thank you to the Sponsors of the ASHRAE and SCANVAC HVAC Cold Climate Conference 2023!

    Silver Level Sponsors


    Zinc Level Sponsors


    Jade Level Sponsors




    Copper Level Sponsors

  • Sponsorships

    The conference organizers are pleased to offer several sponsorship opportunities to engage industry participation. The sponsorship offsets conferences expenses and provides access to seasoned practitioners and principals responsible for managing modeling services.

    All sponsors will have their company logo and name on the event flyer, the conference web site and recognition during the conference. A summary of the specific benefits of each sponsorship level is included. If you have questions or are interesting in being a sponsor, please contact Staci Loeffler sloeffler@ashrae.org.


  • Arctic Mini-Conference

    March 9-10, 2023

    For an additional $100 registration fee*, conference attendees can register to attend an immersive experience in Fairbanks, Alaska the day after the conference.

    *Please note travel from Anchorage to Fairbanks and hotel accommodations at the Chena Hot Springs Resort is the responsibility of the attendee.

    The group rate at the Chena Hot Springs Resort is $149/night + tax. For additional information on how to make reservations please email meetings@ashrae.org.

    • Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC): Attendees will be bussed from the airport for a brief workshop, tour, and lunch at the CCHRC. CCHRC is a part of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and is a leading organization in research and testing of building technologies in cold climates (http://cchrc.org/).
    • Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory Permafrost Research Tunnel: Walk 45,000 years into the past to view ice lenses and actual remains of animals and plants preserved by the cold. This is a unique experience as the tunnel is not open to the public and requires special approval from the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Organizing committee member, Dr. Alexander Zhivov, has received initial clearance for this visit.
    • Chena Hot Springs Resort: After the tour of the tunnel, attendees will be bussed to the World-Famous Chena Hot Springs Resort.  Enjoy a tour of their geothermal driven tri-generation system and Aurora Ice Museum.  Relax that evening soaking in the natural hot springs.  This location is known for its Aurora Borealis/Northern Lights shows in the winter.  
    • Full Day of Technical Sessions: The next morning starts a full day of additional technical presentations held at the Resort.  Sessions will include workshops on the to-be-published ASHRAE Guide for Resilient Thermal Energy Systems Design in Cold and Arctic Climates and additional paper presentations. This part of the technical session will be supported by CCHRC, University of Alaska Fairbanks staff, and local engineering firms.  At the end of that day, attendees can either go back to the airport to travel home or continue their Alaskan adventures.


  • Hotel and Travel

    Hotel Reservations

    The HVAC Cold Climate Conference will take place March 6-8, 2023 at the Marriott Anchorage Downtown, Anchorage, Alaska located at 820 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501.

    • Book by Sunday, February 5, 2023 to receive the discounted group rate of $169 + tax per night

    Book your group rate for ASHRAE 2023 Cold Climate

    Visa Letter

    Click the button below to fill out the form and have a visa letter generated for you.

    VISA Letter

    Processing times for visa applications vary depending on the visa office and the time of the year.  Participants are encouraged to check the processing times calculator for guidance, but generally we recommend applying approximately 12 weeks in advance of their departure date to ensure they receive the visa in time for the start of the event.

  • Activities / Tours

    Alyeska and Wildlife Conservation Center Excursion | Sunday, March 5, 2023, 10am – 4pm  |  $45pp

    Enjoy a day filled with one of a kind Alaskan adventures, with a sightseeing tour through downtown Anchorage to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and then ride the Alyeska Ariel Tram to the top of Mt. Alyeska. Tour guest will be able to get lunch on their own at the top of Mt. Alyeska.


  • 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