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2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference

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2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference
Atlanta, GA | January 12-16, 2019

The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held in Atlanta, GA! The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, the Bookstore and Speakers Lounge will be at the Omni CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center.

The AHR Expo will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, Monday, Jan. 14 – Wednesday, Jan. 16. 

Registration will open Fall 2018

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Conference Activities


Social Events
Welcome Party
Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Hospitality Suite
Presidents Lunch
Women in ASHRAE Breakfast
Life Members Luncheon
Members' Night Out


ALI Courses


Committee Meetings

  • Technical Program

    The 2019 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 refrigeration, HVAC&R fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, common system misapplications and achieving high performance building operation after design. Others are aimed at moving building design, construction, and operation forward. 

    “Technology, operational demands, codes, and design objectives are constantly changing.  System designers, manufacturers, representatives, and contractors must continually adapt to a changing industry landscape.” said Conference Chair, Corey Metzger. “The 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will provide a valuable opportunity for sharing of knowledge and information, and the technical program at the conference will provide a venue for a wide range of presentations and discussion.” 

    1. 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: Joseph Firrantello

    2. 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: Rick Hermans

    3. Refrigeration: 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: Leticia De Oliveira Neves

    4. Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of High Performance Systems: The design of high performance buildings and systems has become an increasingly important focus of those in the construction industry.  While designing high performance facilities is important, there have been numerous cases where a building with high performance design objectives have failed to achieve targeted performance.  Ultimately, construction, commissioning, operation, and maintenance of facilities is critical to meeting targeted performance levels.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on meeting high performance design goals through construction and operation phases of a project.        
    Track Chair: Sonya Pouncy

    5. Common System Issues and Misapplications: With the number of possible system and equipment options and combinations available, along with increasingly capable and complex automation systems, it is no surprise that issues are frequently encountered with HVAC&R systems.  While some of these issues may be unique, many have been experienced previously.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on issues or misapplications that are frequently observed, and opportunities to avoid these issues in the future.              
    Track Chair: Lee Riback

    6. The Convergence of Comfort, Indoor Air Quality, and Energy Efficiency: With the importance placed on optimizing comfort, indoor air quality, and energy efficiency, there are often trade-offs that must be made.  Improvements in one of these areas may necessitate compromise in others.  Additionally, there are numerous other codes and standards that create similar challenges in optimizing systems.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on strategies to limit required compromises, and on finding the best set of design criteria for each building or system.              
    Track Chair: Ashish Rakheja

    7. Building Integrated Renewables and Natural Systems: As the movement toward more sustainable buildings and net-zero buildings continues to grow, the inclusion of building integrated renewable energy systems paired with other natural systems will become increasingly common.  At the same time, advances are being made with respect to integrating renewable energy systems into the built environment.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on advancements in building integrated renewable systems, application of building integrated renewable systems, and the use of renewable and natural systems in the move toward net-zero buildings.          
    Track Chair: Maggie Moninski

    8. The Engineer's Role in Architecture: As the built environment becomes more complex, the role of the engineer in developing high performance facilities is increasingly important.  With significant attention being paid to integrated teams and early involvement by all team members, what is being done well, and what can be done better?  Papers and programs in this track will focus on improving the design and construction process by defining the roles to be played by engineers moving forward. 
    Track Chair: Ashu Gupta

    The call for Program Submissions is now open.

    Program Submissions

    Monday, March 26, 2018 - Conference Paper Abstracts, Technical Papers and Paper Session Requests Due
    Monday, April 9, 2018 - Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Thursday, June 7, 2018 – Website Opens for Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate and Panel Proposals
    Monday, July 9, 2018 - Final Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment); Request for Conference Paper Sessions Due
    Monday, July 23, 2018 - Conference Paper Accept/Revise/Reject Notifications
    Friday, August 3, 2018 – Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate and Panel submissions due
    Monday, August 6, 2018 - Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Monday, August 20, 2018 - Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications

  • Registration Information

    Online registration will open in the fall of 2018. 
    Early Bird registration fees Fri., Aug. 31 – Sun., Oct. 28

    • $475, member/$685, non-member
    • $450, first-time member attendee/$660, first-time non-member attendee

    Advance registration fees Mon., Oct. 29 – Sun., Dec. 30

    • $500, member/$710, non-member
    • $475, first-time member attendee/$685, first-time non-member attendee
    • $240, member one-day fee/$285, non-member one-day fee

    Onsite registration fees Mon., Dec. 31 – Wed., Jan. 16

    • $625, member/$830, non-member
    • $600, first-time member attendee/$805, first-time non-member attendee
    • $240, member one-day fee/$285, non-member one-day fee
    • $70, one session

    Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students

    • $120, speaker 
    • $120, Life Member
    • $25, student branch advisor
    • $25, student member/$55, full-time student non-member
    • $55, spouse/guest

    Conference Registration includes the following:

    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., Jan. 13 – Wed., Jan. 16 (Seminars, Workshops, Technical Paper Sessions, Conference Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels) link to Technical Program section when ready
    • Access to the Virtual Conference for 18 months post-Conference (includes audio records paired with presentations from Technical Program presented at the Conference) link to Virtual Conference information
    • Entry into the AHR Expo
    • Entry into the Plenary Session on Sat., Jan. 12 at 3:15 to plenary information on website when ready
    • Networking Coffee Break on Sun., Jan. 13 from 9 – 9:30 a.m.

    Additional Items for Purchase include:

    • ASHRAE Learning Institute Short Courses (3 hours) and Professional Development Seminars (6 hours) – link to ALI courses page when ready
    • General and Technical Tours link to Tours list when ready
    • Social Events such as the Welcome Party, Women in ASHRAE Breakfast, President’s Luncheon and Members Night Out – link to Social Event page when ready
    • Certification Exams ­–link to Certification website when ready

    Spouse/Guest Registration includes the following:

    • Plenary Session on Sat., Jan. 12 at 3:15 p.m. link to plenary information on website
    • Access to Technical Program from Sun., Jan. 13 – Wed., Jan. 16 (Seminars, Workshops, Technical Paper Sessions, Conference Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels) link to Technical Program section
    • Access to Companion’s Meet and Greet event on Mon., Jan. 14 from 9:30 – 11 a.m. – link to Meet and Greet info when available
    • Access to the Spouse Lounge which is open from Sat., Jan. 12 – Wed., Jan. 16. 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. 

  • Housing and Travel

    The Headquarters Hotel is the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, located at 100 CNN Center NW, Atlanta, GA 30303. Overflow hotel blocks will also be available for ASHRAE attendees at additional hotel properties in walking distance. Some ASHRAE meetings and events will also take place at the Georgia World Congress Center which is connected to the Omni and also the show site for the AHR Expo.

    The ASHRAE room block has not opened yet. More information will be made available in the fall of 2018. Rates are $239 + tax per night. 

    Please beware of unauthorized hotel deals. Emails from companies not affiliated with ASHRAE about housing may be a scam. If you have questions, contact


    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer travel discounts for ASHRAE

    To take advantage of these travel discounts:

    Please click here to book your flights!

    *Please note the following:

    • Discounts apply to round trip travel only
    • Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers
    • Fare rules will determine eligibility

    You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMR9A

    *Please note there is a no service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800-number

  • Plenary

    Saturday, January 12 | 3:15 p.m.
    Keynote Speaker, Grant Imahara

    Kick off the ASHRAE Winter Conference with the opening Plenary session. ASHRAE award winners are recognized and updates on the Society will be presented.

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    Grant Imahara, Former Host on Discovery’s "Mythbusters" & Animatronics Engineering Expert

    Behind the Scenes of Mythbusters

    For almost a decade, Grant Imahara was one of the hosts of Discovery Channel's Mythbusters. Using a blend of science and fun, he put urban legends to the test, sometimes with explosive results. Since joining the team in January 2005, Grant tested hundreds of myths, and in the process, swam with sharks, hung from the skids of a helicopter, fired cheese out of a cannon into the San Francisco Bay, allowed 25 tarantulas to crawl on his head, dropped a BMW from an aircraft, sliced a car in half using a rocket sled, destroyed so many cars he's stopped counting, and built many, many robots, all in the name of science.

  • Explore Atlanta (Activities, Restaurants and Savings)

    Welcome to Atlanta!

    Explore all Atlanta has to offer by visiting the Attend Atlanta site.

    Attend Atlanta

    Keep scrolling for discount programs, free and fun things to do and video tours of the most exciting neighborhoods in the city!

    CityPass Attraction Pass

    Save up to 40% off or more on combined admission prices to Atlanta's top 5 attractions with Atlanta CityPASS – and skip most main-entrance ticket lines, too. CityPASS ticket booklets are valid for 9 days beginning with the first day of use so you can stay and play at your own pace. For more information and to buy booklets or printable vouchers, visit
    Adults: $76.00 + tax ($126 value)  
    Children (3-12): $101 + tax  ($101 value)

    Free and Fun Things to do in Atlanta

    Check out our free and cheap things to do in Atlanta here.

    Neighborhood Navigator
    Click the links below to watch videos to explore Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead, Westside and the Eastside Neighborhoods of Atlanta.

    Downtown Atlanta, at the heart of the city, is home to global attractions including World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park and more. Downtown’s Fairlie-Poplar Historic District features world-renowned performances at The Tabernacle and the Rialto Center for the Arts and Castleberry Hill blends artistry and city spirit.

    Midtown Atlanta is home to many of Atlanta's outdoor treasures, including Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Midtown Atlanta is also the heart of the arts, boasting the Woodruff Arts Center, home to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art. The Fox Theatre, Center for Puppetry Arts and SCAD FASH offer world-class drama and preeminent fashion. Learn more about Midtown Atlanta

    Discover Buckhead, a neighborhood in Atlantafor upscale shopping, dining and hotels. From Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square to celebrity chefs and luxurious hotels, Buckhead is the perfect destination to make you feel pampered.

    Atlanta's Westside, the Design District, brings together some of the best dining, shopping, and arts in Atlanta. Atlantic Station features restaurants and shops, while artists flock to the Goat Farm, King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and the Westside Cultural Center. For some of the best shopping and dining in the South, walk around Westside Provisions District or travel south on Marietta Street.

    Atlanta's Eastside melds trendy hotspots like East Atlanta Village with the history of America's civil rights movement. Atlanta's Eastside is home to the Old Fourth Ward, the birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Grant Park and Ponce City Market. For surging street life, visit Little Five Points. Stop by Virginia-Highland for sidewalk cafes and boutique shops.

  • 2019 Winter Conference Host Committee

    General Chair: Sarah Young
    Vice Chair: Meghan McNulty
    Entertainment and Tours: Pam Immekus, Peggy Fritz, Caroline Calloway
    Sessions: Matt Rowe
    Hospitality: Charles Miltiades
    Info & Publicity: Sarah Young