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Membership & Conferences

2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

Chicago | January 20-24, 2018

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Registration  Technical Program  Student Program

AHR Expo  Travel & Housing   Committees  Courses


2018 Winter Conference

Conference Activities

ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo is where passionate people come together to share knowledge, learn new things and meet new people. This conference is a great way to immerse yourself in a growing community of incredibly smart, dedicated people.  The 2018 Winter Conference will be at the Palmer House in Chicago, January 20-24, and the AHR Expo is at McCormick Place, January 22-24.  The 2018 Expo will host more than 2,000 exhibitors and 65,000 industry professionals. When you register for the ASHRAE Conference, your ASHRAE badge will give you access to the AHR Expo.

Program Book

Registration is now open.

If you experience issues with accessing the registration page, please log out of your ASHRAE account completely before trying again. 


Justification Toolkit

Keynote Speaker

Plenary Session

Social Events

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


Technical Tours
General Tours
Student Tour

ALI Courses

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) Courses


Certification Exams

Committee Meetings

Committee Listings and Schedules

Virtual Conference

Don’t miss any of these activities...add them to your schedule in the ASHRAE app.

Technical Program

The 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program includes tracks on what ASHRAE is most known for – standards, fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment – tracks on industry trends in resiliency and modeling throughout a building’s life cycle, and tracks addressing specific disciplines, such as transportation air conditioning, tall buildings and heat exchange equipment.

“Engineers and designers continue to advance designs to reduce the ecological impact of our built environment on the world around us. It has practically become second nature.” Michael Collarin, chair of the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference, said. “However, and seemingly more so in recent years, the industry has needed to take steps to mitigate the impact of the world around us on our built environment. This is especially the case in our transportation, government, and mission critical arenas, where the loss of critical infrastructure can have severe consequences, including the loss of life. The tracks and programs for the ASHRAE Winter Conference will focus on resources to design, build, control, commission and operate facilities and infrastructure that need to not only be efficient, but resilient.”

Conference Tracks include:

  • Systems and Equipment
  • Fundamentals and Applications
  • Standards, Guidelines and Codes
  • Earth, Wind & Fire
  • Tall Buildings
  • Modeling Throughout the Building Life Cycle
  • Heat Exchange Equipment

Also, a Refrigerant mini-track and a Residential mini-track will be presented at the 2018 AHR Expo, Jan. 22–24.

Personal Scheduler

Interactive Technical Program and Personal Scheduler

Technical Program

Technical Program

Virtual Conference Registration

The 2018 Virtual Conference offers access to all seminar, technical and conference paper presentations, and most special sessions through synced audio (which can be downloaded as podcasts) and PowerPoint presentations. Registrants can also earn PDH credits for viewing the programs and earning a passing score of 80% or higher on a follow-up quiz. AIA LUs and LEED AP credits are available as well.

Virtual Conference Registration is $249 for ASHRAE Members, $449 for non-members, and is FREE for full-conference attendees.  (Once logged in, select “Virtual Conference Registration Only” from the ‘Registrant Type’ drop down box.)
Register for the Virtual Conference Now >>


Saturday, January 20 | 3:15 p.m.


Keynote Speaker, Debbie Sterling

Founder & CEO of GoldieBlox


Debbie Sterling is the Founder and CEO of GoldieBlox, an award winning company on a mission to "disrupt the pink aisle" with toys, games, and media for girls. Debbie is an engineer, entrepreneur, and one of the leaders in the movement toward getting girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math. She was named TIME’s "Person of the Moment,” Business Insider’s "30 Women Who Are Changing the World,” and was recently added to Fortune Magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list. In early 2015, Debbie was inducted as a Presidential Ambassador for Global Entrepreneurship and honored by the National Women’s History Museum with a “Living Legacy” Award for her work to empower girls around the world. Debbie received her degree in Engineering at Stanford University in 2005.

Registration Information



Onsite registration fees Jan. 3 – 24

  • $695, member/$900, non-member
  • $670, first-time member attendee/$875, first-time non-member attendee
  • $270, member one-day fee/$320, non-member one-day fee
  • $155, Life Member

Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students

  • $135, speaker 
  • $25, student branch advisor
  • $25, student member/$55, full-time student non-member
  • $55, spouse/guest

Daily Rates

  • $270 ASHRAE Member per day
  • $320 Non Member per day
  • $70 One Session (available at onsite registration desk only)

Justification Toolkit

It can be difficult to ask for employer support to attend a conference, so we’ve done the work for you. Download and customize the three templates below to easily request employer support.

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pdf_icon.png Post-Conference Review

AHR Expo®

See new products from 2,000+ Exhibitors
McCormick Place
2301 S King Dr, Chicago, IL 60616

If you have registered for the ASHRAE Conference, your conference badge is your admission into the exposition.

If you are attending the exposition only and you did not register in advance, the fee for admission is $30.00 and can be paid at McCormick Place. 

Registration for the AHR Expo® will be open from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 21. Starting Monday, January 22, you can register two hours before the doors open and one hour before the doors open on Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24.

Show Hours:
Monday, January 22                        10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 23                       10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24                  10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

You must be 18 years or older to be admitted to the show floor. Ages 16 and 17 will be admitted only if accompanied by an adult.

The ASHRAE Headquarter shuttle between the Palmer House and McCormick Place is free to ASHRAE attendees and will run on 20-minute intervals. Shuttles depart from the Wabash entrance of the Palmer House located on the Street Level.

Shuttle Bus Hours of Operation:
Monday, January 22                        7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 23                       8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 24                  8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Housing & Travel


The Headquarters Hotel is Palmer House Hilton, located at 17 East Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. The ASHRAE room block is now closed.

AHR Expo still has available blocks at negotiated rates. To view housing options, click here.

If you have any questions, contact meetings@ashrae.org.


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounted airfares for ASHRAE for travel to the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference. Reservations and ticketing are available via www.delta.com/meeting.

Select Book Your Flight and this will bring you to the Book A Flight page.
Enter the meeting code NMR9A in the box provided.
Reservations may also be made by calling the Delta Meeting reservations at 800-328 1111, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm CDT. **$25 service fee for booking via 1-800 phone number.


Visa Letter

Please fill out the ASHRAE 2018 Winter Conference Invitation Request Form to generate a letter of invitation.


Domestic US Air Travel Policy – The REAL ID Act

Effective on January 22, 2018 all domestic US air travelers will be required to either:

  1. Have a driver’s license issued by a State that is compliant with the REAL ID Act or granted an extension; or
  2. Show an alternative form of acceptable identification such as a US Passport to board their flight.

Learn more about the REAL ID Act

Family Services

Choose Chicago, the Chicago Convention and Visitors Bureau, recommends the following two companies for child care services while in Chicago:

Sitters Studio (Child care by artists)
Phone: 312-890-8194

American Childcare Services
Phone: 312-644-7300

ASHRAE makes no representation as to the quality or suitability of the child care options available. ASHRAE has done no investigation or inquiry into these options and accordingly assumes no liability for these services. All participants considering these facilities should perform their own investigation into the quality, suitability or desirability of these child care facilities.

In Case of Emergency

Download these safety tips and emergency procedures for the ASHRAE Winter Conference at the Palmer House Hilton. This information is also available in the printed Conference program book and on the Conference app.

Committees (TC, PC and Standing Committees)

The meeting room request forms for Technical Committee subcommittees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now closed. The deadline to submit was Friday, October 6. 

The full Technical Committee (TC), Project Committee (PC) and Standing Committee schedule is now available. Please click the links below to download. Listings will be updated and posted every Monday until the Conference begins. Please check back regularly for the most up-to-date schedules. The Conference app will also have updated committee schedule information. For more information on the app visit www.ashrae.org/app.

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Please contact lseymour@ashrae.org with any questions.

2018 Winter Conference Host Committee

General Chair: Will Mak
Vice Chair: Chad Powell
Entertainment: John Song, Kevin Summers, Mark Hegberg
Sessions: Cory Abramowicz, Jason Greenberg
Hospitality: David Lippe, Liz Zakelj
Tours: Maggie Moninski, Drew DePriest, Mike Kuk

View the Chicago Chapter Sustainability Project

In 2018 the ASHRAE Winter Meeting will return to Chicago, and with it the continued opportunity to benefit our community via a sustainability project. Our Chapter has had an ongoing partnership since 2014 with Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago (RTMC), with Chapter members donating their skills, time, and resources to the Chicagoland community.
Learn More >>


Download the ASHRAE app on the App Store or Google Play.

  • Browse programs by day, type, topic or track
  • Sync your personalized schedule for easy access
  • Message and set appointments with fellow conference attendees (registrants-only feature)
  • Receive instant notifications of announcements such as schedule changes straight to your device
  • Find your way around the conference with venue floor plans
  • Message board topics – post messages to all attendees on various subjects
  • Add a profile picture and personal social media links




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