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Winter Conference, AHR Expo Return to Dallas
  The 2013 ASHRAE Winter Conference will take place Jan. 26–30 at the Sheraton Dallas. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, will be held Jan. 28–30 at the Dallas Convention Center. In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education the Conference will offer some 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a professional engineering license. The technical program will feature more than 200 sessions.

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ASHRAE Helps AHR Expo-Mexico be a Rousing Success


  The excitement in Monterrey was palpable at AHR Expo-Mexico 2012, which opened Sept. 26 with visitors lined up at the entrance. ASHRAE hosted a booth where members of the local Monterrey Chapter helped to promote membership in ASHRAE and sell ASHRAE publications, including the many titles ASHRAE provides in Spanish. ASHRAE and AHRI sponsor AHR Expo-Mexico and were on hand to help open AHR Expo-Mexico 2012. Shown (from left) are John Howell, U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service in Mexico; Clay Stevens, International Exposition Co.; John Harrod, ASHRAE Region VIII director and regional chair, and James Walters, AHRI.

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New Data Center Book Emphasizes Energy Efficiency
  The third edition of ASHRAE’s Thermal Guidelines for Data Processing Environments provides new guidance on operating data centers in the most energy-efficient manner possible, including how to operate in a completely "chillerless" environment. The book highlights four new data center classes that can enable full-time economizers for a number of applications in many climates. "The most valuable update to this edition is the inclusion of IT equipment failure rate estimates based on inlet air temperature," said Don Beaty, chair of the Publications Subcommittee of ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.9, Mission Critical Facilities, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment.

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Hydronics Opinions Needed

Are you responsible for the selection of hydronic systems? If yes, please help us. If you give your thoughts on this 17-question survey, we will make a donation to a charity of your choice. The survey will take less than 5 minutes and will support Special Olympics, the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
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IAQ 2013 Examines Low-Energy Buildings
  ASHRAE has issued a call for abstracts for IAQ 2013, Environmental Health in Low-Energy Buildings. The conference will examine IAQ, thermal comfort, source control, air cleaning, ventilation, exposure and related environmental health concerns associated with low-energy building design, construction, retrofit and operation. The conference will take place Oct. 15–18, 2013, in Vancouver, BC, Canada. “Besides addressing thermal comfort and other IEQ issues, buildings and other enclosed spaces are increasingly challenged to provide a healthy environment while focused on minimizing energy use intensity,” said Steve Emmerich, conference co-chair.

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HVAC&R Research Focuses on HVAC&R Optimization
  The current issue of ASHRAE’s HVAC&R Research is a special topical issue with a focus of "Optimization in HVAC&R." Each issue of HVAC&R Research offers comprehensive reporting of research in the fields of environmental control for the built environment and cooling technologies for a wide range of applications and related processes and concepts, including underlying thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and heat transfer. Only works reporting on research that is original and of lasting value are accepted for publication. Beginning in 2013, ASHRAE HVAC&R Research will expand to 152 pages—33% more. Also, its online offerings will be enhanced.

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Building Energy Performance Subject of 2013 ASHRAE Free Webcast

Presenters for the Webcast will be (left-right) Christopher Mathis, Dru Crawley and Jim Kelsey.
ASHRAE’s upcoming free webcast, “Assessing Building Energy Performance: From Principles to Practice,” will be broadcast live on April 18, 2013, from 1–4 p.m. EDT. "The webcast will focus on the importance of building energy performance and its far-reaching implications in new and existing buildings. This program will help participants to recognize the opportunities that assessing building energy performance presents.  From recognizing the different approaches, team skills and knowledge needed to properly assess building energy performance," said Andy Cochrane, chair of the CTTC Webcast Ad Hoc Committee.

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Technology Council's Members First! Newsletter Highlights:

  • The Document Review Sub Committee has reviewed five current Position or TPS Document submittals, completed revisions to the Position Document Board Rules that commenced in 2011 and are at work with committees to develop two new Position Documents.

  • Updated standards activity continues for Standards 90.1 and 90.2.

  • ASHRAE’s bEQ building labeling efforts continue with the first Operation ratings submissions received. bEQ is also updating a descriptive presentation and several standards are also being updated.

  • A Refrigerant Management Program (RMP) Exploratory Ad Hoc Committee has been established to connect with industry stockholders to determine whether an international refrigerant management program should be created.
  • At its fall meeting, Research Administration Committee (RAC) awarded four new projects, three projects are pending, six projects can be bid now and six more projects will potentially bid next spring.
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