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The plenary session drew a large crowd.
Nearly 1,900 Attend Landmark Annual Conference
The 2013 ASHRAE Annual Conference, held June 22–26 in Denver, saw the highest attendance numbers for an Annual Conference in more than a decade, with close to 1,900 attendees. Major announcements at the Conference included the launch of a new online discussion platform, a free download of the IAQ Guide, and a milestone related to the Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs). It was announced that the half million mark was recently reached in AEDG downloads. The new discussion forum and the downloadable IAQ Guide are discussed below in separate stories in this issue of eSociety.

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History Made as ASHRAE Names New Officers, Directors
2012–13 President Tom Watson places the presidential pin on Bill Bahnfleth.

ASHRAE installed new officers and directors for 2013–14 at the recent 2013 ASHRAE Annual Meeting in Denver. The new president is William P. (Bill) Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASME Fellow, a professor of Architectural Engineering and director of the Indoor Environment Center at The Pennsylvania State University. His presidential theme is "Shaping the Next." Bahnfleth is the son of ASHRAE Presidential Member Donald R. Bahnfleth, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member, who served as president in 1985–86. This marks the first father/son presidency in ASHRAE’s history. Other officers installed for a one-year term are president-elect Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional; and Treasurer T. David Underwood, P.Eng., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional. Also, four vice presidents were installed for one-year terms. In addition, eight regional directors and directors-at-large began three-year terms.

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IAQ Guide Available as Free Download
ASHRAE is making The Indoor Air Quality Guide: Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning available for free download. The guide provides strategies to achieve good IAQ using proven technologies without significantly increasing costs. The free download is intended to support the presidential theme of 2013–14 ASHRAE President William P. (Bill) Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASME Fellow. His presidential theme, “Shaping the Next,” focuses, in part, on making buildings safe, healthy, productive, comfortable environments in harmony with nature.

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Call for Papers for 2014 CIBSE/ASHRAE Technical Symposium
  The fourth annual joint CIBSE/ASHRAE Technical Symposium will be held on April 3–4, 2014, in Dublin. The Symposium is intended to present the latest practice and research from around the world on active and passive building systems. Papers are being sought on relevant topics such as the development of enhanced building engineering solutions through modeling and prediction; innovation in passive and active building systems; design and operation of future cities; improving the operation of the built environment; and maintaining and improving legacy building systems. All papers will be peer reviewed and published electronically by CIBSE. The deadline for 250-word abstracts is Sept. 15, 2013.

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ASHRAE Launches Online Discussion Platform

ASHRAExCHANGE includes discussions on several topics.

ASHRAE has developed an online platform for its members and others in the HVAC&R industry to engage in real-time discussion and information exchange for design, construction, operation and support of the built environment.

The platform, at, was launched at the 2013 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Denver.

Anyone with access to the Internet can view posts, comments and messages on the ASHRAExCHANGE at any time. Neither registration nor special software is necessary, as the platform is Web-based.

With thousands of ASHRAE members and nonmembers checking the ASHRAExCHANGE 24/7, the hope is the online discussions will generate plenty of thoughts and comments from many knowledgeable people, according to Spencer Morasch, incoming chair of ASHRAE’s Electronic Communications Committee.

Currently active discussions revolve around a myriad of topics, including ASHRAE standards, comparing potential technologies for particular applications, ASHRAE's bEQ rating program, and ASHRAE activities.

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