Atlanta — Deep in the heart of Texas, where the stars at night are big and bright, ASHRAE is convening for its 2013 Winter Conference to corral energy use and blaze the way in high performing building design.
The 2013 Winter Conference takes place Jan. 26-30 at the Sheraton Dallas. To register and for complete Conference information, visit www.ashrae.org/dallas.
The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, will run Jan. 28-30. The Expo, www.ahrexpo.com, is held at the Dallas Convention Center.
In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education the Conference offers some 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a professional engineering license.
The technical program features more than 200 sessions addressing energy conservation; facility management: operations, technology and energy improvements; large building design; standards, guidelines and codes; HVAC&R systems and equipment; HVAC&R fundamentals and applications; and refrigeration. One particular track of note is Industrial and Transportation Ventilation, focusing on the industrial and manufacturing sector prevalent in Texas. The full Technical Program offers the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of PDHs, NY PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED AP credits and runs Jan. 27-30.
Five Professional Development Seminars and 15 Short Courses are offered to help industry professionals stay current on HVAC technology, including how to apply the newest ASHRAE standards. The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) is offering five new half-day short courses on everything from the basics of laboratory design to techniques for optimizing HVAC systems and components. The full-day professional development seminars focus on the commissioning process; data center energy efficiency; healthcare facilities; complying with Standard 90.1-2010 and energy modeling best practices. ALI courses are approved for renewal of professional engineer and professional architect licenses, as well as for industry certification programs. www.ashrae.org/Dallascourses.
The Conference’s Plenary will feature former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Rocky Bleier. Despite being wounded in both legs during the Vietnam War, he embarked on a two-year road to recovery, and eventually pressed on to become one of the Steelers’ top leading ground-gainers, passing the 1,000-yard rushing mark in one season, and contributing to four Super Bowl victories. Bleier’s speech, “Be the Best You Can Be,” motivates audiences to keep on striving for greater accomplishments. He shares his remarkable story during the Plenary, 3:15 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.
Additionally, ASHRAE offers a special administration of all six certification examinations on Wednesday Jan. 30: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP), Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP), High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP). ASHRAE’s certification program recognizes industry professionals who have mastered knowledge and skills reflecting best practices in certain aspects of building design and operations. More information on each certification can be found at www.ashrae.org/certification.
ASHRAE Conference technical tours give you a first-hand look at technology developed by members to further the industry. Tours include the Southern Methodist University, the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center and Cowboys Stadium.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.