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ASHRAE 2014 Winter Conference To Focus On Tall Building Performance

2486644638_20563089abThe 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference has a building-oriented theme and seeks papers on building information systems, environmental health, international design, HVACR applications and systems, and, featured for this conference, tall building performance.

The Tall Buildings: Performance Meets Policy track focuses on the performance of tall buildings or political challenges and opportunities in the design, development and operation of tall and super-tall buildings. Papers are sought on the measured and measurable use of utilities, envelope (infiltration and exfiltration), building pressure, waste handling, elevators, carbon and adaptive reuse.

Building performance is addressed in three other tracks:

  • The Building Information Systems track investigates how building control technologies are integrated and used for building management, operation and efficiency.
  • The Hydronic System Design track addresses innovative hydronic system design, components and research and caste studies of their application, including unintended consequences.
  • The Building Performance and Commissioning track seeks case studies in achieving high efficiency buildings.
  • The International Design track addresses new and innovative design strategies to meet various environmental elements, geography and cultures and seeks papers to share this information internationally.

The Environmental Health through Indoor Environmental Quality track seek papers on developing, evaluating and predicting optimal indoor environmental conditions, especially as they pertain to environmental health. A subsection of this track includes case histories, lessons learned and advice to operators and designers about IEQ and disaster recovery in buildings affected by hurricanes and floods.

As with past ASHRAE conferences, the New York Conference seeks papers addressing the core HVAC&R Systems and Equipment, and Fundamentals and Applications advances and practices.

ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions:

  1. Conference Paper Abstracts due March 15, 2013. Upon acceptance, papers will be due July 2, 2013. These “final” papers undergo a single-blind review, are submitted as a PDF and have an eight single-spaced page maximum length.
  2. Full Technical Papers due April 19, 2013. Papers submitted for review must be both technically accurate and clearly written. These papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review and can be a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages.

Held in conjunction with the 2014 Winter Conference is the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, Jan. 21-23, 2014, which is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors and exhibitors.

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 and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.
Source:; November 6, 2013.