Concerns about mold and mildew and their effect on indoor air quality (IAQ) are the focus of the technical program at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) 2003 Annual Meeting, June 28-July 2, Kansas City, MO, at the Hyatt Crown Center. Ninety programs will be presented.
Mold and the hvacr industry will be addressed by representatives of ASHRAE, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, the National Environmental Balancing Bureau, the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association, in a seminar. They will provide short position statements followed by a question and answer session.
Legal issues and liability concerns stemming from IAQ and mold are explored in another seminar. Speakers will share ideas for preventing problems, dealing with complaints, finding experts and consultants for testing and remediation, and communicating with building occupants.
Mold issues in two types of buildings are addressed in seminars. A mold and mildew in commercial and institutional buildings session addresses ventilation, infiltration and other causes. Moisture generation in these buildings that is not controlled to the required dew point promotes mold, mildew and deterioration. Mold and mildew control in residential construction examines possibilities of cures and mitigation.
In the area of education, a forum on searching for and hiring entry-level engineers will be held. In today's environment, employers are looking to hire "the right person" without having to expend a great deal of money or time to train. On the flip side of the issue, how do you get experience if you can't get hired?
The technical program is comprised of 48 seminars (application-oriented presentations without papers), 13 symposia (presentations with papers on a central subject), 26 open-discussion forums, two technical sessions (paper presentations) and a poster session. A total of 86 papers will be presented.
Registration for the ASHRAE 2003 Annual Meeting is $500 ($295, ASHRAE member) prior to May 23. After May 23, the registration fee will be $590 ($385, ASHRAE member). For more information or to register, visit http://xp20.ashrae.org/MEET/KC-MeetMenu.htm.
Registration also can be completed by contacting ASHRAE Customer Service by phone; 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide); by fax: 404-321-5478; or by mail: ASHRAE, 1791 Tullie Circle, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329.