2011 ASHRAE Winter Conference Technical Program will be held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.

The2011 ASHRAE Winter Conference Technical Programwill be held from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 in Las Vegas. This year’s focus on zero-energy design will feature a wide-range of programs and papers addressing the real cost of zero-energy design, the efficient use of energy, the greening of the industrial base and other topics related to design, standards, codes and professional skills.  

Numerous sessions address the “real cost of zero energy buildings” and cover modeling and design, applications and equipment. Several topics will also examine how countries around the world have approached net zero, such as “Cutting-Edge Japanese Technologies for Zero-Energy Buildings,” “Zero Energy Buildings around the World” and “European Net-Zero Energy Activities and Buildings.”  

Other sessions address the growing demand for green buildings and the importance of integrated design: “Mechanical Engineer’s Role in Green Building and Building Development: High Performance Teamwork for High Performance Buildings.”

In total, the program includes paper-related sessions - five technical paper sessions, 24 conference paper sessions and a poster session – application-oriented, non-paper seminars (57) and open discussion forums (8).

Additional sessions of interest include:

  • Smart Grid and Net Zero Buildings: Where Are We Now?  
  • Energy Modeling of Existing Buildings  
  • Modeling Extreme Events  
  • Controls for Central Chiller Plant Optimization  
  • Next Generation Heat Exchangers for Net-Zero Design  
  • Thermal Comfort Evaluation and Standards
With so many to choose from, Conference attendees are often forced to narrow down which technical sessions they attend to only a few. However theVirtual Conference, free for paid Conference registrants, allows attendees to catch up with sessions they might not have been able to attend in person due to conflicting schedules. The Virtual Conference includes access to all speakers’ PowerPoint and audio presentations, an open forum for a two-week period following the conference and the ability to rate presentations.  

ASHRAE Winter Conference and will take place at the Las Vegas Hilton hotel. For complete conference information, including abstracts on all technical program sessions, or to register, visitwww.ashrae.org/lasvegas. Those who take part in the early-bird registration before Dec. 31 can save up to $160 from on-site costs.

Source: ASHRAE