Recently, ASHRAE announced a call for papers for its 2019 Annual Conference set for June 22-26 in Kansas City, Missouri. The conference includes a technical program comprised of eight tracks and one mini-track representing areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.

“With the global movement towards sustainable energy, the HVACR industry is ever-changing,” Conference Chair Carrie Anne Monsplair said. “We continue to face new challenges as we adapt our designs, codes and technology to fit this constantly changing criteria. The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges, and offer best practices, lessons learned and innovative design strategies to be applied in a wide range of topics.”

Abstracts submissions for conference papers are due Aug. 21 and, if accepted, final papers will be due Nov. 30. In addition, technical papers (complete 30-page maximum papers, published in “ASHRAE Transactions”) are due Aug. 21.

The tracks for the ASHRAE Conference are:

▪ HVAC&R Systems and Equipment in the Built Environment track focuses on selection, which is paramount to HVAC&R design. Papers in this track will assist designers, engineers, and operators in the design, selection, and operation of HVAC&R systems and equipment.

▪ The Fundamentals and Applications track lays the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components include thermodynamics, psychrometrics, fluid and mass flow. This track provides opportunities for papers of varying levels across a large topic base. Concepts, design elements and shared experiences for theoretical and applied concepts of HVAC&R design are included.

▪ The Optimization in HVACR track seeks papers focused on using models to inform decision-making for design and operation of HVAC&R and High Performance Buildings.

▪ The Commissioning New & Existing Buildings track will address an array of topics including lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and effort to improve the installation, startup, O&M and commissioning of HVAC systems. 

▪ The Occupant Health & Safety track includes topics such as filtration, change-overs, best practices for maintainability, fire ratings/dampers, detection and ventilation for toxic gases, operator safety in equipment rooms, OSHA requirements, industrial and hazardous spaces.

▪ Papers are solicited for the Modeling Throughout the Building Life Cycle track on all aspects of building modeling, with a particular interest in successful applications that have extended modeling into operational phases of the building life cycle. 

▪ The Professional Development track will cover all aspects of business outside of engineering/technical applications and lends itself to interactive session types such as workshops and forums.

▪ In addition, a Radiant Heating & Cooling mini-track will explore the fundamental concepts of how different radiant systems work (high mass vs. low mass), how they are designed, constructed and optimally controlled, and where they have been used in the past, with lessons learned and documented performance data.