ATLANTA - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) announced that it will offer a new full-day professional development seminar, Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings: A Sustainable Activity, as part of the ASHRAE Learning Institute at its 2010 Winter Conference.

“Sustained energy management is the quickest, cheapest, cleanest way to expand our world’s energy supplies and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Dick Pearson, P.E., ASHRAE Fellow and co-developer and instructor of the new seminar.

The seminar is an expansion of the Short Course on energy management guided by Technical Committee 7.6 and weaves together energy management principles of the ASHRAE Handbook, Energy Star® guidelines, and the practical experience of successful energy managers.

Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings relies on case-example exercises that use energy data and facilities information to reinforce presentation material. This hands-on approach allows attendees to gain skills in analyzing the state of energy management at their own facilities and plan steps to enhance it. According to Kevin Little, Ph.D., co-developer of the course, these exercises prepare participants to apply what they learn immediately following the conference.

The Energy Star management flow chart will play a crucial role in guiding the presentation. The flow chart will help participants gain skills in extracting information from energy data and knowledge of basic tools like Energy Star’s Portfolio Manager.

ASHRAE said becoming familiar with the most up-to-date resources in energy management will encourage participants to seek out and use the information available in modern building automation systems with confidence.

In addition to helping participants manage the energy use of their facilities, the seminar will offer the opportunity to earn six professional development credits/American Institute of Architecture learning units or 0.6 continuing education units.

The ASHRAE Learning Institute will also feature the professional development seminars Complying with ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007, Complying with ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, Data Center Energy Efficiency, and The Commissioning Process in New & Existing Buildings, as well as 17 half-day Short Courses. Registration information for both the 2010 Winter Conference and the ASHRAE Learning Institute can be found at

Publication date:10/26/2009