ATLANTA - The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will hold its 2011 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Montreal, June 25-29. The theme of the conference, “Sustainability Knows No Borders,” serves as a reminder of ASHRAE’s international reach.

New to the conference’s Technical Program is the Engineering Tools track that seeks to keep up with the fast pace of development in energy modeling and building information modeling (BIM) programs. Programs include BIM calculations as applied to the ASHRAE headquarters building; numerical models for predicting dispersion of exhaust stacks, environmental impacts of buildings, building material properties for reducing energy consumption, code compliance, incorporating acoustics into BIM and large public spaces; operation-oriented flexible building system modeling; an integrated project delivery medical center case study; HVAC design checklists that work; computational fluid dynamics; the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) new buildings energy efficiency HUB; VAV system controls; inverse modeling tools; and energy audits.

The Technical Program also addresses alternative technologies and net zero buildings and balance those programs with HVACR applications. Additional tracks include Refrigeration; HVAC Systems; Professional Skills; and Commissioning.

The technical program begins Sunday, June 26, and ends Wednesday, June 29, with all sessions at the Hilton Montreal Bonaventure. Complete program details are available at

The ASHRAE Learning Institute offers nine instructor-led training opportunities, including full-day seminars on ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010 and Data Center Energy Efficiency. Half-day sessions cover Energy Management, High Performance Building Design, Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED® Requirements, ASHRAE Standard 62.1 and Project Management for Improved IAQ.

The keynote speaker is Rob “Waldo” Waldman, a former combat pilot, businessman and authority on leadership and sales. While relaying his personal experiences as a combat fighter pilot and businessman, he makes a parallel that is memorable and exciting, bringing fighter-pilot energy to each illustration. The plenary session takes place Saturday, June 25, at Fairmont Queen Elizabeth.

ASHRAE technical tours offer an inside view of how technology developed by members is practically applied in building environments. Tours at the Annual Conference include the Bell Center, home of the Montréal Canadiens; the Montreal Biodôme; and the Beauharnois Generating Station.

Register before May 31 to save; purchases of a full registration also receive the Montreal Virtual Conference. Visit for more information. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth will serve as the headquarters hotel.

Publication date:05/02/2011