ATLANTA — Current practices related to hot industry topics, such as energy modeling, high-performance buildings, and integrated design, are featured in the technical program at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) 2012 Winter Conference. The conference takes place Jan. 21-25, at the Palmer House Hilton, in Chicago. The ASHRAE co-sponsored International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo® (AHR Expo), held in conjunction with the conference, will run Jan. 23-25 at McCormick Place.

“The 102 sessions in the technical program provide attendees the information they need to stay competitive and educated in today’s market,” Dennis Wessel, chair of ASHRAE’s Conferences and Expositions Committee, said. “The program features 10 program tracks that provide plenty of case study and current-practice sessions on a wide range of pertinent subjects that provide insight into how to do a job better or more efficient.”

The technical program features more than 100 programs by nearly 300 speakers with tracks on energy efficiency — new applications and technology; energy modeling applications; high-performance buildings; HVACR fundamentals and applications; HVACR system and equipment; installation, operation and maintenance of HVAC systems; integrated design; professional skills; refrigeration; and specialized applications — health care, laboratories, and data centers.

ASHRAE is also offering a free conference session at the expo. This session brings to AHR Expo attendees a program that advances their knowledge on a particular topic. This session is titled “Selection, Operation and Maintenance and Water Treatment for Multi-Metal Boilers” and takes place Monday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., S106A, McCormick Place. No badge or ticket is required to attend.

In total, the program includes nine technical paper sessions, 31 conference paper sessions and a poster session — 54 application-oriented, nonpaper seminars and eight open-discussion forums.

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Publication date: 12/19/2011