ATLANTA — ASHRAE’s call for papers for a conference focused on the design, construction, and operation of buildings in developing economies has been extended until Aug. 16.

Organized by ASHRAE along with the Philippines Chapter, the Efficient, High Performance Buildings for Developing Economies Conference will take place April 24-25, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. It is co-sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and endorsed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

The conference addresses the challenges developing countries face in sustainable construction, such as rapidly growing energy demand, population density and urbanization, and focuses on aspects relating to design, construction, and operation of high performance buildings, including the HVACR industry’s role in meeting this objective.

Papers are sought on the following themes:

Design criteria for developing countries

• Hot and humid climates
• Thermal comfort preferences and cultural expectations
• Impact of thermal design criteria on energy use and occupant well-being

Indoor air quality

• Impacts of outdoor air quality issues
• Potential application of natural ventilation

Energy efficiency

• Indoor air quality constraints on energy efficiency
• Reductions in emissions of global warming gases through use of renewable energy
• Energy impacts associated with water use

Standards and government regulations

• Green building programs in developing countries
• Energy efficiency standards
• Indoor air quality and comfort regulations


• Refrigerants: Limitations and Opportunities
• Applications, e.g., improved food preservation

Abstracts (400 words or less in length) are due Aug. 16, 2013. If accepted, papers are due Nov. 15, 2013. Submittal information can be found at

Publication date: 7/22/2013

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