ATLANTA — ASHRAE has announced that presentations are being sought for a conference focused on the design, construction, and operation of high performance buildings in developing economies.

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.

The conference seeks to bring people from diverse cultures and climates together to share building design approaches that are responsive to local needs, said Ashish Rakheja, conference co-chair.

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 environmental 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

• Refrigeration

Refrigerants: limitations and opportunities

Applications, e.g. improved food preservation

Call for presenter proposals are due Jan. 31, 2014. A 400-word abstract addressing a specific topic and speaker background information are required. Presentations of case studies, preferably with actual performance data, are of most interest. Notifications will be issued in February 2014.

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Publication date: 12/30/2013

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