CHICAGO — In addition to checking out the wide range of new products at the show, attendees should also consider taking advantage of some of the educational opportunities available at the 2015 AHR Expo. More than 120 educational sessions covering a variety of topics will be offered in order to help HVACR professionals get the information they need to improve their businesses, perform their jobs more effectively, and stay abreast of new technologies and trends driving the industry. These educational offerings range from more than three dozen free sessions, nearly two dozen paid courses, and 60-plus new product presentations in the New Product & Technology Theaters.

Many of these educational sessions will be offered free-of-charge, including: will present “Addressing the Skills Gap, Understanding that People are our Only Asset,” which will discuss how organizations can attract talent at a younger age by reaching out to them before they graduate. An example is to implement internship programs, so candidates can gain an understanding of the field and whether it is right for them.

ASHRAE will present “2015 Regional Standards and the Effects on Different Areas of the HVAC Industry,” which will focus on the new federal energy-efficiency standards that go into effect in 2015. These standards mandate different efficiency levels for residential HVAC equipment, and this session will look at the unique challenges and implications that the new regulations pose to the industry.

• The American Boiler Manufacturers Association (ABMA) will present “Properly Implementing Condensing Boilers In A Hydronic System To Greatest Efficiency,” which will explore how condensing boilers work and how they must be applied to help end users achieve optimum operational efficiency.

• The Building Automation and Control (BAC) Showcase will also return this year, giving attendees the opportunity to learn about the latest building automation and controls technologies. Numerous manufacturers from around the world will be highlighting the latest BAC products and technologies, with many of these companies located in one convenient area on the exhibit floor. The Software Center will also return, showcasing both off-the-shelf and customized HVACR software solutions.

For more information regarding the AHR Expo, including exhibitor listings and educational opportunities, visit