The theme throughout several of the sessions being presented at the meeting this year is integrated or sustainable design. Integrated design is an all-encompassing design strategy that should integrate architecture, engineering, building use, location, and utilities into a building form that meets or exceeds the requirements of the integrated components.
One of the sessions concerning this topic is a symposium on creating low-energy buildings through integrated design. It includes case studies of low-energy, sustainability, and integrated design in residential and commercial buildings.
Registration for the ASHRAE 2006 Winter Meeting is $750 ($490, ASHRAE member). For more information or to register, visit www.ashrae.org. Registration also can be completed by contacting ASHRAE Customer Service by phone at 800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide).
SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTSThe technical program will have 104 sessions presented. Included are 62 seminars (presentations on a central or related topic with no published papers), 14 symposia (presentations with papers on a central subject), 26 open-discussion forums, a poster session, and a public session. A total of 73 papers will be presented.
A number of the sessions should be of interest to contractors. These include:
TECHNICAL TOURSAs can be expected, ASHRAE is also offering several technical tours, including the AMCA International Tour: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Laboratory Testing, which will take place from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 22. This tour of the Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International's laboratory facility in Arlington Heights, Ill., will look at where the performance of fans, louvers, dampers, airflow measurement stations, and other air-moving products are tested and certified. The cost is $20.
A tour of the Chicago Center for Green Technology - a LEED Platinum Building will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. A brownfield redevelopment and building renovation project, the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) is now a model for the nation. The building features four arrays of photovoltaic panels (30 percent of load), passive solar technologies for lighting and heating the offices, a passive solar greenhouse, a smart lighting system, and ground source heat pumps. The cost is $20.
Another tour of the John Buck Co. will take place from 2:20 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23. This newly constructed 50-story high-rise building on South Wacker Drive meets LEED's silver standard. The tour begins in the 29th floor conference room with an overview of the building's HVAC system and pertinent architectural features before viewing the cooling tower, chiller room, fan room, and a typical floor. The cost is $20.
A tasty tour of Eli's Cheesecake Factory is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Eli's Cheesecake Co. opened in 1980 on Chicago's northwest side and now produces over 16,000 gourmet cheesecakes per day. The tour features a look at the bakery, along with refrigeration systems that cover five temperature zones, including a mixing room, oven/cooling area, holding freezer, blast freezer, and packaging area. Dress: To participate in the entire tour of the facility, rubber soled and closed-toe shoes are required. Otherwise, attendees receive an abbreviated tour. The cost is $20.
A reverent tour of Loyola University's Madonna Della Strada Chapel will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The chapel, constructed in 1937, is a prized architectural feature on the Loyola University of Chicago lakeside campus. Common with buildings of this vintage, there was no space cooling. A space cooling system has been added along with a new space heating and ventilation system. The system complied with all municipal codes and the owner's requirements with little impact to the chapel interior. The cost is $20.
A self-guided tour of the Exelon Elevator and Stair Pavilions at the North End of Chicago's Millennium Park is suggested. This tour will show the innovative energy conservation features of these pavilions. Among the designs are photovoltaic modules that generate electricity for use by the pavilions. The photovoltaic modules are incorporated into a glass curtain wall system that serves as the exterior skin of the building. The expected annual energy production is estimated to be about 16,175 kWh per year per pavilion, which will offset about 17 percent of the estimated annual energy consumption.
Visit www.ashrae.org for a complete listing of technical program sessions and technical tours. ASHRAE will also be offering a free public session during the AHR Expo.
Publication date: 01/09/2006