ATLANTA, GA — Sessions on deregulation of the power industry, indoor air quality (IAQ), and energy efficiency of buildings will be part of the technical program for the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers’ (ASHRAE) 2000 Winter Meeting, February 5-9, in Dallas, TX, at the Adam’s Mark Hotel.

As more states ease regulatory controls on electric utility companies, deregulation and its effects continue to draw attention. Sessions will provide an outline of deregulation and address how possible changes in power quality could affect system users and manufacturers.

Strategies for controlling environmental tobacco smoke in bars, restaurants, lounges, and in atria will be presented in programs from the ventilation and IAQ tracks.

Methods for designing and commissioning hospitals, displacement ventilation in industrial buildings, market requirements for filter test methods, and ventilation and IAQ performance of small buildings will also be discussed.

Trying to conserve energy and cut costs, design engineers and building owners constantly search for new ways to operate building systems. One seminar will examine equipment used to measure and verify energy savings, while another will focus on energy-saving opportunities in existing buildings.

As people demand greater energy efficiency in their homes, heat pumps are enjoying more widespread use. Operating characteristics of water-source heat pumps will be discussed, as well as optimum sizing of heat exchangers and the types of refrigerants used by high-temperature heat pumps.

Programs on ASHRAE standards will include a seminar providing an introduction to ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

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