ASHRAE Offers Expo Seminars

For the first time, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will offer technical seminars at the 2007 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo). These seminars are being held at the Dallas Convention Center, unlike most of the ASHRAE meeting events, which are taking place at the Adam’s Mark Hotel. They are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 29-30. Registration at the convention center for these seminars is located in Lobby D, Level 2. A listing of other educational sessions being offered is also listed below.

Monday, Jan. 29

Back to Basics: A Practical Guide to Vibration Control
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C141
Three presentations will cover the basics, case studies, and practical installation guidelines that will improve vibration isolation, reduce complaints and costly fixes, and provide a comfortable and productive workspace.

Design Alternatives That Obsolete Short Circuit Commercial Kitchen Hoods
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C144
This seminar includes alternate design alternatives that are more energy and cost effective to overcome high exhaust volumes required by codes. It covers a case study on replacing short circuit hoods.

Distinguished Lecturer Series: Worst Practice Lessons for Future Quality
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C150
ASHRAE Presidential Member Richard Rooley describes the pitfalls in failing to achieve projected energy efficiency in buildings resulting from an inability to design and manage the interface among clients, manufacturers, designers, contractors, engineers, and architects.

Energy Efficient Ventilation Systems
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C145
New and different approaches have been developed that enhance energy recovery and energy savings for industrial HVAC systems. This seminar presents strategies that are economical to install and provide a significant reduction of energy use when compared to traditional systems.

Stay Cool and Green: New Innovations and Case Histories with Indirect Evaporative Cooling
1 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Room C150
This seminar provides information on new innovations in indirect evaporative technologies and designs, and offers case histories to illustrate how and where these technologies have been successfully used.

Sustainable Ventilation Systems for Commercial and Institutional Buildings
1-2:30 p.m., Room C144
This seminar reviews the choices and some case studies of applying ventilation energy recovery to specific building sectors and the challenges for specific situations.

Using Ground Source Heat Pumps for Conditioning Schools
1-2:30 p.m., Room C141
This seminar looks at the success of using ground-source heat pumps in schools and demonstrates that new installations and retrofits are valuable methods for improving the energy efficiency of schools, while at the same time improving sustainability.

What’s New in BACnet?
1-2:30 p.m., Room C145
This seminar provides an update on new, emerging BACnet capabilities, including Web services and building security.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

EPAct Building Tax Deductions
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C144
The commercial building provision of the Energy Policy Act (EPAct 2005) offers business taxpayers a deduction of $1.80 per square foot for commercial buildings that achieve a 50 percent reduction in annual energy cost to the user, compared to a base building defined by the industry Standard ASHRAE/IENSA 90.1-2001. This seminar provides information on Section 17D of the 2005 Energy Policy Act and on how to make the most of the federal tax deduction.

Hydronic Systems Control Issues
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C141
This seminar incorporates rule of thumb guidance and gives the tips and techniques necessary to make proper design decisions for hydronic applications. Other topics being addressed are when to balance or not balance a hydronic system, how to properly select a control valve, and the latest technology.

Mechanical Insulations: Practical Considerations
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C145
The goal of this seminar is to provide practical, cost-justified guidance for improved specifications. Three practical considerations for specifiers of mechanical insulation systems - fire code compliance, acoustical treatment of piping, and consideration of true economic thickness in view of today’s rising energy costs - will be addressed.

Fundamentals of Ultraviolet Light for IEQ and HVAC Applications
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Room C150
This seminar describes these fundamentals of ultraviolet-C (UVC) radiation and the use of UVC to help maintain clean coils, drain pans, and duct surfaces as well as to help prevent airborne disease transmission.

Distinguished Lecturer: The Future of an Energized HVACR Industry
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Room C150
ASHRAE Presidential Member Richard Hayter addresses new advances in technology, market trends, and global standards affecting the use of HVACR systems and equipment.

How to Form a Design Team for Sustainable Results
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Room C141
This seminar focuses on design team selection for an integrated building design (IBD) process. Successful teams can achieve optimized, energy efficient, high performing, environmentally friendly, safe, and sustainable facilities and structures that create, pleasing, healthy, and more productive indoor environments.

Installation Issues With Unitary Equipment: What’s the Impact and What Can We Do About It?
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Room C145
Problems such as low airflow, low refrigerant charge, poor ductwork design, or control issues can result in less-than-optimal efficiency or low capacity. This seminar includes presentations on measured impacts of low airflow and low charge on performance, field experiences with unitary rooftop equipment, and a national specification that is being developed to promote quality installations.

Instantaneous Water Heaters: Energy Solutions or Problem Creators?
1 p.m.-2 p.m., Room C144
The presentations describe dynamic modeling, predictive adaptive control, and a method of test for tankless water heater outlet temperature control. Preliminary results from a working method of test apparatus on three manufacturers’ water heaters will be presented.

Public Session: Energy Efficiency
Besides the technical sessions at the AHR Expo, ASHRAE is also holding a free public session titled “Strategies for Low Energy Efficient Buildings: What Does It Take?”

Monday, Jan. 29

Strategies for Low Energy Efficient Buildings: What Does It Take?
3 p.m.-5 p.m., Room C147
Energy efficiency is of great importance and sustainable buildings help us achieve many environmental objectives. This public session looks at several projects and describes what is necessary for designing a low-energy building and presenting the outcome of those strategies.

More Expo Seminars

Various organizations are sponsoring free educational sessions at the Dallas Convention Center as a part of the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), Jan. 29-31. A listing of other sessions at the expo are listed below.

Monday, Jan. 29

Testing & Balancing Certifications the Real Deal
9 a.m., Room D163
Topics addressed in this session include how certification programs are operated internally and what to look for in an HVAC test and balance certification organization.
Sponsored by the Testing, Adjusting and Balancing Bureau.

What’s New and Green in Building Automation AHR Expo 2007?
9 a.m., Room D167
A sneak preview is given of the new technologies and ideas that can be found at this year’s Building Automation and Control Showcase.
Sponsored by IEC.

NATE Review Class and Certification Exams
9 a.m., Room D170
A three and one-half-hour NATE refresher training course focusing on air conditioning, heat pump, and core topics is offered. Afterward, a four-hour testing session is being held. The course is free; there’s a charge for the tests.
Sponsored by NATE.

Heat Recovery and Fuel Savings
10 a.m., Room D161
The paper highlights heat recovery from flue gas streams and gives an overview of products that are available to do so as well as their thermal and engineering fundamentals.
Sponsored by American Boiler Manufacturers Association.

Leveraging LEED for Product Manufacturers
10 a.m., Room D174
This panel, moderated by U.S. Green Building Council panel with key stakeholders in the product industry, provides insight on how they used Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in their business plan and what they foresee in the market.

Wireless Sensors & Control Networks: Enabling New Opportunities
11 am, Room D165
Topics covered in this talk include how wireless technology is being adapted by the ZigBee Alliance by building wireless intelligence and capabilities into everyday devices.
Sponsored by ZigBee.

Green Buildings, Operations & Design: What’s Driving the Market?
11 a.m., Room D174
The panel consists of USGBC and industry leaders discussing market change, new initiatives, and green building on the corporate market.
Sponsored by U.S. Green Building Council.

Chiller/Cooling Tower Interactions and Optimization
1 p.m., Room D165
This session will look at what nominal condenser flow rate and approach is best from a first-cost standpoint as well as from full-load energy standpoint at any given wet bulb.
Sponsored by Cooling Technology Institute.

Harmonization Meeting
1 p.m., Room D166
This is a panel session to explain to the HVACR industry why North America will soon transition to an International Electrotechnical Commission-based safety standard for household appliances and similar electrical products.
Sponsored by The Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI).

Green Building - Automation for a Sustainable Future
1:30 p.m., Room D167
The abilities of automation systems make them fundamental to green building efforts. This session covers how automation can be made part of your future.
Sponsored by IEC.

Cooling Tower Fan Belt Drive Systems: Design, Operation, and Maintenance
1:40 p.m., Room D165
Among other topics, this presentation will discuss the types of sheaves and belts utilized by manufacturers of packaged evaporative cooling equipment.
Sponsored by Cooling Technology Institute.

Build Your Business Through Professional Credentialing and Building Performance
2 p.m., Room D174
This session will introduce participants to the opportunities that exist in the rapidly growing building performance contracting industry.
Sponsored by Building Performance Institute Inc.

Cooling Tower Fan Gear Drive Systems: Design, Operation, and Maintenance
2:20 p.m., Room D165
This presentation will discuss operation of single-speed and two-speed motors, specific recommendations for variable-frequency drives, considerations when reversing fan direction or operating in cold weather.
Sponsored by Cooling Technology Institute.

Mechanical Systems That Work
2:30 p.m., Room D163
Participants at this session will go through the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers 62.2 Residential Ventilation Requirements and learn how properly installed systems prolong the life of a structure.
Sponsored by HRAI.

Integrating Automated Systems into Good Sustainable Design for Energy Efficiency and End User Satisfaction
2:30 p.m., Room D161
Discussion will be on the Building Intelligence Quotient tool.
Sponsored by Continental Automated Building Association.

Tuesday, Jan. 30

ACG CxA Workshop & Exam
8 a.m., Room D170
A comprehensive workshop is being held in the morning, followed by the Commissioning Exam in the afternoon. Attendance is limited to those who meet the organization’s eligibility requirements.
Sponsored by Associated Air Balance Council/Associated Air Balance Council Commissioning Group.

BPI Written Certification Exams
8 a.m., Room D172
All Building Performance Institute Inc. written certification exams will be offered.

LON Primer
8:30 a.m., Room D164
Discussions will be on basic terminology and definitions, simple system architecture overview, control system functionality and features, and ideas and concepts involving LonMark Open Systems and LonWorks technology.
Sponsored by LonMark International.

An Energy Star Primer - Save Energy, Save Money, Protect the Environment
9 a.m., Room D161
This session will introduce participants to the key elements of the Energy Star Commercial Buildings program.
Sponsored by Energy Star.

Ways to Find and Retain Qualified Technicians/Employees
9 a.m., Room D174
Recipients of the “Best Contractor to Work For” award talk about how to find and keep people at a time of industry labor shortages.
Sponsored byThe Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration NEWSand ARI.

Requirements for Success in the Plan & Spec Arena: Three Different Perspectives
9 a.m., Room D168
The discussion will cover succeeding in the plan and spec market, with presentations covering three different perspectives: the engineering firm, the representative agency, and the manufacturer.
Sponsored by HARDI.

Building Automation - Today’s Tools for Convergence
9:30 a.m., Room D167
The session will deal with how new industry tools are opening doors and creating opportunities while allowing building automation to be a seamless part of the corporate enterprise.
Sponsored by IEC.

Sustainability Through Air Filtration
10 a.m., Room D163
The presentation will show how proper air filtration provides building and HVAC equipment sustainability.
Sponsored by National Air Filtration Association.

Harmonization Meeting
10 a.m., Room D166
The panel session will explain to the HVACR industry why North America will soon transition to an International Electrotechnical Commission-based safety standard for household appliances and similar electrical products.
Sponsored by ARI.

The Value of Integrated, Open Systems
10:15 a.m., Room D164
The session will address how open systems can be used to reduce costs from installation and commissioning through operation by understanding the financial benefits associated with interoperability.
Sponsored by LonMark International.

Keeping an Eye on Safety
10:30 a.m., Room D165
This discussion focuses on optical flame scanning techniques and their application to burner safety and burner management systems on boilers.
Sponsored by American Boiler Manufacturers Association.

Fan Selection from an Efficiency, Sound and Cost Perspective
10:30 a.m., Room D174
This presentation will provide a summary in selecting the optimum fan - centrifugal, axial or mixed flow - for a given application.
Sponsored by Air Movement and Control Association International Inc.

10 Pasos para Seleccionar Filtros para Aire (presented in Spanish)
11 a.m., Room D163
This 10-step guide answers questions about achieving the best system for almost any HVAC application.
Sponsored by National Air Filtration Association.

GridWise - Smart Energy Technology for Buildings and the Power Grid
11 a.m., Room D161
The goal of GridWise is to improve the reliability and efficiency of the National Electric Grid using Information Technology (IT). Using the power of IT and the Internet, GridWise hopes to enable interoperability between equipment on both sides of the electric meter.
Sponsored by IEC.

An Industry Commitment
1 p.m., Room D172
The presentation will address proper burner/boiler design and the importance of optimal control to achieve optimal results.
Sponsored by American Boiler Manufacturers Association.

Energy Efficiency 101: How to Find Products Eligible for Rebates and IRS Tax Credits
1 p.m., Room D174
In this session, instructors will give information on how to provide customers with third-party verification of energy-efficient products.
Sponsored by GAMA.

Impact of Commissioning on Sustainability & Persistence
1 p.m., Room D165
This presentation will discuss how commissioning’s role can affect the sustainability of a project’s design and the persistence of an owner’s project requirements.
Sponsored by National Environmental Balancing Bureau.

Enterprise Connectivity
1 p.m., Room D164
Discussions include integration strategies with multiple protocols and tying open systems into the IT environment.
Sponsored by LonMark International.

What Will the Convergences in Buildings of the Future Look Like?
1:30 p.m., Room D167
Cisco Connected Real Estate Round-table shares visions, concerns, opportunities, and the roadblocks when it comes to delivering intelligent converged environments. Even amidst different corporate objectives, we appear to be aligned in our thinking on the future design and realization of the next-generation built environment.
Sponsored by IEC.

Real World Radiant
2 p.m., Room D163
A review of several radiant heating projects and installations from simple residential to large snowmelt applications, and hydronic and electric projects are presented.
Sponsored by Radiant Panel Association.

System Specification Process
2:15 p.m., Room D164
This session will address how to write, enforce, and leverage an open systems specification, including how to ensure openness, the ABCs of specifying an open system; available tools and resources; common mistakes and how to avoid them, and examples of good specifications.
Sponsored by LonMark International.

The World of LonMark
3:30 p.m., Room D164
This panel discussion will include what’s new in the world of LonMark International/Americas, including industry initiatives, product certification, system-level standards, and integrator certification.
Sponsored by LonMark International.

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Integrating Automated Systems into Good Sustainable Design for Energy Efficiency and End User Satisfaction
8:30 a.m., Room D167
This seminar is focused on the design and implementation of “intelligent buildings” projects. The session will cover the key elements that make up an intelligent building. The seminar goes from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. There is an admission fee for this event. To register, go to
Sponsored by Continental Automated Buildings Association in cooperation with Building Intelligence Group.

Workshop: LEED for Product Manufacturers
8:30 a.m., Room D162
This workshop is for vendors and product sales representatives interested in understanding how a product may contribute to applicable LEED credits.
Sponsored by U.S. Green Building Council.

Publication date:01/29/2007