ASHRAE Winter Conference Program to Focus on Humidity

The 2010 ASHRAE Winter Conference, which will take place Jan. 23-27 in Orlando, Fla., will focus on developments that contribute to making indoor environments sustainable in humid climates, while addressing myriad other HVACR-industry issues. The technical program will be based on the theme “Building Sustainability From the Inside Out.”

“The technical program features a mix of presentations and papers concentrated in 11 tracks, including the impact of ASHRAE standards 90.1 and 62.1, sustainability, and a combined energy-conservation and alternative-energy-solutions track, the largest track,” Dennis Wessel, Orlando conference chair said.

The technical program focuses on humidity control and the industry’s ability to improve occupant comfort and save energy. Sessions address “Operating Cost Implications in Humid Environments,” “Enhanced Dehumidification Strategies with Energy Recovery in Hot and Humid Climates,” “Humidity Control Issues and Solutions for High Performing Buildings,” “Ensuring the Performance of Your UFAD System,” and “Solving Moisture Problems Created by Energy Retrofits.”

Current-interest programs include building-information modeling, health-care-facility design, wireless-sensing and control networks, commissioning, data centers, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and ground-source heat pumps. In addition, the professional-skills track includes business-management sessions on billing and collection practices.

The technical plenary also will discuss the H1N1 virus and look at the importance of building ventilation compared with vaccination and quarantine in infection control. The technical plenary will take place Jan. 24 from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m.

Additionally, two free contractor-related sessions will be presented in conjunction with the AHR Expo to be held at the Orange County Convention Center. “Construction Management” will be held Jan. 25 from 2 to 3 p.m. and “Cost/Benefit Analysis Methodology and Tools Needed by Owners” will be held Jan. 26 from 2 to 3 p.m.

The technical program features more than 90 programs and 300 speakers. For complete conference information, including abstracts on all technical-program sessions, or to register, visit

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