ASHRAE to Offer Free Design-Build Sessions at 2016 AHR Expo

Jan. 13, 2016
Four educational sessions focused on design-build will be offered free of charge at the 2016 AHR Expo as part of ASHRAE’s 2016 Winter Conference.

Four educational sessions focused on design-build will be offered free of charge at the 2016 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) as part of ASHRAE’s 2016 Winter Conference.

Each of the sessions will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The sessions are:
  • 11 a.m. to noon: Don't Call It a Comeback! The New and Improved Design-Build Survival Guide. ASHRAE published its “Survival Guide to Design-Build” in 2004. Since that time, the design-build delivery method has exploded. During this seminar, speakers will provide a first look at the new, improved, and updated “Survival Guide.”
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Avoiding Pesky Pitfalls Integrating Seismic and Sound Control. This session will address the advantage of integrating seismic compliance and sound control early in the design-build process. Design of building systems for seismic, wind, sound, and vibration control generally occurs later in projects, with the feeling it is not essential to the design of the HVAC, controls, electrical, or other system. However, when this seemingly non-essential item is overlooked, the cost to meet code-compliance and/or owner demands often becomes more than budgeted. Speakers will discuss how to avoid these pitfalls.
  • 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Design-Build for DDC: Yes, It Works! No, It Doesn’t! A Healthy Debate by Two Experts. Those who recommend design-build for every situation need to be careful. When it comes to direct digital controls (DDC), design-build may not be the best solution. Some general contractors claim the controls subcontractor is no different than the drywall subcontractor, and if a design-build delivery method works for one, it should work for all. One speaker in this session feels strongly that a design-build scenario is the best solution for today’s DDC systems, while the other speaker begs to differ.
  • 3:45 to 5:15 p.m.: How Does the Criterion Engineer’s Role Affect the Design Build Contractor’s and Design Build Engineer’s Roles During All Phases of a Design Build Project? Building owners often retain an engineer to establish the initial design criteria for a project. The engineer creates documents that are handed off to a design-build contractor. After this, the role of the engineer can vary. This seminar will discuss issues that can arise as the owner and design-build contractor interpret bridging documents and how open or closed a line of communication with an engineer is during all phases of a design-build project.

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