ASHRAE Announces Call for Papers for 2016 Annual Conference

June 10, 2015
ASHRAE’s 2016 Annual Conference will be held June 25-29 in St. Louis, Mo.

ASHRAE is seeking papers for its 2016 Annual Conference, which will be held June 25-29 in St. Louis, Mo.

“The 2016 Annual Conference features a great mix of the engineering basics as well as advanced systems and professional development,” Wade Conlan, chair of ASHRAE’s Conferences and Exposition Committee, said. “In addition to the Fundamentals and Systems tracks, there will be a Professional Skills Beyond Engineering track that focuses on the development of the business side of engineering. Two tracks that will push boundaries are Smart Building Systems as well as Renewable Energy Systems and Net Zero Buildings. And finally, we are going back to the core of air conditioning with a track on advances in refrigeration systems and alternative refrigerants.”

The Renewable Energy Systems and Net Zero Buildings track features sessions on high energy efficiency and methods of design. The track addresses recent advances in alternative energy systems and equipment and new design strategies for achieving net-zero buildings.

Exploring the wide range of refrigeration systems under development, the Advances in Refrigeration Systems and Alternative Refrigerants track places special emphasis on the use of alternative refrigerants in vapor-compression machines to address environmental concerns.

The Smart Building Systems/Remote Monitoring and Diagnostics track covers advanced communication protocols, system integration, building-management-system tools, data management, and analysis.

The Professional Skills Beyond Engineering track seeks to ensure professional skills are being developed and maintained beyond engineering essentials.

ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions:

  • Conference papers, abstracts for which are due Sept. 14, 2015. Accepted papers will be due Jan. 4, 2016. These “final” papers, which have an eight-single-spaced-page maximum length, undergo a single-blind review.
  • Full technical papers, which are due Sept. 14, 2015. These papers, which can be a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages, undergo a rigorous double-blind review.

To submit a conference-paper abstract or a technical paper and for more information about the conference, visit

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