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2021 Virtual WInter Conference

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The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference will take place in a convenient, online format February 9-11. Attendees can join live discussions with top experts, learn the latest updates relating to COVID-19, and have access to 90+ technical sessions for 18 months. Group rates are available, and members register for just $249.

Additional details about the conference and committee meetings will be available in the coming weeks. The 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago has been cancelled.

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  What to Expect:

    • Three days packed with learning and live discussions with top experts
    • Special sessions covering the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic
    • 8 Tracks with 90+ live and on-demand sessions (most with PDHs), available for 18 months
    • Keynote speakers, Leadership Moments and recognition of ASHRAE Honors and Awards recipients
    • Virtual technical tours, meet-ups, and networking opportunities

  • Virtual Meeting Requests for TCs and PCs

    Virtual meeting requests for Technical Committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now being accepted for the Virtual Winter Conference. Committee meetings should be scheduled January 4 to February 5, 2021, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Saturday only. Sundays are only allowed under special circumstances and will be reviewed by ASHRAE staff before approved.

    Please click on the button below to request your virtual meeting using our new meeting request platform. Requests must be submitted by?Friday, November 27.

    Tips Before You Submit your Request:

    • ALL committees and subcommittees wishing to meet virtually must submit a request. Meetings will NOT be automatically scheduled.
    • Submit only one request for each committee or subcommittee.
    • Poll your fellow committee members in advance of submitting a request for the best date and time for your members.
    • Consider different time zones of your members. TIP: www.timeanddate.com
    • Schedule your meeting before your committee’s reporting body will meet (see list below).
    • If your committee wishes to meet during its “regular” time slot during the week of January 22-27, 2021 (the original dates scheduled for the in-person Conference), you may do so as long as the slot falls within the days and times stated above.
    • ASHRAE will supply a virtual meeting platform for your meeting. If you wish to use your own platform you can indicate that in the appropriate place in the meeting request system.
    • Click on the “Request Virtual Meeting” button below, then click on “Create a profile now” to get started.
    • You may request a meeting or edit a previous request by November 27, 2020.


    The following reporting bodies are scheduled for the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference.

    Date Time Committee/Council/BOD
    Tues. Jan. 26 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. SPLS
    Wed. Jan. 27 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Standards
    ? 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. RAC
    ? 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. TAC
    Thurs. Jan. 28 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Executive Committee
    Fri., Jan. 29 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors
    Mon., Feb. 1 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Executive Committee
    Tues. Feb. 2 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Members Council
    ? 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pub and Ed Council
    ? 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technology Council
    Thurs. Feb. 4 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors
    Fri. Feb. 5 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Executive Committee

    ?The schedule of all committee meetings will be released by mid-December 2020. Contact Lizzy Seymour?for questions.?

  • Technical Program

    "Engineers and designers are being tasked to take closer looks at buildings and their systems to provide comfort to the occupants while also finding ways to reduce the impact on the environment and energy use,” said Maggie Moninski, chair of the 2021 conference. “The 2021 Winter Conference attendees will be given a great opportunity to learn from some of the leaders of the industry with a focus on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry along with specialty topics like International Design and the Future of HVAC Work."

    The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.

    Tracks include:
    Track #


    Track Chair


    HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications: Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychrometrics, fluid and mass flow. This track provides opportunities for papers and presentations of varying levels across a large topic base. Concepts, design elements and shared experiences for theoretical and applied concepts of HVAC&R design are included.

    Robert Cox


    Systems and Equipment: HVAC&R Systems and Equipment are constantly evolving to address the changing requirements of the built environment. Papers and programs in this track will focus on the development of new systems and equipment, improvements to existing systems and equipment and the proper application and operation of systems and equipment.

    Dr. Marianna Vallejo


    Refrigeration and Refrigerants: Refrigeration is a critical element of modern life, from preserving food and medicine to maintaining comfort. With significant changes on the horizon for refrigerant regulations, along with new applications for refrigeration systems being frequently applied, there is more need than ever to understand both the fundamental and advanced concepts and issues related to refrigeration. Papers and programs in this track will focus on refrigerants, refrigerant regulation, refrigeration cycles and refrigeration applications.

    Gary Debes


    Environmental Health Through IEQ: HVAC&R systems play a significant role in maintaining indoor environmental conditions. As people spend increasingly more time in the built environment, health concerns are becoming paramount to design. This track will seek papers and programs on developing, evaluating and predicting optimal indoor environmental conditions, especially as they pertain to environmental health.

    Stephen Idem


    Building Performance and Commissioning for Operation and Management: Modern HVAC&R systems are complicated and designed for high efficiencies. In order to optimize their use and provide proper operation, commissioning is recommended. This track provides an opportunity to provide papers and presentations surrounding building operation and commissioning practices as well as case studies in performance and commissioning.

    Lee Ribeck


    Energy Conservation: Whether it is new construction, renovation, routine maintenance or energy audits there is a major concern over the use of energy in the built environment. Designs are using more techniques to reduce energy with the use of energy wheels and pipes, solar energy, photo voltaic, and more efficient equipment and new concepts that are pushing to be standard design practice. In addition, modeling is being used to generate more life cycle cost decisions for the design and value-engineering decisions beyond standard HVAC practice. This track will highlight case studies and research that expand on the simple to the complex energy savings measures being implemented in today’s and tomorrow’s designs.

    Nivedita Jadhav


    International Design: Design for various environmental elements, geography and culture demand that new and innovative strategies be developed. As an international organization, ASHRAE strives to meet the needs of a global membership. HVAC&R systems vary globally and this track provides an opportunity to share innovative and necessary design elements that can be shared internationally.

    Farhan Mehboob


    Standards, Guidelines and Codes:?ASHRAE is known for its standards and design guidelines – and they are constantly evolving with the intent on improving the built environment and its systems. Designers, Contractors, Architects and Owners must be able to keep up with the continuing changes in the current cycle but to also be prepared for the future changes. In addition, there is a large interaction of ASHRAE with the code authorities and government to incorporate these standards and guidelines. The series of sessions in this track highlight the changes to the standards and guidelines, their projected path and optimum design techniques to meet or exceed the standards.

    Kyle Inge

    9 (Mini-Track)

    Mini-track based on Chuck Gulledge's Presidential Theme (to be announced and not accepting papers).


  • Social Events
    Full details coming soon!
  • Registration Information

    Registrants get 18-month access to all content starting Feb. 8. Live sessions taking place Feb. 9-11 will be recorded and available at the end of each day. Most sessions are approved for LEED AP credits and AIA learning units.

    Prior to the event, registrants will receive an email with instructions to login and virtually attend the event. This will be sent to the email address used to register.

    Individual Registration? Rate
    Speaker $64
    Student Member $25
    Student Non-Member $60
    Member $249
    Non-Member? $479
    Company Package Registration?
    3-5 Employees $1,060
    6-10 Employees $1,995
    11-20 Employees $3,735

    Register Now

  • Host Committee

    General Chair – Chad Powell
    Vice Chair – Kevin Summers
    Entertainment – John Song
    Tours – Frank Moccio
    Hospitality – Nick Manusos
    Sessions – Sumayyah Theron

  • Sponsorship Information

    ASHRAE is offering creative and exciting sponsorship opportunities for this virtual event. Please take a look at the opportunities and contact Greg Martin with any questions: gmartin@ashrae.org or 678-539-1174.

  • Frequently Asked Questions


    How do I access the technical program content?
    A link will be sent to the email address you used to register with prior to the event. Please ensure meetings@ashrae.org is in your safe list.

    How do I get PDHs?
    PDHs will be available for most sessions by passing a short quiz at the end of each eligible session. Following the quiz a PDH certificate will be available for download.

    Do I have to be registered for the Virtual Winter Conference to attend a committee meeting?
    No, registration is not required to attend a committee meeting virtually.

    What if I have multiple employees from my company that want to register for the Virtual Winter Conference?
    ASHRAE offers three tiers of Company packages that accommodate discounted pricing. Contact meetings@ashrae.org if you have questions related to Company Packages and pricing.

    Do I have to be registered for the Virtual Conference to attend the live sessions, technical tours, and meet-ups?
    Yes! If you can’t attend the live sessions you can still access the recordings after the event.

    Please contact meetings@ashrae.org with additional questions.