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2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference

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ASHRAE continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak. At this time, preparations for the 2020 Annual Conference in Austin are moving forward as planned. ASHRAE, the host hotel, and the convention center are working together closely to protect the safety and welfare of our volunteers, conference attendees, and staff. Society is following the recommendations of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and will comply with relevant national, state, and local laws and regulations.


2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Austin, TX | June 27–July 1

Step out of the office this summer and surround yourself with engineers, architects, designers and professionals in a city that strives to stay weird. ASHRAE is heading to Austin, Texas, June 27-July 1 for its 2020 Annual Conference and plans to help keep it weird with out-of-the-box technical sessions, batty tours and lively social events.

The conference will primarily take place at the JW Marriott Austin with additional meetings at the Austin Convention Center. ?

  • Technical Program
    The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program will be available in mid-March.

    The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks as well as a mini-track, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. The track focus areas include fundamentals and applications, HVAC&R systems and equipment, research summit, professional development and other specific topics including grid-interactive efficient built environment, multifamily and residential buildings, resilient buildings and communities, zero energy buildings, communities: opportunities and challenges and a building myths mini-track.

    “We are living in a constant changing world. ASHRAE members are facing a major evolutionary change in how buildings and energy systems interact,” said Bing Liu, chair of the 2020 Annual Conference. “Instead of individual equipment and system, buildings are becoming integrated, flexible and resilient systems to respond to the climate change challenges. The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges and feature a strong technical program with a wide range of topics applicable to engineers, architects, designers and professionals.”

    Track #


    Track Chair


    Fundamentals and Applications: Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychometrics, 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.

    Rupesh Iyengar Rupesh_iyengar@yahoo.com


    HVAC&R 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.

    Ashu Gupta


    Research Summit: Active research, and the exchange of those research findings, are critical to the development of our HVAC&R industry and built environment. The 8th annual research summit invites researchers to share those results, including ASHRAE-sponsored research and research of interest to the ASHRAE community. Researchers are invited to present papers, extended abstracts, seminars, forums or participate in panel discussions. The Research Summit includes a partnership with ASHRAE's archival journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

    Kristen Cetin


    Professional Development: As members of a professional organization, we not only participate for the great value of technical exchange, but also the interpersonal exchange. We recognize that the single greatest strength of our organization is its membership. This track is designed to allow those professionals an opportunity to develop in the areas of presentation skills, leadership, team-building, understanding various business operations, interpersonal skills, etc. In short, the Professional Development Track will cover all aspects of business outside of engineering/technical applications and lends itself to interactive session types such as workshops and forums.

    Devin Abellon


    Grid-Interactive Efficient Built Environment: This new track focuses on the effects of industry trends (grid-enabled buildings, demand response, decarbonization, etc.) on system, building and community design practices. Topics include smart building, grid-enabled equipment and appliance, and HVAC design and operation for load flexibility. Topic can also include energy storage (thermal, battery, building mass, etc.), energy recovery (from condenser water or air), time-of-day practices, utility programs, etc.

    Vikrant C Aute


    Multifamily and Residential Buildings: Multifamily is one of the fast growth building sectors but has been underserved. Multifamily buildings present challenges and opportunities on energy codes requirements, energy efficiency opportunities, ventilation and air tightness balance, and equality to address low-income multifamily buildings. This track covers programs and papers on best practices, utility and above-code incentive programs, field studies, and codes and standards requirements. This track also welcomes programs and papers for single family housing and other residential buildings.

    Sonya Pouncy


    Resilient Buildings and Communities: The cycle of building development, design and construction is moving more rapidly than ever. Key stakeholders in the design and construction process face new challenges of responding to a range of environmental, market and consumer-driven pressures. Increasingly, it is being recognized that “smart” buildings and integrated systems are central to successfully addressing challenges posed by climate change, natural disasters, accidents, disease, and terrorism. Papers and program in this track focus on innovation and exploration related to these challenges and best practices that enable adaptability, resilience and recovery of buildings and communities.

    Christine Reinders-Caron


    Zero Energy Buildings and Communities: Opportunities and Challenges. To address the climate change challenges and carbon reduction needs, zero energy buildings and communities have proven concept in many cases. However these case studies remain a very minor portion of the building stock. This track provides an opportunity to address the challenges and demonstrate opportunities in a wide range of perspectives. Topics in this track includes integrated design approach, tools and resources to make it easier on zero energy design and operation, innovative and state-of-art technologies and strategies; balance between energy efficiency measures and on-site renewable generation, aggregated scale to achieve zero energy communities and campuses. This track will also cover the topics on policies and regulations, codes and standards and utility programs for adoption and scale up of zero energy buildings and communities.

    Raul Simonetti

    9 Mini-Track

    Building Myths: It is often difficult to present or publish “negative” results where there was no successful outcome of an experiment or study. This often leads to people conducting similar experiments to discover what others knew but never published. This min-track is designated to share the lessons learned from these precious experiences. This mini-track will also identify and test unquestioned assumptions related to the built environment and its efficient operation.

    Kimberly Pierson

    Important Dates:

    Monday, March 2, 2020 Extended Abstracts Accept/Reject Notifications

    Friday, March 20, 2020 Debate, Panel, Seminar, Forum, Workshop Accept/Reject Notifications

    Friday, May 1, 2020 Upload of presentation open for review

    Monday, June 1, 2020 Presentation submissions due

  • Registration Information

    Registration is Now Open


    Early Bird registration fees end Sun., May 3

    • $685, member/$915, non-member
    • $660, first-time member attendee/$890, first-time non-member attendee

    Advance registration fees Mon., May 4 – Sun., June 14

    • $710, member/$940, non-member
    • $685, first-time member attendee/$915, first-time non-member attendee

    Onsite registration fees Mon., June 15 – Wed., July 1

    • $925, member/$1,155, non-member
    • $900, first-time member attendee/$1,130, first-time non-member attendee
    • $360, member one-day fee/$430, non-member one-day fee
    • $75, one session

    Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students

    • $180, speaker?
    • $180, Life Member
    • $30, student branch advisor
    • $30, student member/$60, full-time student non-member
    • $60, spouse/guest

    Conference Registration includes the following:

    • Access to from Sun., June 28 – Wed., July 1 (Seminars, Workshops, Paper Sessions, Debates and Panels)
    • Access to the?Virtual Conference?for 18 months post-Conference (includes audio records paired with presentations from Technical Program presented at the Conference)
    • Entry into the?Plenary Session on Sat., June 27 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Networking Coffee Break on Sun., June 28 from 9 – 9:30 a.m.

    Additional items for Purchase include:

    Companion/Guest Registration includes the following:

    • Plenary Session on Sat., June 27 at 3:15 p.m.
    • Access to Companion’s Meet and Greet event on Mon., June 29 from 9:30 – 11 a.m.
    • Access to the Companion Lounge which is open from Sat., June 27 – Wed., July 1. Coffee and pastries served each morning.

    Access to Technical Committee meetings (TCs, PCs, etc) do not require pre-reservations or registration to attend the full conference.?

  • Travel | Housing | Visa Letter


    The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference will take place at the JW Austin and the Austin Convention Center. Hotel reservation information will be announced in March 2020. Committee members will be emailed the reservation link in advance by their ASHRAE staff liaison or meetings@ashrae.org.

    JW Marriott Austin (Headquarters Hotel)
    110 E. 2nd Street, Austin, TX
    ASHRAE Group Rate: $219
    2 blocks from Austin Convention Center (ACC)

    Hyatt Place Austin Downtown
    211 E. 3rd Street, Austin, TX
    ASHRAE Group Rate: $199
    2 blocks from JW Marriott / 1 block from ACC

    Hampton Inn & Suites Austin-Downtown/Convention Center
    200 San Jacinto Blvd. Austin, TX
    ASHRAE Group Rate: $189
    1 block from JW Marriott / 1 block from ACC

    ?View the map

    The following meetings, events and activities will take place at the following locations:

    JW Marriott

    • Technical Program
    • Plenary and Social Events
    • Society Standing Committee Meetings
    • Board of Director Meetings
    • Registration, Bookstore, Speakers Lounge
    • Members Lounge and Collaboration Area
    • Most TC and PC committee meetings

    Austin Convention Center

    • Some Technical Committee (TC) and subcommittee meetings
    • Some Project Committee (PC) and subcommittee meetings

    Airline Transportation


    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer travel discounts for ASHRAE.
    Book online at www.delta.com/meetings and provide the Meeting Code NMTVK, or call Delta reservation Desk at 800-328-1111 and provide the Meeting Code.

    United Airlines:

    Book online via the United Airlines site at:
    using Z Code: ZHX4 Agreement Code: 970276 or call United Reservations Meetings Desk at 800-426-1122 and provide the Z Code and Agreement Code.

    Rental Cars

    Alamo Car Rentals:

    Book online at www.alamo.com and provide the CD number CD#LEADERS or call Alamo at 844-354-6962 and provide the CD number.

    Hertz Car Rentals:

    Book online at www.hertz.com and provide the CD number CD#1170024 or call Alamo at 800-654-3131 and provide the CD number.

    Visa Letter

    Use this form to create a letter of invitation:

    Visa Letter

  • Plenary | Keynote Speaker

    Saturday, June 27 | 3:15 pm

    Kick off the ASHRAE Annual Conference with the opening Plenary session. Society updates will be presented and ASHRAE will recognize award winners.

    Keynote Speaker: Ann Daniels, Record-Breaking Polar Explorer?

    Success is an Adventure

    Polar Explorer Ann Daniels is a world record holder and one of Britain’s leading female explorers. Starting out as a mother of young triplets and without any outdoor experience whatsoever, pure hard work and belief led her to being selected from over 200 more experienced women to take part in her first North Pole expedition. From these humble beginnings, she went on to conquer the South Pole and in 2002, became the first woman in history to ski to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams. Experiencing temperatures as low as -50C and dealing with various encounters with Polar bears, she has sledge-hauled over 2000 miles, in the most inhospitable environments in the world, completing over 10 polar expeditions and surviving over 400 days on the ice.? She understands the importance of good planning, hard work and a positive attitude in the most difficult circumstances.? As a Polar guide and the only leader of all 3 Catlin Arctic surveys she is living proof that good leadership, teamwork and believing in yourself does make a difference.

    Using photographs and video the presentation will share Ann’s journey through the harshest environments on earth. It will tell the story of how Ann became a world record holder when she skied to the North and South Poles as part of all women teams and then went on to lead many scientific expeditions on the Arctic Ocean, working with scientists around the world including NASA and the European Space Agency to better understand this fragile part of our planet.

    Her most recent expeditions in 2017 and 2018 saw Ann working with NASA and the European Space Agency to help scientists understand what is happening in the fragile Polar ices cap. She has some exciting projects coming up soon including 2 major expeditions and a tv drama documentary series.

    Her achievements have been recognized by many bodies including the Guinness book of records, The Pride of Britain Awards, The Foreign Office and the Women of the Year Awards.? She has appeared on t.v. and radio and along with bringing up her four children is currently working on her next North Pole venture.

  • ?Committee Meetings

    Meeting Room Requests

    Meeting requests for Technical Committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now being accepted for the Austin conference. Please click on the button below that best describes your meeting request. You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted the form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your request may not have been received. Requests must be submitted by?Friday, April 10.

    The schedule of all committee meetings will be released in May 2020. Contact?Lizzy Seymour?for questions.

    For Technical Committee (TC)/Task Group (TG)/Technical Resource Group (TGR)/Multidisciplinary Task Group (MTG) Meeting Room Requests:

    Click the button below to:

    • Reserve a room for a?subcommittee?meeting in Austin
    • Change the date and/or time of a?main?TC/MTG/TG/TRG meeting
    • Report if your?subcommittee?will be meet via conference conference/web meeting prior to the Austin Conference (date and time of meeting will be listed in committee listing)


    *All?main?committees of ASHRAE TCs, TGs, MTGs and TRGs will be assigned the same date and time slot from the previous conference. View a list of main committee meetings that will automatically be reassigned. If you need to make a change to the date and/or time of your main committee meeting, please click the link above to submit that change. ?Subcommittee meetings will NOT be scheduled unless requested through this link by April 10.

    For Standards Project Committee (SPC) / Guideline Project Committee (GPC) Meeting Room Requests:

    Click the button below to request a meeting room for a Project Committee at the Austin conference.


    Remote Participation Meetings (RPMs)

    An RPM is a meeting that allows committee members to join via a GoToMeeting set up. The purpose of hosting an RPM is to achieve quorum for committee votes. For meetings that are selected to host an RPM, ASHRAE will provide a GoToMeeting login, speakers and microphone.?

    Please submit a request for each committee meeting you would like to request RPM capabilities for by? April 10:


    A few reminders about RPMs:

    • RPM meetings are not automatically assigned; you must request the RPM meeting every year.
    • RPM meetings are not available for subcommittee meetings.
    • There are a limited number of RPM slots available.
    • Scheduling priority will be given to committees that are trying to meet quorum and who are up to date on deadlines and meeting notes.
    • Please note that last minute requests are very hard to accommodate especially
  • Host Committee

    2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference Host Committee:

    General Chair: Bill Klock
    Entertainment Subcommittee Chair: Larry Bloomquist
    Women in ASHRAE Happy Hour: Vanessa Freidberg
    Tours Subcommittee Chair: Andy Collier with support from Leo Fernandez
    Hospitality, Information and Publicity Subcommittee Chair: Justin Johnson
    Sessions Subcommittee Chair: Phil Naughton

    Host Chapter: Austin Chapter
    Host Region: Region VIII

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