The call for abstracts has now been issued for the ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference , with a deadline of 23 September 2013.
Tracks of particular interest include:
Track 1: Indoor Environment – Health, Comfort and Productivity
Track Chair: Thomas H. Kuehn
Besides addressing thermal comfort and other IEQ issues, buildings and other enclosed spaces are increasingly challenged to provide a healthy environment in an energy efficient manner. The complex relationship between indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, coupled with the impacts of climate change, requires a paradigm shift towards creating buildings that are comfortable and healthy for the occupants yet also energy efficient. Although the goal of improved IAQ and thermal comfort can be achieved by increasing energy consumption, it can also be achieved without significant increase or even with decreased energy consumption. However, there is little information on how to improve energy efficiency in buildings while still ensuring healthy, comfortable and safe indoor environments. This track will review the state of knowledge of the balance of environmental health and energy efficiency in buildings and help define future education, policy and research directions. The roles of building, HVAC and passive system design and operation for achieving good environmental health in low energy buildings (both new and retrofit) will be the core theme of track.
Track 4: HVAC&R Systems & Equipment
Track Chair: Kevin Gallen
Selection of equipment and systems is paramount to HVAC&R design. Choosing the best combination for a building can be a daunting task. This track will discuss how to implement traditional, non-traditional, and hybrid systems to achieve successful HVAC&R systems design. Considerations for designing systems and equipment for high performance, LEED certified and sustainable buildings will be emphasized. Papers and programs in this track will assist designers, engineers, and operators in the design, selection, and operation of HVAC&R systems and equipment.
Track 5: HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications
Track Chair: Daniel Fisher
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.