ASHRAE's 2012 Winter Conference in Chicago, IL is expected to attract some 3000 attendees from 60 countries. The technical program takes place Sunday, January 22–Wednesday, January 25, and includes paper presentations as well as non-paper presentations. Approved papers are published in ASHRAE Transactions.
The conference technical program includes tracks that address various applications of HVAC&R technology.
- The Specialized Applications track focuses on high-intensity HVAC applications, such as laboratories, hospitals and data centers, and covers design recommendations, regulations and lessons learned.
- The Integrated Design track addresses how the integrated building design and integrated project delivery processes are being applied to build better buildings and features case studies, lessons learned and ongoing research projects studying new project delivery methods.
- The Energy Modeling Applications track addresses the range of different energy modeling and Building Information Modeling tools available, their use and specific applications, including systems, building and communities, as well as programs that address an integrated approach from modeling through end designs.
- In addition, tracks on Operations & Maintenance, HVAC Systems, HVAC Fundamentals and Applications, Professional Skills and Refrigeration are being organized.
For more information about the tracks, click the "Contact Info/Tracks" tab below.
Paper and program submissions are closed for this conference. The technical program will be posted online by the end of September 2011. The technical program will be submitted to AIA and USGBC for approval for continuing education credits. Over 100 hours of PDHs, LUs and LEED AP credits will be available through the technical program.
The Personal Scheduler, which includes the technical program and committee meetings and other conference-related events, will be available by November.
Track 1: Energy Efficiency - New Technologies and Applications
Track Chair: Kelley Cramm
Energy technology is changing rapidly. Keeping up with the latest technology and applications is a daunting task. This track will highlight programs that present the latest approaches to energy efficiency. Programs will provide information on systems and equipment. In addition, applications, particularly case studies will give examples of successful projects.
Track 2: Integrated Design
Track Chair: Dennis Knight
As our industry seeks to reduce our use of fossil based fuel sources, increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption and reduce the use of natural resources, more efficient, integrated and intra-disciplinary approaches to designing, constructing, operating and maintaining our facilities will be needed. This track seeks papers on how the integrated building design and integrated project delivery processes are currently being applied to build better buildings and how those processes and workflows need to evolve if we are to meet our commitments of net zero energy buildings over the next two decades. Papers discussing actual case studies of real life projects, lessons learned and ongoing research projects studying new project delivery methods are highly encouraged to submit for presentation.
Track 3: Specialized Applications - Healthcare, Laboratories and Data Center
Track Chair: Ginger Scoggins
High-intensity HVAC applications, such as laboratories, hospitals, and data centers, are growing in complexity by leaps and bounds. Energy use is a major concern in these environments. In addition, regulations are becoming more stringent for air quality, temperature constraints, and filtration requirements, and legal ramifications are becoming more commonplace when designers fall short of meeting these requirements. This track focuses on design recommendations, regulations, and lessons learned for these specialized environments that can challenge the knowledge of most engineers. From case studies to code requirements, the goal of this track is to inform session attendees of state-of-the-art design practices that can meet current and upcoming regulations while conserving energy in the process.
Track 4: Energy Modeling Applications
Track Chair: Bill Dean
Building Developers and Urban Planners are using Energy Modeling and Building Information Modeling programs to make decisions about our future communities. This track seeks papers and programs that address the range of different modeling tools available, their use and specific applications including systems, buildings and communities. Sessions that address an integrated approach from modeling through the end designs including planners, owners, architects, engineers and operations personnel are encouraged.
Track 5: Installation, Operation & Maintenance of HVAC Systems
Track Chair: Sarah Maston
With low energy and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and O&M. Making sure that the design intent of these more complicated HVAC systems is understood by all team members and building operators is key to the building’s success. This track will address an array of topics including lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and effort to improve the installation, startup, O&M of HVAC systems.
Track 6: High Performance Buildings
Mike McDermott email@example.com
High performance building refers to a building that is designed, constructed, and capable of being operated in a manner that increases environmental performance and economic value over time. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.
Although new technologies are constantly being developed to complement current practices in creating greener structures, the common objective is that high performance buildings are designed to reduce the overall impact of the built environment on human health and the natural environment by:
- Efficiently using energy, water, and other resources
- Protecting occupant health and improving employee productivity
- Reducing waste, pollution and environmental degradation
Track 7: HVAC & R Systems and Equipment
Track Chair: Pamela Androff
Equipment and systems are the building blocks of HVAC&R design. However, choosing the best combination for a building can be a daunting task. Both common and uncommon strategies exist and successful buildings come with all types: traditional, non-traditional, and hybrids. This track seeks papers and programs that will assist designers and engineers in deciding which system or equipment (or combination thereof) to use in a given application and how operators shall maintain it.
Track 8: Professional Skills
Track Chair: Rob Risley
People judge other people in one of four ways: how you look; how you act; what you say; and what you do. The Professional Skills track of ASHRAE is focused on all of these items with emphasis on the final two items – what you say and what you do. The Professional Skills track is designed to help professional engineers and others to develop in the areas of presentation skills, business acumen, understanding the areas of accounting, finance and customer service, human resources, contract and collections, and legal issues. In short, the Professional Skills Track can cover all aspects of business management and business ownership that do not involve the actual engineering of projects and systems.
Track 9: HVAC & R Fundamentals and Applications
Track Chair: Julia Keen
From the basics of engineering to the most specific of applications, this track seeks papers and programs that will cover a vast array of topics. It will assist the newest of designers to grasp the basic understandings of the industry as well as aid the most experienced of engineers in their future designs.
Track 10: Refrigeration
Track Chair: Wade Conlan
Refrigeration is a "simple" concept generally viewed as a "black box" for engineers for comfort cooling applications. There have been a lot of improvements and changes to the refrigeration systems to accommodate the increased system efficiency and decreased global warming targets. In addition, the non-comfort cooling applications are pushing boundaries in food preservation, medical cryogenics, and other areas of everyday life. This track seeks papers and programs that address the wide range of applications of refrigerants and its improvements.
Conference Program Chair
For information on the technical program, special events, special sessions and general conference inquiries
Tiffany D. Cox
Conference Program Administrator
For technical problems or for help in submitting an abstract online, email Tech Support
This is the overall publication schedule for the ASHRAE 2012 Winter Conference, Chicago. For specific details and questions regarding these dates, please contact the appropriate Track Chair.
|April 18, 2011||Technical Papers Due for Review|
|April 18||Conference Paper Abstracts Due|
|April 18||Conference Paper Session Request|
|May 6||Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications|
|June 3||Web Site Opens for Seminar, Forum, TPS and CPS Proposals|
|July 8||Conference Papers Submitted for Review|
|Aug. 12||Seminar, Forum, TPS and CPS Program Proposals Due|
|Aug. 12||Technical Papers Final Reviews|
|Aug. 19||Revised Conference Papers due|
|Sept. 2||Conference Papers Accept/Reject Notifications|
|Sept. 7||Final Technical Papers Due/Final Conference Papers Due|
|Sept. 16||Notifications of Seminar and Forum Accept/Reject Distributed|
|Dec. 9||Upload of PPTs Begin|
|Jan. 6||All PPTs Due Online|
|January 21, 2012||Speaker's Lounge Opens|
View a sample paper in PDF format.
Download the conference paper template in MS Word.
Download the agreement to publish form in PDF format.
Description of Papers
There are two types of papers published in Transactions. Both must be submitted by April 18, 2011 in order to be considered for presentation at the 2012 Winter Conference in Chicago. Please note the submission process is different for each paper type.
- Conference Papers: two step process - an abstract of the paper (400 words or less) is due for review on April 18. (please select the "Submission Process" tab for more details). The abstract must be approved prior to submitting the paper. If the abstract is approved, the paper will be due July 8, 2011.
Conference papers are shorter than technical papers, undergo a less stringent review and can be prepared closer to the conferences. Unlike technical papers, abstracts of conference papers are submitted first for review. Upon acceptance, papers are due three months after abstract acceptance and undergo a single-blind review and must be approved by two reviewers. Upon approval, papers are scheduled for oral presentation and are published in ASHRAE Transactions. Conference papers can be a maximum of eight single-spaced pages in length. Papers are submitted in 'final' form using a template.
Guidelines for Authors of Approved Conference Paper Abstracts
Below are some guidelines to consider when preparing your Conference Paper. Please note that the guidelines are significant factors in determining the acceptance of your Conference Paper.
- Adherence to the template. The Conference Paper template and paper sample are located on the Author's Resources tab for your reference. Per the conference paper template, please include an author's note at the bottom of page 1 of your manuscript.
- Paper is no more than 8 single-spaced pages in length total (includes text, tables, figures, etc.)
- Non-commercial (paper does not focus on a single product -- proprietary or not.)
- Paper has not been previously published.
- Equations are accurate.
- Paper includes dual units (I-P and SI). Both text and tables require the addition of dual units.
- Technical merit, effectiveness of the manuscript (organization & writing), originality.
- Relevance to ASHRAE members.
- Acknowledgment of the work of others by reference.
- Technical Papers: the full-length Technical Paper is due April 18 and must complete final review by August 12, 2011.
Technical papers are presented by authors at ASHRAE Winter and Annual conferences and then published in ASHRAE Transactions. Papers submitted for review must be both technically accurate and clearly written. Technical papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review and must be approved by three reviewers knowledgeable in the subject matter. Presentation is by poster or orally, if grouped into a session with related papers. Technical papers can be up to 30 double-spaced manuscript pages in length, including tables and charts, and a maximum of 12 figures (not counted in the page count).
Guidelines for Complete Submission of a Technical Paper for Review
To submit a full-length technical paper, go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ashrae .
- When writing your Technical Paper manuscript, please follow the guidelines in the ASHRAE Authors Manual.
- The author names do not appear on the document for review.
- Upload a title page with complete authors' listing (Word format). The author's listing should be submitted as a separate file (Word format), and must include:
- Title of the paper
- Author names in desired order, principal author first, with (if applicable) ASHRAE membership grade, academic degrees at the doctoral level (e.g., Ph.D., D.Sc.), and professional certification (e.g., P.E.).
- Author note with job title, affiliation, and address (city, state, country) must be given for each author in the following form:
J.L. Doe is associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan. R.L. Roe is president at Consulting Engineers, Inc., Lawrence, Kans.
- Complete contact information for the corresponding author, including mailing address, phone and fax numbers, and email address.
- The paper has a maximum of 12 figures.
- The length of the text including tables is a maximum of 15 single spaced pages (and figures can be extra.)
- Upload your Agreement to Publish form(s) signed by every author.
- Include dual units of measurements in tables and text (I-P and SI Units)