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ASHRAE Winter Conference: Zero Energy Design and AHR Expo

posted Oct 14, 2010, 9:01 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon   [ updated Feb 1, 2011, 3:06 PM ]

The extravagant setting of Las Vegas serves as a unique contrast to ASHRAE’s Winter Conference theme of A Safe Bet: Zero-Energy Design. It is sure to highlight the importance of finding the balance in design. The 2011 Winter Conference takes place January 29-February 2 at the Las Vegas Hilton. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, will run January 31-February 2. The Expo is held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, a short distance from the Hilton, the Conference headquarters hotel.

In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education the Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Credits, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.

The technical program features more than 90 programs and 300 speakers addressing the efficient use of energy in new and existing buildings, refrigeration updates, applications including data centers, laboratories, healthcare facilities, the real cost of zero-energy design and other topics related to design, standards, codes and professional skills. Nearly all of the technical program sessions will be approved for NY PDHs and by USGBC for GBCI CE hours for LEED professionals. The Las Vegas Virtual Conference, included with paid attendees’ registrations, will be available to non-attendees.

Six Professional Development Seminars and 14 Short Courses are offered to help industry professionals stay up-to-date on industry trends. ALI offers a new course on building energy modeling that focuses on HVAC&R systems and updates to courses covering Standards 62.1 and 90.1 to reflect changes in the 2010 versions of these standards from previous versions.

Additionally, ASHRAE continues to listen to the market and launches a sixth certification program in conjunction with the 2011 Winter Conference. This new program targets Energy Assessors/Energy Auditors and is appropriate for those individuals who perform energy assessments or audits for commercial, industrial or residential buildings. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/certification.

This winter’s technical tours spotlight how technology developed by ASHRAE members is practically applied to buildings and include the central plant at Planet Hollywood and MGM Center and Springs Preserve.

When members are not attending courses at the Conference, observing the technological advancements featured at the AHR Expo or touring the local sustainable buildings there are numerous general tours such as Hoover Dam, Springs Preserve, the Venetian Grand Canal Shoppes, the Bodies and Titanic exhibits and the Las Vegas Strip.

Those who take part in the early-bird registration before December 31 have the opportunity to save up to $195. Complete information is available at www.ashrae.org/lasvegas.