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ATLANTA – The issues and challenges surrounding the design, construction and operation of buildings in developing economies are the focus of an upcoming ASHRAE conference taking place in Manila, Philippines.

Organized by ASHRAE along with the Philippines Chapter, the Efficient, High Performance Buildings for Developing Economies Conference is being held April 24-25, 2014, in Makati, the central business district of Manila. It is co-sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and endorsed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). The Conference features speakers from some 12 countries, including architects, consulting engineers and prominent industry players.

Registration is now open for the Conference. To register or for more information, visit

The design, construction and operation of energy efficient, high performance buildings in developing economies have been identified by the building industry and policymakers as a key area where technology, standards and other activities are needed.

“Our presenters and attendees will come together to address the challenges facing developing countries in sustainable construction, such as rapidly growing energy demand, population density and urbanization,” Ashish Rakheja, conference co-chair, said. “The conference focuses on aspects relating to design, construction and operation of high performance buildings, including the HVAC&R industry’s role in meeting this objective.”

The Conference features keynote presentations from speakers from four different countries, paper presentations and other presentations on applications for developing economy countries.

The topics addressed by the Conference are:
•    Back to Basics: Sustainable building Design
•    Back to Basics: Natural ventilation and Novel Air-Conditioning Approaches
•    Building Design Solutions
•    Building Interactions
•    Emerging Trends in Air-Conditioning
•    Indoor Air Quality and Water
•    International Codes and Standards
•    Success Stories of Green Buildings

Organizers also have announced the Conference schedule. Events are to include:

Wednesday, April 23
6:30 – 10 p.m.                  Welcome Party

Thursday, April 24
8:30 – 9:15 a.m.              Registration Open
9:15 – 10:15 a.m.            Inaugural Session
10:15 – 11 a.m.               Catalogue Show
11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.         Technical Program
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.              Lunch
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.              Technical Program
3:45 – 4:15 p.m.              Catalogue Show
4:15 – 5 p.m.                   Master Session
5 – 5:45 p.m.                   Local Practitioner Roundtable

Friday, April 25
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.               Registration Open
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.             Master Session
10:30 – 11 a.m.                Catalogue Show
11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.          Technical Program
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.               Lunch
2:15 – 2:45 p.m.               Master Session
2:45 – 3:15 p.m.               Ad hoc delegate feedback session
3:15 – 4:15 p.m.               Hot/Humid Design Guide Workshop
4:15 – 4:45 p.m.               Catalogue Show
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.               Technical Program
5:45 – 6:15 p.m.               Closing Ceremony

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.


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