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ATLANTA – How low can you go when it comes to energy reduction in buildings? Try net zero.

Guidance on how to get there is featured in the technical program at ASHRAE’s 2008 Winter Meeting, Jan. 19-23, New York Hilton, New York City. For complete meeting information, including abstracts on all technical program sessions, visit www.ashrae.org/newyork.

“This technical program is ASHRAE’s most ambitious ever,” promises Mo Hosni, chair of the ASHRAE Program Committee. “First, the technical program is filled with sessions that focus on the hottest issues facing the industry – sustainability and net-zero energy buildings. Second, the program is structured to offer the greatest options for attendees with an extended day of sessions on Wednesday, Jan. 23, as well as the scheduling of 16 seminars at the AHR Expo. Third, for the first time, New York professional development hours will be awarded for several sessions in the technical program, providing excellent value for meeting attendees.”

The technical program covers a full range of presentations from basic to advanced, offering more than 130 sessions and 60 papers covering some 100 different technical areas. Programs are separated by tracks: applications, business management, commissioning, data center cooling, dehumidification, energy, fundamentals, operational topics, refrigeration, sustainability, systems and equipment and under floor air distribution.

More than 30 sessions related to sustainability are included in the program, with its theme of Reaching New Heights in Net-Zero Energy Design.

Reliable Controls What is a net-zero energy building? The official ASHRAE definition is “buildings which, on an annual basis, use no more energy than is provided by on-site renewable energy sources.” A forum on Jan. 23 explores other definitions and the impact of such buildings on the environment.

A Transactions session on Jan. 22 examines case studies of low-energy buildings, focusing on evaluation of individual technologies, design processes, lessons learned and long-term measured performance.

A Jan. 23 seminar looks at low- and zero-carbon cities of the future, presenting plans by London, Barcelona and Manchester to lower their carbon emissions. Learn how HVAC and related technologies are critical to success.

A Jan. 20 forum looks at the role of energy storage in net-zero buildings, discussing grid impacts, system sizing and costs.

Held in conjunction with the ASHRAE meeting is the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo, taking place Jan. 22-24, Javits Convention Center. Please note that the Expo is being held Tuesday-Thursday this year instead of its regular Monday-Wednesday schedule.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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