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ATLANTA – At the 2009 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, you can be greeted at the Tech program not once but twice, courtesy of this year’s extended series of sessions at McCormick Place on Wed., Jan. 28. Although the conference’s technical program begins Jan. 25 at the Palmer House Hilton, the “Wednesday Welcome” event at the AHR Expo location offers ASHRAE members a chance to attend a kick-off morning reception and receive critical technical information at the educational sessions, with access to the show floor to see the latest in HVAC&R offerings.

The Wednesday Welcome includes 18 hands-on, applications-type programs, held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., centering around the Technical Program theme of Sustainable Urban Design.

“The Wednesday Welcome gives Winter Conference attendees two great reasons to spend some extra time in Chicago,” says Bill Harrison, ASHRAE president. “Not only does this extension of the ASHRAE Technical Program provide additional opportunities for earning PDHs, but attendees can take advantage of the location to make the most of the experience through AHR Expo’s networking and product opportunities. It’s the biggest bang for your ASHRAE buck.”

Sessions held at McCormick Place feature back to basics sessions on load calculations and liquid chiller operations, BIM, Standard 62.1’s demand controlled ventilation and IAQ procedure, VFDs, commissioning for sustainability programs, building automation systems and sessions entitled Liability and Litigation Issues in Green Design, Part 1 and 2 and Case Studies in Sustainable Retrofit to Reduce Energy of Existing Buildings.

Reliable Controls Overall, the technical program offers more than 100 sessions, with more than 140 Professional Development Hour credits available.

Also featured in the technical program is the technical plenary speaker, Adrian Bejan, Ph.D., A. Jones Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Duke University. Bejan developed the constructal theory, which he says can predict how everything flows through time and space. The session takes place from 9:45-10:45 a.m. Jan. 25.

ASHRAE’s free public session also focuses on Sustainability in the Urban Development, sharing how the industry is building on its efforts to increase energy efficiency and indoor environmental quality of buildings by furthering the sustainability of entire communities. It is held at 3 p.m. Jan. 26 at McCormick Place.

The ASHRAE Winter Conference runs Jan. 24-28, 2009, and the AHR Expo takes place Jan. 26-28. For more information on the ASHRAE Conference, please visit www.ashrae.org/chicago.

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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