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ASHRAE Heads to Florida for 2010 Winter Conference

ATLANTA—“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” is often used to explain the less-than-comfortable temperatures in Florida. With that in mind, there seems to be no better place to discuss this winter’s conference theme: Building Sustainability from the Inside Out. Whenever the temperatures outside are too hot or humid to handle, ASHRAE ensures that indoor environments are comfortable and, most important, sustainable.

ASHRAE’s 2010 Winter Conference will be held in Orlando, Fla., from Jan. 23-27, at the Rosen Shingle Creek hotel. The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo, held in conjunction with the Conference, will run Jan. 25-27. The Expo will take place at the Orange County Convention Center, a short distance from the Conference headquarters hotel.

The technical program will feature more than 90 programs and 300 speakers addressing challenges and solutions to such industry issues as key ASHRAE standards’ impact, humidity control applications, sustainable buildings’ performance, energy conservation and alternative energy practices and professional skills improvement. The complete technical program will be posted online Sept. 30 at

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.

Full-day Professional Development Seminars will include the new Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings: A Sustainable Activity, as well as Complying with Standard 62.1-2007, Complying with Standard 90.1-2007, The Commissioning Process in New and Existing Buildings and Data Center Energy Efficiency. An additional 17 Half-day Short Courses are also being offered, including the new District Heating & Cooling Systems and Basics of Cleanroom Design courses.

Reliable Controls The Conference will also serve as the launch of ASHRAE’s newest certification program, the Building Energy Modeling Professional certification. For information on the four other certifications offered by ASHRAE visit

This winter’s technical tours will spotlight how technology developed by ASHRAE members is practically applied in buildings and includes Darden Restaurants’ new headquarters, the University of Central Florida’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, the Climate Change Education Center at the Orange County Convention Center and the Florida Solar Energy Center.

When members are not attending courses at the Conference, observing the technological advancements featured at the AHR Expo or touring the local sustainable buildings, they are encouraged to explore popular Orlando destinations, such as the Kennedy Space Center, by taking a general tour or dominate the competition at the Wii Tourney being held as part of Members’ Night Out.

Those who take advantage of the early-bird registration before Oct. 31 have the opportunity to save up to $180. Complete information is available at

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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