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2021 Virtual Annual Conference

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The 2021 Annual Conference originally scheduled to be held June 26-30, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ is now going to be held online in a virtual format. The conference will include a mixture of live and on-demand technical and interactive sessions that will take place Monday, June 28-30, 2021.

Society Standing, Technical and Project Committees will be scheduled virtually and can take place anytime between June 7-25, 2021 leading up to the live sessions. Please see the “Committee Meetings” section below for more information and to request your meeting date and time as soon as possible.  

  • Committee Meetings

    Virtual Meeting Requests for TCs and PCs

    Virtual meeting requests for Technical Committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now being accepted for the Virtual Annual Conference. Committee meetings should be scheduled June 7-25, 2021, between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Saturday only. Sundays are only allowed under special circumstances and will be reviewed by ASHRAE staff before approved.

    Please click on the button below to request your virtual meeting using our new meeting request platform.
    Requests must be submitted by Friday, April 23.

    Tips Before You Submit your Request:

    • ALL committees and subcommittees wishing to meet virtually must submit a request. Meetings will NOT be automatically scheduled.
    • Submit only one request for each committee or subcommittee.
    • Poll your fellow committee members in advance of submitting a request for the best date and time for your members.
    • Consider different time zones of your members. TIP: www.timeanddate.com
    • Schedule your meeting before your committee’s reporting body will meet. Contact meetings@ashrae.org to check a particular meeting time.
    • If your committee wishes to meet during its “regular” day/time slot during the (i.e., Monday at 2:15 p.m. ET), you may do so as long as the slot falls within the days and times stated above.
    • ASHRAE will supply a virtual meeting platform for your meeting. If you wish to use your own platform you can indicate that in the appropriate place in the meeting request system.
    • Click the “Create a profile now” link to get started.
    • You may request a meeting or edit a previous request by April 23, 2021.

    Request Virtual Meeting

    The following reporting bodies are scheduled for the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference.




    Mon. June 14 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. BEQ
    Tues. June 15 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. SPLS
    Thurs. June 17 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Executive Committee
    Fri., June 18 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors
    Mon., June 21 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Executive Committee
    Mon., June 21 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Standards
    Mon., June 21 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. REF
    Mon., June 21 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. TAC
    Mon., June 21 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. RAC
    Mon., June 21 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. RBC
    Mon., June 21 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. AEDG
    Mon., June 21 2:30 – 5:30 p.m. EHC
    Tues. June 22 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Members Council
    Tues. June 22 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pub and Ed Council
    Tues. June 22 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Special Projects SubCom
    Tues. June 22 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Document Review
    Tues. June 22 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tech Council Operations
    Wed. June 23 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Technology Council
    Thurs. June 24 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Board of Directors
    Fri. June 25 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Executive Committee

     The schedule of all committee meetings will be released by mid-May 2021. Contact Lizzy Seymour for questions.

  • Technical Program

    The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will begin on Monday, June 28 at 12:00 PM EDT, and will end on Wednesday, June 30 at 6:00 PM. On-demand seminars and conference papers will be made available at the start of the conference, and the live portion will contain a mix of standalone and concurrent sessions, similar to the schedule of the 2021 Virtual Winter Conference.

    "Our world has experienced fundamental change in the wake of the global COVID-19 pandemic. The HVAC community continues to respond addressing challenges in how we design, build, and operate buildings." said Christine Reinders, 2021 Conference Chair. "We continue to evolve, adapt, and innovate, confronting these challenges head on. The 2021 Annual conference in Phoenix will focus on critical environments, hot climates, and future proofing. The technical program, including the research summit and professional development, fosters sharing of knowledge to allow us all to serve our communities and solve society’s greatest challenges."

    The 2021 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of seven tracks, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership.

    Below is the preliminary schedule for the live portion of the technical program:


    Track Chair


    Fundamentals and Applications:  Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychometrics, fluid and mass flow. This track provides opportunities for papers and presentations of varying levels across a large topic base. Concepts, design elements and shared experiences for theoretical and applied concepts of HVAC&R design are included.             

    Sonya Pouncy


    HVAC&R Systems and Equipment:  HVAC&R Systems and Equipment are constantly evolving to address the changing requirements of the built environment.  Papers and programs in this track will focus on the development of new systems and equipment, improvements to existing systems and equipment and the proper application and operation of systems and equipment.  

    Rupesh Iyengar


    Research Summit: Active research, and the exchange of those research findings, are critical to the development of our HVAC&R industry and built environment. The 8th annual research summit invites researchers to share those results, including ASHRAE-sponsored research and research of interest to the ASHRAE community. Researchers are invited to present papers, extended abstracts, seminars, forums or participate in panel discussions. The Research Summit includes a partnership with ASHRAE's archival journal, Science and Technology for the Built Environment.

    Kristen Cetin


    Professional Development: As members of a professional organization, we not only participate for the great value of technical exchange, but also the interpersonal exchange. We recognize that the single greatest strength of our organization is its membership. This track is designed to allow those professionals an opportunity to develop in the areas of presentation skills, leadership, team-building, understanding various business operations, interpersonal skills, etc. In short, the Professional Development Track will cover all aspects of business outside of engineering/technical applications and lends itself to interactive session types such as workshops and forums.

    Marites Calad


    Design, Control, and Operation of Critical Environments: Critical environments often present design, control, and operation challenges that require innovation, attention to detail, and a thorough understanding of the intended operational parameters. This track includes innovative designs and strategies that adapt to the standards and special requirements presented by healthcare, cleanrooms, data centers, laboratories, isolation rooms, and pharmacies. Papers and presentations will also address how controls systems, smart building technologies, and security systems and other technologies are adapting to the emerging needs of critical environments.

    Raul Simonetti


    HVAC&R for Indoor Plants & Animals: This track addresses HVAC&R systems design for controlled environments that host plants & animals. Papers and programs in this track will present the challenges and opportunities associated with energy and water utilization for indoor growing spaces, including standards and regulations that guide the design of plant & animal habitats. Environmental parameters for indoor agriculture, including controlling temperature, humidity, air movement, air quality will be covered. This track will also address reducing consumption of energy & water and compare how crop types and animal species impact HVAC analysis and design. 

    Ryan MacGillvray


    Future Proofing - Renewable, Regenerative, and Resilient: The HVAC&R industry faces many challenges including climate change, pandemics, natural disasters, catastrophic accidents, and terrorism. Rising to meet these challenges are a host of technologies and strategies, including grid-enabled buildings, demand response, decarbonization, resiliency, zero energy design, energy-efficiency and renewable energy systems. This track invites papers, abstracts, seminars and forums that highlight the innovative technologies and strategies that are reimagining our relationship with the built environment now and into the future.

    Andy Cochrane