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2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo | Chicago, IL

AHR Expo show management, ASHRAE and AHRI have decided that the 2021 AHR Expo will not take place in January and that a decision on a proposed alternate date of March 15-17, 2021 for the AHR Expo to be held in Chicago will be made by October 15, 2020. Please see the official update from AHR Expo here. 


  • Technical Program

    We are now accepting program proposals.


    "Engineers and designers are being tasked to take closer looks at buildings and their systems to provide comfort to the occupants while also finding ways to reduce the impact on the environment and energy use,” said Maggie Moninski, chair of the 2021 conference. “The 2021 Winter Conference attendees will be given a great opportunity to learn from some of the leaders of the industry with a focus on the foundations of the HVAC&R industry along with specialty topics like International Design and the Future of HVAC Work."

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

    Tracks include:
    Track #


    Track Chair


    HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications: Fundamentals are the foundation for understanding applications in engineering. Key components of ASHRAE fundamentals include thermodynamics, psychrometrics, 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.

    Robert Cox


    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.

    Dr. Marianna Vallejo


    Refrigeration and Refrigerants: Refrigeration is a critical element of modern life, from preserving food and medicine to maintaining comfort. With significant changes on the horizon for refrigerant regulations, along with new applications for refrigeration systems being frequently applied, there is more need than ever to understand both the fundamental and advanced concepts and issues related to refrigeration. Papers and programs in this track will focus on refrigerants, refrigerant regulation, refrigeration cycles and refrigeration applications.

    Gary Debes


    Environmental Health Through IEQ: HVAC&R systems play a significant role in maintaining indoor environmental conditions. As people spend increasingly more time in the built environment, health concerns are becoming paramount to design. This track will seek papers and programs on developing, evaluating and predicting optimal indoor environmental conditions, especially as they pertain to environmental health.

    Stephen Idem


    Building Performance and Commissioning for Operation and Management: Modern HVAC&R systems are complicated and designed for high efficiencies. In order to optimize their use and provide proper operation, commissioning is recommended. This track provides an opportunity to provide papers and presentations surrounding building operation and commissioning practices as well as case studies in performance and commissioning.

    Lee Ribeck


    Energy Conservation: Whether it is new construction, renovation, routine maintenance or energy audits there is a major concern over the use of energy in the built environment. Designs are using more techniques to reduce energy with the use of energy wheels and pipes, solar energy, photo voltaic, and more efficient equipment and new concepts that are pushing to be standard design practice. In addition, modeling is being used to generate more life cycle cost decisions for the design and value-engineering decisions beyond standard HVAC practice. This track will highlight case studies and research that expand on the simple to the complex energy savings measures being implemented in today’s and tomorrow’s designs.

    Nivedita Jadhav


    International Design: Design for various environmental elements, geography and culture demand that new and innovative strategies be developed. As an international organization, ASHRAE strives to meet the needs of a global membership. HVAC&R systems vary globally and this track provides an opportunity to share innovative and necessary design elements that can be shared internationally.

    Farhan Mehboob


    Standards, Guidelines and Codes: ASHRAE is known for its standards and design guidelines – and they are constantly evolving with the intent on improving the built environment and its systems. Designers, Contractors, Architects and Owners must be able to keep up with the continuing changes in the current cycle but to also be prepared for the future changes. In addition, there is a large interaction of ASHRAE with the code authorities and government to incorporate these standards and guidelines. The series of sessions in this track highlight the changes to the standards and guidelines, their projected path and optimum design techniques to meet or exceed the standards.

    Kyle Inge

    9 (Mini-Track)

    Mini-track based on Chuck Gulledge's Presidential Theme (to be announced and not accepting papers).



    Monday, July 7, 2020: Conference Paper Abstract Accept/Reject Notifications
    Monday, August 3, 2020:  Website Closes for Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Proposals
    Monday, August 17, 2020: Final Conference Papers Due - Submitted for Review (Includes Bio, Learning Objectives and Methods of Assessment); Request for Conference Paper Sessions Due
    Monday, August 31, 2020: Conference Paper Accept/Revise/Reject Notifications
    Monday, September 14, 2020: Revised Conference Papers/Final Technical Papers Due
    Monday, September 21, 2020: Conference and Technical Paper Final Accept/Reject Notifications
    Monday, October 5, 2020: Seminar, Workshop, Forum, Debate, and Panel Accept/Reject Notifications

  • Travel & Housing


    The Headquarters Hotel is the Palmer House Hilton, located at 17 E Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60603.

    The ASHRAE room block has not opened yet. More information will be made available in the fall of 2020. Rates are $179 + tax per night.

    Please beware of unauthorized hotel deals. Emails from companies not affiliated with ASHRAE about housing may be a scam. If you have questions, contact meetings@ashrae.org.

  • Social Events

    Welcome Party
    Saturday, Jan. 23
    6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Enjoy catching up with old friends and making new ones at the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference Welcome Party. More details will be posted soon.

    Presidents Lunch
    Monday, Jan. 25| 12:15 – 2:00 p.m.

    2020-21 ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge provides an update on his presidential theme. Major contributors to the ASHRAE RP Campaign also are recognized.

    Life Members Luncheon
    Tuesday, Jan. 26| 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

    Enjoy lunch, share ideas about the future of technology and swap memories of the Society while dining with Life Members. This member grade is for members who have completed 30 years of continuous membership and are at least 65 years of age.

    Members’ Night Out
    Tuesday, Jan. 26
    6:15 – 7:00 p.m. Reception
    7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Dinner and Entertainment

    More details will be posted soon.

  • Host Committee

    General Chair – Chad Powell
    Vice Chair – Kevin Summers
    Entertainment – John Song
    Tours – Frank Moccio
    Hospitality – Nick Manusos
    Sessions – Sumayyah Theron