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2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference

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2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Houston, TX | June 23–27, 2018

The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Houston, June 23–27, 2018. The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, Bookstore, and Speakers Lounge will be held at the Hilton Americas hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center. pdf_icon.png Welcome Letter from Steve Redding.


  • Technical Program

    The Annual Conference Program is comprised of eight tracks, and one mini-track selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. These focus areas include professional development, research, fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, system management (controls) and some more specific design arenas (such as residential buildings and Cogeneration plants).

    “The dynamic and innovative industry of HVAC&R is a reflection of our ever-changing individual, societal, and global constructs and demands.” Cindy Moreno, chair of the 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference, said. “Whether we are facing the thermal comfort needs of a building occupant, the critical environment needs of our expanding medical and technical fields, the food transportation needs of our global community, or the limited resources of our natural environment, as professional designers and installers we are required to evolve with our industry. Even-more-so, ASHRAE members are challenged to drive the innovation, and create HVAC&R solutions that will not only sustain our environment but, in many ways, also repair the human impact our growing demands have had on our natural resources. The 2018 Annual ASHRAE Conference aims to provide the setting for a meaningful exchange of knowledge and experience, and the technical program looks to enrich that exchange with a broad spectrum of topics and discussion. We welcome you to join us as we share ideas ranging from basic design fundamentals to specific applications and technologies.”

    Conference Tracks include:

    • HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
    • Fundamentals and Applications
    • District Energy and Cogeneration Plants
    • HVAC & Resiliency: Safeguarding our World
    • Residential – Modern Building in Hot and Humid Climates
    • Professional Skills
    • Research Summit
    • HVAC&R Control Freaks
    • HVAC&R Analytics

    For track abstracts, track chairs and contact information and a list of conference deadlines, click HERE.

    The complete technical program will be available here in late March 2018. Check back soon!

  • Plenary

    Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

    Saturday, June 23 at 3:15 p.m.

    Ainissa RamirezInspiring the Next Generation

    Our world is at a crossroads and needs a new generation that can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully, however schools often don’t provide many opportunities for children to learn these skills. Fortunately, the topics of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) can help children gain these abilities, and scientific and engineering organizations can help. Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, research scientist and STEM evangelist, will share her insights and challenge us to inspire the next generation. This presentation will illustrate paths to engage children with STEM. She will make a case for the importance for STEM subjects, but for also the soft skills embedded in STEM–of imagination, creativity, curiosity, and making friends with failure–which are equally as important to create a brighter future.

  • Registration Information

    Join ASHRAE now to register at the member rate.  Or register for the full conference at the non-member rate, and get a year of membership for free.


    Early Bird registration fees March 1 – April 30, 2018

    • $535, member/$745, non-member
    • $510, first-time member attendee/$720, first-time non-member attendee
    • $135, Life Member

    Advance registration fees May 1 – June 11, 2018

    • $560, member/$770, non-member
    • $535, first-time member attendee/$745, first-time non-member attendee
    • $270, member one-day fee/$320, non-member one-day fee
    • $145, Life Member

    Onsite registration fees June 12 – 27, 2018

    • $695, member/$900, non-member
    • $670, first-time member attendee/$875, first-time non-member attendee
    • $270, member one-day fee/$320, non-member one-day fee
    • $155, Life Member

    Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students

    • $135, speaker 
    • $25, student branch advisor
    • $25, student member/$55, full-time student non-member
    • $55, spouse/guest
  • Housing & Travel


    The headquarters hotel is the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel located at 1600 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010. The rate is $199 per night plus tax.

    The link for discounted housing will be made available to registered attendees in spring 2018.

    Travel – Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE

    Delta Logo

    Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer travel discounts for ASHRAE

    To take advantage of these travel discounts:

    Please click here to book your flights!

    *Please note the following:

    • Discounts apply to round trip travel only
    • Not valid with other discounts, certificates, coupons or promotional offers
    • Fare rules will determine eligibility

    You may also call Delta Meeting Network at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NMR9A

    *Please note there is a no service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800-number

    Letter of Information

    Please fill out the ASHRAE 2018 Annual Conference Invitation Request Form to generate a letter of invitation.


  • Committee Meetings

    Meeting Room Requests
    Meeting requests for technical committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now being accepted for the Houston conference. Please click the links below to request a meeting room. Requests must be submitted by Friday, April 6. You will receive a confirmation email once you have submitted the form. If you do not receive a confirmation email, your request may not have been received. Contact with any questions.

    Technical Committee (TC)/Task Group (TG)/Technical Resource Group (TGR)/Multidisciplinary Task Group (MTG) Subcommittee Meeting Room Requests*:
    Click the link below to:

    • Reserve a room for a subcommittee meeting in Houston
    • Change the date and/or time of a main TC/MTG/TRG meeting
    • Report if your subcommittee will be meet via conference conference/web meeting prior to the Houston Conference (date and time of meeting will be listed in committee listing)

    Technical Committee Meeting Room Requests

    *All full committees of ASHRAE TCs, TGs, MTGs and TRGs listed on the final 2018 Winter Conference listing will be assigned the same time slot on the same day for the 2018 Annual Conference. Subcommittee meetings will NOT be scheduled unless requested through this link by April 6.

    Standards Project Committee (SPC) / Guideline Project Committee (GPC) Meeting Room Requests:
    Click the link below to request a meeting room for a Project Committee at the Houston conference.
    Standards Project / Guideline Project Committee Room Request

    The full Technical Committee and Standing Committee schedule will be released in early May 2018. Contact for questions.

  • Houston Chapter Sustainability Project

    The 2018 Annual Conference Host Committee Sustainability Project subcommittee will perform energy audits for ten Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) posts in the greater Houston area. The subcommittee will Identify the greatest needs for energy efficiency improvements and with the funds available perform as much of the work as possible while leaving a capital improvement plan for each focused on energy efficiency.

  • Certification Exams

    Tuesday, June 26

    Elevate your reputation among peers, in the workplace and among clients with an ASHRAE certification. Recognized by over 35 national, state and local government bodies – and with over 2,500 certifications earned – ASHRAE certifications increasingly have become the must-have credential for built-environment professionals.

    Apply by June 5 to sit for an ASHRAE Certification exam on Tuesday, June 26 in one of these key fields:

    Commissioning l Energy Auditing l Energy Modeling l Healthcare Facility Design l High Performance Building Design l Building Operations.

    NEW! Exams for the ASHRAE Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) certifications - recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as meeting the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG) – will be offered. Be among the first to earn these valuable credentials.

    Note: Conference attendees may pay the Certification application fee when registering for the Conference. A separate Certification application will be requested.


Join Us in Houston!

President Bjarne Olesen would like to personally invite y'all to Houston for our 2018 Annual Conference, June 23-27.