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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

    Technical Program Updates

    • Panel 1 has been removed from the schedule.
    • Workshop 6: Speaking the Same Language: Best Practices in Standards Authoring is now presenting on Monday, June 25, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    • Workshop 7: "First Do No Harm": Managing a Contractor's Risks When Work & Standard of Care Involve Environmental Health is now presenting on Wednesday, June 27, 9:45 a.m. – 10:45 p.m.

    For the most accurate Program Book, see the “PROGRAM BOOK” link below and the ASHRAE 365 app.

    The complete technical program is now available:

    PROGRAM BOOK Updated 6/14/18

    Program at a Glance:


    View the conference program and create your schedule:


  • Plenary

    Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

    Saturday, June 23 at 3:15 p.m.
    Ballroom of the Americas DEF, 2nd Floor, Hilton

    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.

    Immediately following the Plenary, stop by the Bookstore to meet the Dr. Anissia Ramirez. Signed copies of Dr. Ramirez’s Newton’s Football: The Science Behind America’s Game will be available for purchase.

  • 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.


    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.

    For information, contact

    Travel – Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE

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    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


    William P. Hobby Airport

    Distance from Hotel: 12 mi.
    Drive Time: 15 min.

    Transportation to and from Airport:

    Type Typical Minimum Charge
    Limousine 95.00 USD
    Super Shuttle 20.00 USD
    Taxi 27.00 USD
    Houston Intercontinental Airport

    Distance from Hotel: 25 mi.
    Drive Time: 30 min.

    Transportation to and from Airport:

    Type Typical Minimum Charge
    Limousine 95.00 USD
    Super Shuttle 24.00 USD
    Taxi 56.00 USD

    Ground Transportation

    SuperShuttle is offering discounted transportation rates for ASHRAE Annual Conference attendees.

    The discount gives you $1.00 off one Way - $2.00 off round Trip Van/Shuttle.  (SHARED RIDE)

    You can click this link or go directly to and enter the code RQCM3

    Letter of Information

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


  • Committee Meetings

    Committee Listings

    Download the listing of confirmed committee meetings scheduled to take place at the Annual Conference in Houston.

    Standing Committee List (as of 06/19/2018)

    TC/PC List (as of 06/19/2018)

    These lists will be updated and posted weekly on this website as well as the ASHRAE 365 app. Room assignments are subject to change. Please refer to the most up-to-date information on this website and the app closer to the Conference. Only committee meetings that were confirmed with Society are posted above. Committee meetings will take place at both the Hilton Americas and the George R. Brown Convention Center (GRBCC). Please check the venue on the attached listings since room names at both venues are similar.

    The ASHRAE 365 app is available now on the App Store and Google Play. Please take a moment to download and rate the app today!

    If you have any questions please contact Lizzy Seymour.

    Meeting Room Requests

    Meeting requests for technical committees (TCs) and Project Committees (PCs) are now closed. Contact Lizzy Seymour with any questions.

  • Houston Chapter Sustainability Project

    The sustainability footprint program was launched by the Salt Lake City Host Committee at the 2008 Annual Conference and encourages members to examine ways to get more involved in their local communities. The goals of the program are to leave a legacy representing ASHRAE’s com¬mitment to sustainability and to offset the environmental impact from holding the Confer¬ence. It is now customary for the Conference host city to select a project with some funding provided by ASHRAE as seed money.

    The Houston Chapter started an ongoing partnership with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) in 2017, with Chapter members donating their skills, time, and resources to the community.

    The organization seeks to perform energy audits on all of the posts in the district and upgrade to more energy efficient equipment, lighting and other efficiency measures. The intent is to identify a plan of action for each VFW Post prioritizing the most gains to least with the energy audit performed by ASHRAE members. We then seek to have manufacturers donate equipment and contractors donate their time to complete the projects. This allows the money we have to go further.

    The project the Houston Chapter has undertaken consists of a two-pronged approach to ensure that the project will have the farthest-reaching impact to the local community.

    Phase One: Energy Audit and VFW Post Education

    • Each VFW post is audited by an ASHRAE member with experience performing these audits and report of the current status and plan for upgrading is compiled.
    • We review this plan with each VFW Post Commander and educate them as to the benefits of each and how to maximize savings.
    • Upon commander signoff we work with manufacturers to donate equipment or at least at a discounted price.

    Phase Two: Efficiency-focused Upgrades to a VFW Post

    • We walk the Post with contractors and the Post Commander and discuss the scope of work, times work can be done and exchange contact information.
    • We review the contractors proposal with the Post Commander and everyone signs off on the work.
    • The work is completed by the contractor and commissioned by the energy audit team.
    • Additionally, a plan for future work and budgets is discussed.

    A project overview and summary will be given by the Houston Host Committee at the President’s Luncheon on Monday, June 25.

    More about Veterans of Foreign Wars


  • Certification Exams

    Tuesday, June 26

    Recognized by over 30 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.

    ASHRAE certification exams will be administered to candidates in these key, built-environment fields: Commissioning, Energy Assessment, Energy Modeling, Healthcare Facility Design, High-Performance Building Design and Building Operations.

    Pre-application required.

  • Sponsors









    RGF Environmental Group

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  • Justification Toolkit

    Easily get your boss on board using the templates provided in the conference justification toolkit.


  • On-Site FAQ Information

    Find information to use on-site at the conference based on many frequently asked questions (also available through the ASHRAE 365 app).


Join Us in Houston!

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