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ASHRAE, AHR Expo return to NYC
Expo to be held in conjunction with Winter Conference 2014
ith a special focus on the design, development and operation of tall buildings, New York City’s skyline will serve as the backdrop for the 2014 ASHRAE Winter Conference, taking place from January 18 to 22 at the New York Hilton, ASHRAE has announced. The International AirConditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, will run from January 21 to 23, it has added. According to ASHRAE, the conference’s Technical Programme will examine themes relevant to NYC, as well as the basics of HVAC systems, refrigeration and other topics significant to the building industry. The technical programme will reportedly feature more
than 200 sessions addressing building information systems; hydronic system design; improving building performance; indoor environmental air health/ IEQ; refrigeration; HVAC&R systems and equipment; and HVAC&R fundamentals and application. It has highlighted other event details: • Choice of 23 Professional Development Seminars and Short Courses on HVAC trends • New updates to Standards 90.1 and 62.1, in addition to 11 new courses that include Standard 55, building enclosure commissioning, electric rates and regulations, health care facilities, building energy audits and ground source heat pumps by ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI)
Danish minister highlights direct access DH technology Cites example of island self-sufficient in renewable energy
ccording to a news item in the DBDH October newsletter, the Danish Minister for Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs, Carsten Hansen, delivered the opening speech at the conference, themed “District heating in our cities, towns and communities”,
at the Embassy of Denmark on September 17 in London, where he highlighted cases of advanced DHC systems in Denmark, many of them located in rural areas and small towns. One of the examples he reportedly cited was the island of Samsø, which is
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• ALI courses are approved for renewal of professional engineer and professional architect licenses, as well as for industry certification programmes • A special administration of all six certification examinations on Thursday, January 23: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP), High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP)
• Technical tours include the Tishman Speyer Rockefeller Center central refrigeration plant, building management system and ice storage facility; the cogeneration project at One Penn Plaza; and the cooling system of the New York Hilton, among others • The Conference plenary taking place on January 18 will feature Mark Sanborn, President of Sanborn & Associates, Inc.
already said to be 100% selfsufficient in using renewable energy sources, and now has plans to become a fossil-free island. In addition, said the DBDH report, The Energy Academy has been established, which encourages the study of transforming a society into using local energy resources. The report added that Lars Hummelmose, Managing Director of DBDH, who was also one of the participants at the conference, made a presentation on the history of DHC in Denmark, the importance of heat planning at a national and local level, the DHC system of today and the future. “Denmark’s DHC
scheme is properly the best in the world and the technology suppliers and consultancy companies in Denmark are global leaders,” Hummelmose was quoted to have said at the conference. He also reportedly extended an invitation to the UK authorities and energy interest groups to come to Denmark and study, what he claimed to be the world’s most advanced DHC system. The conference was organised by the UK Town & Country Planning Association and the Embassy of Denmark, the DBDH report said.
Registration and complete conference information is available at www.ashrae. org/newyork, ASHRAE has informed. Continued on page 32
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