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 The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Houston took place last week at the Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. The five-day event included a technical program, presentations, tours, social events and meetings of technical, standards and standing committees.

Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, took office as the 2018-2019 ASHRAE President. Her 2018 theme, “Building Our New Energy Future,” focused on the key role buildings will play as our electrical grid evolves toward a smart grid with advances in renewable energy. Outgoing President Bjarne W. Olesen spoke about ASHRAE’s expanding partnership with the UN Environment, new offices in Washington, D.C. and Dubai, among other topics.

The conference’s technical education tracks included HVAC&R Systems and Equipment, Fundamentals and Applications, HVAC & Resiliency: Safeguarding our World, Professional Skills, Research Summit, HVAC&R Controls, HVAC&R Analytics, District Energy and Cogeneration Plants, and Residential – Modern Building in Hot and Humid Climates. The latter two were especially popular.

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offered Advanced Design for Net Zero Buildings; Latest in High-Performance Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems (DOAS); Complying with Standard 90.1-2013; and Principles and Practices of Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning. Members were also able to sit for certification exams in Energy Auditing, Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Healthcare Facility Design, High- Performance Building Design and Building Operations.

The AHR Expo and 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference will take place Jan. 12-16, 2019 in Atlanta.