2015 AHR Expo Features Largest Education Program With More Than 120 Sessions


Attendees at the 2015 AHR Expo in Chicago, January 26-28, will have a wealth of educational opportunities to choose from as the leading associations, publications and organizations serving the HVACR marketplace have come together to create the industry’s most comprehensive educational program.

Designed to give HVACR professionals the information tools they need to improve their businesses, perform their jobs more effectively and stay abreast of new technology and trends driving the industry, more than 120 educational sessions covering a variety of topics will be offered during the world’s largest HVACR trade show. These educational offerings range from more than three-dozen free sessions, nearly two-dozen paid courses, and over 60 exhibitor new product presentations in the New Product & Technology Theaters.

This Show’s line-up is our largest ever and covers many key issues that engineers, contractors, OEMs, facility managers, manufacturers and other HVACR professionals should know about to be successful,” said Clay Stevens, President of International Exposition Company (IEC), which produces and manages AHR Expo. “When you include all the new technologies and solutions being featured by the nearly 2,000 exhibiting companies on the Show floor, AHR Expo truly is an unparalleled learning environment.”

The free AHR Expo sessions that do not require any advance registration are:

MONDAY, January 26

8:00 am - Code Overview and Update (RPA)

8:00 am - DORE CWCC Program - Five Professions Affected by Certification Requirements (NEBB)

8:00 am - HVAC Duct Construction Standard (SMACNA)

9:00 am - “Growing the Building Automation Industry Younger” with Internet of Things (IoT), Open Cloud, and Collaboration (Automatedbuildings.com)

9:00 am Critical Environments – Cleanroom Commissioning NEBB

9:30 am - Automation Armageddon (BACnet Int’l)

10:30 am - Commercial Cooling with Water-Radiant Cooling and Chilled-Beam “Compressor-Less Cooling” (RPA)

10:30 am - Test & Balance of Hospitals (AABC)

11:00 am - Designing, Installing and Commissioning BACnet BASs (BACnet Int’l)

1:00 pm - Cooling Tower Fundamentals (CTI)

1:30 pm - “Addressing the Skills Gap”, Understanding that People are Our Only Asset (Automatedbuildings.com)

1:00 pm - Innovation in BACnet Products (BACnet Int’l)

2:00 pm - The Path to Net Zero Through Hydronics (RPA)

2:00 pm - Properly Implementing Condensing Boilers in a Hydronic System to Achieve the Greatest Efficiency (ABMA)

2:00 pm - A Practical Approach to Assisting Sensitized Individuals (IAQA)

2:00 pm - Phenolic Duct Construction Standard (SMACNA)

2:00 pm - Benefits of Water-Cooled Systems for Air Conditioning (CTI)

2:30 pm - Leveraging the BACnet Standard (BACnet Int’l)

3:00 pm - (New) 2015 Regional Standards & the Effects on Different Areas on the HVAC Industry (ASHRAE)

3:00 pm - Transactive Energy - State of the Market (GWAC)

5:00 pm - BSRIA Information Presentation & Networking Event (BSRIA Ltd.)

TUESDAY, January 27

8:00 am - The Latest Trends in the Global HVAC Market (BSRIA Ltd.)

8:00 am - Building Science and Dampness/Mold Source Assessment (IAQA)

8:00 am - California’s Mechanical Acceptance Testing – A Path to High Performing Buildings? (NEMI/TABB)

9:00 am - Smart Cities Asset Monitoring and Control Using an Open Platform (LonMark Int’l)

9:00 am - How Smart Automated Buildings and IoT Create Smart Cities (Automatedbuildings.com)

9:30 am - Psychrometrics Applied to Comfort Engineering (RSES/RSES Journal)

9:30 am - Bridging the TAB and Commissioning Gap. How Commissioning Can Lead to Higher Energy Use (NEMI/TABB)

10:00 am - NAFA Best Practice Guideline for Hospital & Healthcare Facilities (NAFA)

10:00 am - How to Measure the Operating Efficiency of Commercial HVAC Systems (NBC)

10:00 am - Open Standards for the Oil/Gas Industry: Integrating Building Automation and Process Control (LonMark Int’l)

11:00 am - Profiles Powering Big Data, and Uncovering Dark Data in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) (LonMark Int’l)

11:00 am - HVAC Fire Life Safety Level 1 (Fire Dampers) (NEMI/TABB)

11:00 am - La Mejor Guia De NAFA Para Hospitales Y Centros De Salud (Presentada En Espanol) (NAFA)

1:00 pm - Critical Cooling & Controls (Mission Critical/Engineered Systems)

1:00 pm - HVAC System Cleaning and Energy Efficiency (NADCA)


1:00 pm - LonMark 2.0: New Advancements in Open Systems Control Networking (LonMark Int’l)

1:30 pm - 3rd Annual Connection Community Collaboratory Meeting (Automatedbuildings.com)

2:00 pm - Energy Management for Small Box Retail (SBR) (LonMark Int’l)

2:30 pm - Solving Building Performance Issues (NADCA)

3:00 pm - Specifications for Open Interoperable Systems (LonMark Int’l)

4:00 pm - Intelligent Buildings and Big Data (CABA)

WEDNESDAY, January 28

8:00 am - System Comfort Efficiency – Energy Consumption (RPA)

10:30 am - Tips on Selling Radiant to Homeowners (RPA)

2:00 pm - Integrating with Home Automation Systems – Hydronics in a Connected World (RPA)

For more detailed information on these programs, go to http://www.flipdocs.com/showbook.aspx?ID=10003542_820129&p=40

In addition to these free educational sessions, ASHRAE will be presenting 15 half-day Short Courses and 2 full-day Professional Development Seminars – each requiring a course fee - at McCormick Place beginning on Sunday, January 25 through Tuesday, January 27. All of the courses earn PDHs/AIA LUs or CEUs.

The ASHRAE Half-Day and Full-day courses are:

ASHRAE Paid Short Courses

SUNDAY, January 25

3:30 pm - Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Applications: Best Practices

3:30 pm - Fundamentals of Risk Management (New)

3:30 pm - Laboratory Design: The Basics and Beyond

3:30 pm - Energy Management Best Practices

MONDAY, January 26

8:30 am - Designing High-Performance Healthcare HVAC Systems

8:30 am - Application of Standard 62.1-2013: Multiple Spaces Equations & Spreadsheets

8:30 am - Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

8:30 am - Design of Commercial Ground Source Heat Pumps

2:45 pm - Complying with Standard 90.1-2013: HVAC/Mechanical

2:45 pm - Commissioning for High-Performance Buildings

2:45 pm - Building Demand Response and the Coming Smart Grid

TUESDAY, January 27

9:00 am - Combined Heat and Power: Creating Efficiency through Design and Operations

9:00 am - Commissioning Process and Standard 202 (New)

1:00 pm - Fundamentals and Applications of Standard 55

1:00 pm - Advanced High-Performance Building Design

TUESDAY, January 27 (Full-Day Seminars)

9:00 am - Introduction to Building Enclosure Commissioning

9:00 am - Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications

For more detailed information and to register for the ASHRAE courses go to https://ashrae.org/education--certification/2015-chicago-winter-conference-courses

Rounding out the AHR Expo Educational Program are two half-day technical workshops conducted by PM Live on Tuesday featuring industry gurus Dan Holohan and John Siegenthaler. These paid seminars are:

PM Live Seminars

TUESDAY, January 27

8:30 am - Thermal Storage in Hydronic Systems

1:00 pm - Dead Men s Steam School

For more information go to http://www.pmlivesymposium.com/index.php/registration/registration-info

In conjunction with AHR Expo, there will also be various certification programs and exams available to Show attendees. The exams that require registration and a fee include the ASHRAE Certification Program, ACG CxA Workshop and Exam, HVAC Review and Nate Testing, and the Tutorial And Testing For NAFA’s CAFS Professional Certification. The schedule is:

Reviews & Exams Schedule

MONDAY, January 26

8:00 am - HVAC Review and NATE Testing (NATE)

TUESDAY, January 27

7:30 am - ACG CxA Workshop & Exam (ACG)

WEDNESDAY, January 28

8:00 am - Tutorial and Testing for NAFA’s CAFS (NAFA)

9:00 am - ASHRAE Certification Program (ASHRAE)

For more information on these programs, go to


In addition to all of the educational sessions, the 40,000+ visitors will have the opportunity to sit in on exhibitor presentations of some of the latest HVACR products and technologies in the New Product & Technology Theaters. These free presentations do not require any registration and will take place during all three days of the Show.

For more information, go to


AHR Expo is endorsed by 35 of the leading HVACR industry associations and is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a honorary sponsor.

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