: Amanda Dean
ATLANTA—Registration is now open for the first International Conference on Energy and Indoor Environment for Hot Climates, which examines the latest research and energy efficiency technology in high ambient temperature climates.
Organized by ASHRAE, the ASHRAE Qatar Oryx Chapter and the Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI), the Conference takes place Feb. 24-26, 2014, in Doha, Qatar. It is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the Federation of European Heating and Air-Conditioning Associations (REHVA), the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), and co-sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).
“The international support demonstrates the need for advancing the energy efficient design of buildings and systems in hot climates,” Walid Chakroun, conference chair, said. “The conference brings together experts to look at the synergy between energy conservation and indoor air quality in buildings, with the goal of achieving high energy conservation in hot air climates. This first conference presents papers, keynote speeches and internationally-organized sessions and has an emphasis on systems and equipment and applications for commercial and institutional buildings.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) will present a session on indoor environments and health, covering general perspectives on health and indoor environments; housing and health; health based guidelines on indoor air quality; and the health aspect of energy use in indoor environments.
UNEP and QEERI are hosting a special session with regional research centers to present updates on projects and research findings related to IAQ and energy efficiency, followed by a panel discussion.
A look at future HVAC&R technology presented by major companies is hosted by the Qatar Oryx Chapter and AHRI.
Some 40 papers will be presented, including “Evaluation of a Low Cost Solar Cooling System for Hot and Humid Climates;” “Building Envelope Criteria for Hot Climates: ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2013;” “The Application of Low Energy Technology Within the Built Environment in Hot and Humid Climates;” and “Performance of Low-GWP Refrigerant Candidates At High Ambient Temperatures.”
The conference proceedings will be distributed to conference attendees onsite and is included in the registration fee.
For the conference schedule and to register, visit www.ashrae.org/hotclimates.
ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.
Learn more at www.ashrae.org.