AHR Expo in Chicago in 2012
The AHR Expo, scheduled for Jan. 23 to 25, 2012, at McCormick Place in Chicago, will feature more than 90 programs and more than 300 speakers
Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, such as high performing buildings and integrated design, as well as participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications.
The AHR Expo is being held at McCormick Place. In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education the Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.
The technical program features more than 90 programs and 300 speakers addressing energy modeling applications; integrated design; healthcare, laboratories and data center applications, among others; operations and maintenance; high performance buildings; as well as refrigeration and systems and equipment sessions. Additionally, there is a new “mini-conference” on Installation, Operation and Maintenance of HVAC Systems built within the Technical Program. The O+M mini-conference is scheduled on Jan. 22-23. The full Technical Program, which will be announced later this month, offers the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of PDHs, NY PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED AP credits.
Five Professional Development Seminars and 15 Short Courses are offered to help industry professionals stay current on HVAC technology, including how to apply the newest ASHRAE standards. The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) is offering a new half-day short course on the basics of combined heating and power systems, as well as updates to the full-day professional development seminars focusing on Standards 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, and 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. ALI courses are approved for renewal of professional engineer and professional architect licenses, as well as for industry certification programs.
Additionally, ASHRAE offers a special administration of all six certification examinations on Jan. 25: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP), Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP), High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP), Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP) and Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMP). ASHRAE’s certification program recognizes industry professionals who have mastered knowledge and skills reflecting best practices in certain aspects of building design and operations.
ASHRAE Conference technical tours include the North Central College Residential and Recreation Center, Loyola University Information Commons, the University of Chicago Mansueto Library and Rush University Medical Center Central Energy Plant.
The Winter Conference also includes a program designed for students of the Society. Highlights of the program, held on Sunday, Jan. 22, include speakers, a professional development session and presentations by the recipients of the Student Design Competition and a technical tour of the University of Chicago library.
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