Building Our Energy Future:
What Does It Mean to Me?
ASHRAE’s theme for 2018-2019 is ‘Building Our New Energy Future’ and is the vision of our President, Sheila Hayter. This presentation explores what a new energy future means to the practitioners of our industry through the creation of a more holistic, connected approach to building design and construction. Understanding and applying this new perspective will generate a competitive advantage for our firms by better serving our clients in creating resilient, sustainable buildings that fully protect the occupants.
Timothy G. Wentz, P.E., HBDP, LEED ® -AP
Construction Management Department, University of Nebraska
“Adopt Today to Shape Tomorrow”
Prof. Wentz is a very active volunteer within ASHRAE, where he has served as the Nebraska Chapter President for 1997-1998. He also served as Director and Regional Chair for Region IX of ASHRAE and was inducted into the Region IX Hall of Honor in 2005. ASHRAE also elected Tim a Fellow of the Society in 2005. Tim recently served as Society President in 2016-2017 and launched the Society theme for that year ‘Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow’. Read more here.
Malcolm “Dennis” Knight, P.E., BEMP 2018-2019 Vice President
“Health and Wellness in the Built Environment”
This session introduces our members to emerging, consumer driven trends in the areas of health, wellness and well being in the built environment. The session discusses new research focused on Indoor Environmental Quality and it’s potential affects on human occupants. In addition, the session covers how health and wellness requirements are being integrated into new and existing building rating systems and standards. Finally the session concludes with a conversation regarding what ASHRAE’s role has been in the past, and what leadership roles we should be taking now and in the future with respect to maintaining and improving thermal comfort, humidity control, indoor air quality, acoustic and lighting comfort within buildings. Read more here.
OM TANEJA, Ph. D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE
Consulting Engineer – Associated Consulting Engineers
“Facing the Realities and Challenges of Urbanization, Smart Cities, Smart Infrastructure and Technology for our Energy Future and Resilience”
The current sustainability dialogue is focused on change in rural and semi-urban landscape to urbanization. Emerging emphasis on smart cities is reflective of a crucial tool for attracting investments, improving services and ecological functions, and bridging the rural-urban divide and the digital-divide.. Asia Pacific is home to the world’s largest and fastest growing urban areas and smart city technologies form the integrative element of their aspirations for progress. Major technological, economic and environmental changes point to need for upgrade and supplementation of mechanical, electrical, transport and information & communication infrastructure. The mission of such programs is to transcend traditional obstacles and enable comprehensive development of physical, institutional, social and economic framework. These are promising long-term goals, but they create enormous challenges and opportunities. Success depends greatly on public-private participation, attracting investments, leadership, governance, human force development. Availability of core power, water, sanitation, housing, efficient transport, and information and communication infrastructure, performance-based contracting, construction, operations and maintenance reforms, hardening of systems, monitoring performance and accountability are essential requisites. Based on the experience in many countries, leveraging smart technologies can facilitate to leapfrog some of the problems. Transforming infrastructure development and transforming cities can become the vehicle for steady growth and improvement in quality of life. Read more here.
T. David Underwood, P.Eng.
“The Smart Grid and ASHRAE Standard 201”
This is introduction to Standard 201 will define an abstract, object oriented information model to enable appliances and control systems to manage electrical loads and generation sources to communicate information about these electrical loads to the utilities and other electrical service providers. The determined model will allow “smart grid” interaction between electrical loads and electrical generation facilities. Read more here.
Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., FASHRAE
Chair, Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee
“Achieving Zero Energy”
Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) that would result in significant energy savings in the built environment beyond what is expected by using only ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The AEDG series of documents is now one of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation. This program will review a brief history of the AEDG Series, and then focus on the newest group in the AEDG series – Achieving Zero Energy. The first volume in this new series is for Zero Energy K-12 School Building Design, and the program will highlight the major steps and integrated, systematic approach for achieving Zero Energy in schools. Read more here.
İbrahim Dinçer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Vice President for Strategy, International Association for Hydrogen Energy,
Vice President, World Society of Sustainable Energy Technologies
“Innovative HVAC&R Dimensions with Renewable Energy Systems”
During the past decade there have been increasing efforts by many in tackling with local and global energetic, economic and environmental problems. In this regard, many have identified the renewable energy systems as unique solutions to provide sustainable development. Heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating (HVAC&R) processes are considered critically important technologies in most countries and are often responsible for a significant portion of their energy utilizations. It is crucial to note that we have turned into a new era where renewables need to be considered for environmentally-benign applications. This presentation will focus on coupling renewable energy sources with HVAC&R systems in an integrated fashion for multigenerational applications to meet the needs of the economic sectors, such as residential, public, commercial, industrial, etc. It is equally important to understand the current phenomena and provide an enhanced understanding of the behaviors of such systems and better tools for their design, analysis, assessment and improvement. This presentation will also cover these and discuss them for better efficiency, better resources use, better cost effectiveness, better management, better environment and hence better sustainability. Furthermore, it will discuss the innovative engineering practices for sectoral applications. Read more here.