ATLANTA – The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has announced the technical program for its upcoming Winter Meeting January 12-16 in Atlantic City, N.J.

One of the prime topics will focus on a primary building cooling system that is actually quite old: windows. A two-part seminar will focus on design and controls of operable windows, and how to incorporate them into a structure without losing energy efficiency.

Several sessions will address energy management and economic issues, including energy deregulation. A forum will address local experiences within states that have already had experience with energy deregulation, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The Society will be revising and publishing ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-1999, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” in 2004. The standard is published on a three-year cycle to coincide with the deadlines for adoption by major building code organizations.

“We must make it as easy as possible for designers and contractors to conserve energy,” said Lawrence Spielvogel, chair of the Standard 90.1 committee. “Our focus as we work toward the 2004 standard is to simplify the requirements and achieve greater energy cost savings.”

Proposals should be submitted prior to the Winter Meeting, when the committee will meet. All new and revised content will be approved by the committee for public review at the 2002 Annual Meeting June 22-26 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

A seminar on controls and interfacing will explore cogeneration with electric utilities, and connection to public electric utility grids.

Dehumidification a topic

The advantages and disadvantages of mechanical dehumidification and desiccant dehumidification will be discussed in a seminar. Another seminar will examine the various noise sources associated with emergency power generators.

A range of refrigeration issues will be addressed, including methods and effects of improving efficiency in unitary equipment to meet new federal energy efficiency requirements. A symposium will discuss the price and benefit tradeoffs of high-efficiency equipment, and the advantages of SEER-13 versus SEER-12 as the new minimum efficiency standard for hvac equipment.

Both a forum and a seminar will discuss the pros and cons of creating a separate IAQ and ventilation standard for the hospitality industry.

Ventilation for gambling casinos, clean room design, controlling temperature and humidity in museums, and recent developments in underfloor air distribution are among the more specialized topics. Many of the sessions focus on ductwork, ventilation and air distribution, including a two-part technical session on optimum duct design for variable air volume systems.

A forum will probe whether Standards 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and its companion 90.2 Energy Efficient Design of New Low-Rise Residential Buildings, should be combined into a single standard.

Environmentally-friendly building design, and guidelines for minimizing the risk from Legionella are among other topics to be discussed.

The technical program consists of 48 seminars, 19 symposia, 23 open-discussion forums, three technical sessions (paper presentations), a poster session and a public session. A total of 115 papers will be presented.

For the Winter Meeting contact ASHRAE at 800-5-ASHRAE (U.S. and Canada); 404-636-8400; fax 404-321-5478; or visit ASHRAE online at

The Winter Meeting is held in conjunction with the International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration (AHR) Expo Jan. 14-16 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. For more information phone 203-221-9232; fax 203-221-9260;