And while the saying “If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” may be more applicable to the stage than the trade show floor, organizers of the 2014 AHR Expo can certainly boast of the success of their last “performance.”
In 2008, the expo returned to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the first time since 1991. It attracted 39,298 attendees and 19,824 exhibitor staffers, setting a record and ensuring that the show would not take another 17-year hiatus from visiting Manhattan.
This month’s AHR Expo takes place there Jan. 21-23. Due to the federal Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, it’s breaking with its traditional Monday-Wednesday schedule and opening on a Tuesday and running through Thursday.
The slight schedule adjustment doesn’t appear to be affecting the interest of exhibitors, according to said Clay Stevens, president of the International Exposition Co., which that produces and manages the AHR Expo. As of mid-May, the trade show floor was already about 90 percent sold. And with recent economic construction industry forecasts from groups such as the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the National Association of Home Builders, show officials said they were expecting a blockbuster event.
“Based on these encouraging numbers, we are expecting a sold out show,” Stevens said. “And due to the steadily improving economy and sheer size of the HVACR market in the Northeast, we may set new attendance records.”
As always, thousands of HVAC products will be on display from manufacturers of all sizes.
This year, energy efficiency and sustainability will be a major focus of the trade and the winter meeting of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers, which will be held in conjunction with the expo.
Organizers point out that a third of the almost 100 sessions at this year’s convention will be on those topics. Several of them are free.
With New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signing an executive order in 2012 requiring that state buildings boost efficiency 20 percent by 2020, show officials have booked a number of experts from the area who are to speak about local and state regulations in the region.
Attendees will also have the chance to visit to energy-efficient structures nearby to see such initiatives in action.
“Anyone responsible for achieving greater energy-efficiency through innovative HVACR solutions won’t want to miss the 2014 AHR Expo,” Stevens said. “Nowhere else in the world can HVACR professionals experience such an array of educational sessions and innovative new product solutions.”
The role of building automation and control systems in efficiency goals will be explored through the participation of organizations such as LonMark International, BACnet International, ASHRAE and AutomatedBuildings.com. A number of sessions on the topic are planned.
“We use this show as a resource to reach out to the industry,” said Barry Haaser, LonMark’s executive director. “Our primary focus here (at AHR Expo) is through our education sessions and we’ve had a longstanding relationship with the show to support the education programs here.”
With the way today’s HVAC systems are designed, BAC affects almost everyone involved in the industry, Stevens said.
“Building automation and controls impact just about all segments and job categories of the HVAC industry,” he said. “That is why we are dedicated to providing engineers, contractors, building owners and other HVACR professionals with the information and hands-on experience they need to find the best BAC solutions. Nowhere else in the world will they find such a vast array of educational opportunities and new products and technologies all in one location.”
Following the energy theme, ASHRAE has scheduled a free session open to everyone at 3 p.m. Jan. 21: “Trends in Building Energy Disclosure: Increasing Energy Efficiency Without Retrofits.”
A number of U.S. cities, as well several European countries, now require reporting building energy consumption levels. This session will explore the issue.
“The speakers will tackle the issue of building energy use on the large scale and what major cities are doing about it,” said Mike Eardley, P.E., seminar chairman. “A cost-effective solution is not major construction and new efficient equipment, but tuning up existing HVAC and R systems and verifying they are operating correctly. Occupant behavior also has a major impact. Attendees will learn the energy penalties associated with these issues. We also will discuss how city level energy disclosure requirements take a necessary first step in communicating energy use information in buildings so that corrective action can be taken.”
Here are some of the other sessions scheduled. Fees may apply. For more information on them, the AHR Expo or ASHRAE’s winter meeting, visit www.ahrexpo.com and www.ashrae.org/newyork.
“Air-to-Air Exchange Recovery Applications: Best Practices.” This session will explore how this technology is being used, why it is popular and where it is applied. It takes place at 2 p.m. Jan. 19.
“High-Performance Building Design: Applications and Future Trends” will take place at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 20. The latest technologies in reaching the net-zero goal will be covered, along with ASHRAE standards and what those mean for the process.
“IAQ Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning” takes place at the same time and date. The critical components of good indoor air quality — and what can hurt them — is the subject of this session. Material presented will be taken from ASHRAE’s IAQ guide.
“Exceeding Standard 90.1-2013 to Meet LEED Requirements” is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. Jan. 20. How it is possible to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards by surpassing ASHRAE’s requirements will be discussed.
“Recommendations for Existing Building Testing” will be presented by the Associated Air Balance Council at 9 a.m. Jan. 21. How to meet the measurement requirements of jurisdictions will be the subject presented.
“How to Gain and Maintain NATE Certification,” sponsored by North American Technician Excellence, will take place at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 21. The steps involved in the NATE process will be explained.
‘Internet of Things’
At noon Jan. 21 will be “Taming the Internet of Things With Inoperable Device Profiles.” What this new term is all about and how it affects “intelligent building systems” will be explained.
“Retro-Commissioning for Comfort and Energy Savings” will be held at 1 p.m. Jan. 21. This National Environmental Balancing Bureau-sponsored session will show how the process can reduce energy use by up to 35 percent and save millions in utility expenses.
“Trends in World HVAC Markets,” presented by BSRIA Ltd., will be held at 8 a.m. Jan. 22. Global issues are to be discussed.
Women in HVACR will list “The Seven Habits of Effective Indoor Air Quality” during its 10 a.m. Jan. 22 session. No registration is needed.
The National Air Duct Cleaners Association will explain its new assessment, cleaning and restoration standard at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 22 during “ACR, the NADCA Standard: What’s New and What You Need to Know.”
Manufacturer group the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute will explain its certification process during “Why Specify AHRI Certified.” The difference between “rated” and “certified,” as well as the benefits of certified products, will be explored. The session will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 22.
New York offers much to see.
Even if you attended the last AHR Expo in 1991, there’s a lot that you probably haven’t seen before in New York City. This city of 8 million is always changing and growing.
The city offers so much it’s impossible to compile a list without leaving out something major, but here are some of New York’s best-known attractions, along with less-heralded ones. And as attendees of the 1991 New York AHR Expo know, the city in January can be snowy and very cold. The city is quite pedestrian-friendly and offers lots of reliable public transportation, but you’ll want to dress warmly.
Here’s a list of some things you may want to consider checking out.
The former World Trade Center site. Since Sept. 11, 2001, it might be hard to consider any visit to Manhattan complete without seeing the land where the two towers of the World Trade Center once stood. Two hijacked planes brought the skyscrapers down. Today, the once-bustling area is quiet as tourists come to pay respects at the site, although the noise of construction is there as well.
The Statue of Liberty. This site is operated by the National Park Service and is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., although hours vary with the season. The statue, formally known as “Liberty Enlightening the World,” was a gift from the people of France to America. Although the body of the copper-clad statue was closed for almost eight years after the attacks, it reopened July 4, 2009, following safety and security enhancements. For those who don’t wish to go up, the base is open for tours and a clear pane allows visitors to see the skeleton.
See museums and skyscrapers with a CityPass. Like Chicago, Philadelphia and many other cities around the country, New York offers a pass that includes admission to the American Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, a sightseeing cruise and admission to the Empire State Building’s observatory deck, among other attractions. You can save almost 50 percent versus buying ticket attractions individually. The passes also include discounts at popular restaurants and department stores.
Experience the New York of “Seinfeld.” Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s New York-set 1990s TV show was one of the most popular programs of all time. If you still watch the reruns that seem to rival “I Love Lucy” for their broadcast frequency, you may want to see the bars, diners and office buildings that were used for exterior shots on the show.
There are many websites that offer do-it-yourself guides, but you may want to consider taking Kenny Kramer’s “reality tour.” Kramer has long claimed to be the inspiration for the offbeat Cosmo Kramer character portrayed by Michael Richards. More information is available at www.kennykramer.com.
Explore the other boroughs. If you have time, consider venturing off the island of Manhattan and checking out Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Staten Island. Each one has its own culture and ethnic makeup. The Bronx’s southern end is home to storied Yankee Stadium, and Brooklyn, connected to Manhattan by the famous Brooklyn Bridge, has the city’s most ethnically diverse neighborhoods and a growing arts scene.