The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers is looking for white papers for its Jan. 23-27, 2016, winter conference in Orlando, Fla.

Conference Chairwoman Jennifer Leach says next year’s conference will include some new programs, but will still focus on industry topics from previous years.

 “The 2016 ASHRAE winter conference will have a fresh feel with new tracks focused on design-build practices and residential systems,” she said. “We’ll continue our emphasis on energy efficiency and sustainability while addressing current engineering and construction practices outside of the U.S. and Canada. We’re also taking one of the most attended conference program styles and making an entire track out of debates. I think we’ll be offering our attendees some great programs that align well with current trends in HVAC and R engineering.”

The design-build track explores the challenges and benefits, highlights successful projects and addresses several topics, including contracts and alternative design and construction processes; the modern residential systems track presents energy-efficient technologies and the latest advances for the residential market; the cutting-edge technologies track explores the efforts to achieve net zero energy buildings; and the great debate track seeks to bring a lively discussion on the “best” approach for a certain project.

In addition, the 2016 conference also seeks white papers addressing advances and practices across HVACR systems, equipment, fundamentals and applications.

 ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions. Conference paper abstracts are due March 23. Accepted papers will be due July 6. Full technical papers are due April 20. Papers submitted for review must be both technically accurate and clearly written, ASHRAE officials say.