ASHRAE Conference Concludes Today

ATLANTA, GA – The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) concludes its annual conference here today after a successful four-day program that featured a strong focus on the design, construction and operation of High Performance Buildings.

ASHRAE members including Xcel Mechanical Systems had the opportunity to move through the conference – hosted by the Atlanta Hilton – in any one of nine Technical Program tracks – four of which focused on advanced design guidance; modeling; operation and optimization; and indoor air quality – all key aspects of high performance buildings. Another track focused on measuring results in these areas.

Technical Program panel members also presented the latest trends and research papers on these and related topics, submitted by member societies and associations for all over the world.

Other attendees descended on the Atlanta conference to hone their technical training or prepare for one of six ASHRAE certification exams, including: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP); Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP); Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP); Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP); High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP); and Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMP).

ASHRAE also provided attendees guided tours of its Atlanta Headquarters, renovated in 2008 to demonstrate the Society’s commitment to sustainability. Sustainable measures included reduced annual energy usage through the use of a dedicated outdoor air supply systems with energy recovery and humidity control for building ventilation; a ground-source heat pump system serving the second floor; and variable refrigerant flow systems with heat recovery serving the first floor.

A 52.3-percent reduction in water consumption was achieved by using low-flow fixture and waterless urinals in the building and by eliminating an outdoor irrigation system and chiller. The overall energy savings were achieved even though the outside air delivered to each space was increased by 30-perecnet beyond minimum rates specified in ASHRAE’s Standard 62.1

For more information, please refer to the conference handbook:

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ASHRAE is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability within the industry.

About Xcel Mechanical Systems, Inc.
Xcel Mechanical Systems designs, builds and maintains commercial and industrial HVAC, Plumbing and Process Piping systems for clients across the Aerospace, Data Center, Education, Entertainment, Government, Healthcare and Hospitality sectors. Our cost-effective solutions make buildings more comfortable and more energy efficient. Xcel Mechanical is licensed, bonded and insured, and can scale quickly to execute projects of any size.