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ASHRAE 2014 Annual Conference
June 28-July 2
Seattle, Washington

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The Complete Technical Program is here:
Technical Program (PDF)

Meeting Planner
Meeting Planner
Highlights of the meeting including details about the keynote speaker, the technical plenary speaker, social events, and technical and general tours.
Meeting Planner 


Seattle the perfect location for 
ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference!

Abundant rain and thriving evergreens keep the city of Seattle green and lush, but the city has taken the concept of “green” to a whole different level. Sustainability is promoted in all aspects of life, which makes Seattle the perfect location for ASHRAE’s 2014 Annual Conference. The Conference addresses topics such as ground source heat pumps, operations and maintenance and indoor environmental quality, as well as the second annual ASHRAE research summit. Not to mention, social events, networking opportunities and technical tours.



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Sponsorship Information

For information about sponsoring the 2014 Annual Conference, contact Greg Martin atgmartin@ashrae.org



Registration is now open.


Advance (through June 8)

  • $565, member/$ 755,  non-member
  • $540, first-time member attendee/$735, first time non-member attendee
  • $160, Life Members

Fees beginning June 9

  • $695, member/$885, non-member
  • $675, first-time member attendee/$860, first-time non-member attendee
  • $165,  Life Member
  • $285, member one-day fee/$340, non-member one-day fee

Registration fees for speakers, student branch advisors and students:

  • $130, speaker 
  • $55, student branch advisor
  • $55, student member/$80, full-time student non-member 


 Hotel Information

Conference Location
The Conference takes place at the Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Avenue, and the Washington State Convention Center. The Conference Headquarters Hotel is the Sheraton Seattle, 1400 Sixth Avenue.

NOTE: Accommodations at the Sheraton Seattle and Crowne Plaza Hotel Seattle are now sold out.

The following hotels have availability for the 2014 Annual Conference:\

Paramount Hotel
724 Pine Street
Please call the hotel:  Ask for ASHRAE. Suzanne 206-343-6778 M-F 8am-4pm otherwise the hotel direct at 1-800-906-8897 or 206-292-9500.  
Rate: $219.00 s/d. occupancy. Taxes are 15.6% + $2.00 Seattle Tourism Assessment Fee per room per 
Paramount is located just one block from the convention center.  www.paramounthotelseattle.com

The Roosevelt, a Coast Hotel Seattle
1531 7th Avenue 
Call the hotel direct at (206) 264-2012 and ask for Richard Oh. 
Rate: $199. Taxes are 15.6% + $2.00 Seattle Tourism Assessment Fee per room per night.
Roosevelt is located one block from the convention centerhttp://www.coasthotels.com/hotels/washington/seattle/the-roosevelt/

Rooms are available until May 19th 

 Technical Program

The Complete Technical Program is here:
Technical Program

The Conference’s Technical Program addresses broad topics in the application of technology to practice, specific applications in ground source heat pumps, O&M and indoor environmental quality, as well as new reports on research taking place worldwide. The Technical Program will take place at the Washington State Convention Center.

The complex relationship between indoor and outdoor environmental conditions, coupled with the impacts of climate change, requires buildings that are comfortable and healthy for the occupants yet also energy efficient. The Indoor Environment—Health, Comfort and Productivity Track highlights the state of knowledge of the balance of environmental health and energy efficiency in buildings and research directions.

The Ground Source Heat Pumps State of the Art: Design, Performance and Research Track addresses all aspects of design that lead to optimally performing systems in addition to avoiding common pitfalls that lead to poorly performing systems.

With low energy and zero energy buildings becoming more prevalent, there are many issues that arise with installation, startup, commissioning and operations and maintenance (O&M). The Installation, Commissioning, Operation, Maintenance of Existing Buildings Track focuses on lessons learned, improvement of process and team communications and efforts to improve the installation, startup, O&M and commissioning of HVAC systems.

The Refrigeration Track has an emphasis on global perspectives on new refrigerants, variable refrigerant flow applications, magnetic bearing compressors and refrigerant management. Non-comfort cooling applications in food preservation and medical cryogenics also are highlighted

ASHRAE is known for its standards – their development and their adoption worldwide.The Standards, Guidelines and Codes Track highlights the applications of ASHRAE’s standards to practice as well as European (CEN) and ISO standards that support building performance.

As with past ASHRAE Conferences, the Seattle Conference also addresses advances and practices across HVAC&R systems, equipment, fundamentals and applications. 
Also featured is a Professional Skills Track


 Research Summit

The second annual ASHRAE Research Summit presents innovations in HVAC&R research with particular emphasis on high performance building design and its role in a clean energy economy, and brings together researchers to present and discuss the latest research. Researchers will present papers, seminars and forums or participate in panel discussions. Also, highlights on ongoing ASHRAE funded research are presented. Join us in this comprehensive compilation of research-related papers and programs that peer into what the future holds. Authors of some 200 Conference paper abstracts have been invited to submit papers for the Research Summit and Conference.


ASHRAE Bookstore

More than 300 books, meeting papers and other recent publications will be available for purchase in the ASHRAE Bookstore. The bookstore provides HVAC&R technical literature from ASHRAE and other popular industry publishers. 


 Keynote Speaker

Robert Bryce, one of America’s most prominent energy journalists, is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. He is the author of four books as well as hundreds of articles. His writing on energy and other topics has appeared in dozens of publications ranging from theWall Street Journal to Counterpunchand Atlantic Monthly to the Washington Post.

Bryce is the keynote speaker at the opening Plenary Session, held Saturday, June 28.

Bryce’s first book, “Pipe Dreams: Greed, Ego, and the Death of Enron,” was named one of the best nonfiction books of 2002 by Publishers Weekly. In 2008, he published “Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of “Energy Independence.”  His fourth book, “Power Hungry: The Myths of “Green” Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future,” was published in 2010.

In 2014, he will publish his fifth book: “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: The Catalysts Driving Business and Innovation,” which explains how we humans are doing more with less and why we have every reason to be optimistic about the future.

 Technical Plenary Speaker

Denis Hayes, president and CEO, Bullitt Center, serves as keynote speaker at Technical Plenary, Sunday, June 29. Conference registration is required to attend.

In his remarks, “Bullitt Center: A Net Positive Building That Functions Like A Tree,” Hayes discusses the problems and opportunities associated with “net positive” commercial construction, using the Bullitt Center as an illustration of what is currently possible.

A seasoned veteran of many legislative, cultural and courtroom battles over the years, and the author of numerous books and articles, Hayes is probably best known for having been national coordinator of the first Earth Day when he was 25. Internationally, he is recognized for having expanded Earth Day to more than 180 nations. It is now the world’s most widely observed secular holiday. Hayes remains the honorary chair of the Earth Day Network.

During the administration of former U.S. President Carter, Hayes directed the federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

In addition to serving as president of the Bullitt Foundation, Hayes is the immediate past chair of the boards of trustees of the Energy Foundation and of the American Solar Energy Society. He has served as a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and at the Bellagio Center in Italy; and was a senior fellow at the Worldwatch Institute, an adjunct professor of engineering at Stanford University and a Silicon Valley lawyer.

At the Bullitt Foundation, Hayes leads an effort to mold the American Pacific Northwest into a global model of sustainability. Focusing mostly on the region’s largest cities (Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver) and its dominant industries, the foundation applies principles of the science of ecology to the design of “human ecosystems.” To “walk its talk,” the Foundation is currently designing and intends to construct and own the world’s greenest office building, which is a technical tour for the Conference. 


Social Events

Welcome Party
Saturday, June 28
6:30- 8:30 p.m.
Maritime Event Center at Bell Harbor International Conference Center
Cost: $55

Maritime Event Center, adjacent to Bell Harbor, provides a historical maritime setting for the Welcome Party. Offering views of Puget Sound with its passing ferry boats and harbor activity and maybe a view of a harbor seal, it’s a wonderful way to start the conference.

Members Night Out
Tuesday, July 1
Reception 6:15-7:15 p.m.
Dinner 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $55

Join fellow attendees in celebrating the successes of the Conference with the closing event, Members Night Out reception and dinner. Come prepared to test your knowledge with a night of trivia, which includes question on ASHRAE history. Door prizes are awarded to winners. Dinner includes Kentucky limestone lettuce, asparagus, hearts of palm, heirloom tomato, honey pecan bourbon dressing; entrée: Chipotle Macaroni with Jack Grilled Salmon, potatoes, carrots, caramelized pearl onions, vegetable; dessert: Seattle trio crème brulee.

Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners will be in town during the ASHRAE Annual Conference and have extended a special invitation with special ticket pricing to all conference attendees. These specially priced tickets can be purchased on-line allowing all who attend to sit together in an area reserved for ASHRAE.  

For more information or to buy ticketswww.mariners.com/ASHRAE


ASHRAE Sustainability Program 

ASHRAE’s Sustainable Footprint Project was launched in 2008 by the Utah Chapter. The goals of the program are to leave a legacy representing ASHRAE’s com­mitment to sustainability and to offset the environmental impact from holding the Annual Confer­ence. It is now customary for the Annual Conference host city to select a project with some funding provided by ASHRAE as seed money.

Historically projects have been carried out to increase energy efficiency in buildings used by non-profits and charities. For example, the Denver Rescue Mission received a complete mechanical system overhaul with seed money from Society and a ton of work by the 2013 Annual Conference Host Committee and other generous volunteers.

This year, the Puget Sound Chapter identified a group of people who found a way to help children succeed in life, who may not otherwise have a clear path to follow. 

The Nativity School was born in New York City in 1971. The basic concept is focuses on middle school children from single parent, struggling, at-risk or otherwise disadvantaged families, in an effort to help break the cycle of poverty and give these children an opportunity to succeed in life through a heavy influence on STEM curriculum. 

The Seattle Nativity School brings children to school early each morning, making sure they have a healthy breakfast. They take care of them throughout the day, returning them home fed and with homework finished in the early evening hours, through an extended calendar year. To support the Seattle Nativity School and Puget Sound ASHRAE Chapter’s Sustainability efforts, please visit www.ashrae.org/supportpugetsound.



It’s been said that Seattleites will exaggerate about how much it rains in order to deter visitors from moving to their enchanting city. In reality, Seattle gets less rain than New York, Miami and dozens of other U.S. cities. Learn the truth about Seattle’s weather. Average daily temperature in June is 69F, 20C 


Pike Place
Pike Place’s nine acres have been a staple in Seattle for more than a century. It’s been called “the soul of Seattle,” and for good reason. When it opened on Aug. 17, 1907, eight farmers sold their wares to more than 10,000 people who came out on a crazy first day. It hasn’t slowed since. The market is now home to more than 200 businesses, 190 crafts people and about 100 farmers. Now more than 10 million visitors come to it annually.

It’s easy to love the market for its fabulous selection of gourmet ingredients and staples, but it’s also a great place to enjoy many fantastic eateries serving prepared dishes. It’s the kind of place that caters to any hunger pang.

Just to the northeast of the main arcade are rows of artisan vendors selling everything imaginable, from knickknacks to gorgeous works of local art. Downstairs are dozens of small shops selling every type of antique and souvenir imaginable.

Pike Place Fish
If you want quintessential Pike Place, check out the guys at Pike Place Fish. Throughout the day, they lob massive fish over the counter to the joy of spectators.  Pike Place Fish will wrap purchases in airplane-safe containers.

The original Starbucks is located right on the cobblestone Pike Place. Sure, there are endless Starbucks in the city, but this is the first and just feels different.

General United States Visa Information

For information on U.S. Visas, please visit the following site:

The U.S. Department of State has added a new feature to its website regarding visa wait times. Since visa applications are now under greater scrutiny, the State Department is advising those who wish to travel to the United States for business or other nonimmigrant purposes to plan ahead. This site provides estimated waiting periods to get an interview to apply for a visa and the estimated time it will take to process the application at the consular section. The visa wait times are shown for various locations around the world. The State Department does advise that it is best to check with the local embassy or consular section to confirm the information.

To visit the visa wait times site, go tohttp://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/general/wait-times.html/


Airline Transportation - Discounted Airfares for ASHRAE


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounted airfares for ASHRAE

To take advantage of these discounts, follow these steps:

Click on www.delta.com/booking and enter Meeting Event code NMHB7 then continue with online booking process.

Or you can call Delta Meeting Network® reservations at 1-800-328-1111**, Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to File Meeting Code NMHB7.

**$25 service fee for booking via 1-800 phone number


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