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USA: The 2016 ASHRAE Annual Conference is to take place in St Louis, Missouri, the city where air conditioning first made its public debut.

This year’s conference takes place from June 25-29 at the Marriott St Louis Grand Hotel and America’s Center Convention Complex.

It was at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904 where comfort of air conditioning was first introduced to the general population.

The technical programme will feature a course on Smart Building Systems, which addresses the revolution in information technology applied to the built environment. Weather and time of day utility rate forecasting, distributed sensors and remote monitoring and control are all included. Also taking place is the fourth annual Research Summit, which reports results on many aspects of ASHRAE-related research.

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers two full-day seminars and eight half-day courses. New courses include VRF System Design & Applications; Standard 188-2015 – Successfully Managing the Risk of Legionellosis; and Designing Tall, Supertall and Megatall Building Systems. More information can be found at www.ashrae.org/stlouiscourses.

Apply by June 6 to sit for one of six ASHRAE certification exams:  Energy Assessment, Energy Modeling, Commissioning, Healthcare Facility Design, High- Performance Building Design and Building Operations. Apply at www.ashrae.org/stlouisexams.

Technical tours include the Center Ethanol Co., the America’s Center chiller plant and the St. Louis Sheet Metal Workers Apprentice and Training School. General tours include a taste of local culinary delights, a look at facilities related to the city’s baseball history, the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, the botanical gardens and historical homes, microbreweries, architecture, and a visit to historical areas of interest.

Jeff Henderson will be the keynote speaker at the opening plenary session, held Saturday, June 25. Henderson discovered his passion and gift for cooking in a most unlikely place—prison. He is now an award-winning chef, bestselling author and Food Network television star.

To register or for complete information, visit www.ashrae.org/stlouis.