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Low GWP refrigerant focus at ASHRAE


USA: Guidance on low GWP refrigerants will be one of the main topics for discussions at the forthcoming ASHRAE Winter Conference.

The news that industry experts will share their knowledge of the new refrigerants comes following recent agreements to amend the Montreal Protocol and phase down the production and consumption of HFCs.

“Providing technical expertise for ASHRAE’s members and their clients continues to be the core of the conference technical programme,” said Leon Shapiro, Conference chair. “Climate change will compel ASHRAE members to rethink HVAC&R for the future. 

“In addition to sessions on low GWP refrigerants, the technical programme will also focus on the water-energy nexus and designing for maximum efficiency, energy efficiency and IAQ in industrial spaces, and achieving projected results after all the modelling is completed.”

The 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference takes place from January 28 to February 1 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, in conjunction with the co-sponsored AHR Expo.

To register for the Conference, which includes free access to the Expo, visit


The technical programme will feature eight topics, 86 papers, 28 technical papers presented via poster session, 248 presentations and 331 speakers. The topics are Water-Energy Nexus, Advances in Mission Critical Design and Operation, Climate Change and Its Effects on HVAC&R Design and Technologies, Energy Efficient Industrial Buildings, Fundamentals and Applications, HVAC&R Systems and Equipment, Commercial and Industrial IAQ, and Building Operation and Performance: Meeting the Modelling Expectations.

Among the sessions is a two-part seminar, “Low-GWP Alternative Refrigerants and Their Applications.” The seminars feature six papers included in the November 2016 issue of ASHRAE’s Science and Technology for the Built Environment, focusing on thermophysical properties, modelling, heat transfer performance, lubricant/refrigerant miscibility and system applications of low-GWP halocarbon refrigerants containing unsaturated carbon bonds.

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