ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2017 Winter Conference, which will be held Jan. 28 to Feb. 1 in Las Vegas.

“Today’s HVACR profession is facing challenges unlike those from the past,” Leon Shapiro, conference chair, said. “The rapidity with which technology advances the modeling, design, equipment, systems, construction, and operation of the buildings we deal with, along with the speed with which climate change is significantly altering the conditions around which we design, are creating problems for today’s ASHRAE members. The conference seeks to address those problems.”

New to the conference are the following tracks:

  • Water-Energy Nexus, which highlights research on the relationship between water usage and energy systems and explores technologies and designs intended to reduce the gap between energy and water efficiency.
  • Advances in Mission Critical Design and Operation, which highlights developments in mission-critical facilities and the challenges of meeting increasing load demands while minimizing the impact on energy and water usage.
  • Climate Change and Its Effects on HVAC&R Design and Technologies, which focuses on methods of increasing building resiliency and facilitating climate adaptation.
  • Energy Efficient Industrial Buildings and Life Safety, which spotlights energy efficiency in industrial buildings and how it can be achieved without compromising life safety.

Additionally, papers are sought for the Fundamentals and Applications, HVAC&R Systems and Equipment, Commercial and Industrial IAQ, and Building Operation and Performance: Meeting the Modeling Expectations tracks.

“The industry’s goal is to design, build, and operate buildings today that are efficient and sustainable and that are intended to remain efficient and sustainable into the future,” Shapiro said. “How do you accomplish that if tomorrow promises to be notably different than today? No sensible design decisions can be made without taking into account not only the world as it has been or is, but also the world as it will be. The 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference attempts to bridge this design challenge through the tracks and papers and programs accepted for the program.”

ASHRAE accepts two types of paper submissions:

  • Conference papers—“final” papers with an eight-single-spaced-page maximum length that undergo a single-blind review. Abstracts are due March 14, 2016. Upon acceptance, papers will be due July 6, 2016.
  • Full technical papers—papers with a 30-double-spaced-page maximum length that undergo a rigorous double-blind review. Papers are due April 18, 2016.

To submit an abstract or a technical paper and for more information about the conference, go to www.ashrae.org/lasvegas.