A variety of educational sessions, workshops, and certification programs designed to help HVACR professionals perform their jobs more effectively will be offered during the 2012 International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), to be held Jan. 23-25 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Sponsored by nearly two dozen industry associations and trade publications, 43 free educational sessions will be offered, including:

Monday, Jan. 23

9 a.m.: BACnet Series—Specifying BACnet Based Network Controls

9 a.m.: LonMark Series—Introduction to LonWorks Technology

9 a.m.: SMACNA’s HVAC Duct Construction Standard

9 a.m.: The New Visibility & Interactions in the Building Automation Industry

10 a.m.: Close Up: ZigBee Adoption

10 a.m.: LonMark Series—Multi-system Integration, Part I

10:30 a.m.: BACnet Series—BACnet Goes Mobile

10:30 a.m.: Residential Ventilation: Is Heat Recovery the Answer?

11 a.m.: Delivering the Green Design With Testing Adjusting and Balancing a HVAC System and the Problems Commissioning Can Create

11 a.m.: Smart Grid, Building Automation and Interoperability. How you can Benefit

1:30 p.m.: LonMark Series—Multi-system Integration, Part II

1:30 p.m.: New Open Source Technologies That are Changing the Industry

2 p.m.: BACnet Series—Enhancing Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings Through BACnet

2 p.m.: Details of New AHRI VRF Standard and Certification Program

2 p.m.: Water/Energy Nexus: Comparing the Relative Value of Water Versus Energy Resources

2:30 p.m.: Test & Balance Primer for Engineers

3 p.m.: Benefits of Water-Cooled Systems Versus Air-Cooled Systems for Air Conditioning Applications

3 p.m.: LonMark Series—LonMark Standards, Technology, Task Group and Programs Update

3 p.m.: Selection, Operation & Maintenance and Water Treatment for Multi-metal Boilers

3:30 p.m.: BACnet Series—BACnet Operator Workstations

Tuesday, Jan. 24

8:30 a.m.: Find the Benefits of Less Duct Before Considering Duct-less

8:30 a.m.: The Journey to System Performance

9 a.m.: BACnet Series—Factory Mounting BACnet Controls

9 a.m.: LonMark Series—Smart Grid Basics: Preparing Your Customers for Future Energy Changes

9 a.m.: Saving Energy in Outdoor Air Systems

9 a.m.: Selling Energy Efficiency in Today's Marketplace

9:30 a.m.: The Tools of Visibility and Interaction

10 a.m.: LonMark Series—Total Facility Control: Integrating the Process, Environment and Enterprise

10 a.m.: The Destruction of ODS for Carbon Credits—How to Turn Your Used Ozone Depleting Substances Into Cash

10:30 a.m.: BACnet Series—BACnet Lighting Integration 101

11 a.m.: Electricity Markets and HVACR With DR, ESCO 2.0

12:30 p.m.: Air Leakage Testing of Building Envelopes

1:30 p.m.: ClimateTalk Open Standards and HVACR Contractor Benefits

1:30 p.m.: LonMark Series—Case Studies: Government, Restaurant, Retail and Education

1:30 p.m.: The Visible Campus—Bringing Sustainable & Energy-Wise Designs to Focus

2 p.m.: BACnet Series—Building Sustainability Through Building Automation

2:30 p.m.: Keeping the Air Clean in Your Hospital Facility Including the Isolation Room

3 p.m.: How to Design High-Performance Air Systems for the Life of the Building

3 p.m.: LonMark Series—The Master Systems Integrator

3:30 p.m.: BACnet Series—LEED Credits & Controls

3:30 p.m.: Manteniendo el Aire Limpio en el Hospital Incluyendo la Sala de Aislamiento

For more information on the free sessions, click here.

Most of the following sessions have a small registration fee:

Sunday, Jan. 22

2 p.m.: Application of Standard 62.1-2010: Multiple Spaces Equations

2 p.m.: Understanding & Designing Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS)

4 p.m.: Understanding Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Technologies & Applications

Monday, Jan. 23

8:30 a.m.: Basics of High Performance Building Design

8:30 a.m.: Complying With Standard 90.1-2010: Envelope/Lighting

8:30 a.m.: Energy Management in New and Existing Buildings

2:30 p.m.: Advanced High Performance Building Design

2:30 p.m.: Complying With Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical

2:30 p.m.: Evaluating the Performance of LEED-Certified Buildings

2:30 p.m.: The Commissioning Process & Guideline 0

3 p.m.: Selection, Operation & Maintenance and Water Treatment for Multi-metal Boilers (free)

Tuesday, Jan. 24

9 a.m.: Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED Requirements

9 a.m.: Energy Modeling Best Practices and Applications: HVAC/Thermal

9 a.m.: Combined Heat & Power Systems

9 a.m.: Healthcare Facilities—Best Practice Design

9 a.m.: Project Management for Improved IAQ

1 p.m.: Designing Toward Net Zero Energy Commercial Buildings

1 p.m.: Healthcare Facilities—Best Practice Applications

For more information on these programs, click here.

Rounding out the educational program are a series of four workshops and panel discussions:

Monday, Jan. 23

8 a.m.: PM Live Morning Session: Hydronics Optimized for Low Energy Houses

8:30 a.m.: International Energy Agency Task 48 Solar Air-Conditioning Training Session

12:30 p.m.: PM Live Afternoon Session: The World of Green Heating

Tuesday, Jan. 24

9 a.m.: Selling Energy Efficiency in Today's Marketplace (free)

For more information on the workshops and panel discussions, click here.

In conjunction with the AHR Expo, various certification programs and exams will be available to attendees:

Friday, Jan. 20

8 a.m.: AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Course and Exam Part 1

Saturday, Jan. 21

8 a.m.: AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Course and Exam Part 2

Sunday, Jan. 22

8 a.m.: AFE Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Course and Exam Part 3

Monday, Jan. 23

9 a.m.: HVAC Review and NATE Testing

Tuesday, Jan. 24

8 a.m.: CxA Workshop & Exam

Wednesday, Jan. 25

9 a.m.: ASHRAE Certification Programs

For more information on the exams, click here.

In addition to the educational sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to get a sneak preview of some of the latest HVACR products and technologies in the New Product Technology theaters. These sessions are free and will take place throughout the show. For more information, click here.