Papers on innovations in cold-climate HVAC design are sought for the seventh International HVAC Cold Climate Conference, to be held Nov. 12-14, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Hosted by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, along with HVACR, architecture, interior-design, and building-construction-industry colleagues from around the world, the event will cover key elements of a strategy by which scientists, designers, engineers, manufacturers, and other decision makers in cold-climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality with minimal use of resources and energy.

The range of topics includes energy and sustainability in arctic environments, building technology for people in the arctic, indoor environment and health, challenges for remote areas, cold-climate building envelopes and moisture management, HVAC-system operation and maintenance, and cold-climate standards, codes, regulations, and requirements.

From Aug. 17 to Dec. 1, 2011, interested parties are to submit abstracts of no more than 350 words summarizing the objectives, approach, results, and conclusions of proposed papers and providing five to seven keywords here. Accepted papers will be due April 1, 2012. For additional information, contact meetings@ashrae.org.

The International HVAC Cold Climate Conference was initiated by the Scandinavian Federation of Heating, Ventilation and Sanitary Engineering Associations (SCANVAC). The six previous conferences were held in Rovaniemi, Finland, in 1994, Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1997, Sapporo, Japan, in 2000, Trondheim, Norway, in 2003, Moscow in 2006, and Sisimiut, Greenland, in 2009.