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2015 Winter Conference – AHR Expo

2015 Winter Conference
Jan. 24-28
Palmer House Hilton

 Chicago, IL AHR Expo
Jan. 26-28
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

ASHRAE is excited to return to Chicago for the 2015 Winter Conference, its historically best-attended event. Attendees can discuss the latest topics in the building industry; participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications. Chicago also serves as the site of the AHR Expo, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and held in conjunction with the Winter Conference.
The two events combine to create the ideal atmosphere for those interested in advancing the building industry to network, inspect the latest technology and learn about the newest practices for the built environment. Don’t miss the chance to participate!

Go to the following link for additional information:–conferences/conferences/2015-ashrae-winter-conference

Bill Coad’s Passing

St. Louis ASHRAE Chapter Members,

I regret to inform you that past Society President and past Chapter President Bill Coad passed away Saturday, 8/10/2014.

Visitation will be 8/18 from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. A funeral mass will occur 8/19 at 1:00 pm. Both events will be held at:

Kutis Funeral Home
10151 Gravois Road
St. Louis, MO 63123

ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference Announces Preliminary Schedule

2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference
Sept. 10–12, 2014
Atlanta, GA

A preliminary schedule has been announced for the 2014 ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA Building Simulation Conference, which merges the ASHRAE Energy Modeling and IBPSA-USA SimBuild Conferences.

In addition, the schedule of pre-Conference courses has been finalized, and applications are now being accepted for student scholarships to attend the Conference.

The Conference theme of ‘BIM, BEM and SIM—Integrated Building Design and Modeling’ focuses on workflow and integration.

The papers and non-paper presentations selected for the Conference address these areas as well as innovations in modeling for the benefit of the energy modeling and building simulation industries.

The papers and presentations are organized around the following topics:

•Urban Modeling
•State of the Art BIM
•Design Firms
•New Simulation Approaches
•BIM in the Cloud
•Codes and Rating Systems
•Life Cycle Cost Analysis

Attendees will benefit by networking, by participating in numerous hands-on modeling and simulation presentations, and by seeing current tools available in the marketplace, their applications and workarounds.

In all,some 80 papers and some 80 non-paper presentations are slated to be presented.

A featured keynote speaker is Dru Crawley, Bentley, who is scheduled to deliver an address titled “BIM to SIM: Trends in Buildings, Technologies and Tools.” Additional keynote speakers are being identified.

A “Market-Reality Session—Modeling Tools” features major modeling and simulation vendors who will explain and answer questions about their software’s capabilities. Confirmed vendors are: Autodesk, Carrier, EnergyPlus, IES, OpenStudio and Trane.

In addition, 12 courses and software training are scheduled prior to the Conference on Sept. 8–9. See for course descriptions and registration.

A post-conference ASHRAE Building Energy Modeling Professional certification exam will be administered on Sept. 12. Separate registration is required.

Registration Information

Early bird registration closes on July 24. For more information or to register, visit

Student scholarships are available to students and recent graduates to apply for support for registration, hotel and travel. The application cut-off is July 25, 2014. Visit to submit a scholarship application.

Geothermal Design Course

The Geothermal Alliance of IL will sponsor an IGSHPA Certified Geothermal Designer course June 3-5, 2014, in Peoria. Ed Lohrenz, B.E.S. and CGD, of GEOptimize, Inc., in Winnipeg, Manitoba, is the instructor. Ed has been a regular trainer at the annual IL Geothermal Conference and is a highly-regarded CGD trainer.
The course will be held in the training facility of Connor Co. (Comfort Supply) in Peoria. The address is 2800 N. East Adams, Peoria 61603.

A course description/outline and complete information and on-line registration can be found at An early registration discount is available through May 17. Until then, registration is $1,995 for GAOI members and $2,095 for non-members. GAOI member organizations also get a $200 discount for more than one registration per company.

A block of overnight rooms is available at the Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria, 101 Mariners Way. Call 309-694-1300 for reservations and ask for the GAOI rate.

For information, contact John Freitag, GAOI executive director, at 217-241-7973 or