Ample opportunities exist for learning
away from the Show floor as well. They
include more than 50 free educational
sessions presented on site by experts
representing industry organizations.
In addition, the ASHRAE Learning
Institute (ALI) offers professional development seminars and short courses at
the Show that are approved for continuing education credit. They include
“High-Performance Building Design:
Applications and Future Trends.” You
can register at ALI's booth at the Show.
Communication drives the show.
Innovation fuels the engine that keeps
everyone coming back.
“AHR Expo is a unique marketplace
where the providers (manufacturers)
of HVAC&R and related products can
connect directly with those who need
to see, touch, and compare the most
advanced systems, equipment and
components available anywhere in the
world. For those responsible for high
performing buildings, it’s all about the
communication of information and sustainable solutions,” said Stevens.
According to the “World Green Building Trends 2016:
Developing Markets Accelerate Global Green Growth”
study from Dodge Data and Analytics. Thirty-five percent
of respondents to the 2015 survey said regulations was
a trigger to increase their firm’s involvement in “green,”
12% growth from 2012.
The Show floor is also rich with
opportunities to learn more about
the parts of the industry that might
not intersect with your everyday job.
“There are lots of different niches
that the architect, for example,
needs to know,” said Stevens. “For
instance, HVAC equipment applica-
tion and performance, building auto-
mation/integration, energy saving
and conservation options and other
mechanical systems—they’re all
there for the picking.”
You’ll be able to find everything
from solar panels and energy recov-
ery to IAQ monitors and chillers
among the more than 760 general
types of products. A small sampling
of the products is featured on subse-
UPPER LEFT Many exhibitors offer brief
sessions at their booth to educate their
customers about their newest product
offerings. In addition, more than 100
exhibitors offer short Product Previews in
the New Product and Technology Theater.
UPPER RIGHT AND ABOVE RIGHT ASHRAE’s
Winter Conference offers a strong
education program. Among the offerings
are several seminars on how water and
energy management are connected.
ABOVE LEFT Manufacturers bring their
newest product offerings to the Show to
meet visitor demand for innovation.
Finding Your Way
Consider that 8 miles of carpeting
covered the aisles at AHR Expo’s last
show in Orlando. This show will be even
bigger. So, it’s important to have a plan
before you start exploring the Show floor.
“Visitors will be well-served spending
some time on our website [ahrexpo.
com] and doing some research, so they
don’t do what I do at the supermarket,
which is walk up one aisle and down the
next. They need to plan,” said Stevens.
“If people know what they want to see in
advance and plan ahead, [the Show] can
be done without being overwhelming.”
At ahrexpo.com, you can search for
everything from exhibiting companies
to specific types of products to see to
what educational sessions to attend.
(And, the educational sessions are perfect opportunities to rest your feet!)
On AHR Expo’s website, go to the
“Attend” tab and click on MyShow
Planner to create a specialized itinerary.
AHR Expo is Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at the
Las Vegas Convention Center.
You can learn more at
At ASHRAE Winter Conference's that
runs concurrently to AHR Expo, experts
in the HVAC&R industry work together to
develop standards on high performing
buildings, water conservation, energy
efficiency, and more. Much of this vital
work happens at the conference, with
nearly 700 technical committees and
standards committees meetings.
In addition, the conference offers a
strong education program including
many seminars and papers on issues
Several seminars explore how water
and energy management are connected
and how conserving energy can reduce
and control water consumption.
ASHRAE’s Winter Conference is Jan.
28 to Feb. 1 at Caesars Palace.
You can register at