AHR Expo will be held Feb. 3–5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The show provides a forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties can share ideas and showcase the future of heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) technology under one roof.
Since 1930, AHR Expo has offered OEMs, engineers, contractors, facility operators, architects, educators and other industry professionals the chance to explore the latest trends and applications and to cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships. The event is cosponsored by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.
Attendees vary from major manufacturers to innovative new startups. Exhibitors will showcase and demonstrate the latest HVACR-related products, including complete systems engineered for large commercial and industrial buildings to labor-saving tools and profit-generating services for residential contractors.
The AHR Expo’s schedule of sessions for the education program include more than 200 free seminars, new product and technology presentations, professional certifications and continuing education courses. Each year, the education program discusses some of HVACR’s biggest opportunities and challenges through a series of comprehensive, informative and industry-focused sessions hosted by leaders from every sector of the industry. This year, the AHR Expo will add a series of HVACR trend discussions led by members of the AHR Expo Expert Council.
The show will feature 76 free sessions led by industry experts working with leading organizations. Each session will range from one to two hours and will aim to deliver solutions to some of the HVACR industry’s most pressing challenges and opportunities. Attendees are invited to attend general HVAC-related subjects as well as those specific to their sector of the industry and practice. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to download the MyShowPlanner app for iOS and Android to manage their show and education program schedule.
Highlights for the 2020 AHR Expo’s free seminar session agenda include:
- Global Trends in the HVACR Market presented by BSRIA Ltd.
- HVAC as a Service — How Soon Is Now? presented by BACnet International
- Fundamentals of Test, Adjust, & Balance for Engineers, Cx & Energy Providers presented by Associated Air Balance Council (AABC)
- Building for a Climate Emergency presented by AutomatedBuildings.com
- Key Factors for a Successful Snowmelt Design presented by Radiant Professionals Alliance (RPA)
- HVAC Retrofit Paradigm Shift: First, Attack Distribution System; Second, Replace Equipment presented by National Comfort Institute (NCI)
- Hydrocarbon Refrigerants presented by RSES/RSES Journal
- Fundamentals of Working with Flammable Refrigerants presented by the Institute of Refrigeration (IOR)
- SMACNA HVAC Duct Construction Standards — Metal & Flexible presented by SMACNA
- Fan Energy Index (FEI) as a Rating Metric and Design Tool presented by Air Movement and Control Association International Inc. (AMCA International)
- Cooling Tower and Water Treatment Fundamentals presented by Cooling Technology Institute (CTI)
- Marketing Trends in HVAC presented by AHR Expo Expert Council Member Pam Duffy
Continuing educationAHR Expo attendees have the opportunity to participate in professional development courses through ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) and short courses/professional development seminars approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that can apply toward maintaining P.E. licensure. Attendees are required to register and pay tuition fees in advance of the show at the ASHRAE registration website.
Full-day courses account for six earned Professional Development Hours (PDHs)/Learning Units (LUs) or 0.6 CEUs. All half-day courses are awarded three accredited PDHs/AIA LUs. Topics cover a wide range of industry subjects, including the fundamentals of the commissioning process, complying with the requirements of ASHRAE standards, laboratory design basics and beyond, optimizing indoor environments and more. Course highlights include:
- Commissioning Authority (CxA) Workshop and Exam (2 days)
- NAFA CAFS Testing and 2-Hour Tutorial; NCT Testing
- ASHRAE Certification Exams
New product and technology theater presentations
Attendees are also encouraged to sit in on exhibitor presentations in the New Product & Technology Theater. More than 100 presentations lasting approximately 20 minutes each are planned across all three days of the show. These free presentations are meant to provide attendees with brief overviews of new product announcements and technologies that can be found in exhibitor booths on the show floor. Attendees are invited to follow-up presentations with a visit to the booth for a more in-depth explanation and one-on-one interaction with products and representatives. These sessions are set to take place in special theaters right on the exhibit floor. No fee or registration is required.
Four 2020 Innovation Award winners and seven finalists will present. Winners include: Danfoss (green building); Interplay Learning (software); Infinitum Electric (ventilation); and Matelex (tools and instruments). Finalists include: Emerson (heating); Sensirion Inc. (IAQ); NIBCO Inc. (plumbing); BELIMO Americas (building automation); Smardt Chiller Group Inc. (cooling); BCA Technologies Inc. (software); and American Aldes (ventilation).
Mon., Feb. 3, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 4, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 5, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.