ASHRAE Winter Conference attracts 3,500

This years conference was held in Chicago

Adrian Catchpole (left) and new CIBSE Fellow Dru Crawley

ASHRAE CEO Jeff Littleton opened the ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago by emphasising the organisation’s growth, impact, and commitment to a sustainable future. 

He highlighted successes in the 130th year of ASHRAE, including a new region, a $2.85m US government Department of Energy grant for training energy code officials, and a return to membership growth. 

More than 3,500 delegates attended the conference and the accompanying trade fair was the second largest ever, with 1,864 exhibitors spread across 12 acres of McCormick Place.

ASHRAE’s continuing focus on internationalising its activities was evident in the awards presented at the opening plenary event. Ten of the 23 ASHRAE fellowships awarded went to members from outside North America, and two of the three student design project awards went to students from UK universities – Loughborough and Sheffield.

The Winter Conference was attended by CIBSE President Adrian Catchpole, pictured above presenting Dru Crawley, director, building performance at Bentley Systems, with a CIBSE Fellowship.