Computer Applications
ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.5

Meeting Information

ASHRAE 2020 Winter Conference
Orlando, FL

TC 1.5 is sponsoring or cosponsoring the following technical sessions at the ASHRAE 2020 Winter Conference.

Seminar 12 (Intermediate): Cannabis Grow Facilities: Challenges for HVAC Design, Equipment Selection and Operation, Part 2
Sunday, February 2, 11:00 AM–12:30 PM

Location: Hilton Orlando, LL, Orange Ballroom G

Program Track: HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications

Chair: Stephen Roth, P.E.

Technical Committee:1.5 Computer Applications

Co-Sponsoring Committee: 2.2 Plant and Animal Environment

The legalization of cannabis in many U.S. states and Canada is providing a unique growth opportunity for the HVAC industry. Grow facilities that focus on cannabis require specific air conditions that differ from conventional HVAC systems. The first speaker discusses how HVAC load calculations and psychrometries differ for grow facilities versus conventional HVAC applications. The second speaker discusses how specialized software is required to size equipment for grow facilities due to the emphasis on latent loads and the many different room conditions that are required. The final speaker focuses on HVAC equipment selection for grow facilities.

1. HVAC Load Calculations for Cannabis Grow Facilities

Presenting Author: Nadia Sabeh, P.E., Dr. Greenhouse, Inc., Sacramento, CA, USA

2. Why Selection Software Is Essential for Sizing Equipment for Grow Facilities

Presenting Author: Stephen Roth, P.E., Carmel Software Corp., San Rafael, CA, USA

3. HVAC Equipment Selection for Cannabis Grow Facilities

Presenting Author: Daniel Dettmers, Quest Dehumidifiers, Madison, WI, USA


Seminar 23 (Advanced): The Great Energy Predictor Shootout III

Sunday, February 2, 3:15 PM–4:45 PM

Location: Hilton Orlando, LL, Orange Ballroom D

Program Track: HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications

Chair: Jeff Haberl, Ph.D.

Technical Committee: 1.5 Computer Applications

Co-Sponsoring Committee: 4.7 Energy Calculations

This seminar presents the results of the long-awaited ASHRAE Predictor Shootout III competition to determine who has the most accurate procedure(s) for automatically predicting whole-building energy use for a large number of buildings (i.e., big data). Previous ASHRAE Shootout competitions were held in 1993 and 1995. This seminar includes presentations on how the contest was organized; what approaches contestants used; and presents the winners of competition, as well as a discussion about the importance of the competition to ASHRAE’s Strategic Research Goals.

1. Organization of the Predictor Shootout III

Presenting Author: Krishnan Gowri, Ph.D., BIM2BEM Solutions, Bothell, PA, USA

2. Value of the Predictor Shootout III Competition

Presenting Author: Chris Balbach, P.E., Performance Systems Development, Ithaca, NY, USA

3. Data Collection and Result Analysis for the Predictor Shootout III
Presenting Author: Clayton Miller, Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Attend a Committee Meeting

ALL ASHRAE committee meetings, including this TC’s meetings at the Winter and Annual Society conferences, are open to the public at no cost nor is conference registration required. Interested visitors, local chapter members, and potential new TC members are always welcome. However to attend technical program sessions sponsored by the TC will require registration and payment of any applicable fee.

Participation in an ASHRAE TC provides the opportunity to grow professionally and to contribute to the advancement of HVAC&R within an international organization recognized for shaping the future of the built environment through research, standards writing, publishing, and education.