ASHRAE Seeks Papers for "Efficient, High Performance Buildings for Developing Economies" Conference

Papers are being sought for a conference focused on the design, construction and operation of buildings in developing economies.

Organized by ASHRAE along with the Philippines Chapter, the "Efficient, High Performance Buildings for Developing Economies" Conference will take place April 24-25, 2014, in Manila, Philippines. It is co-sponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) and endorsed by the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

Abstracts (400 or less words in length) are due July 12, 2013. If accepted, papers are due Oct. 18, 2013.  Submittal information can be found at

The conference addresses the challenges developing countries face in sustainable construction, such as rapidly growing energy demand, population density and urbanization, and focuses on aspects relating to design, construction and operation of high performance buildings, including the HVAC&R industry’s role in meeting this objective.

The Conference seeks to bring people from diverse cultures and climates together to share building design approaches that are responsive to local needs, said Ashish Rakheja, conference co-chair.  A key motivation behind the conference is to utilize traditional construction practices. 

"The papers and presentation will provide examples of how to apply the latest technology to achieve cost effective solutions to support high performance buildings in developing economies," he said.

Papers are sought on the following themes:
>>Design criteria for developing countries
    Hot and humid climates
    Thermal comfort preferences and cultural expectations Impact of thermal design criteria on >>Indoor air quality
    Impacts of outdoor air quality issues
    Potential application of natural ventilation
>>Energy efficiency
    Indoor environmental quality constraints on energy efficiency 
    Reductions in emissions of global warming gases through use of renewable energy 
    Energy impacts associated with water use
>>Standards and government regulations
    Green building programs in developing countries Energy efficiency standards Indoor air quality >>Refrigeration
    Refrigerants: Limitations and Opportunities Applications, e.g. improved food preservation
>>Rural communities
    Water use
    Lack of energy infrastructure
    Combustion using low-grade fuels

In addition to paper presentations, invited speakers from around the world will focus on the most critical challenges facing developing economy countries.