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We're running it again, Integrated HVAC Engineering: Mastering Comfort, Health, and Efficiency.

2016 ACI National Home Performance Conference
Austin, Texas
Hosted by
Home Performance Coalition

Seminars made possible with funding from Uponor.

Seminar #1: Providing a Comfort Value Proposition to Homeowners: Understanding Comfort Metrics

Comfort is a critical aspect of building performance that is at the heart of customers’ satisfaction in their homes. Yet comfort is an elusive target, since the experience of comfort varies from person to person and changes over time. This session will focus on specific applications—both existing and conceptual—for evaluating and predicting comfort in residential buildings, and present the results of actual comfort measurements in homes. In this session you’ll learn about ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, its history and scope, as well as data and projects incorporating comfort metrics.

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Easy access password - limited time only = ACI2016.Comfort.Bean

If you want to be informed of updates join our IEQ Linked-In discussion group.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Become familiar with the impacts of architectural design, building enclosures and space conditioning systems related to occupant comfort.

  2. Be able to describe how low load homes may impact occupant comfort.

  3. Be able to describe the key metrics for compliance with ASHRAE Standard 55 Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy and become familiar with using the CBE / ASHRAE 55 on-line thermal comfort compliance tool.

Seminar #2: The Unintended Consequences of Energy Conservation: Why the 3 Little Pigs Must Die

Abstract: If Howard Cosell were an engineer…in the Team Green corner representing conservation, are the industry favorites of enclosure improvements and energy efficiency. In the Team Chaos corner representing entropy is the relatively unknown but oh so important exergy efficiency. Judging the match are the three little pigs of combustion, customization and complexity. Before your eyes you will see how two “energy” rights make an “exergy” wrong and why the porkers must die. This is THE epic irony of the 21st century; a contest laced with unintended consequences conflicting with the very philosophies of sustainability and earth stewardship. You’ll want front row seats for this match up.

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the flaws in conservation of energy as the exclusives solution to sustainability.

  2. Describe why matching energy demands with energy sources must include an evaluation of temperatures.

  3. Explain why low grade non industrial energy from renewables is ideally matched to non-industrial applications such as space heating and cooling

Easy access password - limited time only = ACI2016.Exergy.Bean

If you want to be informed of updates join our IEQ Linked-In discussion group.

Password protected: The files are password protected and available to conference attendees, ASHRAE members and members of our IEQ Linked-In discussion group.  There is no charge for the file but at the very least you must be a registered member of our discussion group.

Instructions to obtain the password - follow these exactly as stated, if we are not responding to your request see below, "Top 5 reasons why we may not have sent you the password".



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Go to the IEQ group and join up.
If you are already a member of our group go to Step 3
Note: we post notices in several Linked-In groups but we only manage password requests at the IEQ group, use link to right>>>

Go here to the IEQ Linked-In discussion group and request to join


In the IEQ group post this entire string of text:

"please send me the password for the
2016 ACI Conference slides at this URL; <>

Go here to post your password request (please don't post requests in other Linked-In groups, our admin. people don't monitor them)


If you have questions please post them in the IEQ group. Before sending us private emails for assistance see our Services page>>

Post questions here in the IEQ group or go here for Services

Top 5 reasons why we may not have sent you the password:
1 You have not joined our IEQ group as per instruction step #2.
Why is this important? Linked-In does not allow us to send private emails to non-members.
2 You have not posted a password request at the IEQ group as per instruction step #3
3 You have not included the text string as per instruction step #3
4 You have sent us a private email requesting the password - see instruction step #3 and step #4
5 You have posted a request in another Linked-In discussion group - see instruction step #2

Background - we have well over 800 pages at the website many with course slides and spreadsheet tools. In order for us to manage who wants what and from where, our administrative team assigns a password to a URL and uses the IEQ Linked In group to manage the request. Additionally our email is backlogged to last year so sending us private emails requesting passwords for this years conference material is an exercise in futility...if you really want the resources - please follow the instructions.

For additional support visit our visitor service page.

Additional Reading

The Interaction and Connection between Buildings, HVAC System, and Indoor Environmental Quality
Human Factors in HVAC: Thermal Comfort and IAQ for Lifetime Housing


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