Healthcare Facilities
ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.6

Conference Event Information

Atlanta Meeting, January 2019
TC 9.6 is sponsoring/co-sponsoring the following technical sessions:



Seminar 29: Cutting-Edge Japanese Technologies SHASE Annual Award for ZEB Constructions in 2018

Monday, January 14, 9:45AM-10:45AM
Location: GWCC, 4th Floor, Building A, A410

Summary: Two ZEBs, featuring a renewable and natural system with a SHASE Technical Award, are introduced. One is a city hall which achieved "Nearly ZEB" with groundwater and woody biomass hot water for desiccant and radiant air-conditioning. This all-renewable energy system covers 53.4% of the annual heating/cooling load. Another is a ZEB renovation of occupied buildings which achieved positive energy balance after retrofitting while people are working inside. Major measures include: geothermal air-conditioning, solar heating, natural ventilation, desiccant units for intake air and PV and Wellness Control System. Energy reduction of 71% and PV created a Positive Energy Building (PEB).

Seminar 37: Space Pressurization for Infection Control and Hospital Accreditation

Monday, January 14, 11:00AM - 12:00PM 
Location: GWCC, 3rd Floor, Building A, A305

Summary: To maintain accreditation, the operations staff in a hospital has to maintain and demonstrate performance of the HVAC systems that pressurize critical spaces. Success starts with mechanical design principles and continues through construction and commissioning. Finally, it persists in a formal, documented performance monitoring program. This session explains physical aspects of pressurization, analyzes design approaches and design decisions. Finally, it presents the ideas and execution of a monitoring and maintenance program that supports infection control and accreditation.

Seminar 56: Humidity IS Health

Tuesday, January 15, 11:00AM - 12:30PM 
Location: GWCC, 3rd Floor, Building A, A305

Summary: New studies correlate moderate indoor humidity levels with reduced viral and bacterial infections in both young and elderly building occupants. Other health benefits are also seen with these humidity levels. This seminar presents these results, as well as updates on the high-pressure fogging systems recently allowed in healthcare facilities by BSR/ASHRAE/ASHE Addendum m to ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2013. In addition, the expected break-even points of some of the currently available humidification solutions will be shown.

Seminar 67: In Legionella, Measure What Matters: Insights for the Water Quality Practitioner

Wednesday, January 16, 9:45AM-10:45AM
Location: GWCC, 3rd Floor, Building B, B315

Summary: Water Management Plans are considered a good tool to manage bacterial growth including Legionella in Building Water Systems. However, water management plans that are being developed are missing important information. This seminar will discuss the state of science and the latest key insights from standards and guidelines that the practitioner needs to know. Case studies will be used to show what a good management plan consists of and what is missing from others

Other programs that may be of interest:


Seminar TC: Defining Health

Monday, January 13, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Location: TBD

Summary: ASHRAE SGPC 10 is interested in the topic of health relative to its charge to maintain a document that comprehensively addresses Interactions Affecting the Achievement of Acceptable Indoor Environments. "Acceptable" involves comfort and health, but definitions of health are elusive (and often circular). The objective of this interactive workshop is to explore "health" through a structured interaction between the session presenters, panels members from diverse disciplines, and the audience. The intended outcome is a better understanding of how to define health in the context of building environmental variables.

Conference Paper Session 5: Analysis of HVAC Systems for Specific Applications 

Sunday, January 13, 1:30PM-3:00PM
Location: GWCC, 4th Floor, Building A, A408

Summary: Data centers and hospitals have unique requirements for their design. Data centers consume large amounts of power and generate a lot of heat. Hospitals have unique needs with respect to air movement and ventilation. This sessions highlights methods to simulate those environments to achieve optimal design.

Seminar 18: "Hot Topics for Hotlanta": Emerging Applications and Markets for UVC

Sunday, January 13, 1:30PM-3:00PM 
Location: GWCC, 3rd Floor, Building A, A301

Summary: This seminar informs the attendees about some of the emerging markets for UVC equipment and address hot topics like Legionella control, cannabis farming and UVC for Healthcare. Outbreaks, crop health and HAIs are big concerns and as some of the most common and ubiquitous pathogens develop a resistance to the most widely used antibiotics building engineers, facility managers, business owners and home owners have turned to UVC for help in creating and maintaining a safe indoor environment. These are some of the reasons that have created new and renewed demand for UVC systems and equipment.



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