Healthcare Facilities
ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.6

Conference Event Information

Kansas City Meeting, June 2019
TC 9.6 is sponsoring/co-sponsoring the following technical sessions:


Seminar 2: Net-Zero Hospital Guidebook (ASHRAE/RHEVA)

Sunday, June 23, 8:00 AM–9:00 AM
Location: KCCC, 1st Floor, 2105
Summary: Did you know that the average hospital in Germany uses 85 kBTU/sf-year, while the average North American hospital uses 95 kBTU/sf-year in natural gas? The ASHRAE/RHEVA Guidebook towards Net Zero Hospital Buildings aims to provide practical guidance for engineers, hospital owners, and regulators in both Europe and North America. This session shows an update on the bench-marking, the processes, and the challenges that hospitals face in addressing the energy needs of the coming decade.


Seminar 15: Indoor Relative Humidity: Evaluating Dry Air and Measures of Health

Sunday, June 23, 1:30 PM–3:00 PM
Location: KCCC, 1st Floor, 2103C
Summary: The US General Services Administration studied four well-functioning office buildings and measured significantly higher level of stress and poorer sleep quality in occupants who spent the majority of time in conditions of very dry or humid air. We then engaged subject matter experts to help us interpret these findings. We will share the results of our project and a range of research on the influence of relative humidity on health. The panel will engage the audience in a discussion on next steps to further understand this relationship, and, to improve indoor environments to enhance occupant health.


Conference Paper Session 14: Improved Ventilation for Healthcare Facilities and Disease Transmission

Tuesday, June 25, 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
Location: KCCC, 1st Floor, 2203
Summary:Healthcare facilities and disease transmission have unique requirements for their designs to ensure occupant health and safely. This session evaluates the impact of cooling loads on the performance of displacement ventilation, proposes a simplified design for airborne infection isolation rooms, and highlights a research project conducted to explore an isolation system that can be stored in a small space and deployed in flight to limit the speed of infectious airborne. This session also discusses important safety-oriented code requirements that tend to be overlooked in mechanical design.





 Other programs that may be of interest:


Seminar 34: Microbial Risks in the Built Environment: "Legionella" Commissioning and Supplemental Disinfection of Building Water Systems

Monday, June 24, 11:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location: KCCC, 1st Floor, 2104B
With increasing numbers of reported cases of Legionnaires' disease, ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2018 "Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems" requires the implementation of a water management program which includes the design and operation of building water systems. Part of this design requirement is to properly decontaminate a potable water system before occupancy. After the building is in operation, control measures, such as supplemental disinfection, may be needed to reduce the risk of Legionella amplification. This session reviews methods for decontamination of water systems before building start up, and the application of supplemental disinfection as an ongoing control strategy.


Seminar 61: PIC Valve Technologies, Applications, and Commissioning

Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 AM–9:30 AM
Location: KCCC, 1st Floor, 2104A
Summary: We are at the advent of a movement in the hydronics industry with the introduction of Pressure Independent Control Valves similar to VAV boxes of the 80s. There are different technologies available in the market; each with benefits that need to be understood to be applied properly. This program will educate the attendees about the proper application of PIC valves as well as what testing, balancing, and commissioning is required to assure the performance is achieved for the life of the system.




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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.