Healthcare Facilities
ASHRAE Technical Committee 9.6

Conference Event Information

Annual Meeting, January 30 - February 2 2021
TC 9.6 is sponsoring/co-sponsoring the following technical sessions:


Seminar 20: HVAC Design, Control and Operation of Hospitals After COVID-19 Fiasco 

 9 – 

Summary: COVID-19 came from nowhere; worldwide and without exception, our hospitals were not ready. Healthcare planners didn’t expect it and HVAC Engineers had not designed for it. So, what happens now? We obviously don’t have adequate numbers of isolation rooms and research indicates that the ventilation methods of the past are inadequate to support the infection control and indoor air quality requirements of the future. This seminar presents the latest technology and findings for the proper design, control and operation of hospitals to comply with today’s requirements. Air change per hour, filtration and building automation are among the topics of discussion.

Seminar 39: Transmission of Aerosols in Dental Treatment Rooms 

 9 – 10

Summary: Airflow patterns play an important role in determining the flow path of aerosol transmission. The spread and accumulation of aerosols in dental treatment rooms, including pathogens and other harmful biproducts, can depend on several design and operating parameters related to HVAC system. The seminar presents CFD studies that demonstrate the impact of airflow patterns on the spread of aerosols and resulting probability of infection. With experimental tests and CFD, it also discusses the evaluation of air management and role of local extract devices in mitigating the spread of aerosols and control of infection within the spaces of dental treatment rooms.





 Other programs that may be of interest:




Paper Session 19: Dehumidification: Materials, Devices, Energy Issues and Water Recover

 11 – 12
Summary: The water content of air is its humidity. Dehumidification consists in the reduction of the airs water content, and it may occur spontaneously or be forced on purpose. In the latter case, the condense that builds up affects the heat transfer properties of the device causing dehumidification, not to mention its energy consumption. Authors in this session present the negative effects of frost formation on evaporators and how they can be tackled by superhydrophilic or superhydrophobic coatings. The session investigates the gap effect in mini-channel heat exchangers with condensation and analyzes the energy associated to some dehumidification technologies cannabis indoor operations




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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.