Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability
ASHRAE Technical Committee 2.8

Meetings Information


Technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC at the Summer Tampa Meeting are listed below. See you there!
Past technical sessions sponsored/cosponsored by this TC can be found here dating back to Long Beach 2017

Monday, June 26, 2023

Seminar 23: Future Proofing our Built Environment through Global Collaboration
 – If ASHRAE is to maintain leadership as an essential knowledge resource for a sustainable, high-performance built environment, the experience of HVAC professionals outside of North America must be strategically understood and valued. In particular toward addressing areas of rapid growth, South America, South Asia and Africa should be a focus of activity. Two thirds of countries where we see most of the growth in building stock still lack mandatory building codes. Engineers active in these ASHRAE Regions will share their perspectives and guidance for future work, including the adoption, harmonization and adaptation of standards concerning space cooling and refrigeration.

Seminar: Presentation 1: Built Environment Standards in the Global South: The African Experience
Presenting Author: Akinbowale Soluade, AOS Consulting, South Africa
Seminar: Presentation 2: Collaboration Opportunities for ASHRAE in Emerging Economies: India Perspective
Presenting Author: Ashish Rakheja, AEON, Noida, India
Seminar: Presentation 3: Designing without Codes: The Story in Pakistan
Presenting Author: Farhan Mehboob, ASHRAE Region at Large
Seminar: Presentation 4: Adopting ASHRAE Standards in Brazil and Argentina
Presenting Author: Oswaldo de Siqueira Bueno, ASHRAE Region XII, Brazil

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Debate 2: College of Fellows Debate: Engineers Have An Obligation To Decarbonize

Decarbonization is the hot (no pun intended) topic rolling through the design, construction and operations arenas of the built environment.  The world is at the precipice of irreversible climate change.  Engineers are at the heart of built environment, not just in design, but in the manufacture and operation of buildings and crucial infrastructure and the equipment and materials used to construct them.  Reducing our societal carbon footprint is essential to pull back from this precipice. Engineers have an obligation to decarbonize.  Yay or nay? Come hear the College of Fellows debate!

Moderator: Lawrence Spielvogel
Co-Sponsoring Technical Committees: 1.7 Business, Management & General Legal Education and 7.1 Integrated Building Design


The decarbonization of buildings is of paramount importance, and there are many pathways to achieve net-zero.  However, electrification is not always practical for all buildings and climates, and it doesn't always reduce CO2 emissions. Therefore, carbon capture should be considered as part of the solution.  This seminar presents three technical approaches to capture building CO2:  from combustion exhaust (boilers, furnaces and power generation); from incoming natural gas supply, producing clean a burning hydrogen fuel; and as CO2 direct air capture from the HVAC systems.  All three opportunities will be presented in this comprehensive and cohesive seminar on carbon capture.
Co-Sponsoring Technical Committees: 2.5 Global Climate Change

Seminar: Presentation 1: Reducing Carbon Emissions with Carbon Capture with Utilization or Storage: Techno-Economic Analysis
Presenting Author: Matt Lensink, P.Eng, CEM Engineering, Oakville, ON, Canada
Seminar: Presentation 2: Carbon Reduction Using Building Carbon Capture with a New York City Case Study
Presenting Author: Shane Johnson, Carbon Quest, Rosalia, WA, USA
Seminar: Presentation 3: Direct Air Capture System Integrated to Building Thermal Management Systems
Presenting Author: Kashif Nawaz, Oak Ridge National laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, USA
Seminar: Presentation 4: Pre-Combustion Carbon Capture with Hydrogen Production in Light of New Federal Tax Credits: A Comparison of Three Production Methods
Presenting Author: James Leidel, DTE Energy, Rochester Hills, MI, USA

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

The ASHRAE TRP-1814 started in 2018, and it took the project team 4 years to complete the project due to COVID and other challenges. This project will help ASHRAE maintain its leadership position by developing energy standards and other publications targeted to commercial buildings that will help engineers, designers, contractors and owners build and operate progressively more energy-efficient facilities that deliver acceptable indoor environmental quality. The project final report is submitted and approved by PMS and sponsoring TC 2.8 in December 2022.

Presentation 1: Common Factors to Secondary Schools That Meet or Exceed Ashrae Standard 90.1-2010
Presenting Author: Xiaohui Zhou, Dr., Slipstream, Madison, WI, USA
Presentation 2: Comparison of the Actual Energy Performance of Secondary School Buildings: Ashrae 90.1- 2010 Vs. 2004
Presenting Author: Zhihong Pang, Dr., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouce, LA, USA


Attend a Committee Meeting

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.