2015 Rocky Mountain ASHRAE Tech Conference

Denver, Colorado – The Rocky Mountain chapter of ASHRAE held their annual technical conference on April 24th. The event was well-attended and all of the presentations in the Building Automation track were interesting and informative. I was one of the speakers, filling in for Steve, and I spoke on the BAS upgrade decision: full replacement vs. phased migration. My main message was one you might have heard from us at S4 many times: investigate before you integrate!

Due to the unique ‘green’ industry that is now thriving in Colorado, there was even a presentation on design practices for marijuana grow facilities, which is definitely not a talk one would find anywhere else, at least not in a professional setting. James Vallort, ASHRAE Society Vice-President, gave the keynote address on greening data centers – a topic I found relevant, as Utah is home to an NSA data center and others. The afternoon keynote address was given by Larry Gelin, of CFM Company, who gave an entertaining and informative talk on the importance of comfort and control of HVAC systems for employees.

The event was a great learning experience, and it’s no wonder Rocky Mountain ASHRAE has been doing this for 23 years.

If you’re in the Denver area, check out their ASHRAE chapter here: http://rockymtnashrae.com/