From changes to buildings created by the pandemic to decarbonisation, the 2022 ASHRAE Annual Conference in Toronto offered an exchange of knowledge to direct the future of the global built environment.

The 2022 Annual Conference took place in Toronto. Image credit: Toronto City

The 2022 Annual Conference took place in Toronto. Image credit: Toronto City

The five-day conference, held from 25-29 June at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, included eight conference tracks, tours, social events and committee meetings. More than 1800 HVACR industry professionals, building systems engineers, architects, contractors, and students attended the conference and committee meetings, in-person and virtually.

Farooq Mehboob, Fellow Life Member ASHRAE, took office as the 2022-23 ASHRAE president. In his inaugural address, Mehboob introduced ASHRAE’s theme for the Society Year, “Securing Our Future.” He focused on how the crucial personal and professional events of the past can help leverage relationships, knowledge and change as the formula for making an impact and embracing our diverse world.

“The future does not belong to those who sit and watch,” said Mehboob. “A meaningful and powerful future will not come to us… we must collectively seek it… create it… SECURE it. And that’s what we’ll do because that’s who we are. It’s in our ASHRAE DNA. Success stems from seeing an opportunity for improvement based on new knowledge and technology. This has made ASHRAE what it is today – the world’s leading global HVACR Society.”

Mehboob’s presidential address manuscript and presentation can be found at

The Annual Conference featured over 80 technical sessions and livestreamed sessions for virtual attendees.

Top in-person sessions

  • Designing for air source heat pumps in cold climates
  • Designing control systems for net-zero energy buildings and communities
  • Livestream: Climate change issues for decarbonisation, IAQ and sustainable buildings
  • Livestream: Update on the progress of the task force for building decarbonisation
  • Smart buildings as a transactive energy hub: decarbonising by enhancing building-to-grid interactions

Top Livestreamed Sessions

  • Livestream: Climate change issues for decarbonisation, IAQ and sustainable buildings
  • Livestream: COVID-19 and indoor air filtration

During the plenary session, Jeff Littleton, ASHRAE Executive Vice President and Secretary, reported on the Society’s current initiatives and in his farewell address, outgoing 2021-22 ASHRAE President Mick Schwedler reflected on his presidential year and the accomplishments realised through the 2021-22 Society theme, “Personal Growth. Global Impact. Feed the Roots.

“Our deep technical roots continue to deliver the knowledge we all need to grow personally,” said Schwedler. “These all help us to deliver extraordinary value to our more than 51,000 global members who in turn use that knowledge to serve humanity.”

The plenary session also featured a presentation of awards and honours recognising the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to the society and the industry at large. Nationally recognised STEM educator, Fredi Lajvardi, gave an exciting presentation on maximising personal potential and working together to solve complex problems. A recording of the plenary session can be accessed on the ASHRAE YouTube channel.

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offered eight courses. New courses were as follows: Introduction to Building Decarbonisation, Energy Management Best Practices and Smart HVAC Solutions for Climate Design.

All registered attendees, both in-person and virtual, will have access to the virtual conference environment on-demand for 12 months post-conference.

ASHRAE remained committed to the health and safety of conference attendees. In addition to strongly recommending mask wearing while indoors, ASHRAE provided complimentary COVID-19 testing to international travellers requiring a negative test to return to their countries of origin. ASHRAE’s Commitment to Care document explains health and safety measures the Society implemented for attendees before, during and after the conference.

The 2023 ASHRAE Winter Conference will take place 4-8 February, and the AHR Expo, February 6-8, in Atlanta.