The ASHRAE Winter Conference, which runs from Jan. 24-28, 2009, will feature an extended series of sessions at McCormick Place on Jan. 28. The conference’s technical program begins Jan. 25 at the Palmer House Hilton, however, the “Wednesday Welcome” event at the AHR Expo location offers ASHRAE members a chance to attend a kick-off morning reception and receive critical technical information at the educational sessions, with access to the show floor to see the latest in HVAC offerings. The Wednesday Welcome includes 18 hands-on, applications-type programs, held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., centering around the Technical Program theme of Sustainable Urban Design. Sessions held at McCormick Place feature back to basics sessions on load calculations and liquid chiller operations, BIM, Standard 62.1’s demand controlled ventilation and IAQ procedure, VFDs, commissioning for sustainability programs, building automation systems and sessions entitled Liability and Litigation Issues in Green Design, Part 1 and 2 and Case Studies in Sustainable Retrofit to Reduce Energy of Existing Buildings. ASHRAE sources say in total the technical program offers more than 100 sessions, with more than 140 Professional Development Hour credits available. Visit www.ashrae.org/chicago for additional information.