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2021 ASHRAE Virtual Design and Construction Conference

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2021 ASHRAE Virtual Design and Construction Conference

March 8-10, 2021 | Virtual Conference


The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Design and Construction Conference takes place March 8-10, 2021. The inaugural conference seeks to fill a need for ASHRAE members and practitioners using or planning to apply virtual design and construction in the design, construction and operation of HVAC systems.  The conference will provide an in depth look at the current  state-of-the-industry and near future outlook in such areas as virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), machine learning, LiDAR Mapping, photogrammetry, and “digital twin” technologies as they are currently being applied to integrated design, building information modeling, project management, cost estimating, scheduling and sequencing, pre-fabrication, off-site construction, modular construction, robotics and automated installation, 3D printing, facility management, asset management and operations.

The proposed conference theme is “Reality – how advanced technologies are being used today; and, Potential – new applications for advanced technologies.” The program will include invited speakers and a call for presentations.
The conference scope encompasses the design, construction and operation of HVAC systems in the Built Environment through the use of advanced technologies.  The content will emphasize case studies with specific “how-to, how we did it, what we plan to do next to improve,” current best practices. 

Some specific topics include:

  • Virtual Reality (VR)
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Digital Twin
  • Pre-fabrication
  • Off-site Construction
  • Modular Construction
  • Generative Design
  • Digital Practice
  • Integrated design and construction
  • Applying VR and AR to training and assisting building operators and service providers
  • Asset Management and Operation

View the technical program, schedule, speakers and sponsors here:

Technical Program

Add your story to 'The Engine Room'

The conference will feature an interactive, peer-to-peer session addressing common concerns among attendees.  It’ll be an opportunity to get fresh perspectives to all things VDC in this facilitated. In The Engine Room, you’ll be joining a series of breakout sessions where specific areas across the project lifecycle are discussed openly among peers.

Be sure to give your input to our Engine Room design! Take this one-question survey to have your topic considered for The Engine Room.



Registration Includes:

  • Three days packed with learning and live discussions
  • Over 10, live sessions that will be available on-demand for one year post conference
  • Daily keynote presentations
  • Virtual Networking and Sponsor Hall
  • PDH Credits

Registration Pricing:

Member $99
Non Member  $150
Student $65
Speaker $65
Company Package 3-5 $600
Company Package 6-10 $1,000
Company Package 11-20 $1,400



Participate in this inaugural Virtual Design and Construction Conference as a sponsor. Two opportunities are available – Friend level at $500 and Virtual Conference level at $2,500, which includes a kiosk and multiple other benefits.

For additional details or to sign-up, access the 'Sponsor Form' above. 

Speaker Resources

Presentation PPT Template


Registration Launches on ASHRAE.org

June 19, 2020 Call for Presentation Proposals Opens
November 13, 2020 Presentation Proposals Due
December 9, 2020 Abstract Reviews Complete
December 10, 2020 Accept/Reject Notifications
December 18, 2020 Speaker Acceptance and Forms Due
January 8, 2021 Presentation Templates Delivered
January 8, 2021 Finalize Sessions (Schedule)
January 18, 2021 Announce Program
February 1, 2021 Presentations Due
February 8, 2021 Commercialism Reviews Complete
March 8, 2021 Conference Begins

Steering Committee:

Chair: Dennis Knight
Vice Chair: Mitchell Swann
Chris Wilkins
Angie Simon
Robin Bryant
Dru Crawley
Krishnan Gowri
Marcus Fich
Keith Hammelman

Thank You to Our Sponsors: