The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers' (ASHRAE) winter meeting, to be held in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 24-28, 2004, will focus on ventilation, energy conservation and refrigeration in the technical program.

“In recent years, our technical program has focused on emerging trends and new technology,” said Ron Shelton, chair of the ASHRAE Program Committee. “While those sessions have been helpful, we have heard from attendees that they want practical information that they can use on a daily basis. This year's program will provide that guidance.”

One seminar will address the basics of residential ventilation with an emphasis on climate-specific needs and solutions. Another forum will focus on residential filter drop issues, and several sessions on energy saving measures are planned.

In other news, ASHRAE approved funding totaling $986,953 for eight research projects in the areas of indoor air quality, comfort and health, energy conservation, operating and maintenance tools, environmentally safe materials and design tools at its 2003 annual meeting held June 28-July 2 in Kansas City, Mo.