ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter

Advances in Technology and the AEC Industry
Meeting 7 - Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
Registration Deadline
Tuesday, April 20th, 2021
Event Description

Advances in Technology and the AEC Industry

Technology changes and advances literally every day; and, just in the last generation, these advances have completely transformed the way buildings are designed, constructed, and operated. This program will look at some of the history of advances in technology and how these advances have changed the AEC industry. The program will also discuss how new technologies will affect the future of our industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discover the Technology Curve
  • Review the History of Technology & Technology Life Changers

  • Look at Current Trends and How They Have Affected Our Industry
  • Explore What the Future Might Look Like


Thomas Phoenix, Principal, CPL Architects and Engineers

Thomas Phoenix is a Principal with the Architectural/Engineering firm of CPL Architects and Engineers at their office in Greensboro, NC, USA. He has a B.S. degree in engineering from NC State University. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and six other States and has over 30 years of experience in the design, operation, and maintenance of building mechanical systems.


Mr. Phoenix has been an active member of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers) since 1982, and was elevated to the grade of Fellow in 2011. He is an ASHRAE Presidential Member, having served as Society President in 2014-15. He previously served terms on ASHRAE’s Board of Directors as Society Treasurer, Society Vice President, as a Director at Large, and as Director and Regional Chairman of Region IV.

Mr. Phoenix currently serves as Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guides Steering Committee, and as Co-Chair of the new ASHRAE Task Force for Building Decarbonization.

He also currently serves on the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) Board of Directors as their Treasurer.

Tech Session
Joel Primeau
Topic: Well integrated HVAC design

Description:  Last month, ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge made a number of very excellent points on the need to integrate designs, and he's shown us many great examples of  successfully well integrated building projects... This presentation aims to continue the conversation about integrated design by proposing practical and pragmatic solutions to achieve well integrated HVAC designs. The market will continue to demand ever more efficient buildings, towards net zero and zero carbon designs. The HVAC equipment we manufacture are efficient but the rate of the energy efficiency improvement is decreasing. In other word, if buildings are to continue to be more efficient, then we need to do more with the building itself and not rely solely on the HVAC equipment.


Zoom credentials will be mailed out the morning of the program - check your clutter/junk files.


Contact & Support

Sandy Taylor
Chapter Director, ASHRAE Ottawa Valley Chapter

All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Research Donation
Meeting Registration
Zoom Webinar - Zoom credentials will be emailed the day of the program
ASHRAE Associate, Affiliate or Member $0.00
ASHRAE Student $0.00
Non-Member $10.00
Non-Member Student $10.00
Sponsor a Student
3:00pm - 3:45pm
Tech Session - Well integrated HVAC design
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Advances in Technology and the AEC Industry
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