Held annually in conjunction with the AHR Expo, ASHRAE's Winter Conference provides technical training and guidance, networking opportunities and access to the latest technology. For engineers and others who cannot attend the meeting in person, scheduled for January 23-27, 2010, at the Orange County Convection Center in Orlando, ASHRAE has added a virtual conference.

Participants in the virtual conference will be able to interact with speakers and attendees by posting questions and comments, viewing other attendees' comments and viewing the presenters' responses through an online discussion board. They also will have access to ASHRAE's traditional recordings of synced audio and PowerPoint presentations.

Those already registered to attend the conference in person receive all virtual content for free. Online, conference attendees can access more than 250 presentations, including seminar presentations, select Transactions sessions, posters, and questions and answers from attendees and presenters. Online access is provided for one year.

ASHRAE members can register for the virtual event at www.ashrae.org/orlandovirtual for $299. Non-members may register for $464, and registration includes a one-year ASHRAE membership upon completion of membership application.