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Looking Ahead to AHR Expo 2023 - Atlanta

Aug. 11, 2022
What are the messages we need to bring to the greatest physical show on earth in Atlanta?

Yikes, already? Yes! As always we take drive and inspiration from the annual AHR Expo. The place to see, experience, learn, grow and connect with everything HVAC/R. This year the event will be held in beautiful Atlanta, GA Feb. 6-8.

We have gained great insights from the highly creative COVID years and are starting to redefine our buildings as both physical and virtual spaces in this new, remote, anywhere-everywhere work world. How will the Metaverse change our approaches? What are the new virtual tools now in our hands, and how can we best use them? And of course the big question: what are the messages we need to bring to the greatest physical show on earth in Atlanta?

In our MondayLive! zoom meetings we often talk about the value of "Getting out of our own way." Here is some insight into what we mean:

How to Get Out of Your Own Way (from a article authored by Sydney Axelrod and Danielle Blinka)

Realizing you’re an obstacle to your own success can be frustrating. However, standing in your own way is a common problem you can overcome. You can get out of your own way by letting go of negative thinking so you can create a positive mindset. By practicing mindfulness, you can learn to live in the present moment rather than in the future or past. Then, you can work to overcome your bad habits and pursue your goals!

Get out of your own way and prepare for the changing conversation about everything that is brewing for 2023 Atlanta.

Our August theme is “Preparing for AHRExpo 2023.” Help us curate the messages our industry wants to take to Atlanta in this, our 23rd year of Education Sessions.

The AHR Expo provides a forum where manufacturers of all sizes and specialties come together to share ideas and showcase the future of HVACR technology. Since 1930, the AHR Expo has remained a unique place for OEMs, engineers, contractors, technicians, facility operators, architects, educators, and other industry professionals to explore the latest trends and applications and to cultivate mutually beneficial business relationships. The event is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, endorsed by many industry-leading organizations, and is held concurrently with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.

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In our industry, everyone I’ve been talking to lately acknowledges that the conversation has changed. We need to regroup and present strong, unified messages to our followers and the public. Much of what has changed is the scope and the subject of our purpose. COVID has us remote-repurposing our buildings while placing greater than ever emphasis on ensuring healthy built environments. We have redefined and recreated the purpose of our original automated temperature control systems to provide a better digital experience both on-site and remotely.

Since last AHR Expo edition, "Vegas Winds & Wins", here are some of the subjects we have discussed that need to be part of our dialog for Atlanta.

First, here is the round up of our sessions from Last Year in Las Vegas

Next, here is some key input from our contributing editors:

Since AHR Expo 2022 Las Vegas
Marc Petock  Chief Marketing & Communications Officer,  Lynxspring, Inc.

The Smart Building industry is on the brink of…..
Scott Cochrane, President & CEO, Cochrane Supply & Engineering

What does automation mean in 2022?
Sudha Jamthe Technology Futurist and CEO of IoTDisruptions

How much for a Digital Twin?
Nicolas Waern - Digital Twin Specialist

It’s all about connections
Toby Considine TC9, Inc The New Daedalus

Our themes over the last few months outline subject matter that needs to be taken to Atlanta.

July - "ESG R Us"

(Environmental Social and Governance) are growing across all segments of the CRE industry.

June - "Why AI?" 

We have gone past the 'why do we need AI' to 'why we should participate in building AI.'

May - "Enabling Value by Improving Infrastructure" 

We all have collective technologies that help make buildings healthier, safer, securer, more efficient, and improve ESG. We need to change our focus and engage in the creation of the context of the communication of our change feature our embodied value.

April - "Radical Reinvention Reconfiguration & Forced Evolution" 

Our industry and others are immersed in immense change. The Communication of that Change is of the greatest importance and is fundamental to our forced evolution. We all need to be part of that communication.

I was pleased with this INTERVIEW with Gafcon Digital CEO John Turner (We met on MondayLive!). He has been instrumental in the convergence of multiple siloed technologies and building a team of Architects, Civil Engineers, Technologists, Data Scientists, and Project Execution Specialists that all want to transform the digital building lifecycle, but from the perspective of an Owner. He has applied and continually develops this through engagement with multiple multi-billion dollar building lifecycle programs for Serial Builders.

We need to discuss what is the "Metaverse" and what it means to our industry. was born and grew up with the "Internet" or "World Wide Web" (and several other names). Our next version of AB2.0 will have the same experience with the Metaverse (or whatever it is finally called).

Sourav Rout - Metaverse: Move beyond the hype

From the birth of the Internet to current times, we have seen disruptive changes across all industries that the Internet has touched. It has redefined everything: business, education, entertainment, sports, and healthcare, to name a few. It has transformed and changed how we interact through various social networking platforms. We live in an exciting era of change, and in fact, we will witness another Internet inflection point - the Metaverse.

Although it is in its early stages, the Metaverse will change how people interpret and interact with technology and themselves. Some define the Metaverse as a virtual world platform that allows people to interact. Some relate it to virtual reality and describe it as Web 3.0. This article views it as a broader term that seamlessly connects our physical world with several virtual world platforms using existing or newer interfaces.

More on the Metaverse from Eric Ravenscraft writing on

Mentally replace the phrase “the metaverse” in a sentence with “cyberspace.” Ninety percent of the time, the meaning won't substantially change.

To hear tech CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg or Satya Nadella talk about it, the metaverse is the future of the internet. Or it's a video game. Or maybe it's a deeply uncomfortable, worse version of Zoom? It's hard to say.

It's been nearly six months since Facebook announced it was rebranding to Meta and would focus its future on the upcoming “metaverse.” In the time since what that term means hasn't gotten any clearer. Meta is building a VR social platform, Roblox is facilitating user-generated video games, and some companies are offering up little more than broken game worlds that happen to have NFTs attached.

Some history on the Metaverse from Satya Nadella, speaking in this video for Microsoft. Important quote:

The metaverse is here, and it’s not only transforming how we see the world but how we participate in it – from the factory floor to the meeting room. Take a look.

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