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Refrigerants: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

The use of refrigerants is widespread, in varying applications from food safety and medicine preservation to air conditioning in our vehicles and buildings. This presentation will examine the past and current landscape of refrigerants in relation to building operation, including environmental impacts, regulatory considerations, and end-of-life disposal. We will discuss the history of refrigerants, looking at factors that caused the shift away from natural refrigerants to synthetics. We’ll also look at new products and regulations on the horizon, and why the industry is trending back toward natural refrigerants, with many benefits including increased energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and financial savings.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Understand the past, present, and outlook of refrigerants in building systems
  2. Describe the environmental impacts of refrigerants
  3. Recall regulatory implications and best practices for end-of-life disposal
  4. Describe the benefits of natural refrigerants

Who Should Attend?
Property Managers
Emerging Professionals

When: Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Where: BOMA Conference Room
1420 Fifth Ave
Suite 1250
Seattle, WA 98101
Presenter: Melissa Sokolowsky, Senior Project Manager, Smart Buildings Center
Contact: Justin Wallander,, 206-622-8924 x101

BOMA Engineer Skills Hour sessions provide 1.0 hours of continuing education towards the renewal of the BOC credential. You must be registered and attend in-person or online to receive credit.

  • 5 hours annually are required for Level I
  • 10 hours annually are required for Level II


This event is free for BOMA members and open to those interested in membership.

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