Bluegrass Chapter Meeting

Meeting Title: April Design Seminar
Meeting Details:

April Design Seminar

Kearney Hill Golf Links

On April 9th, 2014, The Bluegrass Chapter is sponsoring a half day technical seminar to be held at the Kearney Hill Golf Links. The day will start at 8 AM with coffee and pastries, and the seminar will begin at 8:30 AM.  The day will continue with two 1 hour and 15 minute seminars, lunch, and will end with a round of springtime golf.

The day’s full schedule is below:

8:00-8:30AM – Check-in/networking

8:30AM-9:45AM – Seminar 1: Green Ductwork Done Right

9:45-10AM – Break

10-11:15AM – Seminar 2: Optimizing ASHRAE 62.1-2007/2001 Ventilation Calculations

11:30-12:30 Lunch

1pm – Shotgun start golf tourney (Registration Separate)

Register by April 4th, 2014

Cost for the Seminar: $50 per member, $100 for non-members


To register for the half day seminar, including lunch, please use the RSVP link at the bottom of this page.  To register a team for golf please use the registration form on the Golf Outing page.

Seminar 1 synopsis

“Green Ductwork Done Right” – What does that mean and why should I care?   

Round Duct

Those were the questions used to tee up a presentation done by Gene Smithart (Smitty), Trane’s Director of Systems and Solutions, and sponsored by the Spiral Duct Association (SPIDA), during the recent ASHRAE show in Dallas.  

To paraphrase Smitty, “Green Ductwork” means there are ways to design ductwork that uses up to half the amount of poundage of ductwork compared to rectangular ductwork which if frequently used today.   So Green Ductwork means doing more with less which offers a great environmental message.  

However, “why should I care” has a lot to do with the color of “Green Money”.  For example in Variable Air Volume (VAV) Systems “Green Ductwork Done Right” can:

  • Result in installed cost savings of $0.25 to $1.00/sq. ft. [equal to $100 to $400/ton].
  • Reduce Fan Brake Horsepower by 6 to nearly 30% due to reduced duct leakage
  • Aid in the delivery of air to every VAV box; quietly. 

How is all of this possible?   Smitty shared, through the use of high velocity, static regain designed, round duct systems.    He underscored three key advantages in using this duct design process: 

  1. Lower Installed Cost
  2. Less Duct Leakage/Lower Fan Energy Consumption
  3. Less Space

Gene "Smitty" Smithhart

Eugene L. Smithart (Smitty), P.E., LEED-AP
Director, Systems & Solutions

With nearly 40 years of industry experience, “Smitty” is the Director of Systems & Solutions for Trane.   He is well known in the HVAC industry, having published numerous industry articles and having key involvement in a number of industry changing initiatives. Smitty is a recipient of the U.S. EPA Climate Protection award. At the time of the receipt, he was only one of five people in the world to have received this prestigious award. He is a former Marine and received his Bachelors of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Iowa, is a LEED AP and is a registered Professional Engineer in State of Wisconsin.

Seminar 2 Synopsis

Optimizing ASHRAE 62.1-2007/2001 Ventilation Calculations

Typcial Ventilation Schematic

Arriving at the correct ventilation system design for a multiple-zone application using the ASHRAE Standard 62.1 Ventilation Rate Procedure is not a simple task. There are many variables that must be factored into the process some of which include complex equations. The participant should first have an understanding of all the Ventilation Rate Procedure concepts. Arriving at the optimized ventilation system design for a multiple-zone application requires further analysis. This may include the ability to utilize load calculation software to evaluate multiple scenarios in order to achieve the most cost effective quantity of ventilation air while maintaining good indoor air quality for the specific application.

Rudy Romijn

Rudy Romijn, LEED®AP

Regional Software Manager

Carrier Corporation


Rudy is the Regional Manager, Commercial Marketing Operations for Carrier Comfort, Controls and Security. His focus is on Commercial Systems Marketing in the Western Region USA and has been associated with Carrier since 1988. Rudy has been in the HVAC industry since 1973 in numerous capacities. He attended Illinois Institute of Technology’s Architectural Engineering School and has a BSB/IS from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing a Masters of Science degree from DeMontfort University in Energy and Sustainable Building Design. Rudy spent the first 23 years of his career working for an A/E firm, Consulting Engineering firm, Mechanical Contractor and Carrier Corporation in Michigan. He has a thorough working knowledge of HVAC systems and his experiences include contracting, estimating, sales and sales management. His focus for the past 18 years is on the training and development of the Carrier e-Design Suite (formerly known as E20-II Engineering Software Suite), Training materials, Technical Development Programs and the e-Cat selection/performance software. Rudy is a LEED AP, Member of ASHRAE and CIBSE and resides in the “Beautiful Valley of the Sun” Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

Meeting Start: April 9, 2014, 8 a.m.
Meeting End: April 9, 2014, 1 p.m.
Location Details:http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/events-schedule/meeting-locations/kearney-hill-golf-links
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