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Bluegrass Chapter of ASHRAE August 2011 Newsletter

Bluegrass ASHRAE Chapter members:

I wanted to write you one last time to tell you about the upcoming 2011ASHRAE Region 7 Chapters Regional Conference or CRC. This is a once in a decade event for our chapter and is truly one of the highlights of our Region's annual calendar. Once again, here is the link to the website for all the details: http://www.bluegrasscrc.org/node/page/1

 Although the website states early bird registration is over, I will honor the pricing shown on the website for all Bluegrass Chapter and Mountaineer Section members who wish to get in at the last minute.

 Of particular interest for our local folks is the Technical Seminar, which features three local speakers presenting interesting, relevant topics. This seminar represents 3 PDH hours and will cost $75. These speakers and topics are summarized below:

Additionally, we have two excellent social outings in which you can participate by yourself or with a companion to have an awesome night out. First is an outing to Woodford Reserve for dinner, music, and distillery tours. The other outing is drinks, dinner and horse racing at Lexington’s own The Red Mile. Again, full details and costs are located on the website.

You can register on our dedicated registration page off the website, or you can come down on the day of the Seminar or outing and register at the event registration desk.

I hope you’ll consider joining us for at least one event during your Chapter’s effort to host the best CRC since the last time we did this in 2001!

Thanks and have a great day!

Grant Page, P.E.

General Chair, 2011ASHRAE Region 7 Chapters Regional Conference

Official Announcements from ASHRAE Headquarters


ASHRAE, DOE Further Working Relationship to Advance Energy Efficiency  

ATLANTA – Building on a long-established working relationship, ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently signed an updated memorandum of understanding, committing to further improve efficient use of energy.

The agreement was signed at ASHRAE’s 2011 Annual Conference in Montreal. It represents an update of an agreement last signed in 2007.

Together ASHRAE and the DOE agree to work cooperatively to improve the efficient use of energy, improve the visible and widespread use of renewable energy sources and to minimize the impact of energy use on the environment.

“By renewing our memorandum of understanding, ASHRAE and DOE pledge to combine our collective energy conservation efforts,” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin said. “We are committed to leading our country and our world toward a sustainable energy future.”

Specifically the agreement notes that ASHRAE and the DOE are committed to working together in the following goals:

•     Promote and support the continued development of ASHRAE standards related to energy efficiency, including:

o     ANSI/ASHRAE/Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) Standard 90.1, Energy Efficient Design of New Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings

o     ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2, Energy Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings

o     ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality In Commercial, Institutional, Industrial and High-Rise Residential Buildings

o     ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings

o     ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 100, Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

o     ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 135, BACnet® – A Data Communication Protocol for Building Automation and Control Networks

o     ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance  Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and

o     Proposed ASHRAE/NEMA Standard 201, Facility Smart Grid Information Model

•     Support a goal for the 2013 version of Standard 90.1 to be 50 percent more energy efficient than the 2004 version of Standard 90.1.

•     Promote and support Standard 90.1 through training programs, including self-directed learning, building interaction and ASHRAE chapter-oriented training.

•     Cooperate in promotion for the adoption of Standard 90.1 in building codes and in the International Standards Organization (ISO) standards.

•     Collaborate on the accelerated development and distribution of advanced energy design guidance publications, such as 50 percent Advanced Energy Design Guides, which can be utilized as an alternative to the prescriptive path in Standard 90.1-2013, for a more sustainable built environment.

•     Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions among design disciplines, manufacturers, contractors, building owners and operators, to increase energy efficiency, health and productivity in new and existing buildings. 

•     Provide and support communication of information regarding technology transfers to building owners and management about the interrelationships between mechanical systems and building operating costs, noting energy, indoor environmental quality workplace performance, client satisfaction and public safety.

•     Collaborate to increase the impact of the energy hubs created as part of the DOE Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative.

•     Support the development and implementation of next-generation refrigerants that achieve Low-global warming potential targets and concurrently improve equipment energy efficiency.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


What is Energy Use Intensity? ASHRAE Seeks to Define, Educate

ATLANTA – While the importance of building energy performance metrics to reduce energy use is accepted worldwide, there is no single generally accepted definition of that metric. Currently, proposed relative energy use reduction targets are subject to interpretation and difficult to verify.

Under a new initiative, ASHRAE is working to define one clear, logical metric to move the building industry toward producing net zero energy buildings by 2030. The U.S. Congress has mandated a series of relative fossil fuel energy use reductions in federal buildings ending in a 100 percent reduction of fossil fuel energy by 2030. Congress is considering applying similar relative energy use reductions in all buildings through the use of building energy codes adopted by state and local government.

“We must address buildings as entire living entities,” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin said. “As such, we need to establish energy targets for building design that provide a total building energy use goal to strive toward that can subsequently drive the development and application of any number of prescriptive solutions.”

A forum seeking input on the energy target initiative was held at ASHRAE’s 2011 Annual Conference in Montreal, June 25-29. Also, ASHRAE has developed a public policy brief asking Congress to foster collaboration among the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ASHRAE along with partner organizations to:

•     Establish a single objective definition of energy use intensity (EUI) for the design of commercial buildings

•     Determine a single objective baseline EUI for design of commercial buildings from which to measure relative energy use reductions

•     Create a performance environment that will support reduction in energy consumption associated with all loads in commercial buildings

•     Identify a single objective set of commercial building types and simulation models for establishment of target design EUIs

•     Produce one set of design target EUIs for the commercial building sector to guide the development of future energy codes and standards and building energy codes adopted by state and local government

“EUIs are very helpful for setting performance- based designs goals,” Jarnagin said. “The current focus on reduction of energy use in building stock has made the use of EUIs popular by governmental organizations, non-government organizations and building industry groups, including ASHRAE.  Given that there is no clear single definition for EUIs, comparing one organization’s EUI goals to another’s is confusing, particularly since everyone tends to use the same units, kBTU/ft²-yr.  Our goal is to develop and promote technical tools to assist the commercial building design and construction industry in moving toward higher performing  buildings. Defining design energy use targets is a large part of achieving that goal.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


ASHRAE Names New Distinguished Lecturers

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has named 12 new Distinguished Lecturers who provide Society chapters with noted authorities and speak on relevant topics that impact the HVAC&R industry.

This marks the 12th year of the Distinguished Lecturer Program, with over 1200 lectures given since the program began in 1999. The total 75 Lecturers for the 2011-12 Society year represent 13 countries, including Argentina, Malaysia, Colombia, Hong Kong, Egypt, India, Thailand, Canada, Singapore, Mexico, Taiwan, Sri Lanka and the United States. These lecturers are available to present on 324 topics and speak a combined nine languages.

The new lecturers and their presentation topics are:

•Qingyan (Yan) Chen, Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.—“Computational Fluid Dynamics for Indoor Environment Modeling:  Past, Present, and Future;” “Designing Healthy, Safe, and Energy-Efficient Buildings;” and “Low Carbon and Energy Efficient Green Buildings.”

•Arthur Hallstrom, P.E., ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Modeling Professional, AD Hall and Associates, Lexington, Ky.—“Where are we headed?”

•Sheila Hayter, P.E., National Renewable Energy Lab, Lakewood, Colo.—“Integrating Renewable Energy Systems into Buildings.”

•Kishor Khankari, Ph.D., Syska Hennessy, Ann Arbor, Mich.—“Design and Analysis of Natural Ventilation Systems;” “Stratified Air Ventilation Systems;” “Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for Built Environment;” and “Airflow Management Best Practices for Data Centers.”

•Peter Simmonds, Ph.D., IBE Consulting Engineers, Sherman Oaks, Calif.—“Designing Comfortable Buildings;” “Radiant Systems for Occupant Comfort;” “High Performance Buildings and Occupant Comfort.”

•Kuan-Hsiung “Jerry” Yang, Ph.D., National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan—“The Green HVAC Concept – HVAC System Renovation in Existing Buildings;” “Energy Auditing and Diagnostics in Existing Commercial Buildings using BEMS, and Residential Buildings using HEMS;” “Design Analysis of Smoke Management and Egress Systems in Malls, Atria, and Large Spaces;” “Design Analysis on Tunnel Ventilation under Emergency Operation Modes.”

•Chandana Dalugoda, Chandana Dalugoda Consultants, Piliyandala, Sri Lanka—“Air Conditioning Systems for Tropical Humid Climates,” “Applied Psychometrics for Air Conditioning Systems,” “Cooling Load Calculations ASHRAE CLTC/SCL/CLF Method”

•Eckhard Groll, Ph.D., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.—“Update on Refrigerants: Past, Present and Future,” “Review of Compression Concepts for Heat Pumping, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Applications”

•José Frias Lavalle, Dhimex Sa Cv, Mexico City, Mexico—”Expansion, Pressurization and Control of the Air in Hydronic Systems,”“Hydraulic Principles,” “Hydronic Systems,”“Installation, Operation and Maintenance of Centrifugal Pumps,”“Potable Hot Water Supply Systems,” “Selection of Centrifugal Pumps,”“Thermodynamic Principles of Heat Exchange” and “Variable Speed Pumping Systems”

•Kirk Mescher, P.E., CM Engineering, Columbia, Mo.—“Geo-Exchange 101—Owners, Architects & Engineers—What They Need to Know,” “12 Steps to Improved Geo-Exchange System Design & Performance” and “Outside Air Systems for Geo-Exchange.”

•Ross Montgomery, P.E., ASHRAE Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional, Building Energy Modeling Professional and Commissioning Process Management Professional, QST, Palmetto, Fla.—“ASHRAE ‘BeQ’ Energy Labeling Program—Overview.”

•Raymond Patenaude, P.E. ASHRAE Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, The Holmes Agency, Tierra Verde, Fla.—“Fundamentals of Building Envelopes in Hot and Humid Climates.”

For a complete listing of Distinguished Lecturers and detailed procedures on how to arrange a lecturer presentation, visit www.ashrae.org/distinguishedlecturers.

For additional information, contact Rosy Douglas, manager of chapter programs, at rdouglas@ashrae.org or 678-539-1128.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


New ASHRAE Research Program Grant Fosters Development of Innovative Technology

Pre-proposals due Sept. 1

ATLANTA – A new research grant from ASHRAE will provide seed funding for novel research deemed to have the potential to significantly advance the state-of-the-art in HVAC&R.

The ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant is designed to encourage out-of-the box research to complement the research proposed and guided by the Society’s technical committees.  The award carries a base grant of $50,000 per year for two years, with an additional $25,000 available in the third year if matched by an industrial contributor.  Pre-proposals are due Sept. 1.

“ASHRAE wants to foster the development of new and innovative technology and/or analysis tools,” James Braun, Ph.D., P.E., recent chair of ASHRAE’s Research Administration Committee that oversees the grant, said. “Most current research related to HVAC&R is prescriptive and geared toward addressing specific issues or problems that are common within the field.  Typically, the focus is on existing technologies or tools.  However, new technologies and tools don't always build directly on existing approaches.  Our hope with this grant is to encourage out-of-the box research that will result in successful projects, which lead to additional research and development down the road and ultimately to adoption of new technologies and tools that can make an impact within the field.”

The program criteria are based on novelty of the research; importance of the problem; potential for success; student involvement; and cost sharing. Pre-proposals are due Sept. 1 and should be submitted to Michael Vaughn, ASHRAE’s manager of research and technical services, at mvaughn@ashrae.org, and should include “ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant Submission” as the subject line in the message.  For more information on the program, visit www.ashrae.org/research and click on the link for “ASHRAE Innovative Research Grant Program.”

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


ASHRAE Announces the Seventh International Conference on Cold Climate and Call for Papers

ATLANTA—ASHRAE, along with HVAC&R, architecture, interior design and building construction industry colleagues from around the world, will host the seventh International HVAC Cold Climate Conference, Nov. 12-14, 2012, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Cold Climate HVAC 2012 will provide key elements of a strategy by which scientists, designers, engineers, manufacturers and other decision makers in cold climate regions can achieve good indoor environmental quality (IEQ), with a minimum use of resources and energy.

The range of topics includes energy and sustainability in arctic environments; building technology for people in the arctic; indoor environment and health; challenges for remote areas; cold climate building envelopes and moisture management; HVAC system operation and maintenance; and cold climate standards, codes, regulations and requirements.

The planning committee seeks papers featuring innovations in cold climate HVAC design. This includes new technologies and applications; improved methodologies, improvements to computational models or other design tools; novel methods of management, organization or quality assurance; and novel avenues of research or revised conceptual frameworks for designers.

Submit abstracts no longer than 350 words, which summarize the objectives, approach, results and conclusions of the proposed paper, and five to seven keywords by Dec. 1, 2011. Upon acceptance, papers will be due April 1, 2012. For specific topics, to submit a conference paper abstract or for more information go to www.ashrae.org/ColdClimate. For additional information, contact meetings@ashrae.org.

The Scandinavian Federation of Heating, Ventilation and Sanitary Engineering Associations (SCANVAC) initiated the series of Cold Climate HVAC Conferences. The six previous conferences have been successfully organized in Rovaniemi, Finland in 1994; Reykjavik, Iceland in 1997; Sapporo, Japan in 2000; Trondheim, Norway in 2003; Moscow, Russia in 2006; and Sisimiut, Greenland in 2009.

The series of congresses have earlier been supported by national HVAC societies, the Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition Associations (RHEVA) and ASHRAE. 

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.


Data Centers, Standards 90.1 and 189.1 Featured in ASHRAE Fall Educational Courses

ATLANTA – Three new courses related to data center efficiency and ASHRAE standards on energy efficiency and high-performance building design are part of the 12 online professional development courses being offered this fall by ASHRAE through the ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI).     

ALI courses provide professional development through in-depth information that is timely, practical and advanced beyond a fundamental level.   The online courses allow attendees to log in to learn from anywhere with an Internet connection.  Course participants earn continuing education credits for each seminar completed.  Courses are instructor-led, drawing upon professional knowledge of leading practitioners.

The courses are:

•             Basics of High-Performance Building Design, Sept. 19

•             Advanced High-Performance Building Design, Sept. 21

•             Fundamental Requirements of Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, Sept. 26

•             Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, Sept. 29

•             Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: Envelope/Lighting, Oct. 3

•             Healthcare Facilities: Best Practice Design, Oct. 31

•             Healthcare Facilities: Best Practice Applications, Nov. 2

•             Evaluating the Performance of LEED®-Certified Buildings, Nov. 7

•             Project Management for Improved IAQ, Nov. 9

•             Data Center Energy Efficiency, Part 1, Oct. 10, and Part 2, Oct. 12

•             Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED Requirements, Part 1, Oct. 17, and Part 2, Oct. 19

•             Implementing Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,  Part 1, Oct. 24, and Part 2, Oct. 26

For registration costs and to register, visit www.ashrae.org/onlinecourses. Site licenses are available to organizations that will be having five or more seminar participants. For more information, e-mail edu@ashrae.org or call 678-539-1146.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is an international organization of some 50,000 persons. ASHRAE fulfills its mission of advancing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education.

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