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Bluegrass Chapter of ASHRAE February 2012 Newsletter

President’s Letter - January 2012

by Kevin Davies, 2011-12 Chapter President

Over 10% of 2012 is in the books, and here we sit in the middle of February.  Hard to believe!  We have a lot going on this month.  We will have a booth at E-day on UK’s campus later this month, along with several HVAC firms from the area.  If you have children of any age that you would like to expose to Engineering, in general, and our industry, E-day is a great event that your children can take in at their own pace. 

Please also see our newsletter article about our West Virginia section, we are starting to work with that region on ASHRAE 90.1 awareness and training.  Our goal is to move the area toward realizing the benefits of adopting a more current version of 90.1, as did Kentucky last year.

We have another exciting topic for this month’s meeting, please check out our meeting announcement to find out more.   You can pay at the door: $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for students. The Meal Plan opportunity has expired.

As always, thank you for the support of your local Bluegrass Chapter.  If you have any general questions, comments, or concerns as we move forward this year, do not hesitate to call me directly at 859-225-2081, or e-mail me at the above mentioned address.

-Kevin Davies



 

February Chapter Meeting

Friday, February 17th

“Carbon Reduction Management”

We will meet at the Campbell House for a hot lunch and presentation, beginning at 12:00.  The cost will be $15 per member, $20 per non-member, and $5 for students.

The session will cover:

Presented by: Brian Kelly

Energy Engineer

Harshaw Trane

Brian Kelly has been in the HVAC industry since 1985. For the first 15 years Brian worked as a System Design Engineer designing heating and air conditioning systems for both renovation and new construction. During this time Brian became involved with environmental issues being responsible for mitigation of asbestos, radon, and indoor air quality contaminants.  Since 2000 Brian has worked in the performance contracting industry involved in project management, measurement & verification and energy engineering, developing high performance building solutions.  Throughout his carrier Brian has designed HVAC systems for over 150 facilities.  Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Utica College of Technology (New York) and is a LEED accredited professional, Certified Energy Manager, and Carbon Reduction Manager.  Brian is a member ASHRAE, and AEE (Association of Energy Engineers).

Please RSVP if you plan to attend the meeting using our online RSVP form at http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/events-schedule/2011-2012-events/february-2012-chapter-meeting/?type=rsvp.

Location details are available at http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/events-schedule/meeting-locations/campbell-house-lexington/.

      The Campbell House is located on the corner of S. Broadway and Mason Headley Rd. See map below:

Campbell House Location Map


Donald T. MacClellan Scholarship Open!!

Each year the Bluegrass chapter offers the Donald T. MacClellan Scholarship to students within our chaper area.  The application window is currently open and will close on March 31.  Please make any students you know aware of this opporunity.

You can find the full details, as well as the online submission form on our website at http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/student-activities/donald-t-macclellan-scholarship/.

 


 

Bluegrass Chapter Participation at UK Engineering Day

Continuing an annual tradition, ASHRAE will participate with an exhibit at the University of Kentucky’s Engineers Day Open House (Eday).  Feel free to stop by the booth Saturday, February 25, 2012, 9:00 am-1:00 pm.  If you haven’t experienced Eday it is a lot of fun for adults and children.  Also, anyone who wishes to participate, please contact Jonathan Puckett and/or Andrew Jenkins at student-activities@bluegrassashrae.org.


Mountaineer Section Update

This month, Art Hallstrom, Mountaineer BOG and Dan Nolte, Mountineer Section President worked with Sarah Halstead from Greenworks in WV to present ASHRAE 90.1-2007 information to the WV legistrators. They were joined by about 15 other groups from WV (e.g. AIA, BCAP, State Fire Marshal) expressing support for state action to adopt then ASHRAE 90.1-2007 as the minimum compliance COMMERCIAL energy standard for the State. 

(Kentucky adopted ASHRAE 90.1-2007/3009 IECC last year with an effective date of June 1, 2011. The 2009 IECC residential code was also adopted by Ky in 2012 with a effective date later in 2012.)

Background: The current WV energy code requires the 2003 IECC for all commercial buildings. This standard is nearly a decade old. Not having a more recent energy code could be costing West Virginia owners 17% more in building operating cost, 

At the meeting, the State Fire Marshal was thinking about adopting ASHRAE 90.1-2010. Given the current older energy code and WV low utility cost, the Fire Marshall is refocused on implementing ASHRAE 90.1-2007, a position supported by several WV section Officers and WV ASHRAE members.

As currently proposed, the new legislation enableing rules calls for all commercial buildings to meet ASHRAE 90.1-2007/ or the ECC 2009 Chapter 5 standards and commercial building permits must include a COMcheck form showing energy complaince and be signed by a state licensed architect or engineer.

 


 

NCEES Model Law Update

Region VII leadership is requesting that every PE in their Chapters write or email the PE Board in every state they are licensed expressing their concern regarding the proposed “Master’s or Equivalent” requirement some states are considering.  This change in licensing requirements will threaten the flow of the next generation engineers into our profession.

We are asking that you publish ASHRAE President Ron Jarnigan’s letter to ASHRAE members regarding this in your February newsletters and issue an email blast no later than next week.  I have attached Ron’s letter as well as an example letter written by Region VII DRC Jeff Gatlin he has written to state Boards.

If anyone in your chapter receives a written response from a state Board, please ask them to provide Mark Wills (MWills@ashrae.org) in ASHRAE’s DC office and copy Carrie Kelty (c128cttc@ashrae.net).

Icon NCEES Model Law Update.pdf (32.0 KB)

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January Meeting Slides Posted

The presentation slides for the January meeting, "Refrigeration Safety: PSM", are now posted on the meeting detail page (http://www.bluegrassashrae.org/events-schedule/2011-2012-events/january-2012-chapter-meeting/).




Official Announcements from ASHRAE Headquarter

 


 

ASHRAE Recognizes Outstanding HVAC&R Industry Achievements

CHICAGO– Thirty-six people are being recognized by ASHRAE for their contributions to the Society and the building industry at the Society’s 2012 Winter Conference held here Jan. 21-25.

The Hall of Fame, honors deceased members of the Society who have made milestone contributions to the growth of HVAC&R technology.

The recipient is Presidential Member Roderick Kirkwood, Fellow ASHRAE, Life Member.

Fellow ASHRAE is a membership grade that recognizes distinction in the arts and sciences of environmental technology and is earned through achievement as a researcher, designer, educator or engineering executive. The Society elevated 13 members to the grade of Fellow ASHRAE:
•Constantinos Balaras is research director, Institute for Environmental Research and Sustainable Development, National Observatory of Athens, Greece.
•Van Baxter is senior research and development engineer, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
•Vin Gupta is senior principal engineer, 3M Company, St. Paul, Minn.
•Mark Modera is professor, civil environmental engineering, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and director, Western Cooling Efficiency Center, University of California at Davis.
•Darin Nutter is associate professor of mechanical engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
•Tom Phoenix is principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, N.C.
•Arshad Sheikh is owner/principal consultant, SES Consulting Engineers, Lahore, Pakistan.
•Edward Vineyard is group leader, building equipment research, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.
•Iain Walker is scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, Calif.
•Brian Warwicker is consultant, Brian Warwicker Partnership, Ltd., London, U.K.
•Bill Worek is professor and director, Energy Technology Laboratory, University of Illinois-Chicago
•Xudong Yang is Chang-Jiang professor and deputy director, Institute of Built Environment, School of Architecture, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
•Jianshun Zhang is professor and director, building energy and environmental systems lab, department of mechanical engineering and aerospace engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by members who have successfully applied innovative building designs, which incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality. Six projects received first-place ASHRAE Technology Awards:
•Roland Charneux, P.Eng., ASHRAE Fellow, ASHRAE Certified Healthcare Facility Design Professional, Pageau Morel & Associates, Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the new commercial buildings category for Mountain Equipment Co-op, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the co-op
•Ken Sonmor, Ecovision Consulting, Montreal, Quebec, Canada in the existing commercial buildings category for the IKEA Brossard Distribution Center, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by IKEA Distribution Services.
•René Dansereau, Dessau, Longueuil, Quebec, Canada the new educational facilities category for the Université de Sherbrooke—Campus de Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the university.
•Paul Marmion, Stantec Consulting, Ltd., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada in the new health care facilities category for Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, British Columbia, Canada. The building is sponsored by Laing Investments Management Services and owned by the hospital.
•Blake Ellis, P.E., Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Mo. in the new industrial facilities or professes category for thermal energy storage at Texas Meidcal Center, Houston, Texas. The owner is Thermal Energy Corp.
•Luc Simard, Compressor Systems Control (CSC), Inc., Les Coteaux, Quebec, Canada in the existing industrial facilities or presses category for the Arena Marcel Dutil, St-Gédéon-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada. The building is owned by the Municipalite St-Gédéon-de-Beauce.

The ASHRAE Student Design Project Competition challenged teams of students to create an integrated sustainable building design as well as select and design HVAC&R systems for the Drake Well Museum located in Titusville, Pa., the site where Edwin L. Drake drilled the world's first oil well in 1859 and launched the modern petroleum industry. First place in HVAC System Design is awarded to Holly Brink, Michael Crabb, James Dougherty, Andrew Gilliam and Gina Halbom of University of Nebraksa-Omaha. First place in HVAC System Selection is awarded to Lynn Gualtieri, Evan Oda, Kristin Porter, Navid Saiidnia, Jeffrey Wong and Cameron Young of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Calif. First place in the Integrated Sustainable Building Design is awarded to Qi Te, Zhang Qiqi and Chen Yuanyi of Tianjin University, China.

The John F. James International Award is given to an ASHRAE member who has done the most to enhance the Society’s international presence. The recipient is Edward Ka Cheung Tsui, managing director, Intelligent Technologies, Ltd., Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

The E.K. Campbell Award honors outstanding achievements by engineering educators and is presented by the ASHRAE Life Members Club. The recipient is Wayne Helmer, Ph.D., P.E., professor of mechanical engineering, Arkansas Tech University, Russellville, Ark.

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with 52,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

 


 

ASHRAE, IAPMO Sign MOU to Advance Built Environment Codes and Standards

ATLANTA – ASHRAE and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) specifically detailing ways in which the two organizations can work together to advance and promote mutual interests in built environment codes and standards.

The MOU was signed during ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference held this week in Chicago.

“With ASHRAE’s expertise in HVAC&R engineering, and IAPMO’s expertise in plumbing and mechanical codes, our joint efforts will ensure that the design, construction, reconstruction and operation of buildings meet the built environment needs in codes and standards,” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin said.

"IAPMO and ASHRAE enjoy a long history of working together in the interests of promoting health, safety and sustainability through the codes and standards that govern mechanical systems," said IAPMO President Dan Daniels. "I am pleased that this MOU will ensure our two organizations continue to strengthen each other and subsequently strengthen our industry."

"IAPMO is delighted to be working more closely with ASHRAE in our efforts to promote our standards and services throughout the world," said IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. "This MOU provides both organizations with the basis to expand our already close and mutually beneficial relationship as we continue to collaborate together."

The MOU outlines several areas in which ASHRAE and IAPMO will work together, including:

•     Collaborating on common public affairs goals, such as joint promotion of codes and standards at the local, state and federal levels; and promotion of mutually beneficial positions during the development and passage of state and federal legislation.

•     Exploring opportunities to co-develop new courses or other training programs that take advantage of overlapping and complementary expertise.

•     Fostering technical cooperation in areas of common interest by providing opportunities to participate in and comment on proposed standards, guidelines, policies and position statements developed on technical subjects as they relate to buildings and community developments; exploring ways to use ASHRAE standards in IAPMO codes, including derivative documents developed for use outside the U.S.; and investigating the feasibility of creating a coalition of U.S. codes and standard organizations to promote the international use of standards and codes developed by coalition participants.

•     Promoting research in areas where research results will add to the body of knowledge in codes and standards.

•     Disseminating research results quickly, focusing on high-impact findings.

•     Identifying opportunities for research funding from other sources

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide. The Society and its members focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality and sustainability within the industry. Through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today.

Founded in Los Angeles in 1926, IAPMO has grown to be recognized the world over for its Uniform Codes. With offices in 12 U.S. states and 13 countries, IAPMO has assisted with code development in such diverse places as Saudi Arabia, China, India, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines, Venezuela, Colombia, and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit IAPMO.org.

 


Standard Features Energy Savings

2011 version of the Green Standard Now Available from ASHRAE, USGBC, IES

ATLANTA – Changes to help make buildings and systems more sustainable are part of the newly published version of the high performance green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES)

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides a green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate high performance buildings. It covers key topic areas of site sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy ef¬ficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.  When first introduced in 2009, the standard was the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States.

“Since Standard 189.1 was first published, we have received much input from the industry offering suggestions on how to strengthen it in all areas,” chair Dennis Stanke said. “This 2011 version incorporates much of that input. More importantly, the 2011 version incorporates updated connections to its referenced standards – primarily ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010 and ANSI/ASHRAE 62.1-2010. Compliance with these updated provisions will result in further improvements to indoor environmental quality, while further reducing energy use and environmental impact through high-performance building design, construction and operation.”

The most significant change in energy-related provisions results from new requirements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, adding to and superseding requirements in the 2007 version. In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy found that the 2010 version of Standard 90.1 contains significant energy savings over the 2007 standard. The energy savings in the Standard 90.1-2010 provisions also result in energy savings for building projects complying with Standard 189.1, according to Stanke.

In addition, mandatory and prescriptive renewable energy requirements were clarified to reduce confusion and simplify calculations; now both mandatory provisions to prepare for on-site renewable energy and provisions to produce prescribed levels of renewable energy must be met. Additionally, buildings that meet the prescriptive requirement for renewable energy production are now deemed to comply with the mandatory requirement for renewable energy site-preparation.

The standard also updates the performance option for energy efficiency (Appendix D) so that it refers to Appendix G of Standard 90.1-2010, which is now a normative appendix. Appendix G of 90.1 applies to projects seeking to reduce annual energy cost more than would be possible by merely meeting the requirements of that standard.  Appendix D in Standard 189.1, on the other hand, provides a performance option for compliance as an alternative to the less-complex prescriptive option; it must show that the project design results in annual energy cost equal to or less than would be possible by meeting the mandatory plus prescriptive requirements of the standard, according to Stanke.

Additional changes to the 2011 standard include:

•     More stringent Lighting Power Density allowances due to the change in reference to Standard 90.1-2010.   Both interior and exterior values are now set as a percentage of the Standard 90.1 allowances, based on building, space or area type.

•     Automatic controls are now required for lighted signs visible during daytime hours; controls must reduce the lighting power to 35 percent of full power. For other outdoor signs, automatic controls must now turn off lighting during daytime hours and reduce the lighting power to 70 percent of full power after midnight.

•     Open-graded (uniformed size) aggregate and porous pavers (e.g., open-grid pavers) qualify as a hardscape surface for heat island mitigation with no further testing.  Permeable pavement and permeable pavers must meet a minimum percolation rate rather than a minimum solar reflectance index (SRI).

Standard 189.1 is currently a jurisdictional compliance option in the International Green Construction Code developed by the International Code Council, ASTM International and the American Institute of Architects.

The cost of ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, $119 ($99 ASHRAE members).

To order, contact ASHRAE Customer Contact Center at 1-800-527-4723 (United States and Canada) or 404-636-8400 (worldwide), fax 404-321-5478, or visit www.ashrae.org/bookstore.

 


 

 

Best Practices to Improve Building Performance Focus of ASHRAE High Performing Building Conference

ATLANTA— The engineering, architectural and green building communities, as well as governmental agencies, are seeking to fundamentally change energy-use aspects of the built environment. The ASHRAE conference, High Performance Buildings: A Focus on Deep Energy Savings, addresses what really works when tackling major improvements in energy efficiency, renewable applications and operating practices in buildings. 

The conference is sponsored by ASHRAE’s High Performing Buildings magazine and takes place March 12-13, 2012 in San Diego, Calif.

“The conference’s focus on case studies and networking offers attendees an up close and personal exchange of ideas on best practices for high performance buildings,” Kent Peterson, conference chair, said. “It’s an intense two days of examining what has and hasn’t worked in the past, what we’re doing right now and what we can do in the future to ensure that ‘high performance’ is the obvious choice when it comes to design and construction.”

The full technical program offers more than 50 presentations in 16 sessions on topics such as applications results; energy audits; commissioning; benchmarking of utility consumption; economics, design and construction; energy efficient IEQ strategies and technologies; and energy efficiency strategies for envelopes and lighting.

Particular sessions of interest include “U.S. Army Net Zero Policy, Initiatives and Progress,” presented on March 12, by Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army (installations, energy & environment). The Army is the largest facility energy user in the federal government, with an energy bill that exceeded $1.2 billion in FY10. A recent initiative by the Army has announced 17 installations that will participate in a pilot project to achieve net zero by 2020 in one of four categories: energy, water, waste or all three.

Additionally, “Life-Cycle Commissioning: Maximizing Investment in Construction, Operation and Maintenance,” on March 13, addresses the importance commissioning throughout the entire life-cycle of a building, versus new building or retro-commissioning alone. Life-cycle commissioning maximizes the capital, operating and strategic investments in facilities and a necessary evolution for an efficient building.

Jeanne Clinton, special adviser to the Governor for Energy Efficiency, presents a keynote speech on “Energy Management Meets Economic Development.” Other keynote speeches are presented by ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin and Eric Corey Freed, who will speak on “Dodo-Sapiens: How Our Way of Life Is Killing Us and the Need for Regenerative, Bio-Based Buildings.”  The conference also includes a presentation on this topic by Douglas Pierce.

In conjunction with the conference, ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering the Implementing Standard 189.1-2009 for High-Performance Green Buildings seminar. Presented by Tom Lawrence, a professor at the University of Georgia, this six-hour seminar focuses on the minimum requirements for the design, construction and plans for operating high-performance buildings. The seminar takes place on March 11, and the cost is $485 ($395 ASHRAE, USGBC and AIA members).

Cost of registration for the conference is $650, non-member ($550 ASHRAE, USGBC and AIA members). The conference will be approved for AIA LUs, NY PDHs and GBCI credits for LEED APs. An “on-demand” virtual conference is included with the registration fee. A Virtual Conference only registration is $149 ($99, member). Registration is limited to 300 attendees. To register or for more information, go to www.ashrae.org/HPBConference.

 


 

 

Focus on Large Building Design and Facility Management

ASHRAE Announces Call for Papers for 2013 Winter Conference, January 26-30, Dallas, Texas

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its 2013 Winter Conference in Dallas, Texas, Jan. 26-30.

The Conference’s technical program will focus on core HVAC&R tracks and, with the re-branding of ASHRAE highlighting its efforts in building technology, the Conference presents timely tracks on Large Building Design and Facility Management.

The Large Building Design track seeks papers that highlight the opportunities presented to the design and construction team with “larger than life” facilities and systems throughout the world.

The Facility Management track seeks papers that address energy conservation measurement case studies; new and revived management tools, e.g. building information modeling; increased technologies for automation systems; and overall facility management with an eye toward financial management.

The Energy Conservation track seeks papers that will highlight case studies and research that expand on the simple to the complex energy savings measures being implemented in today’s and tomorrow’s designs. This track addresses how designs are using more techniques to reduce energy with the use of heat wheels and pipes, solar hot water, PV systems, higher efficient equipment and many other concepts that are pushing to be standard design practice.

The Standards, Guidelines and Codes track brings to the forefront ASHRAE’s work in standards and their intent on improving the built environment and its systems. Papers in this track seek to illustrate the changes to the standards and guidelines, their projected path and good design techniques to meet or exceed the standards.

The 2013 ASHRAE Winter Conference program includes additional tracks on HVAC&R Systems and Equipment, HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications, Refrigeration and a Special Interest Track, which will be determined on the basis of papers and programs received.

“I am excited about the potential of the Special Interest Track developing into a mini-conference within the main Conference, covering the Industrial and Manufacturing sector that is very prevalent in Texas,” Wade Conlan, an ASHRAE member who serves as chair of the technical program for the Conference, said. “The Conference seeks to draw on the expertise from those markets to present design, construction and operational case studies and generally accepted practices to the Conference attendees.”

ASHRAE offers two types of paper submissions:

•     Conference Paper Abstracts due March 19, 2012.  Authors submit an abstract of the paper (400 words or less) for review by March 19.  After acceptance, papers will be due July 9, 2012.  These “final” papers undergo a single-blind review, are submitted as a PDF and have an eight single-spaced page maximum length.

•     Full Technical Papers due April 16, 2012.  Papers submitted for review must be both technically accurate and clearly written. These papers undergo a rigorous double-blind review and can be a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages.

To submit a Conference paper abstract and for more information about submitting a technical paper and the tracks, go to www.ashrae.org/Dallas.

Held in conjunction with the 2013 Winter Conference is the AHR Exposition, Jan. 28-30, 2013, which is expected to attract more than 40,000 visitors and exhibitors.

 


 

 

Return to Chicago Sees High Attendance, Rebranding for ASHRAE

ATLANTA –Chicago once again proved to be a popular destination for the 2012 ASHRAE Winter Conference, with high attendance numbers, as well as an exciting announcement about the future of the Society.

Some 2,800 people attended the Conference, held Jan. 21-Jan. 25, in Chicago, Ill. Attendance this year was higher than the past four Winter Conferences, except Las Vegas 2011.

Also taking place in conjunction with the Conference was the Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition, which attracted nearly 58,000 registered attendees, including a record  39,000 plus visitors. It was also the largest AHR Expo in the Show’s 82-year history, at nearly 430,000 square feet, making it 5 percent bigger than the Show held in Chicago in 2006.

The biggest buzz at the ASHRAE Winter Conference was the announcement of ASHRAE’s rebranding, which includes a new logo and tagline, as well as a move to refer to the Society as simply “ASHRAE,” as opposed to its full name.

“The evolved ASHRAE brand supports our focus on improving engineering standards and our market position as a community of engineers and related professionals united by knowledge, mission and a code of ethics to design, construct and operate better places for people to live, work and play,” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin, said.

A redesigned ASHRAE.org was also announced along with the rebranding during the Conference. The updated website provides better navigation, a better search engine and better tracking, all of which helps visitors find the information they need to support their efforts in the industry and the Society.

The Winter Conference technical program featured nearly 300 presentations, with the top attended session in the systems and equipment, O&M and high performance buildings tracks.  The top-attended sessions were Selection of Proper Chiller Technology; Thermal Displacement Ventilation Applications; Heat Pump Optimization; Air Source vs. Ground Source Heat Pump Systems; Integrated Design Energy Retrofits; and Water-Cooled VRF Systems.

Other Conference highlights included the Technical Plenary, which drew 600 attendees, with its focus on Chicago’s Energy-Efficient, Economic Model for Sustainability. 

These, and additional sessions, from the Technical Program are part of ASHRAE’s Virtual Conference, which provides access to more than 250 presentations and PDFs of posters.  Register or access presentations at www.ashrae.org/chicagovirtual

Also offered were six Professional Development Seminars and 14 short courses from the ASHRAE Learning Institute. The most popular courses were Complying with Standard 90.1-2010: HVAC/Mechanical; Energy Management in New & Existing Buildings; Understanding Air-to-Air Energy Recovery Technologies and Applications; and Designing Towards Net Zero Energy Commercial Buildings. Additionally, two new courses were offered: Basics of Combined Heat and Power, which was very well attended, and Evaluating the Performance of LEED®-Certified Buildings.

Pencil and paper exams for all six ASHRAE certifications were also offered at the Conference; 27 people sat for the exams. Those who pass the exam will join the 1,100 others who have already obtained ASHRAE certifications. ASHRAE certifications include Building Energy Assessment Professional; Building Energy Modeling Professional; Commissioning Process Management Professional; Healthcare Facility Design Professional; High-Performance Building Design Professional; and Operations and Performance Management Professional.

Top selling publications included “Procedures for Commercial Building Energy Audits, second edition;” ASHRAE Pocket Guide; 2012 Winter Conference CD; Standard 90.1-2010 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality; “A Practical Guide to Seismic Restraint, second edition;” “Energy Efficiency for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation;” and  Standard 90.1-2010 User’s Manual.

 


 

 

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