Bluegrass Chapter of ASHRAE March 2012 Newsletter

President’s Letter - March

by Kevin Davies, 2011-12 Chapter President

Spring is here!  At least it feels like it with the weather we’ve had lately.  Thanks for reading our online Newsletter!  This month we have a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) coming to Lexington after he speaks for the Louisville Chapter.  The topic is Psychrometrics Pertaining to the Application of Dehumidification Equipment, presented by Mark Nunnelly.  The ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer program provides ASHRAE chapters, student branches, and other organizations with lecturers equipped to speak on relevant subjects of interest to ASHRAE members and guests. The distinguished lecturer program is supervised by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee.  We only get a DL a couple times a year, so please make a point to attend this 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

 ASHRAE March Meeting

Friday, March 16th

“Psychometrics, Dehumidification Equipments and their Application”

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.

Rarely is an industry trade journal published today without at least one article included concerning the topic of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), or Humidity Control within a building, or Mold.  Whether the subject of the article is a school, an office building or a public assembly building, chances are the origin of the IAQ problems stem from excessive moisture in the space.  Excessive moisture in the space can either come from water infiltration (leaking pipes or poor integrity of the building envelope), or it comes from uncontrolled, unconditioned ventilation introduced into the space.  This presentation pertains to the latter of these two sources.  With the air conditioning technologies available, and the published ambient design data available through ASHRAE today, appropriate HVAC systems can be properly designed to adequately control not just the temperature in the spaces, but also the humidity.

Presented by:

R. Mark Nunnelly, PE, CxA, LEED AP

Nunnelly & Associates, Inc.

 Mark Nunnelly is a mechanical engineering graduate of Auburn University, is a registered professional engineer and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  He has been involved in the construction, engineering and HVAC industry for over 30 years.  Over the last thirteen years, his involvement with projects has primarily pertained to Commissioning, Retro-commissioning, humidity control, and energy management for commercial, institutional and industrial buildings.  Mark is certified as a Commissioning Authority (CxA) through the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG).  He has presented numerous training seminars on Commissioning, Dehumidification Technologies (desiccant and mechanical-based) and their applications, as well as Psychrometrics and designing for proper humidity control.  He has been a member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) for over 27 years.  Mark is a past President for the Birmingham, AL chapter, has recently served as Chairman for the Society’s Membership Promotion Committee and on the Environmental Health Committee.  Mark is recognized as one of ASHRAE’s Distinguished Lecturers and has conducted training seminars internationally and domestically.

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/.


ASHRAE Fellowship Program

ASHRAE leaders-

We are looking for your help in getting the word out to ASHRAE members of a unique and challenging opportunity for growth in Washington, DC.

ASHRAE is sponsoring a 12- to 18-month fellowship program with placement at the Department of Energy in the Office of Building Technologies, Building Energy Codes Program in Washington, DC. This fellowship provides the traditional ASHRAE Member with exposure to the area of public policy. This assignment will enable a selected ASHRAE member to assist DOE in one of the following code deployment activities:

  1. Code Compliance;
  2. Residential Duct Test Training;
  3. Assessment of the Impact of Updating State Energy Codes; or
  4. Advanced Energy Code Training.

    Federal government fellowships provide a valuable public service to the nation while, at the same time, providing engineers and scientists with a unique opportunity to participate directly in the policy-making process. This is an exciting, rewarding, and educational period in their professional careers. This enriching experience enables ASHRAE/DOE Fellows to bring back to their employers an insider's perspective on government decision-making that can contribute significantly to the mission and vision of the organization.

    If you know of any members in your regions and/or chapters who might be a good fit for this opportunity, please have them contact Doug Read, our Director of Government Affairs, at their earliest convenience.

    Thanks for your attention – and we look forward to interest from your members to play an integral role in growing the relationship between DOE and ASHRAE.


    Mark Wills

    Mark Wills, Manager - State and Local Government Affairs

    1828 L Street N.W Suite #810 Washington, DC 20036
    Direct Line: 202-833-1830 ext 2003     Fax: 202-833-0118     eMail: MWills@ashrae.org     Web: www.ASHRAE.org



    Kentucky Senate Recognizes Engineer's Week in 2012

    Icon Senate Resolution 165 (2012) - Engineers Week_1.pdf (633.0 KB)



    Official Announcements from ASHRAE Headquarters


    National Engineering Society Celebrates National Engineers Week

    ATLANTA –Engineers don’t just shape our buildings and infrastructure; they help transform our world.

    Atlanta-based ASHRAE is a partner in the National Engineers Week program (Feb. 19-25), which celebrates the contributions that engineers make to our society and encourages engineering as a career path among young students by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science. For specific information about the program, please visit www.EWeek.org.
    “National Engineers Week is so important because it highlights the crucial role of engineering in our everyday lives” ASHRAE President Ron Jarnagin said. “Additionally, it gives engineers a chance to mentor and develop the future leadership of the industry—a key pillar of my presidential theme. The students and young engineers who are participating in this week’s events have the potential to influence and change engineering as we know it.”

    ASHRAE has served as lead organization in National Engineers Week several times. The last time, in 2011, ASHRAE launched the New Faces of Engineering: College Edition program as part of the weekly celebration; College Edition complements the Society’s legacy program started in 2003, New Faces of Engineering.
    New Faces of Engineering: College Edition recognizes outstanding juniors or seniors enrolled in a Bachelor of Science in Engineering program who are proving themselves to be leaders in the field of engineering.

    ASHRAE’s first New Face of Engineering: College Edition is Ibrahim Adewale Ogundeko, third year, mechanical engineering, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria. Ogundeko believes that if mechanical engineering were a part of speech, it would be a verb because “it is an action profession.” “Whatever is vividly envisioned, ardently desired and enthusiastically acted upon will inevitably come to pass in mechanical engineering,” he said. Ogundeko holds leadership positions in several engineering clubs and societies, including president, ASHRAE student branch; assistant secretary, Mechanical Engineering Students’ Association; and even plays for the Mechanical Engineering soccer team. Ogundeko will receive a $1,000 scholarship to help him continue in his mechanical engineering education.

    The New Faces of Engineering program promotes the accomplishments of young engineers across various disciplines by highlighting their engineering contributions and the resulting impact on public welfare. The program targets those age 30 and younger.  Engineering associations, societies and government groups nominate candidates each year which are selected for recognition in USA Today.

    ASHRAE’s New Face of Engineering is Amy Jarvis, mechanical engineer, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch, Portland, Ore. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, Calif. As an engineer committed to local, national and global sustainability, Jarvis is one of three lead authors of the World Health Organization’s forthcoming “Healthcare in the Green Economy, How Carbon Reduction May Impact Health in Health Sector Services,” for which she developed strategies combining reduced carbon impact with improved health care and is also a contributing author to the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) for Healthcare Reference Guide. She is the lead energy analyst and LEED coordinator for Kaiser Permanente’s first LEED project and a key team member and lead energy modeler for the Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition to develop the hospital of the future with a near-zero environmental impact.  Jarvis works with Healthcare Without Harm to develop guides for low-resource facilities to implement these strategies. Jarvis will be featured in a full-page ad in USA Today along with other participating societies’ New Faces, as well as represent ASHRAE at the Annual Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Meeting in London, U.K., this April.

    Several events will take place in conjunction with National Engineers Week, including Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Feb. 23) and the Future City Competition (Feb. 21),  at which ASHRAE members will serve as judges and award the Best Indoor Environment and Most Sustainable Building award.

    Additionally, Representatives Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.) and Donald Manzullo (R-Ill.) introduced a resolution with 23 bipartisan cosponsors supporting the goals and ideas of National Engineers Week. With the encouragement of ASHRAE, the governors of Arkansas, Florida, Hawaii and Kansas, as well as the mayor of New York City, were among those that also issued proclamations supporting EWeek.

    “In these uncertain times, we always look for ways to promote future job creation, educating America's youth about engineering and science needs to be a national priority,” Lipinski said in a speech on the House floor. “Each year, National Engineers Week seeks to do just this through events aimed at inspiring students and fostering public awareness of the vital contributions made by engineers.”


    Building Labeling Program Helps Building Owners Save Energy

    ATLANTA– Energy use is one of the highest operating costs for building owners. It is also the most controllable. To help owners reduce their energy costs, a new building labeling program is available that not only rates buildings according to the in-operation energy use but also provides owners with suggested measures that can improve energy efficiency.

                The Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program assigns to buildings an energy usage quotient based on completion of an in-operation assessment that includes an ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit.  ASHRAE, a building technology society with more than 50,000 members worldwide, is the developer of bEQ.

    “bEQ lets a commercial building owner zero in on opportunities to lower building operating cost and make informed decisions to increase value,” Tom Phoenix, P.E., a consulting engineer in Greensboro, N.C., who chairs the bEQ committee, said.  “The ultimate goal of the program is to encourage more energy efficient buildings and give owners more control over rising energy costs.”     

    The key component of the program is the in-operation assessment and the ASHRAE Level I Energy Audit, which serves as the industry standard for determining a building’s energy use and producing an actionable plan to improve building performance.  To meet bEQ’s requirements, the assessment must be performed by an ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional who will:

    Registrants in the bEQ program receive:

    “The bEQ documentation provides data on actual energy use and other information that will allow owners to evaluate and reduce their buildings’ energy consumption,” Phoenix said.  “When all the facts on a building’s energy use are known, an owner can make informed decisions to manage energy use.”

     “bEQ demonstrates corporate responsibility to employees, tenants, investors and the public,” he said. “The certificate provides the necessary documentation to meet disclosure requirements for building and real estate transactions,” he added.

    bEQ was introduced two years ago as a pilot program with the intent of providing an easily understood scale to convey a building’s energy use in comparison to similar buildings and climate zones, while also providing building owners with building-specific information that highlights potential energy saving opportunities.  Under the program, buildings are eligible to receive an In Operation rating as long as the building has at least 12 months of consecutive energy use data. The rating is based on the building and how it is operated.

    “Information on a building's energy use is the critical first step in making the necessary changes and choices to reduce energy use and costs,” Phoenix said

    The building also can display a plaque —much like a nutrition label or the miles per gallon rating for a car—with an easily understood rating scale to allow a comparison of the building’s energy use with similar buildings, as well as demonstrate the building owner’s commitment to energy efficiency.

    Building energy use disclosure is already mandatory in California; Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; Washington State; the European Union; and Australia.

    For more information, visit www.buildingenergyquotient.com.

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