Bluegrass Chapter of ASHRAE November 2011 Newsletter

President’s Letter 

by Kevin Davies, 2011-12 Chapter President

Hello everyone! Welcome to another edition of the Bluegrass ASHRAE newsletter and another great Chapter Program and speaker right around the corner!  It’s hard to believe it’s already November, and our chapter meeting is less than two weeks away.  Note we have moved the meeting up to the 18th to avoid “Black Friday.” Please see the adjacent program announcement for details provided by Carrie Kelty, or Programs Chair and Vice President.  You can pay at the door: $15 for members, $20 for non-members, and $5 for students. The Meal Plan opportunity has expired

Our joint Christmas party with ASME has been planned!  It is on Tuesday night, December 6th at the Equestrian Woods clubhouse.  See details within this newsletter for RSVP and cost information.  Bluegrass ASHRAE is responsible for organizing the entertainment for the evening, and we have picked a comedian to come do a stand-up routine.  It should be a great time

As I mentioned at last month’s meeting, ASHRAE is collecting books that pertain to HVAC to send overseas to developing countries.  If you have any old Thermodynamics, duct design, Fluid Dynamics or other similar engineering-type books you would like to donate, please send an e-mail to our Student Activities Chair, Andrew Jenkins @ andrew.jenkins@trane.com

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, Chapter President

ASHRAE November Meeting

“Update to ASHRAE 90.1-2010”  Friday, November 18th

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

In mid-2010 the ASHRAE and IES Boards of Directors approved the latest version of ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1 -2010 – Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings. Numerous addenda to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 have been approved since that time.  We’ll discuss the major updates to the 90.1-2010 and the future direction for the 2013 edition.

Presented by:  Christian Taber; Senior Applications Engineer; Big Ass Fans Company

Christian Taber

Christian Taber is a senior applications engineer at the Big Ass Fans Company.  Taber is the leader of the applications engineering team which is responsible for assisting in the implementation of the company’s portfolio of high volume, low speed fans in facilities throughout the world.  Taber spent eight years as an engineer at Trane, focusing on building energy simulation.  He is an ASHRAE certified High-Performance Building Design Professional, a Certified Energy Manager, and a committee member of ASHRAE Standards 90.1 and 189.1.  Taber is pursuing a Ph.D. in biosystems engineering from the University of Kentucky.  He holds an M.S. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University.

Please RSVP through our Meeting Detail Page if you plan to attend.

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

Picture - Campell House Lexington, KY

Student Activites Annoucement

by Jonathan Puckett and Andrew Jenkins



ASHRAE / ASME Annual Christmas Party!!

On Tuesday, December 6th starting at 6:30pm we will hold our annual Christmas party.  The party will be held at the Equestrian Woods Country Club 107 Club House Drive Nicholasville, KY  40356 located off of Harrodsburg Road just past the Fayette/Jessamine county line.  As always there will be Live Entertainment.

The cost for attendence will be $30 for members and $15 for students.

Please RSVP by December 5th to John Hahn (hahn@engr.uky.edu) 272-2926, or Thomas Moore 271-4918.

Come join us for a great time!

Ics calendar file available on the Meeting Detail Page

Christmas Wreath



ASHRAE Fall 2011 Online Courses

Evaluating the Performance of LEED®-Certified Building

Course Summary

This course provides an overview of performance verification methods under LEED® EB/O&M and BD&C 2009 as well as preview of LEED® 2012. Existing buildings earn Energy & Atmosphere credits by achieving or exceeding a specific Portfolio Manager score based on actual energy use. For BD&C, projected energy use must be less than a particular threshold and can earn additional points through further energy reductions. This course describes the Energy & Atmosphere prerequisites and credits available related to achieving and verifying performance of LEED® certified buildings under the EB/O&M and BD&C programs.

Learning Objectives: 

Mark Stetz, P.E., Member ASHRAE (Stetz Consulting LLC)

Date: Monday, Nov. 7, 201

Time: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ED

Course Fees:
$259 / $199 ASHRAE Member

Register online at:  https://xp20.ashrae.org/secure/ali/fall11/index.html

Project Management for Improved IA

Course Summary

This course covers the five strategies of Objective 1 of the ASHRAE IAQ Guide, Best Practices for Design, Construction and Commissioning. These strategies are: integrate design approach and solutions; commission to ensure that the owner’s IAQ requirements are met; select HVAC systems to improve IAQ and reduce the energy impacts of ventilation; employ project scheduling and manage construction activities to facilitate good IAQ; and facilitate effective operation and maintenance for IAQ.

Learning Objectives:

Tom Lawrence, Ph.D., P.E., Member ASHRAE (University of Georgia)

Date: Wednesday, Nov. 9, 201

Time: 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. ED

Course Fees:
$259 / $199 ASHRAE Member

Register Online at:  https://xp20.ashrae.org/secure/ali/fall11/index.html


ASHRAE Spring Webcast


The ASHRAE spring webcast, "Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems:  A Path to Balancing Energy and IEQ", will be held on April 19, 2012.  Please visit the official website at http://www.ashrae.org/DOASwebcast for more information.



Official Announcements from ASHRAE Headquarter




New Guidance Released to Help Schools Earn Top Marks in Energy Efficiency

ATLANTA—Inefficient lighting, uncontrolled plug loads and poorly insulated roofs are just few of the factors that can contribute to a failing grade in energy consumption for K-12 school buildings.

Fortunately, guidance is available to help design teams constructing K-12 school buildings cut annual energy use by 50 percent or more using off-the-shelf technology.

To help ensure schools receive an A+ in energy efficiency; owners, engineers, designers, architects and others on the building team are encouraged to download the free Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building. The guide is the second to be released in a series which provides recommendations to achieve 50 percent energy savings when compared with the minimum code requirements of ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

Advanced Energy Design Guides, or AEDGs, allow owners, contractors, consulting engineers, architects and designers to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without detailed energy modeling or analyses. Written in partnership with ASHRAE, the American Institute of Architects, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, the U.S. Green Building Council and the U.S. Department of Energy, the guides are available for free in electronic form at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg.

“Significant research demonstrates that the quality of the physical environment affects student performance,” Shanti Pless, chair of the steering committee, said. “An environment that includes appropriate lighting, sound, temperature, humidity, cleanliness, color and air quality can help students learn better. In many cases, improving these attributes can also reduce energy use."

The new guide features easy-to-follow recommendations for various climate zones and how to implement tips via a series of real-life school construction case studies. Also included is information on integrated design, including best practices, as a necessary component in achieving 50% energy, and the inclusion of a performance path; specifically, offering guidance for early stage energy modeling and annual energy use targets to help with goal setting

Additional design tips include:

•High performance building envelope that is better than Standard 90.1-2004.

•Different ways to daylight 100 percent of the floor area of classrooms, resource rooms, cafeterias, gymnasiums and multipurpose rooms for two thirds of school hours.

•Methods to achieve space-by-space interior lighting power densities that are, on average, 40 percent better than Standard 90.1-2004.

•Ways to reduced exterior (façade, walkway, parking lot and drive) lighting energy consumption.

•Recommendations for computers, vending machines, kitchen cooking equipment, walk-in refrigeration equipment, kitchen exhaust hoods and service water heating.

•Three different HVAC system types that achieve significant energy savings over a typical system.

•Recommendations for commissioning and measurement and verification to ensure that energy savings potentials are realized.

The AEDG also addresses the notion that energy efficient buildings are more expensive.

“Owners should not expect energy-efficient schools to cost more; they can cost more, but they shouldn’t have to. The tips, guidelines and tables included in the newest AEDG for K-12 schools can set building owners on their way to more energy efficient, productive schools in a cost efficient manner,” Pless said.

The 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide series follows an earlier six-book series that provided guidance to achieve 30 percent savings. The ultimate goal is to provide guidance to achieve net zero energy buildings; that is, buildings that, on an annual basis, produce more energy than they consume.

ASHRAE, AIA, IES, DOE and USGBC are currently developing the third guide in the 50 percent series, which will focus on medium/big box retail. Publication is targeted for winter of 2012, followed by large hospitals in the spring of that year.

Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings: Achieving 50% Energy Savings Toward a Net Zero Energy Building is available as a free download at www.ashrae.org/freeaedg.



ASHRAE Presidential Member Bellenger Remembered

ATLANTA— Immediate past ASHRAE President Lynn G. Bellenger, who served as the first woman president in the Society’s 116 year history, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 19. She was president for the 2010-11 Society year, with her term ending in June 2011.

Bellenger, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, was a recognized expert in energy management, with a strong focus on the need for energy modeling to help create and refine more efficient buildings. She was a partner, Pathfinder Engineers & Architects, Rochester, N.Y.

“We at ASHRAE are greatly saddened by the death of our former president and our friend,” Ron Jarnagin, ASHRAE president, said. “Her lifelong passion for engineering excellence resonated within our membership and our industry, inspiring us through her belief that engineers will lead an energy revolution with innovation. Through her service, she showed that there is a path available to all who wish to extend the influence of engineering principles to better serve the world we live in.”

As ASHRAE president, Bellenger focused on Modeling a Sustainable World, sharing her thoughts about the role of modeling tools and how all involved in the built environment industry must come together to take advantage of “the rich opportunities for optimizing building performance through a collaborative approach from the beginning.”

In an interview last year, Bellenger talked about her involvement in energy efficiency and how much has been put in recent years on the need to save energy.

“One of the cool things about the sustainability movement is that it has ignited a passion in people that is changing the world. That passion has brought a sense of energy and excitement to the industry and attracted people who are committed to designing and operating sustainable buildings. I don’t see that changing in the future,” she said.

Bellenger was a recipient of an ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, a Distinguished Service Award, two first-place ASHRAE Technology Awards and the Lincoln Bouillon Membership Award.

She received a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Principia College and a Master of Science in environmental science from Rutgers University.

Funeral arrangements are private.



ASHRAE and Penn State Partner on Building Efficiency Hub

Philadelphia – A newly signed memorandum of understanding brings together ASHRAE and Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) to improve energy efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of buildings through the Greater Philadelphia Innovation Cluster (GPIC) for Energy-Efficient Buildings.

ASHRAE and Penn State signed the memorandum today to pursue common objectives related to GPIC.  GPIC is a 24-member consortium, being led by Penn State, which has been designated as an Energy Innovation Hub of the U.S. Department of Energy and is located at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, Pa. The goals of GPIC are to transform the building retrofit industry from serial fragmentation to integrated systems methods, to improve design tools, building systems, public policies, market incentives and workforce skills needed to achieve a 50 percent reduction of energy use in buildings, and to stimulate private investment and quality job creation in Greater Philadelphia and beyond.

“ASHRAE is looking forward to working closely with Penn State and other GPIC members on improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions,” Ron Jarnagin, ASHRAE president, said. “GPIC represents an exciting step forward in finding ways to increase energy efficiency. ASHRAE is happy to bring the knowledge and technical expertise of its volunteer members to the table to help create a broader knowledge of energy efficient and sustainable building practices.”

“ASHRAE brings a tremendous amount of technical knowledge and experience that will be very useful to the GPIC as we strive toward solving one of the nation's most serious energy problems by dramatically reducing energy consumption in commercial buildings. Together, we can create quality jobs in the region and boost the building industry,” Henry Foley, executive director of the GPIC and vice president for research for Penn State, said.

ASHRAE will assist in the GPIC effort in several areas, including research, education, certification, standards and guidelines and by applying the society’s Building Energy Quotient (bEQ) program to buildings at the Navy Yard. ASHRAE may also help obtain As-Designed and In-Operation bEQ ratings for buildings in Greater Philadelphia and can ensure that GPIC considers use of ASHRAE certifications to support its objectives.



DOE Updates National Reference Standard for Commercial Buildings to 90.1-2010

ATLANTA – Following preliminary analysis that ASHRAE/IES’s 2010 energy efficiency standard contains significant energy savings over the 2007 standard – 18.2 percent source energy savings and 18.5 site energy savings – the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a ruling that establishes the 2010 standard as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes.

In an announcement in the Oct. 19 edition of The Federal Register, DOE attributes the greater energy savings to improvements in ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2010, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, related to better lighting, daylighting, controls and building envelope and better mechanical systems and application to more systems.

With the Oct. 19 ruling, Standard 90.1-2010 serves as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes under the federal Energy Conservation and Production Act.  As a result, states are required to certify by Oct. 18, 2013, that they have updated the provisions of their commercial building code regarding energy efficiency to meet or exceed 90.1-2010.

“The foundation of energy efficient buildings continues to grow stronger with the news that DOE is now referencing the 2010 standard,” Ron Jarnagin, ASHRAE president, said. “ASHRAE hopes to make that foundation even stronger through our current work with IES developing the 2013 standard.”

“The DOE has determined that the quantitative analysis of the energy consumption of buildings built to Standard 90.1-2010, as compared to buildings built to Standard 90.1-2007, indicates national source energy savings of approximately 18.2 percent of commercial building consumption,” according to DOE. “Additionally, DOE has determined site energy savings are estimated to be approximately 18.5 percent.”

The DOE noted that the newer version of the standard contains 19 positive impacts on energy efficiency. These impacts included changes made through the public review process in which users of the standard comment and offer guidance on proposed requirements. Specifically the positive impacts include:

•     Requirements for daylighting controls under skylights and commissioning of daylighting controls; increased use of heat recovery; cool roofs in hot climates; lower illuminance in certain exterior zones; skylights and daylighting in some building types; reduced ventilation energy; supply air temperature reset for non-peak conditions; efficiency requirements for data centers; lower lighting power densities; control of exterior lighting; occupancy sensor for many specific applications; daylighting control requirements for side-lighted spaces; and daylighting controls in more spaces.

•     Updated chiller efficiency requirements.

•     Extension of VAV fan control requirements.

•     Expansion of new lighting power densities to more retrofits and automatic damper requirements and use of economizers

•     Minimizes exceptions to switched receptacle requirement.

The ruling comes on the heels of a July announcement that established the 2007 standard as the as the commercial building reference standard for state building energy codes. The DOE noted that because the 2010 determination was published prior to the two-year deadline states have to demonstrate that their energy code meets or exceeds the stringency of the 2007 standard, states are allowed to file just one certification to address both determinations.

Since being developed in response to the energy crisis in the 1970s, Standard 90.1 now influences building designs worldwide. It has become the basis for building codes, and the standard for building design and construction throughout the United States. ASHRAE and IES publish a revised version of the standard every three years.



2012 Winter Conference

ASHRAE Tech Program Focuses on Current Practices

ATLANTA – Current practices related to hot industry topics, such as energy modeling, high performance buildings and integrated design, are featured in the Technical Program at ASHRAE’s 2012 Winter Conference.

The 2012 Winter Conference takes place Jan. 21-25, Palmer House Hilton, Chicago. The ASHRAE co-sponsored International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Expo®, held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, will run Jan. 23-25 at McCormick Place.

“The 102 sessions in the Technical Program provide attendees the information they need to stay competitive and educated in today’s market,” Dennis Wessel, chair of ASHRAE’s Conferences and Expositions Committee, said. “The program features 10 program tracks that provide  plenty of case study and current-practice sessions on a wide range of pertinent subjects that provide insight into how to do a job better or more efficient.”

The technical program features more than 100 programs by nearly 300 speakers with tracks on Energy Efficiency – New Applications and Technology; Energy Modeling Applications; High Performance Buildings; HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications; HVAC&R System and Equipment; Installation, Operation and Maintenance of HVAC Systems; Integrated Design; Professional Skills; Refrigeration; and Specialized Applications – Healthcare, Laboratories and Data Centers.

As an added benefit, there is a new “mini-conference” on Installation, Operation & Maintenance of HVAC Systems built within the Technical Program.  The O&M mini-conference is scheduled on Sunday and Monday.

ASHRAE is also offering a free Conference session at the Expo. This session brings to AHR Expo attendees a program that advances their knowledge on a particular topic. This session is titled “Selection, Operation and Maintenance and Water Treatment for Multi-Metal Boilers” and takes place Monday, Jan. 23, 3 p.m.-4:30 p.m., S106A, McCormick Place. No badge or ticket is required to attend.

In total, the program includes nine technical paper sessions, 31 conference paper sessions and a poster session – 54 application-oriented, non-paper seminars and eight open discussion forums.

Highlights of the Technical Program include:

Energy Efficiency track: “DOAS Parallel Systems, Configuration and Control” and “Case Studies: New Equipment and Applications”

Energy Modeling Applications track: “Integrated Multi-domain Simulations for Innovative Building Design and Operation”

High Performance Buildings track: “Advanced Control and Diagnostic Techniques for Efficient Operation of High Performance Buildings,” “UK Perspectives on Incentives for Technologies to Reduce Energy Use,” “Thermal Displacement Ventilation Applications for High Performance Buildings”

HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications track: “How to Specify Seismic Certification,” “Loads on the Move: Mobile Apps”

HVAC&R Systems and Equipment track: “Chicago Smackdown: Air-Source vs. Ground Source or Best Practices for Air-Source vs. Ground-Source Heat Pump Systems,” “Water-Cooled VRF Systems: An Introduction,” “Back to Basics: Selection of Proper Chiller Technology”

Integrated Design track: “Streamlining BIM through Open Information Exchanges,” “Advancing the ‘I’ in BIM”

Professional Skills track: “Protecting Your Design Against Changing Requirements,” “Increase the Impact of Your Presentation”

Refrigeration track: “Industrial Refrigeration Worst Practices,” “Magneto-Caloric Refrigeration: Are You Attracted to Cool Ideas?,” “Advancements and Trends in Low Global Warming Impact Technologies”

Specialized Applications – Healthcare, Laboratories, and Data Centers track: “Optimizing Cleanrooms for High Performance, Energy Reduction and Sustainability,” “Liquid Cooling Technologies to Enable High Density and Improve Energy Efficiency of Information Technology Data Center Facilities”

The full Technical Program offers the opportunity to earn a year’s worth of PDHs, NY PDHs, AIA LUs and LEED® AP credits.

For more information on the ASHRAE Conference, visit www.ashrae.org/chicago. For more information on the AHR Expo, visit www.ahrexpo.com.

The Chicago Virtual Conference is included with a paid Conference registration—comp and single day registration excluded—and includes on-demand access to all speakers’ audio presentations synced to their presentations.  Attendees and speakers can post comments on the presentations for a two-week period following the completion of the Conference.  Those not attending the Chicago Winter Conference in person may register for the Virtual Conference only. Register at www.ashrae.org/chicagovirtual.


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