November Chapter Meeting – Support ASHRAE Research

November Chapter Meeting – Support ASHRAE Research

Date: Monday November 11, 2019
Russo’s Spazio Westport – 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146

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EVENT SCHEDULE:
10:15 AM– 10:45 AM Registration & Networking
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session
11:45 AM – 1:10 PM Lunch and Main Session
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Speaker for Tech and Main Session:
Dru Crawley

Dru Crawley is Bentley Fellow and Director, Building Performance Research focusing on building performance, BIM, net-zero-energy buildings, sustainability, resilience, and smart cities. Prior to being elevated to Bentley Fellow in 2014, he led development of Bentley’s suite of building performance software for four years. Before joining Bentley in 2010, Dr. Crawley developed and managed EnergyPlus and the USDOE’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (now Better Buildings Initiative and Alliances) promoting creation of net-zero-energy buildings.

With more than 40 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in engineering software development, government research and standards development organizations, as well as building design and consulting companies. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool, a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tennessee, and is a registered architect.

Dr. Crawley is active in ASHRAE (Chair of Standard 169 Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, member and Vice Chair of Standards Committee, member of SSPC 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), member of SSPC 140 (Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs), former member of the Technical Activities, Research Administration, Advocacy, and Grassroots Government Activities Committees, and past chair of Technical Committees 2.8, 4.2, 4.7, and 7.1). He was elevated to ASHRAE Fellow in 2009 and achieved ASHRAE BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) certification in October 2012. Recipient of ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award (2013), Service to ASHRAE Research Award (2012), Distinguished Service Award (2003), and Symposium Best Paper Award (1999) for “Which Weather Data Should You Use for Energy Simulations of Commercial Buildings?”

He is also active in the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA Vice President since 2018, at-large board member since 1998, Fellow in 2012, Regional Affiliate Liaison since 2006), IBPSA-USA (IBPSA-USA President since 2019, board member since 2013, vice president 2017-2019, treasurer 2013-2017), U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC, past vice chair and member, Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group; past member, Research Committee; past research Liaison), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an Affiliate member of CIBSE, and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has written more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, lectured at more than 30 universities, and made more than 400 presentations on building energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he has given more than 150 presentations and workshops to more than 80 ASHRAE chapters throughout the world.

Tech Session: Standard 189.1: Structure, Requirements and Energy Savings

Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, is the first code-intended commercial green building standard in the United States. It provides a long-needed green building foundation for those who strive to design, build, and operate green buildings. The standard covers key topic areas of site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources, and includes construction practices as well as plans for operation of the building after occupancy. This presentation provides an overview of the structure and requirements of Standard 189.1, including key mandatory, prescriptive, and performance requirements. The expected energy savings in comparison to other ASHRAE Standards by commercial building type is also shown.

Main Session: Impacts of Climate Change and Urbanization on Future Building Performance

With the increasing interest in climate change driven by human activity, recent research has focused on the impact of climate change or urban heat island on building operation and performance across the world. But this work usually aggregates the energy and peak demand impacts across a broad sector.  In a recent study, impacts on the operating performance of an office building were estimated based on climate change and heat island scenarios in 25 locations (20 climate regions).  This presentation presents the variation and differences among the 20 regions when climate change is introduced.  The focus is on changes in comfort conditions, building equipment operation as well as daily patterns of energy performance using prototypical buildings that represent typical, good, and low-energy practices around the world. Other issues such as fuel swapping as heating and cooling ratios change, impacts on environmental emissions, and how low-energy building design incorporating renewables can significantly mitigate any potential climate variation are also presented.

October Chapter Meeting – Membership Promotion – Monday 10/14

October Chapter Meeting – Membership Promotion Meeting

FREE FOR NON MEMBERS!

Date: Monday October 14, 2019
Russo’s Spazio Westport – 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146

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EVENT SCHEDULE:
10:15 AM– 10:45 AM Registration & Networking
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session
11:45 AM – 1:10 PM Lunch and Main Session
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Speaker for Tech and Main Session:
Mr. Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED® AP BD+C
Applications Engineer, Trane
Mick has been involved in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As an applications engineer his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) and chilled water and water source heat pump system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of Trane products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to tens of thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Mick has given technical seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America, and published a number of articles within the industry. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and BSME from Northwestern University.

Mick serves as a Treasurer on the ASHRAE Board of Directors and is also an ASHRAE Fellow, recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptions Service, Distinguished Service, and Standard Achievement Awards, was Chair of SSPC 90.1-2010, and also Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee. Mick has served on several USGBC technical and education groups and presently chairs the LEED Technical Committee and served on the LEED Steering Committee. He also authored portions of the ASHRAE GreenGuide and served on technical groups for the New Buildings Institute.

Tech Session: Advanced Energy Design Guide Overview
Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illumination Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Guides (AEDGs) that result in significant energy savings in the built environment beyond what is expected by using only ASHRAE Standard 90.1. The AEDG series of documents is now on of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation.

This presentation give a broad overview of all the developed Advanced Energy Design Guides, the processes used to develop those guides, and examples of technologies, tips, systems and other recommendations in the AEDG Series to reduce building energy consumption by 30% to 50% , and also covers information on the New Zero Energy guides.

Main Session: Chilled Water Systems for YEA Members: What the Baby Boomers and Gen Xers Have Done WRONG!!! (Part 1)
Mistakes lead to “experience” – that is, knocking what you never want to have happen to you again. It’s a lot less pain to learn from other people’s “experience”.

This seminar, originally presented at an ASHRAE annual conference, covers common chilled water system mistakes; and more importantly how to avoid or mitigate them. Chilled water systems covered include new, retrofit, conversion/addition, and replacement. In addition, control options are also discussed.

Whether novice or experienced, come shake your head, laugh a bit, and learn together.

September Chapter Meeting – Past President’s Meeting – Monday 9/9

Date: September 9, 2019
Russo’s Spazio Westport – 12031 Lackland Rd, St. Louis, MO 63146
FEE
Free for ASHRAE St. Louis Members and full time students
$25 for Non-members

EVENT SCHEDULE:
10:15 AM– 10:45 AM Registration & Networking
10:45 AM – 11:45 AM Technical Session
11:45 AM – 1:10 PM Lunch and Main Session
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Speaker for Tech and Main Session:
Thomas H. (Tom) Durkin, PE
ASHRAE Fellow

Recognized as an innovative and creative engineer throughout the Midwest, Tom directs all mechanical and plumbing engineering for SDA. Tom’s designs for buildings and systems are proven to be safe, energy-efficient, and cost-effective. A nationally sought-after speaker and frequent ASHRAE author who promotes energy-smart HVAC systems, Tom is also a contributor to the U.S. Department of Energy. He designed the first “Energy Star” school HVAC system in the Midwest. In 1998, Tom presented one of his innovative systems to members of the United States Congress. Tom has either invented or pioneered the implementation of nine distinct HVAC innovations, all which save energy and reduce pollution.

Tom’s design work has won twelve (12) state, national, and international awards, including two ASHRAE Technology Awards. He has written many articles for the ASHRAE journal and other industry magazines, and his work has been featured in several others. Tom is co-author of the HVAC Pump Handbook, the definitive text on all things hydronic.

Tech Session: Low Temperature Heating Applications and Economics
Durkin’s first low temperature (130F max) boiler design was in 1990, and it wasn’t because he was trying to save energy. Nor was the second, but after checking back with the owners on operating cost, it was apparent that efficiency gains were many times greater than could possibly be predicted by looking at boiler rating. His findings were published in the July 2006 ASHRAE Journal Boiler System Efficiency.

Main Session: Humidity Control with and without Reheat
Durkin’s approach is that most applications do not need for designers to control humidity, rather just make sure it doesn’t get out of control. Humidity control can be active or passive, but it should never be ignored. This talk will explain low cost but highly effective solutions that work in all climate zones.

August Chapter Meeting – Joint USGBC Meeting – Tuesday 8/13

Date: Tuesday 8/13/19
Location: 2319 Chouteau Ave #100, St. Louis, MO 63103

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Net Zero Carbon, Water, and Energy + Decarbonizing at the District Level, Tuesday, 8/13/19

FEE
Free for USGBC-MGC Members, ASHRAE St. Louis Members, and full time students;
$20 for Non-members

Description

District scale projects and campuses lend themselves well for the goals of complete decarbonization and net zero energy and water. Depending on the project type, context, and location, these goals may also represent the best first and lifecycle cost approach. But getting there will involve navigating everything from utility rates, regulations, and connection fees, metering configurations, integrating electric vehicles, district electric and thermal technologies, managing a phasing plan, and managing ongoing operations.

This session will start by reviewing the various definitions of net zero energy and carbon, and Zero Water and One Water, including those developed by the USGBC and ILFI. It will then provide some context in terms of integrating renewables from the built environment into the larger utility mix, addressing duck curves and evolving rate structures. Lastly, it will walk through a step by step process of evaluating district systems, moving towards a decision of onsite technologies and configurations — including financial and incentive analysis, evaluating the potential for onsite storage, and partnering with third party entities where appropriate. It will also include best practices regarding performance management so that the project’s ultimate zero carbon and lowest life cycle cost are realized. This will include reference to 3-4 actual projects around the country in various phases of development.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Review definitions and challenges of Net Zero Energy, Water, and Carbon.
Examine the role of the built environment in transitioning to a 100% clean energy future.
Describe various utility contexts, rate structures and the changes that are taking place in the utility space.
Discuss how to approach district energy and water projects from technical and economic perspectives, and the challenges and opportunities unique to these project types.
SPEAKER
Joshua Radoff, Senior Vice President; Director, Built Ecology, WSP
Josh is the leader of the Built Ecology team at WSP – WSP’s built environment sustainability group. Josh has a background in sustainable energy engineering and works at the intersection of green building, integration of sustainable energy systems, and building and community health, wellness, and resiliency. Josh has consulted on a wide variety of projects for both public and private sector clients–nationally and internationally–and is a regular writer and speaker on sustainability topics including conference keynote and college commencement addresses. His work has been featured in print and web magazine articles, blogs, and book essays.

Josh has led a variety of complex, multidisciplinary projects in the form of strategic guidance, design assistance, and technical analysis. He has managed built environment and district energy projects pursuing nearly all of the LEED rating systems, Enterprise Green Communities, Living Building Challenge, Net Zero Energy, and WELL Building Certification.

Josh was a co-founder of the sustainability consulting firm YR&G, and he led that firm from 2006-2017. He also co-founded the advocacy non-profit GreenHomeNYC in New York in 2002. Josh is a former adjunct professor at the University of Colorado Denver, a past co-chair of the ULI Colorado Building Healthy Places committee, a past Board Member of DRCOG’s Sustainable Communities Initiative Executive Committee, and previously a member of USGBC’s LEED Advisory Committee.

THANKS TO OUR EVENT SPONSORS!

CxE Group, LLC

Ross & Baruzzini

WSP

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