Thermos Newsletter – February 2016

Letter from the President

We’re closing in on the end of the 2015-16 ASHRAE season. The February chapter meeting will be the final “regular” meeting, followed by tour night in March, and awards night in April. Of course, we’ll also have the ASHRAE Annual Meeting here in St. Louis June 25-29 this year.

We’re excited to see the scholarship applications this year. We have the strongest student chapter activity I’ve seen since joining the Chapter Board. In addition to the usual high-level of engagement from the SIU-E and MS&T, we finally have a stable student chapter at MU. Again, thanks goes to Danny McGrail and his predecessors in the Student Activities Committee.

The Board has begun discussions regarding replacement of the Chapter By-Laws with the most current version acceptable to Society. We anticipate approving the new By-Laws before the end of the 2015-16 season. The biggest change: a requirement to maintain a Grassroots Government Advocacy Committee. Start thinking about joining the new committee by learning more at: https://www.ashrae.org/government-affairs


Welcome to the New Members!
  • Mauro Fraschini – McClure Engineering
  • Alex Oliver – Cannon Design
  • Robert Rizen – Air Conveyor Treatment Services
  • Jay Werner – Energy Systems Group
  • Keith Esarey – McClure Engineering
  • Marcus Eckstein – G&W Engineering Corp
  • Kyle Griffin – McClure Engineering
  • John Klein – Aedifica Case Engineering
  • Ely Laberge – McClure Engineering
  • Jeffrey Scott Linderer – Dynamic Controls, Inc.
  • Chung-Lung Chen – University of Missouri
  • Andrew Jones – TME, LLC
  • Gary Boyet
  • Francis Greg Slack – CW Boiler Supply, Inc.
  • Ethan Schmitt – SSC Engineering
  • Kelsey Staggs – US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Michael Hoff – Faith Group, LLC
  • Jason Riggs – Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers

Board Member Highlight: Annie Smith

Annie Smith
Annie Smith, Chapter Historian, Mechanical Engineer, Ross & Baruzzini
You’re invited to the “Chardonnay Bill” ASHRAE After Party in St. Louis!
  • Saturday, June 25
  • 9pm-1am
  • Thaxton Speakeasy
Stephen Duda Receives George B. Hightower Award
Session Monitors at Summer Conference
St. Louis ASHRAE and SIUE Students Partner for Sustainability Project
HVAC Design Training
January Meeting Features “R in ASHRAE”

The Chapter met for two presentations in January surrounding the “R in ASHRAE” theme. First, Tom Mathews presented on “Refrigeration 401” and provided a summary of opportunities to improve energy efficiency for refrigeration systems, as well as an in-depth review regarding the effects of system components and selection in refrigeration design. Then, Keilly Witman presented on “What to Expect from an EPA Inspection,” which included probable causes and outcomes of an EPA inspection for refrigeration systems. She also talked about the importance of refrigerant management and accurate record keeping for the legal impacts of these inspections. Thank you to both presenters!

Enter your project for the Technology Awards today!

Categories:

  • Commercial
  • Industrial
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial & Process
  • Public Assembly
  • Residential

Submit the 2-page form by March 4, 2016 to Chad Adler (chad.b.adler@jci.com)!


YEA Event: EWB Trivia Night – YEA Table
  • March 4th at 6:30pm
  • Games begin at 7:30pm
  • SLU Busch Center
  • BYOB and bring your own snacks

Women in ASHRAE Event: Happy Hour
  • February 18th at 6pm
  • Paul Mineo’s Trattoria
  • Discussion Topic: Retention of women in engineering

History Update

Our Chapter Historian, Annie Smith, is making progress in digitizing our historical files. These can be accessed via our website here going forward. We have recently recycled a good portion of old texts that no longer have use in industry or historical value. Certain memorabilia that cannot be digitized will be kept and stored properly as well. If you would like to be involved in our Chapter’s history efforts, email ashraestl@gmail.com.

Industry News

St. Louis Chapter and SIUE Students Partner for Sustainability Project

It is tradition for the Host Committee of each ASHRAE conference to coordinate a local sustainability project to highlight at their conference. This summer in St. Louis, the project that will be highlighted benefits a local charity called Beverly Farms. The ASHRAE Community Sustainability Project Program is designed to share the engineering knowledge of our members to improve the world around them.

Beverly Farms
Beverly Farms

Beverly Farms is a “home for adults with developmental disabilities and provides each individual with physical and emotional security and a dignified quality of life, with opportunities and challenges, within each individual’s functional capabilities” (http://www.beverlyfarm.org/). They were founded in 1897 and are located in Godfrey, Illinois.

This project was unique in that ASHRAE students from the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville (SIUE) gained a hands-on experience in the design of the project. The project began with a building assessment of the Chappee Cottage Residential Building on the campus of Beverly Farms. The original systems included a multi-zone system with radiant floor heating and an inefficient boiler system.

Beverly Farms
Beverly Farms

The students helped to analyze three HVAC options and investigated ways to help the client save energy, such as building envelope upgrades, improved windows, efficient lighting, and better controls. The resulting decision for the project includes four zones with split systems and a dedicated outside air system utilizing demand-controlled ventilation. The heating water system includes two redundant boilers with hot water temperature reset. Local zone pumps are controlled based on space temperature.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed to this project’s success: Paul Cefaratti, Alexis Brown, Clayton Gotts, Tim Gilles, Nick Otto, Brandon Churchill, Andrew Spangenberg, and Kyle DeProw of SIUE; Pat O’Brien of Dynamic Engineered Systems; Vinny Stanec of AC Systems; and all in-kind donations from vendors and manufacturers. The St. Louis Chapter is proud to have assisted our local community in valuable way and this project could not come to fruition without your help.

Read more here: https://www.siue.edu/news/2015/11/ASHRAEStudents.shtml

ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter Annual Technology Awards

Every year, ASHRAE asks its members to submit projects for the annual Technology Awards.  These awards recognize both your and your client’s dedication to energy efficient, green design.  Projects eligible for this award can fall under the following categories for new or existing buildings or retro-commissioning projects:  Commercial Buildings, Institutional Buildings, Healthcare Facilities, Industrial & Process Facilities, Public Assembly, or Residential.  There can be multiple winners in each category!

The submission deadline is March 4th, 2016.  If you have any projects you think may qualify, just follow the instructions on the simple 2 page form and send it to Chad Adler, CTTC Chairman, at chad.b.adler@jci.com.

The Technology Awards are a great way to recognize both your client’s and your own dedication to green design.  Both the engineer of record and the client will receive plaques recognizing them for their dedication to energy efficiency.  The plaques will be awarded at the Spring awards program where the engineer and client will also receive complimentary meals and the engineer will present his or her project.

If you have any questions or have projects you would like to nominate, please contact Chad Adler at 314.812.4537.  More information regarding the Technology Awards can be found at here.

Stephen Duda Receives George B. Hightower Award

Stephen Duda, St. Louis Chapter Honors & Awards Chair and ASHRAE Fellow, recently received the 2015-2016 George B. Hightower Technical Achievement Award in Orlando, Florida at the Winter Society Meeting.

Stephen Duda, Recipient of George B. Hightower Award
Stephen Duda, Recipient of George B. Hightower Award

This award recognizes his many years of contribution to the ASHRAE Technical Committees, involvement in TC 4.3 – Ventilation Requirements and Infiltration and TC 9.1 – Large Building Air-Conditioning Systems. He is the 14th recipient of this honor since the award’s creation in 1999-2000 Society year. Read more about the award here.

Hightower Award_Steve Duda

ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter Annual Technology Awards

Every year ASHRAE asks its members to submit projects for the annual Technology Awards.  These awards recognize both your and your client’s dedication to energy efficient, green design.  Projects eligible for this award can fall under the following categories for new or existing buildings or retrocommissioning projects:  Commercial Buildings, Institutional Buildings, Healthcare Facilities, Industrial & Process Facilities, Public Assembly, or Residential.  There can be multiple winners in each category! 

The submission deadline is March 4th, 2016.  If you have any projects you think may qualify, just follow the instructions on the simple 2 page form and send it to Chad Adler, CTTC Chairman, at chad.b.adler@jci.com

The Technology Awards are a great way to recognize both your client’s and your own dedication to green design.  Both the engineer of record and the client will receive plaques recognizing them for their dedication to energy efficiency.  The plaques will be awarded at the Spring awards program where the engineer and client will also receive complimentary meals and the engineer will present his or her project.

If you have any questions or have projects you would like to nominate, please contact Chad Adler at 314.812.4537.  More information regarding the Technology Awards can be found at www.ashrae.org/technologyawards.