Board Member Highlight: Zach Melber

Zach is our new Student Activities Chair – welcome to the Board!

Zach Melber
Zach Melber, Student Activities Chair
  1. Name: Zach Melber
  2. Company and Position: Behrmann Company – Sales Engineer
  3. What does your company do/provide? Manufacturer’s representative that provides solutions through a broad range of exceptional equipment for basic to complex HVAC systems. For over 60 years, Behrmann Company has provided solutions to contractors, engineers, universities, hospitals, and other institutions.
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? I have worked in the industry and at Behrmann Company for a year.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? I took a HVAC class at Missouri S&T which I enjoyed and decided to pursue a career in the HVAC field.
  6. What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? My main job function is to consult with owners, engineers, and mechanical contractors to provide an efficient and cost effective building design.  Also, I’m responsible for providing service for the equipment Behrmann Company provides to my clients.
  7. What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? My biggest challenge is earning trust from engineers with limited experience in the industry.
  8. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? Constantly learning about new technology to increase building efficiency.
  9. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? Student Activities Chair
  10. What is your responsibility on the Board? Meet with ASHRAE advisors at SIUE, SIUC, UMC, MS&T and promote the ASHRAE scholarships.
  11. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? Learn more about the industry and where it is heading as well as networking.
  12. Do you have a favorite sport or team? I played football at S&T so football is my favorite sport.  The St. Louis Cardinals are my favorite team though.
  13. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? I enjoy various genres of music but my favorite is probably country.
  14. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? I really like to be outdoors and active.  My favorite things to do for fun are playing sports, snowboarding, hunting, and boating.
  15. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? Hawaii for two weeks.
  16. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? Travel around the world to see unique places.  Also, golf and hunt at various locations around the world.

January Chapter Meeting

Register for the January Chapter

Meeting Date: January 16, 2017

Russo’s Spazio Westport
12031 Lackland Rd
St. Louis, MO 63146

4:15 PM– 4:45 PM Registration & Networking
4:45 PM – 5:35 PM Technical Session
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner and Main Session


  • Chapter Members Cost $0.00*
    * when chapter dues paid
  • Non-Members Cost $25.00

PAYMENT METHODS: Credit Cards w/ Online payment during registration; Or – Paypal invoice on arrival.

Everyone must register even if you have paid dues.

ONLINE: Click on hyperlink below or copy and paste the URL into your browser: Please make sure that you fill in all the information requested, press ‘submit’ and then complete the form to the point where you hit ‘confirm’. Thank you.

CANCELLATION: You may cancel up to 8:00am on Monday before the meeting. If not canceled by this point you will be responsible for the meeting cost of $25.

PDH CERTIFICATES: Will be emailed to all attendees.



AHRI 920 & ASHRAE 90.1 Update – DX-DOAS Performance Standard

The speaker will review the newly adopted AHRI 920 standard for DX-DOAS.  This standard, for the performance of dedicated outside air systems, was adopted in 2016 and also has been added to ASHRAE 90.1 – 2013  through Addendum cd.  The speaker will review why the standard was created, how the resulting Integrated Seasonal Moisture Removal Efficiency is calculated for applicable equipment, and why the engineering community needs to adopt this standard for proper equipment selection.

Indoor Grow Room Design

The speaker will review the indoor grow room application and the importance of proper HVAC equipment selection in this emerging market application.  With the expanded state legalization of medicinal marijuana and in some cases,  the recreational legalization of this product, there is an expanded interest in maximizing product output while meeting product quality guidelines established by state inspectors.  There is also an expanded interest in indoor farming of produce to meet the buy local demand and reduce the threat of food born contamination.  The speaker will discuss the latent & sensible loads that are created with indoor farming applications and how these affect the proper equipment selection.

About the Presenter:
Paul Stewart
Director of Sales & Marketing, Desert Aire Corp.

Paul Stewart is the Director of Sales, Marketing, & Service for Desert Aire Corporation. He joined Desert Aire in April 2009 after a 23 year career with Johnson Controls. His experience at JCI in OEM sales and sales management has supported his efforts at Desert Aire. Paul’s responsibilities at Desert Aire include leading the sales effort, promoting the marketing & branding of Desert Aire, and overseeing the service & technical support functions.
Paul earned a Bachelor’s Degree in General Engineering from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana.
He resides in Louisville, KY with his wife Patty, their college aged daughter Abigail, and dog Roxy. He has two grown sons as well. Paul enjoys running and bicycling in his spare time. He also enjoys dining out at locally owned restaurants and sampling craft brewed beers.

Thermos Newsletter – December 2016

Next Meeting Announcement


  • Date: December 5th, 2016
  • Location: Spazio Westport, 12031 Lackland Rd. in St. Louis, MO 63146


  • 10:15am – 10:45am Registration & Networking
  • 10:45am-11:45am Tech Session: “Refrigerant Safety – Inside and Outside the Machinery Room”
  • 11:45am-1:10pm Lunch and Main Session: “Understanding safety relief systems”

Featuring Douglas T. Reindl, Ph.D., PE, Professor at University of Wisconsin – Madison. Douglas is a professor in the Departments of Engineering Professional Development and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  In addition, he is the founding director of the Industrial Refrigeration Consortium (IRC) at the UW.  He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.   He is a registered professional engineer in the State of Wisconsin and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration.

Welcome to the New Members!

Welcome them at our next meeting!

  • Joshua Chandler
  • Ryan Goewert
  • Brian Lohe – Burns & McDonnell
  • Sean Fruin – KAI
  • John Schilling – Renewaire, LLC
  • James Lablance – BRiC Partnership
  • Zach Melber – Behrmann Company
  • Matt Callaway – Hunter Engineering
  • Carly Little
  • Bruce Levitt – Etegra, Inc.
  • Marco Antonio Tamayo – Victaulic
Thanks for coming!

Thank you to everyone who attended HRATEC and the October meeting – see you at the next one!

Save the Date!

Dinner Meetings

  • 1/16/2017
  • 2/16/2017
  • 3/13/2017
  • 4/13/2017
Job Posting: Mechanical Engineer at Belleville, Illinois office

BRiC Partnership, is a vibrant mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and technology engineering firm with offices in Bellville, Illinois; Springfield, Illinois; Kirkwood, Missouri and Evansville, Indiana. We serve a variety of clients in the educational, healthcare, governmental and commercial markets.


  • 3+ years experience
  • BS in mechanical or architectural engineering
  • Ability to work independently on assignments under guidance of senior staff
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Working knowledge of AutoCAD and Revit design software
  • Experience with Trane Trace load calculation software and energy analysis programs for LEED

Minimum Position Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for projects from schematic design through construction
  • Load calculations
  • Layout and sizing of systems
  • Specification editing
  • Coordination with architects and owners
  • Shop drawing review
  • Verification of existing site conditions (including documentation of systems above ceilings, on roofs, etc.)

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits package. E/O/E. Contact:

PE Refresher Course

Are you or a colleague preparing to take the PE exam next spring? If so, consider taking the Professional Engineer Refresher Course, organized by MSPE, ASCE, and the St. Charles County Community College. The mechanical course is taught by ASHRAE member Al Black.

Please download the brochure if interested: brochure-mspe-refresher-spring-2017.

This course is not affiliated with ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter. This information is provided as a service to the chapter membership.

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Read more about Chad – our Technology Awards Chair!

Chad Adler
Industry News

Pittsburgh to implement new ordinance requiring public reporting of energy efficiency, water usage

Mayor de Blasio Signs Package of Green Buildings Legislation to Spur Retrofits to Help Buildings Become More Energy Efficient

Revised Section 608 Refrigerant Management Regulations

ASHRAE/IES Publish 2016 Energy Efficiency Standard

One World Trade Center achieves LEED Gold certification

Paris Climate Agreement to enter into force on 4 November

Cooltech Applications is Partnering with Carrefour

China is losing its appetite for coal-fired power plants

ASHRAE Congratulates U.S. House Members On Passage Of Career And Technical Education Legislation

Board Member Highlight: Chad Adler

Chad is our Technology Awards Chair – read more about him below!

Chad Adler
Chad Adler
  1. Name: Chad Adler
  2. Company and Position: Johnson Controls, Account Executive
  3. What does your company do/provide? Building automation systems and HVAC equipment
  4. How long have you worked for them? How long have you worked in this industry? 8 years in the industry and all with Johnson Controls.
  5. How did you come to work in your field? I graduated in 2008 with a degree in industrial engineering with a focus on manufacturing and we all remember how manufacturing was doing in 2008. I started looking into technical sales positions and I found Johnson Controls.
  6. What is your main job function? What are you responsible for? I sell control systems for construction projects. I am responsible for take offs, estimates, budgets, and making sure my customers’ needs are met with my product line.
  7. What is the biggest challenge you face in your job? Time! It’s good to be busy but with a 16 month little girl at home I spend as much time as I can with her when I get home and find time for work when she’s asleep.
  8. What’s your favorite thing about working in this industry? I like seeing the diverse range of projects my company is involved with. We do work for universities, labs, hospitals, office buildings, government, and so on. I’ve worked on new hospitals/towers, a nuclear reactor, a prison, waste water treatment plants, research laboratories, and one of the largest geothermal projects in the area. There’s always something I haven’t seen before.
  9. What’s your least favorite thing about working in this industry? While you can be really busy sometimes, you can also be really slow at other times. The slow times are tough when people really need work.
  10. What’s your involvement in ASHRAE? I’ve been a member for 8 years and have been involved with the Technology Awards for 5 of those years. I also helped start the Young Engineers of ASHRAE group for our chapter.
  11. What is your responsibility on the Board? I take care of the annual Technology Awards for our chapter. These are the awards presented in April along with scholarships. It’s never too early to send me your projects for this year’s awards!
  12. What advice would you give someone just graduating college and starting in the HVAC world? Find the people at your company who have LOTS of experience and listen to what they have to say. These would be the old people at your office, like my boss, and are a terrific source of information.
  13. What’s something you’ve learned through your involvement in ASHRAE? Consulting engineers have a tough gig – they have to know too much about too many different subjects.
  14. What made you want to be involved in ASHRAE? (Either on the board or as a regular member.) Since I wasn’t a mechanical or electrical engineer, I thought ASHRAE would provide a good avenue for learning more about HVAC.
  15. Name one person who has been a mentor or an inspiration to you in your life (does not have to be in ASHRAE or in your professional career). Tell me about how they influenced you. Not one, but two people. My dad taught me how to treat people with respect and my mom taught me the importance of being honest and doing things the right way.
  16. Do you have a favorite sport or team? St Louis Cardinals. They win a world series about once per decade. Some other teams only do it a little less than twice per century. You’ve got some work to do Cubs.
  17. What’s your favorite type of music or favorite band? 90s alternative
  18. What’s your favorite thing to do for fun? Anything with the wife and kid away from work is a good time for me.
  19. Where is the coolest place you have traveled? Or what was the best vacation you’ve ever had? I haven’t been able to travel much but the wife and I went to Mexico for our honeymoon and climbed up the ruins of a Mayan temple. I’m not sure you can do that anymore.
  20. When you retire and have a lot more time on your hands, what will you do? I would love to travel. Whether that’s touring some baseball stadiums around the US or seeing Europe, I would just like to see some other cities/countries.