Thermos Newsletter – November 2015

Letter from the President

This November’s meeting is dedicated to Membership Promotion. I’d first like to extend thanks to our current Membership Promotion Chair: Grant Irvine.  Grant’s already doing a great job with current Chapter paid membership at 697 members as of 10/27/15. I prefer nice round numbers, like 700 (or even 800), so let’s help Grant get us past that milestone.

By promoting ASHRAE membership, you’re not just helping our chapter grow, you’re helping your friends and colleagues benefit from ASHRAE. Our St. Louis Chapter has already brought two Distinguished Lecturers to speak (including Bill Bahnfleth, a Past President of ASHRAE Society), and has much more in store for educational opportunities this season. If the educations opportunities aren’t enough, consider that our chapter meetings regularly see more than 100 attendees, including many local industry leaders. Our attendance is top-notch amongst the chapters in our region; be sure to use the networking opportunities to your advantage.

If you’re not convinced by the benefits of ASHRAE membership available from the St. Louis Chapter, consider the many benefits available from society:–conferences/benefits

We also have another tremendous technical program ready for this meeting. We’ll have Jay Eldridge speaking on Fan Efficiency Grades, and Jerry Williams speaking on System Pressure Calculations for Proper Fan Sizing and TAB Report Correlation. I look forward to seeing you on November 9th!

Jim Rosick, Chapter President

Next Meeting Invitation

Jay Eldridge of Applied Air Systems, presents “Fan Efficiency Grades” in the Technical Session and Jerry Williams of 8760 Engineering presents “System Pressure Calculations for Proper Fan Sizing and TAB Report Correlation.”
The Tech Session provides an update on the Fan Efficiency Grades (FEGs) that are included in ASHRAE 90.1-2013, mainly what they are, and how they will affect an engineer’s fan selection. The Main Session will build on the topic of maximizing fan efficiency by considering both the fan and the system it is integrated into. The presentation will include a review of the total pressure calculations needed to establish the required fan performance and selecting the correct fan from a fan industry grounded in fan static pressure ratings.


October Meeting Features Distinguished Lecturer Bill Bahnfleth
Board Member Highlight: Danny McGrail
Calling All Past Chapter Presidents!

We are compiling a year-by-year Chapter History and need your help! You represent a living piece of our Chapter’s history. To complete our Chapter History, we’d like to hear your story. Please tell us about the year you served as Chapter President by completing the online form found here. Please feel free to elaborate and tell us side stories and extra tidbits – that’s what makes history interesting! Email and questions to Annie Smith, Chapter Historian at

Professional Development Opportunities
HVAC Design Training
Spring PE Exam Refresher Course
Mark Your Calendar for HRATEC!

 ASHRAE Marketing Video
YEA Hosts Oktoberfest Happy Hour
Student Scholarships

Society scholarship applications are due December 1st. Please encourage any undergraduates interested in the HVAC&R industry to apply. Through its scholarships, ASHRAE seeks to motivate students and prospective students worldwide to pursue a career in the HVAC&R field. The Society’s Scholarship Program also serves the public interest by aiding in the education of men and women to become qualified to practice as engineers in HVAC&R.

Student Chapters Off to a Strong Start
Research Promotion Polos Available for RP Donors!
“In the Spotlight” Company Highlight

Would YOU like to be featured in our newsletter? St. Louis ASHRAE would like to highlight a firm in our chapter’s territory. This is a great opportunity to get the word out about what your company does and how you contribute to our local industry.

Women in ASHRAE

The ladies in Women in ASHRAE (WiA) met October 29th for a happy hour at Bonefish Grill in Brentwood to discuss the future of the group and where they’d like the group to go from here, as well as challenges faced as women in the HVAC&R industry. Events will be held quarterly going forward, so if you’re a woman in HVAC&R and interested in joining, let Jessica Mangler ( know!

Next YEA Event at Trainwreck Saloon
Welcome  New Members!

The St. Louis Chapter would like to welcome the following new members! Be sure to introduce yourself to them at the next meeting!

  • Mauro Fraschini – McClure Engineering
  • Alex Oliver – Cannon Design
  • Robert Rizen
  • Jay Werner – Energy Systems Group
  • Keith Esarey – McClure Engineering
2017 CRC Committee Update

The CRC-2017 Committee met again and we are well ahead of schedule. We have contracted with the Hyatt Regency at the Arch to host the event. Speaker selections have just about been completed. Three “Grand Slam” sponsors have stepped up to the plate as well. We are still seeking volunteers to help with putting it all together. Contact Brian Ingenthron if you are interested in helping!

Call for Volunteers!

A number of student chapters are seeking presenters on ASHRAE-related topics for their chapters. The student branches are SIU-E, SIU-C, Missouri S&T, and the soon to be established University of Missouri. This is a great way to connect with up and coming engineering students! If you are interested, please contact the Student Activities Chair, Danny McGrail, at


Industry News
Mark Your Calendar for the next ASHRAE conference!

October Meeting Features Distinguished Lecturer Bill Bahnfleth

The October meeting proved to be an educational experience, featuring Bill Bahnfleth, Distinguished Lecturer, Fellow ASHRAE and ASME, and 2013-2014 ASHRAE Society President. Bill is Professor and Director of the Indoor Environment Center in the Department of Architectural Engineering at Penn State. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant for ZBA, Inc. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. He has authored numerous technical papers and books.

October 2015 Meeting
October 2015 Meeting

Bill spoke in both the Technical and Main Sessions. The Technical Session featured “The ASHRAE Building Energy Labeling Program” and explored the bEQ rating system, which has tracks for both new and existing buildings. The presentation provided an overview of the bEQ program and compared it to other building certification programs.

The Main Session topic was “Integrating Indoor Air Quality and Energy Efficiency in Buildings.” This session stressed the importance of indoor air quality, as it affects health and productivity of building occupants, while also addressing the concern of energy usage related to increased or minimum ventilation.

This meeting was the Research Promotion-themed meeting, so the RP committee was out front selling polos and raffle tickets to raise money for ASHRAE research. The polo deal is still going on, so check out how to get one!

Finally, the Board of Governors was recognized for, yet again, fulfilling St. Louis tradition and achieving Full Circle Status by each donating $100 to Research Promotion! Congratulations and thank you for your donation!

#myASHRAE Pictures

ASHRAE Society wants to create a video-compilation of chapter-submitted photos for all the Chapters and Regions within ASHRAE. This video will stream at the 2016 Winter Conference in Orlando and will also be posted to ASHRAE’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. ASHRAE is encouraging us to incorporate our Chapter Banner, the hashtag #myASHRAE, and unique things about St. Louis in the pictures.
We want to make sure that St. Louis ASHRAE is well represented in this effort, so we need your help! Annie Smith, Mike Mosbacher, and Jessica Mangler are organizing this process. The more the merrier! If you’d like to be involved, here’s what you need to know:
  1. The date is November 14th. Let Jessica Mangler ( know if you can make it so we can send you more information on the meeting location and logistics of the event. Basically, we’ll all meet at a starting location and start taking pictures at St. Louis landmarks (Ballpark Village, the Arch, Stadium, Forest Park, etc.).
  2. Annie ( will be organizing the photographer and signs/props for the pictures (Chapter banner, #myASHRAE signs, etc.). But if you have any creative ideas, let her know!
  3. Mike(  will be organized the logistics of the event. We’ll have schedule of locations and attempt to carpool between locations.
If you have any questions, please contact Jessica, Annie, or Mike.
Feel free to invite any other St. Louis ASHRAE members that you believe would be interested and want to be involved in the pictures!
Thank you in advance for your cooperation and time!

Student Chapters Off to a Strong Start

The student chapters in the St. Louis region are starting the year off strong with design competitions, plant and building tours, and membership recruitment. Contact Danny McGrail if you’d like to volunteer as a speaker for a student chapter meeting!

SIU-E: The student branch is organizing a team for the ASHRAE Student Design Competition. It is also planning a fundraiser for possible trips to a thermal and nuclear power plant and the ASHRAE Summer or Winter Conferences.

SIU-C: The chapter recently elected new officers. They added a 2nd Vice Present as the current President, Vice President, and Secretary are all seniors.

Missouri S&T: The chapter recently toured Toomey Hall’s mechanical rooms and the new geothermal plant. Environmental Control’s Professor and Vice President at Cannon Design, Gerald Williams, designed the mechanical system for Toomey Hall and led the tour. Nearly thirty students attended the tour, which is double the typical meeting attendance.  The student chapter is exploring speakers for their November meeting.

Mizzou: The recently established chapter is busy recruiting new members and organizing the logistics of a newly formed chapter (tax exempt status, bank account, etc.).  The chapter is planning tours of Mizzou’s power plant and East Campus Chiller Plant.

Check out our student page for more info!