Thermos Newsletter – January 2017

Save the Date for CRC!

Join us on our 100th Anniversary for the 2017 Chapter Regional Conference in St. Louis!

  • When: 4/20-22/2017
  • Where: Hyatt Regency in downtown St. Louis – secure by March 23rd!
  • Hotel Reservation information on the ASHRAE-STL website
  • Registration details to be posted soon!
  • Social Event: 100 Years RP After Party – details to be announced!
Letter from the President

Happy New Year Everyone!!

I hope everyone had a blessed Holiday Season and enjoyed a little time off with your family.  Perhaps you enjoyed a little too much and now you need some time off FROM your family!!!

It’s the time of the year where we switch up our meeting time so don’t forget we will now be meeting in the evenings.  Yes we are going to hand out two drink tickets to everyone again this year at the meetings.  Speaking of meetings a big shout out to Grant Irvine our Programs Chair on a great first half of the year.  We have had lots of positive feedback on the speakers and our attendance has been over 100 attendees consistently at the meetings.

Don’t forget the Annual Winter Meeting and Expo is coming up at the end of the month in LAS VEGAS which is always a good time.  I hope to see many familiar faces there.  I want to take care of some official business really quick.  Jim Rosick – the board has received and reviewed your request and I must inform you that the BOG has determined that we will not be reimbursing you for front row tickets and back stage passes to the Britney Spears concert.  While we appreciate all you have done for the chapter we just don’t feel this is a proper use of chapter funds!!!

CRC 2017 is just around the corner and Brian Ingenthron and his committee are in full swing making sure all the parts and pieces are in place to make this a successful event.  Stay tuned for additional updates on CRC 2017.

I am happy to announce that Zach Melber will be taking over the duties as the Student Activities chair.  As mentioned in our last chapter meeting our previous chair Danny McGrail has accepted a new position in Kansas City.  We thank Danny and wish him nothing but the best!

Chris Swallow – Chapter President

Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Chris Swallow, Chapter President
Honors & Awards Committee Starts Off Strong in 2017

The St. Louis Chapter has nominated one of its members, Danny Halel, for the ASHRAE Standards Achievement Award.  This award recognizes… read more here.

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.

Technology Awards

It’s that time of year to start thinking about submitting a project for the 2017 Technology Awards.  Projects can be submitted for the following building types:  Commercial, Institutional, Health Care, Industrial, Public Assembly, or Residential.  The project can be a new construction, existing building retrofit, or retro-commissioning.

The requirements are simple:  you must be an ASHRAE member to submit and projects need to be substantially complete but do not need to be in operation for 1 year (though that will be required to compete past the Chapter level).  Projects are then judged on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, innovation, cost effectiveness, operation and maintenance, and environmental impact.

All information regarding these awards can be found at:–conferences/honors–awards/technology-awards-program-overview

The Chapter Level application (short form) which describes what information needs to be submitted can be found at:–conferences/honors–awards/technology-awards-program

This year’s deadline will be Friday, March 3rd.  Please reach out to Chad Adler at 314-812-4537 or for more information or to submit a project.

Board Member Highlight: Zach Melber

Zach Melber

Welcome to the New Members!
  • William Andrew Faust
  • Jordan Brodnax
  • Jimmy Gericke
  • James Watson
  • Margaret Bailey
See you in Las Vegas!

Region VI and V Dinner

  • When: Sunday, Jan 29th at 6:30pm (cash bar)
  • Cost: $55/person
  • Where: TREVI Italian Restaurant at 3500 Las Vegas Boulevard
  • Register with John Rieke (


Thank you for coming!

Many thank to Paul Stewart, Director of Sales and Marketing for Desert Aire Corp., for presenting at our technical and main sessions at our January meeting.


 Industry News

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.