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October Chapter Meeting – Membership Promotion – Monday 10/14

October Chapter Meeting – Membership Promotion Meeting


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


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
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
Free for ASHRAE St. Louis Members and full time students
$25 for Non-members

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
Speaker for Tech and Main Session:
Thomas H. (Tom) Durkin, PE

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


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

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


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.


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.
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.


CxE Group, LLC

Ross & Baruzzini


ASHRAE Research Trivia Night – Thursday 5/16

Thursday, 5/16/2019, 6:00 PM


The Engineers’ Club of St. Louis
4359 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63108, USA​

ASHRAE RP Trivia Night
Please help ASHRAE St. Louis Chapter raise funds for ASHRAE Research Promotion!

Date/Time:  Thursday May 16, 2019 at 6:00PM
Location:  Engineers’ Club of St. Louis 4359 Lindell Blvd 63108
Details:  $30/person includes 3 drink tickets, 8-person tables, cash bar after tickets used, no outside alcohol permitted, you may bring your own snacks, 50/50 raffle, and silent auction

Sponsorship Opportunity:  Please contact Erin Black ( or 314.884.7636) if you are interested in sponsoring a round of trivia with your company logo displayed ($50/round), displaying your company banner at the bar ($500 suggested donation), or donating an item for silent auction.

March Chapter Meeting – Tour Night – Worldwide Technologies HQ

Monday, 3/18/2019 at:

1 World Wide Way, St. Louis, MO 63146


4:30 PM– 5:15 PM Registration & Networking
5:15 PM – 6:00 PM Technical Session – Bart Alsop, PE, LEED AP, VP Engineering at Mechanical Solutions
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Tour Session, WWT Headquarters

Technical Session: Bart Alsop, PE, LEED AP Mechanical Solutions

Catered by O’Fallon Brewery