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    president's Message: AUGUST 2020

    President of the Central Arizona Chapter of ASHRAE
    Roger Kirkman


    Hi, Central AZ Chapter members!  Greetings from your 2020-2021 Chapter President. 

    I am sure you have heard this a hundred times over the last few months, so one more time won’t hurt--- I hope this finds you and yours safe and satisfied in this The Year of COVID-19.  Our 2019-2020 year ground to a screeching halt, keeping us from monthly meetings, our annual golf tournament, our second annual HVAC Design Seminar, and a host of YEA & WIA fun events.  But we did host the first ASHRAE virtual chapter meeting in May, and under Kellie Huff’s leadership, our Chapter finished second in annual PAOE points for Region X.  Thanks, Kellie!

    The new year will be a challenge, with all events likely to be Virtual until at least January, but let’s all hang in there and make the best of our situation.  Now’s the time to take care of some ASHRAE membership housekeeping:  Go to the ASHRAE website and update your Background Profile, apply for a Membership Upgrade if you qualify, check out the available ASHRAE SWAG, books and videos, or just learn more about ASHRAE.  Also, tell us what you like or don’t like as it relates to Virtual Events--- the more we know, the better our events can be.  Send an email to me or any Chapter Officer (an updated Roster of Officers & Committee Chairs is a click away!) and let us know what you are thinking and want to see.

    Speaking of Committees, we can always use your help and input, whether it’s for ideas on speaker topics, fun events (especially now), or how you might want to get involved in the future.  Let us know.

    Our first Chapter meeting will be on Tuesday September 1st, at noon.  We will be sending you invitation details very soon.  Be sure to register, and wear something with the ASHRAE logo on it!!

    Thank you,
    Roger Kirkman
    Central AZ Chapter President 2020-2021


    November Chapter Meeting (Webinar)

    Advanced Energy Design Guide Overview

    Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED® AP BD+C


    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.


    Mick serves as a President Elect on the ASHRAE Board of Directors and is an ASHRAE Fellow, recipient of ASHRAE’s Exceptional Service, Distinguished Service, and Standards Achievement Awards, and was Chair of SSPC 90.1-2010 (if you have any comments about that!). Mick also served as Chair of the Advanced Energy Design Guide Steering Committee and on project committees for the 50% Hospital and Office Buildings AEDGs. He is Past President of the La Crosse Area ASHRAE Chapter and presently misses serving on Technical Committees.


    Moving beyond energy to an environmental perspective, Mick Chaired the LEED Technical Committee and served on the LEED Steering Committee. He is also a past member of several USGBC technical and educations groups, authored portions of the original ASHRAE GreenGuide and served on technical groups for the New Buildings Institute.


    Mick and Jen have three children -- Ben (married to Mandi with grandson Ian), Caroline (married to Aaron with grandson James), and Karl -- that are all blessings to them. Their family is quite active at First Evangelical Lutheran Church where Jen is an organist. Mick sings in barbershop quartets whenever possible, and golfs when work and volunteer activities allow. Raised 30 miles from Green Bay, WI in the 1960’s, Mick is an avid (or is that rabid?) Packer fan.


    Presentation Summary:
    Since 2002, ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), USGBC, and AIA, with support from the Department of Energy, have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design 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 one of the most popular publications in ASHRAE’s history with over 600,000 copies in circulation.


    This presentation gives 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 newest Zero Energy guides.

    November 10, 2020
    11:45 AM to 1:00 PM

    Zoom Webinar


    I-10 Trap Shoot Classic


    November 13, 2020
    11:30 AM to 4:00 PM

    Casa Grande Trap & Skeet
    8015 S Isom Rd
    Casa Grande, AZ 85193


    December Chapter Meeting (Webinar)

    ASHRAE Standard 191 – Efficient Use of Water in Building Mechanical Systems

    Fred Betz, PhD, LEED AP BD+C – Building Performance Consultant, Affiliated Engineers Inc.


    Fred Betz, PhD LEED AP BD+C is a mechanical engineer whose work focuses on high performance design of large healthcare facilities.  As a Building Performance Consultant, Mr. Betz’s project role includes goal setting and then advancing the energy, water, occupant experience and resilience elements of designs.  His practice is international in scope.


    Betz has served as the chair of ASHRAE standard 191 Standard for the Efficient Use of Water in Building and Mechanical Systems for nearly two years. The standard is focused on creating a baseline performance for buildings following a similar pattern to ASHRAE 90.1.  Betz co-authored “Simulating Water: Supply and Demand in the Built Environment” in 2012, which became the basis for the ASHRAE 191 modeling compliance paths, both of which are referenced in the LEED Pilot ACP: Whole Project Water Use Reduction. Betz has presented at ASHRAE conferences, International Living Future, GreenBuild, CleanMed, IBPSA SimBuild, and guest lectures at Colorado University-Boulder, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Austin, and Carnegie Mellon University, his alma mater.


    Presentation Title:
    ASHRAE Standard 191 – Efficient Use of Water in Building Mechanical Systems


    This presentation will provide an overview of ASHRAE Standard 191, which is currently in public review.  The purpose of this standard is to provide baseline requirements for the design of buildings, site, and mechanical systems that minimize the volume of water required to operate HVAC systems, plumbing systems, and irrigation systems.

    December 01, 2020
    11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

    Zoom Webinar


    Intro To HVAC Design

    Tech Sessions


    Unfortunately, due to recent events with COVID-19 and the CDC recommendations of limiting large gatherings, we will be postponing this event to the Spring of 2021. Updates will be provided at a future time. We apologize for any inconvenience this may bring. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact Rick D'Andrea @ [email protected]

    Thank you all for your patience and understanding. Please be safe and take care.

    March 26, 2021
    7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

    Holiday Inn & Suites
    3220 S 48th St
    Phoenix, AZ 85040


    covid-19 contribution

    Our members donated $314.97 to Valleywise Health. This gift is specifically for COVID-19 Emergency Relief.

    The foundation receives allotments from the national stockpile, but since all hospitals are receiving supplies, the shipments are not enough to get them out of the “red zone” on certain items.

    The foundation will buy extra-small N95 masks, surgical and procedural masks, and medium exam gloves.

    Thank you for every individual contribution