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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

October 2017  

President’s Message

Look for the President's message next month or check the on-line version.

Greg Froehle
Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2017-2018

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Meeting Announcement


October Meeting
Vortex Optics (New Facility)
5:45 AM - 8:15 PM
300 Ernie Dr
Barneveld, WI 53507

$20.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$100.00 Cafeteria Plan - (Not Paid Yet, Last Month Available!)

$0.00 Cafeteria Plan (Only If You Have Already Paid!)

$0.00 Presenter/Vortex Employee Ticket

$0.00 Student Ticket


Tour - 5:45 pm - Meet in Parking Lot of Vortex

Dinner and Meeting - 7:00 pm - Deer Valley Lodge




We encourage attendees to carpool. The Verona Park and Ride on Old County Road PB would be a great spot to meet for those coming from Madison.

For those of you using a GPS, plug in 300 Ernie Drive. 1 Vortex Drive is not included on GPS services yet.


After the tour, we will have a sit down buffet style dinner and our meeting/announcements at the Deer Valley Lodge located adjacent to the Vortex facility. Deer Valley Lodge is located at 401 Industrial Drive, just west of the Vortex site.

Main Presentation Highlights:

This meeting is a tour of the new facility. We will meet in the parking lot in front of the building and break into groups. Vortex has been generous with their offer to allow us to tour their beautiful facility, but are sensitive to unsupervised people in the building. Please respect their concerns, stay with your tour guide, and refrain from wandering off!

Vortex Optics is building a new world headquarters, factory, and warehouse in Barneveld, which is about 30 minutes west of Madison on Hwy 18-151.  They have grown out of their current facility in Middleton and purchased most of the industrial park and some additional lands (totaling ~140 acres) on the edge of Barneveld. There is a 255,000 SF main corporate headquarters and production building, as well as an adjacent 30,000 SF warehouse. The main building is the largest in North America with in floor hydronic heating and cooling. The uses within the building are widely varied, and include manufacturing, offices, warehouse spaces, and clean rooms. Mechanical systems include a VAV system, boiler system, the in floor hydronic system, and a heat recovery chiller system.  

Presenter:  Matt Heil
Direct Management Company

Matt Heil was born and raised on a dairy and ginseng farm in rural Wisconsin. He worked as a steam pipefitter before attending the University of Wisconsin - Platteville, where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked for some very reputable manufacturing and engineering companies over the past 20 years. He has served on the ASHRAE Madison Board of Governors, culminating in a term as President during the 2010-2011 year.

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Student Activities


Student Activities

This month’s meeting will be recognized as one of our two annual “Student Night” monthly meetings.  This year we will hosting “Student Night” in October 2017 and March 2018. The October meeting will be a tour of Vortex Optics in Barneveld, WI. The March 2018 meeting will be held at Union South on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Please help get the word out to our student members and other students that may be interested in HVAC & joining ASHRAE.  We encourage students to attend our meetings. There is no charge for student attendees. We plan to have scholarship applications available at the meeting for those students with at least one more year of school remaining.

We encourage our chapter members to get involved in your local school systems participating in or initiating activities such as classroom or campus visits and science or career fairs.  Whether it is for your son or daughter’s class or for your local school please take advantage of any opportunity to get into schools (K thru 12, college, or university) for classroom visits.  Our ASHRAE chapter receives recognition for any of these visits through President’s Award of Excellence (POAE) points.  If you have or will be participating in a school visit please send me (Jim Kraus) an email ( indicating Who, What, When, and Where.

Do you have old ASHRAE handbooks sitting on your shelf?  We are looking for your old ASHRAE handbooks to be passed on to the student members.  We distribute the donated books to the students when they attend the monthly ASHRAE meetings, ideally on student night.  Please bring them to a meeting or give me a call (Jim Kraus @ 263-3029) and we can make arrangements for drop off or pick up.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.

I am excited to note that this will be the third consecutive year that University of Wisconsin – Madison will have a group of students entering the ASHRAE design competition through Society. Good luck to this year’s students.

I am looking forward to continued involvement as the Student Activities Chair.


Jim Kraus
Student Activities Chairperson


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While it may seem early, now is a good time to start thinking about the annual ASHRAE Technology Awards.

Established in 1990–1991, the Technology Awards Program applies to new and retrofit applications in seven categories: Commercial Buildings, Institutional Buildings, Health Care Facilities, Industrial Facilities or Processes, Public Assembly, Residential and Alternative or Renewable Energy Use, with separate categories for New and Existing Buildings. Award applications are judged with respect to energy efficiency; indoor air quality, innovation, operation and maintenance, cost effectiveness, environmental impact and quality of presentation.

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards is threefold:

  1. To recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data.
  2. To communicate innovative systems design to other ASHRAE members.
  3. To highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.

All current members of ASHRAE and its associate societies may submit entries. Entrants must have had a significant role in the design or development of the project.

Last year we were able to send one project to the regional level.  We hope to see some great submissions again this year, so think of a great project you've done recently! (Note that projects should have a full year of energy usage data by September of 2018.) Winners will be announced for our chapter level at the April meeting. Winners will be sent on to the regional level to compete against other chapters, as several Madison entries did last year.

So start looking through your project portfolio, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

James R. Vander Zanden, P.E.
Project Engineer
CTTC Chairmain, Madison Chapter of ASHRAE

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     August 2017

General Meetings:
     September 2017

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Treasurer’s Report

Below are the Treasurer's Reports for the past months.

2017 July's Treasurer's Report

2017 August Treasurer's Report

Paul Schack
Madison Chapter Treasurer 

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The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE has remains consistent.  We finished the year at 270 members.  We enourage your to invite your associates and peers to join ASHRAE to share in their professional experience, skills and talents.  The programs continue to be valuable for the time involved.  There are many benefits to being a member of ASHRAE.  Take a look at this JOIN ASHRAE link to find out more about the reason's to be part of the over 56,000 world wide members.

Join us in welcoming Braam Payton from Master Building Solutions as a new member.

Members, check your BIO's and keep them up to date with your current address, phone, e-mail, employer or experiences. Your e-mail address with society, is what the Chapter uses contact you, so changes assure you are remain in contact. Update Your BIO HERE.

Area Assigned Members  266  Jul 2016-17


Current Membership ()   270          
New Members   1 19        
New Students   1 5        
Cancellations   3 22        
Student Cancellations   0 5        
Grade Advancement   0  3        
Affiliate Transfer   1 5        

Contact the Madison Chapter Membership Chair, if you have questions or comments about ASHRAE Membership. 


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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
September 11th Controls in the Developing HVAC Industry

Eric Carlson
Ron Bristol

  DDC Analytics
October 9th  Vortex Optics World Headquarters  Matt Heil Student Night none
November 13th  VFDs, Harmonics, Grounding Rings Ken Wegrzyn Membership Promotion Overspeeding Direct Drive Fans
December 11th    Dan Dettmers Research Promotion TBD
January 8th 2018        
February 12th Ethics Nicole Schrier  CTTC  
March 12th Dehumidification  Tom Peterson  Student Activities Psychrometrics
April 9th        
May 15th (Tuesday)    Hank Jackson    TBD
June 11th Golf Outing 53rd Annual  n/a    
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Society News Releases


ASHRAE Launches Global Training Center in Dubai

Sep 19, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE celebrated the grand opening of its new Global Training Center in Dubai with a ribbon cutting ceremony and reception today. The Global Training Center will serve ASHRAE members and other building systems professionals in the Gulf Region and surrounding areas. "ASHRAE and our member...

ASHRAE Opens Registration for Developing Economies Conference

Sep 12, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE in partnership with ASHRAE India and the Delhi Chapter of ISHRAE has announced that registration is open for the Developing Economies Conference, Nov. 10 and 11, 2017, in Delhi, India. The conference theme “Trends, Opportunities and Challenges for the Built Environment in Developin...

Registration Opens for the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Sep 5, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE is pleased to announce registration is now open for its 2018 Winter Conference, to be held in Chicago, Ill., Jan. 20-24, at the Palmer House Hilton. Registration is also open for the AHR Expo, Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place, co-sponsored by ASHRAE and the Air-Conditioning, Heating, ...

ASHRAE Announces Return of Popular LowDown Showdown Building Competition

Aug 16, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE is pleased to announce the return of the LowDown Showdown competition, the most highly anticipated event of the Building Performance Analysis Conference, which will take place in Atlanta, Ga., from Sept. 27-29. The Showdown seeks to broaden the industry’s ability to engage architec...

ASHRAE Announces Call For Papers For International Conference on Efficient Building Design

Aug 15, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced a call for papers for its Third International Conference on Efficient Building Design, Oct. 3-4, 2018 in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference, organized by ASHRAE, the ASHRAE Lebanese Chapter, the Munib and Angela Masri Institute of Energy and Natural Resources and the Dep...

ASHRAE Assists College Students with Tuition through Society Scholarships

Aug 14, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE has announced the recipients of 33 Society scholarships, totaling $164,000 for the 2017-18 academic year. “The ASHRAE Society scholarship program was launched to both encourage and reward students who pursue STEM education and demonstrate active engagement in innovative research, w...

ASHRAE Issues 1,000th BACnet Vendor ID

Aug 11, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE, a global leader in Standards development for building efficiency, has assigned its 1,000th vendor ID for its building automation and control networking protocol (BACnet). This milestone is a tangible example of the Society’s strong position as a worldwide leader in providing resou...

ASHRAE Releases New Edition of Principles of HVAC Textbook

Aug 7, 2017

-- Eighth edition of textbook updated based on the 2017 ASHRAE Handbook -- ATLANTA – ASHRAE has released an updated eighth edition of Principles of Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning. The textbook is ASHRAE’s recommended text for HVAC instruction and presents the fundamental concepts for HVA...

ASHRAE Certifications Recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as Meeting the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines

Aug 3, 2017

ATLANTA – Two ASHRAE certification programs, the Building Commissioning Professional (BCxP) and Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP), have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) as meeting the Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines (BBWG). The certifications achieved DOE r...

ASHRAE Announces Inaugural Course Schedule for New Global Training Center for Building Excellence in Dubai

Aug 1, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE announced today the inaugural course schedule for its new Global Training Center for Building Excellence in Dubai, with HVAC Design Essentials slated as the first planned training opportunity. The course will run from Sept. 10 – 13. The creation of the ASHRAE Global Training Center...

ASHRAE Seeks Public Comment on Guideline to Minimize Legionellosis in Water Building Systems

Jul 28, 2017

-- Those interested in commenting on the guideline may do so from July 28 – Sept. 11 -- ATLANTA – ASHRAE is seeking public comment on Guideline 12-2000, Minimizing the Risk of Legionellosis Associated with Building Water Systems, which is now open for a 45-day public review until Sept. 11. Those in...

ASHRAE Sets Technical Program for Building Performance Analysis Conference in Atlanta, Ga., Sept. 27-29

Jul 13, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE is pleased to announce the technical program for its upcoming Building Performance Analysis Conference, which will take place in Atlanta, Ga., from Sept. 27-29. “Our goal is to serve practitioners by providing the most up-to-date best practices, work flows and processes required t...

CMS Issues Directive Requiring Medicare Certified Healthcare Facilities to Implement and Maintain Legionella-Prevention Policies

Jul 6, 2017

Encourages facilities to utilize ASHRAE Standard 188 which establishes Legionellosis risk management requirements for building water systems -- ATLANTA – To reduce cases of Legionnaires’ disease in health care facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that Medicare c...

ASHRAE and AFS Strengthen Partnership with Signing of New MoU Agreement

Jun 30, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE and the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship. The MoU was signed by 2016-2017 ASHRAE President Tim Wentz and AFS Chair Dr. Christine Sun as part of the ASHRAE Annual Confer...

ASHRAE Announces Formation of New European Region and Supporting Agreements with European Societies at Annual Conference

Jun 28, 2017

--New region and agreements highlight host of announcements made during presidential address-- ATLANTA – As part of its commitment to extend the Society’s global reach and better support its membership, ASHRAE announced the formation of a new ASHRAE Region in Europe – Region XIV, which will begin J...

ASHRAE Announces New President, Officers and Directors for 2017-2018

Jun 26, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE introduced its 2017-2018 president, executive committee officers and directors during its Annual Conference in Long Beach, Calif., which was held June 24-28. ASHRAE’s new president is Bjarne W. Olesen, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE. At his inaugural presidential address, Olesen announced h...

ASHRAE Celebrates Contributions, Achievements of More Than 100 Members at the 2017 Long Beach Annual Conference

Jun 24, 2017

ATLANTA – ASHRAE recognized the outstanding achievements of 111 selfless members and their contributions to furthering energy efficiency in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry during the 2017 Annual Conference. A list of the awards and their recipients are belo...

CDC Report: Health Care Facility Patients at Risk for Legionnaires' Disease

Jun 6, 2017

--ASHRAE Standard 188 helps develop water management programs to reduce Legionella in buildings-- ATLANTA – More than 76 percent of Legionnaires’ disease cases acquired from Legionella exposure in health care facilities can be particularly harsh, including possible fatal risks to patients, accordin...

ASHRAE Responds to U.S. Paris Accord Announcement

Jun 2, 2017

ATLANTA – The recent decision to withdrawal the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord does not change or alter ASHRAE's commitment to accelerate the transformation to a more sustainable global built environment. "Our member-established mission underscores our mandate to serve humanity and create ...


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