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January 11, 2016

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January 2016 Meeting
January 11, 2016
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Quality Inn & Suites
2969 Cahill Main
Madison, WI 53711
Achieving a Green Data Center: More than a Good Design Is Needed

$20.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$0.00 Cafeteria Plan - Local Member

$0.00 Student Ticket

Technical Session - 5 pm (optional) – Mission Critical Facility Commissioning.  By Josh Gepner.

Dinner - 6:15 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Achieving a Green Data Center: More than a Good Design Is Needed. By Jim Vallort.  ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer.

Main Presentation Highlights:

The concept of a Green Data Center is difficult to perceive with a building full of computers consuming electricity.  So the goal for a green data center is to minimize the energy consumed by the facility that does not go into computing power.   To achieve this reduction the site selection, facility program, design, installation and operations all play an equal role.  I will discuss some current trends and design strategies for high performance in various climates.  Also I will present some keys to maintaining the edge of a high performance site such as Cx at turnover, seasonal testing, operations plans for changing IT loads, EBCx as operations change, Cx of added equipment during the life of the data center and most importantly -  annual monitoring and operational adjustments.  These concepts, success stories and some common pitfalls will be presented.


 Jim Vallort, Fellow ASHRAE

Practice Leader: Energy+ECO, Automation and Commissioning

Environmental Systems Design, Inc. (ESD)

Jim Vallort has spent his career focusing on energy: ranging from measuring energy usage, optimizing the systems, integrating automation to control energy and the impact of commissioning on energy consumption.

Jim is a Senior Vice president with ESD headquartered in Chicago, IL, a consulting engineering firm. Jim also serves as an ASHRAE Society Vice President for the 2015-2016 Board of Directors. He currently serves as a member of Standard Project Committee 211P, Standard for Commercial Building Energy Audits, and Technical Committee (TC) 7.9, Building Commissioning. Jim previously served on the Board as a director-at-large in 2005-08 and as Region VI director and Regional Chair in 2001-04.

Jim has over 20 publications and numerous presentations under his belt on topics ranging from Energy Efficiency, Automation and Commissioning to Underfloor Air Distribution.  He has been an invited speaker at multiple fortune 500 companies educating their staff on building automation, energy efficiency, existing building commissioning and new construction commissioning. He brings a unique perspective on the constructability and real world aspects of our industry having been a union pipefitter, spent years in the field commissioning projects, combined with the experience as a mechanical designer, building automation designer and energy modeler.

Jim’s greatest joy at work is teaching and mentoring others on the mix of art and science that is required to solve today’s challenges in the engineering community. Vallort is the recipient of the ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award and an Excellence in Engineering Award from the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter in 1998.

Jim Vallort plays a large role in organizing one of ASHRAE’s largest, best-attended, and most profitable Conferences held in Chicago every three years. Vallort served as advisor to the most recent 2015 ASHRAE Winter Conference; co-chaired the Chicago meetings in 2012, 2006, 2003 and 1999; and served as chair of the ASHRAE Centennial Meeting in 1993; he organized the Technical Tours and was on the Entertainment Committee for the 2009 Chicago Winter Conference. His earlier service includes Technology Council, the Planning Committee, the Standards Advisory Committee and a presidential ad hoc Committee on Certification. He also served as chair of the CIBSE/ASHRAE 2000 Joint Conference Steering Committee, the Member Council ad hoc Committee on Young Engineers (YEA) and the Society Program Committee and vice chair of the CIBSE/ASHRAE 2003 Joint Conference Steering Committee. He was president of the Illinois Chapter in 1999-2000.

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