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©2019, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

February 2020  

President’s Message


We had a great meeting last month at a new venue and learned more about ASHRAE's Guideline 36, High Performance Sequence of Operations.  Thanks for the great Technical session and meeting topic.

We are privileged to have another ASHRAE Distinguished (DL) visit Madison in March.  Erich Binder is going to visit from Calgary and present Cold Climate Building Design from the ASHRAE Cold-Climate Building Design Guide.  Erich well as talk prior to dinner, about getting involved with ASHRAE.  Erich is going to visit four Region VI chapters, with a stop in La Crosse Area, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Region VI is heading to Peoria, Illinois for the 2020 Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) May 7th through the 9th.  Visit to look for the presentation opportunities for continuing education credits, conducting ASHRAE business and enjoying peers in our industry and region.  We will have the opportunity to visit with our next ASHRAE president, Chuck Gulledge.

Erich's visit, as well as the Region VI CRC, are great opportunities to learn how membership needs your talents, skills and how it will help grow your opportunities to be a leader the industry and society.  Reach out to the Board of Governors (BOG) or other members of the chapter or Region for striking up a discussion.

See you soon!

Paul Schack

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2019-2020
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

March 9th, 2020


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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Holiday Inn and Suites, Madison West

1109 Fourier Drive
Madison, Wisconsin 53717

Holiday Inn and Suites, Madison West

Cold Climate Building Design Presentation

$20.00 Member of Madison ASHRAE
$30.00 Guest (non-Madison ASHRAE member)
$ 0.00 Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only

Technical Session - 5 pm   (optional) - ASHRAE - How You Can Get involved

Dinner - 6:00 pm

Main Presentation - 6:45 pm - Cold Climate Building Design Presentation

About The Presenter:

Erich Binder is an independent engineering consultant with extensive experience in the sustainable design of Commercial, Institutional, Industrial, & Cold Climate, Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC), Plumbing, Fire Suppression & Specialty Mechanical Systems engineering. Erich has also a Certified Risk Manager with over 20 years of Process Safety, Loss Prevention, Industrial Hygiene, Health & Safety Engineering and Auditing experience. Including Corporate Emergency Response and Merger and Acquisition Activities Education and certification includes

  • Registered Engineering Technologists RET, Alberta Society of Engineering Technologists (ASET)
  • Southern Alberta Polytechnic (SAIT), Air Conditioning Engineering Technology Diploma
  • SAIT Polytechnic, Registered Instructor
  • Certified Risk Manager CRM, Risk Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
  • Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Certificate, HVAC and Building Automation Controls
  • Decision & Risk Analysis & Value Engineering Certification


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Student Activities

Engineering Week

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day is a worldwide campaign to help inspire girls’ futures so they learn they have a place in engineering a better world.

In partnership with The Boys and Girls Clubs of Dane County, a group of women engineers from various consulting firms, contractors and vendors in the Madison-Milwaukee area hosted a Girl Day event in Madison on the evening of Thursday, February 20th. Girls from 1st grade through 9th grade participated in hands-on activities to gain insights into engineering. Our goal? To educate, inspire and empower girls to pursue engineering careers! We hoped to present engineers as
creative people that use their talents for problem-solving to make the world a better place, focusing primarily on activities that show how we could reduce our environmental footprint.

Volunteers led the girls through activities focused on Wind Turbine design, Solar Heated Water, Roof Insulation, and making Ice Cream.

In addition to the individuals that gave of their time and talents, a big thank you to the many companies and organizations that contributed to making this a success providing t-shirts, food, materials, and take away bags for the girls. Vyron, IMEGGeneral Heating, ASHRAE, Madison Area Mechanical & Sheet Metal Contractors Association (MSC), and Focus on Energy.

Volunteers represented 1901 Inc, AEI, General Heating, IMEG, Iconica, The Glacier Group, and Sub-Zero.

We hope this will be the first of many events! Or maybe it will inspire others to get out there and share their passion for engineering with future generations.

Women engineers who would like to get involved in future events, please contact Caryn Rader at [email protected] If you’d like to start your own event, the DiscoverE website is a great resource for activities! Check it out and best of luck! You’ll have fun and come away inspired yourself.

Student Activities

This month’s meeting will be recognized as the last of our two annual “Student Night” monthly meetings.  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 information about scholarship applications available at the meeting for those students with at least one more year of school remaining. We will also have donated ASHRAE Handbooks available for students.

Our chapter hosted students on Friday, February 21st in a joint ASHRAE YEA & IBPSA meeting that included a brewery (load calc) simulation presentation and brewery tour. This was very well attended event. We had about two dozen students in attendance. This was a great opportunity for students to interact with our ASHRAE YEA members. I applaud efforts by all of the organizers for pulling this joint event together, especially Matthew Duffy.

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 ([email protected]) indicating Who, What, When, and Where. I will be visiting Beloit Turner middle school on March 13th for their annual Career Days event.

Do you have old ASHRAE handbooks sitting on your shelf?  We are constantly looking for your old ASHRAE handbooks to be passed on to the student members.  We distribute the donated books to the students attending 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.


Jim Kraus
Student Activities Chair

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ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns
--ASHRAE Resources Provide Proactive Guidance in Addressing the Spread of COVID-19 in Buildings
ATLANTA (February 27, 2020) 
ASHRAE, a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment, has developed proactive guidance to help address coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems.
The ASHRAE COVID-19 Preparedness Resources webpage,, provides easily accessible resources from ASHRAE to building industry professionals.
"The recent escalation in the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 is alarming on a global scale," said 2019-20 ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce, P.Eng. "While ASHRAE supports expanded research to fully understand how coronavirus is transmitted, we know that healthy buildings are a part of the solution. ASHRAE's COVID-19 Preparedness Resources are available as guidance to building owners, operators and engineers on how to best protect occupants from exposure to the virus, in particular in relation to airborne particles that might be circulated by HVAC systems."
Available on the webpage is ASHRAE's recently approved position document on Airborne Infectious Diseases. The Society's position is that facilities of all types should follow, as a minimum, the latest practical standards and guidelines. 
The following publications are referenced in the position document and on the resources webpage:
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2019, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality – Outlines minimum ventilation rates and other measures intended to provide IAQ that is acceptable to human occupants and that minimize adverse health effects.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.2-2019, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Residential Buildings – Defines the roles of and minimum requirements for mechanical and natural ventilation systems and the building envelope intended to provide acceptable indoor air quality in low-rise residential buildings.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170-2017, Ventilation of Health Care Facilities – Ventilation guidance, regulation, and mandates to designers of health care facilities. It addresses hospital spaces, outpatient spaces, and nursing home spaces. 
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 52.2-2017, Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size – Establishes a method of laboratory testing to measure the performance of general ventilation air-cleaning devices in removing particles of specific diameters. 
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy – Specifies conditions for acceptable thermal environments and is intended for use in design, operation, and commissioning of buildings and other occupied spaces.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 185.2-2014, Method of Testing Ultraviolet Lamps for Use in HVAC&R Units or Air Ducts to Inactivate Microorganisms on Irradiated Surfaces – Establishes a test method for measuring the intensity of ultraviolet lamps on irradiated surfaces under typical HVAC&R operating conditions.
  • ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 161-2018, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft – Defines the requirements for air quality in air-carrier aircraft and specifies methods for measurement and testing in order to establish compliance with the standard.
  • ASHRAE Guideline 28-2016, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft – Serves as a companion to ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 161, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft. Includes additional research and supporting information for guidance in assessing and assuring good air quality within the aircraft cabin.
The position document also advises that new and existing healthcare intake and waiting areas, crowded shelters, and similar facilities should go beyond the minimum requirements of these documents, using techniques covered in ASHRAE's Indoor Air Quality Guide to be even better prepared to control airborne infectious disease (including a future pandemic caused by a new infectious agent).
Because small particles remain airborne for some period of time, the design and operation of HVAC systems that move air can affect disease transmission in several ways, such as by the following:
  • Supplying clean air to susceptible occupants 
  • Containing contaminated air and/or exhausting it to the outdoors
  • Diluting the air in a space with cleaner air from outdoors and/or by filtering the air
  • Cleaning the air within the room
ASHRAE recommends the following strategies of interest to address disease transmission: dilution ventilation, laminar and other in-room flow regimes, differential room pressurization, personalized ventilation, source capture ventilation, filtration (central or unitary), and UVGI (upper room, in-room, and in the airstream).
Owners, operators, and engineers are encouraged to collaborate with infection prevention specialists knowledgeable about transmission of infection in the community and the workplace and about strategies for prevention and risk mitigation.
For access to the full position document, standards, publications, technical committees, research projects and other material to prepare for COVID-19, visit the ASHRAE COVID-19 Preparedness Resources webpage at
Media Contact:
Sherri Simmons
[email protected]
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Research Promotion

Support ASHRAE RP by donatingDONATE

      For information on RP, follow the ASHRAE link HERE.

If you have questions about Research Promotion please drop an e-mail.

Thank you,

Research Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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The Madison Chapter Historical Committee welcomes articles about a system, person, event or a company in our chapter; or an interview of a prominent chapter member. Systems you designed that have historical value (first of their kind or unique systems) also qualify. Articles do not need to have pictures or be interactive.

Please enjoy the company histories at the link below and send additional histories, interviews, or items of historical significance to the historical committee, at [email protected].

Historical Website:

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Considering joining ASHRAE?  With over 56,000 members worldwide, there are benefits no matter where you go. Take a look here for a list of benefits and resources at your disposal.  If you’re a Student member, did you know there’s a program designed to help you transition to Associate grade membership after graduation, at a reduced rate?  Check out SmartStart for more information.  Contact [email protected] if you have any questions!

Here is a summary of the chapter membership numbers.

Area Assigned Members



2019-20 YTD


Current Membership (Nov)





New Members





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Student Cancellations





Grade Advancement





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

Caryn Rader, PE, Design Engineer
Phone: 608.271.3900

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Vision 2020

The 2020 ASHRAE Region VI Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) - will be hosted by the Central Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE right at the heart of Illinois from May 7th through May 9th 2020, at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, Illinois. 

Region VI is comprised of 11 chapters in the Midwest, including St. Louis in the south, up through Iowa to Minnesota and into North Dakota, over to Wisconsin, and back down through Chicago and Central Illinois. This conference typically draws about 200 attendees, most of whom are ASHRAE members and are highly involved in the HVAC industry. The conference includes social events, ASHRAE business meetings for Region VI, as well as several technical presentations. This year, the technical presentations will be anchored in our theme of “Vision 2020”, which focuses on looking to the future of our industry.

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Meeting Minutes

Recent Meeting Minutes:

Recent Chapter Minutes:

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Treasurer’s Report

Recent Treasurer's Reports:

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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
Sep 9th  Building Acoustics – Architectural & HVAC 

Jeff Boldt

  Acoustic & Vibration Isolation Fundamentals
Oct 14th Fan Energy Index (FEI) Ron Wroblewski   Student Night Fan Engineering
Nov 11th Ethics Devin  Abellon DL Membership  
Dec 9th Controlled Environment Agriculture Dan Dettmers Research Promotion  
Jan 13th 2020 RP Research Projects

 Svien Morner
Scott Hackel Joe Zhou
Mike Meteyer

Feb 10th  High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems Rocky Moore CTTC  Fault Detection and Diagnostics
Mar 9th Cold Climates Erich Binder-(DL) Student  ASHRAE-How To Get Involved
Apr 13th        
May 11th         
Jun 9th Golf Outing 55th Annual  n/a    


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The next frontier is energy submetering: benefits and lessons learned 

Submetering allows you to monitor energy use from different electrical loads in your facility. This gives you the data to implement efficiency strategies and control costs. Join us for a full-day course on the benefits of submetering. Find out what to consider before purchasing a system, the benefits of different system types, and the levels of data they provide.

We’ll review common electrical loads where submetering is useful and discuss how to identify facility inefficiencies by analyzing submetering data. Hear from customers who have installed submeters and learn how they’ve used the data to manage their energy use. Finally, we’ll review industry best practices for plant shut down and start up procedures that minimize financial losses due to down time.      

Ronald Newton, Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc. 

DATE: Tuesday, April 7
LOCATION: The Embassy Suites, Brookfield, WI
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

COST: $199

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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE Releases Schedule of Popular HVAC Design Training
ATLANTA (February 19, 2020) – ASHRAE Learning Institute, provider of high-quality, authoritative and credible training backed by real world applications, announced the release its 2020 HVAC Design and Operations training schedule.

Designing a New Building That Has a Carbon Neutral Footprint Is the Focus of ASHRAE’s 2020 Modeling Competition
ATLANTA (February 17, 2020) – ASHRAE is inviting individuals and project teams to participate in the 6th Annual ASHRAE LowDown Showdown (LDSd) modeling competition

2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo Successful
ATLANTA (February 6, 2020)  ASHRAE concluded a successful 2020 Winter Conference and AHR Expo, held February 1-5 in Orlando, Fla.

ASHRAE Recognizes Major Donors of Global Headquarters Renovation Project
ATLANTA (February 4, 2020) – ASHRAE recognized a total of 18 major donors to its building campaign in support of its Global Headquarters Renovation Project during the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla.

ASHRAE Announces Nominees for 2020-21 Slate of Officers and Directors
ATLANTA (February 3, 2020) – ASHRAE announced its nominees for the 2020-21 slate of officers and directors during its 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Orlando, Fla.

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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ASHRAE 125th Anniversary



ASHRAE Celebrates 125 Years

Finding new ways to advance.

HVAC&R ... Efficiency ... IAQ ... Building Sciences

The organization ... The people ... ASHRAE 

View the 125th Anniversary Video

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