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©2019, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

April 2020  

President’s Message

Fellow Madison ASHRAE Members,

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout the country, the board has concluded that a remote online webinar will be held this month for our local chapter meeting in place of our normal group get-together.  We are very fortunate to have Steve Kujak join us this month to help educate us on the Future of Refrigerants.  I first met Steve when I lived in LaCrosse working as an intern for Trane, and I can assure you we’re in for a good presentation with an expert on refrigerants in Steve.  Details to follow regarding log-in information from a GoToMeeting link for the presentation. 

Please read through the Newsletter highlights below. Many thanks to Mark Miller for his efforts in assembling this information.  Please pay close attention to the golf outing notes, which is currently in flux surrounding the COVID-19 challenges and stay-home orders we are currently experiencing.  There’s a potential depending on how this all plays out over the next few weeks that we will be moving the golf outing to the end of summer/early fall.

Lastly, we still have an open Member at Large position available, as well as an open Research Promotion chair position available.  Please see me or any other Board of Governor member if you have an interest in either of these positions or if you’d like additional details. 

Thanks, and hopefully you can all call-in over your lunch hour for this month’s presentation. 

Paul Schack

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2019-2020
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

April 13th, 2020


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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

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The Future of Refrigerants

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

Presentation Only so sign on early - 11:45 am  (food on your own)

Main Presentation - 12:00 pm -  Presentation

About The Presenter:

Stephen “Steve” Kujak

Steve has spent over 28 years being involved in numerous technology and product development projects involving the development of new refrigerants, lubricants, compatibility of system materials and environmental sustainability initiatives. Steve holds a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Dakota.

He has been a member of ASHRAE since 2005 and is a distinguished service member of ASHRAE. His ASHRAE and industry activities include contributing to refrigerant safety and use standards. He was awarded the ASHRAE Crosby Field award for highest-rated presentation of a technical paper in 2016 and was also awarded the George Briley Refrigeration Committee award for best ASHRAE journal article on refrigeration in 2017 and 2018.

Steve has been an author or co-author of greater than 50 publications related to refrigerants and has 18 patents related to HVAC products.

Steve works for Trane Technologies as the director of next-generation refrigerant research in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he has lived with his wife Annette on the Mississippi River in Brownsville, Minnesota and both enjoy the beauty the drift-less region provides.


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Society Conference-Meeting

News about the ASHRAE Annual Conference in Austin

With your safety top of mind, the 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference and concurrent committee meetings will no longer take place in Austin this June 27 – July 1. Instead, we will host the 2020 ASHRAE Virtual Conference, presenting the business meetings, technical program and Society updates in a new and convenient virtual format.

Additional details concerning the virtual conference and rescheduling of the business meetings and committee meetings will be provided in the coming weeks. For immediate questions, please contact[email protected].

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Wisconsin ASHRAE Members Meet with 36 State Congressional Offices

All four Wisconsin ASHRAE Chapters were represented during Wisconsin’s second outreach day at the State Capitol in Madison. On March 5, ASHRAE members visited with staff and elected officials from 36 Congressional offices. The Wisconsin members also hosted an information session in the capital, which was attended by additional staff.
The focus of their message was on ASHRAE Standard 90.1 and the value of timely adoption of the latest edition. Also discussed were local sustainability efforts, indoor air quality and legionella, safety standards and climate issues related to refrigerants and ASHRAE Research and ties to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
ASHRAE members participating in Wisconsin Government Outreach Day (left to right): Chris Hsieh, La Crosse Chapter; Mark Miller, Madison Chapter; Jeff Boldt, Madison Chapter; Mike Wolf, NE WI Chapter; Victor Nino, WI Chapter; Jason Boatman, Madison Chapter; Tina Brueckner, NE WI Chapter; and Paul Rasmussen, WI Chapter.
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“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.

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 2020.) Entries will be sent on to the regional level to compete against other chapters.

Additional information can be found at:


Please fill out the application form and send to ASHRAE Madison Chapter CTTC Chair Dr. Joe Zhou: [email protected] by April 10th


Joe Zhou, Ph.D., PE, CEM
Principal Engineer
608.210.7155 Mobile 608.598.7574
[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)





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Student Cancellations





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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-Postponed

The 2020 ASHRAE Region VI Chapters Regional Conference (CRC ) hosted by the Central Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE has been postponed, with hopes of arranging in summer or fall.  It is planned to take place in Peoria, Illinois, however, date to be determined as yet.  Watch for an update! 

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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Golf Outing

Madison and Southeast Chapter Golfers,

Well, the situation has made our plans for our June Golf Outing questionable, however the Golf Committee has not given up.   We are hoping we will pull through this pandemic and find some normalcy to golf in June.  So, our plans are developing and first, we are looking or sponsors.  If plans continue positively, we will release early registration in April.

Sponsorships are sought, so reach out to our committee if interested. This is a great event to touch over 100 key people in the Madison and Wisconsin commercial built-up environment.   Get your name on the list.

We lost a key inspirational golfer and Madison Chapter Golf Chair in John Kelly.  John enjoyed golfing in Hawaiian shirts, so the plan is to encourage the dress attire to be in Hawaiian digs.  RIP John Kelly.

[email protected] 


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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 Refrigerants Steve Kujak GoToMeeting  
May 11th Epidemic Task Force Bill Bahnfleth  GoToMeeting  
Jun 9th Golf Outing 55th Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Established
ATLANTA (March 31, 2020) –ASHRAE announced a Society-wide effort to respond to the current global COVID-19 pandemic and provide guidance on how to ensure that buildings are prepared for future epidemics.

ASHRAE Supports World Refrigeration Day 2020
ATLANTA (March 30, 2020) – ASHRAE has joined with associations and societies around the world in pledging support for World Refrigeration Day 2020 on June 26.

ASHRAE Offers Course on the Role of HVAC Systems on Infection Control
ATLANTA (March 23, 2020) – ASHRAE will offer a course on the role of HVAC systems in infection control in hospitals.

Call for Papers Announced for the 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago
ATLANTA (March 18, 2020) – ASHRAE announced a call for papers for its 2021 Winter Conference Jan. 23-27 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

Registration Open for ASHRAE Learning Institute’s 2020 Spring Online Course Series
ATLANTA (March 12, 2020) – Registration is now open for the 2020 Spring online instructor-led course series from ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI).

ASHRAE Resources Available to Address COVID-19 Concerns
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

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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