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©2019, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

May 2020  

President’s Message

Fellow Madison ASHRAE Members,

We will once again hold this month’s chapter meeting through a virtual broadcast on account of the ongoing COVID-19 distancing orders.  For those of you who participated last month, thank you for your patience as we experienced some initial technical struggles with the link.  The ASHRAE headquarters provides and encourages local chapters to use Society provided GoToMeeting credentials, however the initial link had a limitation on the number of participants.  We are assured this month’s link will not have the same issue. 

For those who missed the presentation, or for anyone who would like to reference the presentation in the future, it can be accessed through the following public YouTube link.   

So how is ASHRAE handling the COVID-19 Pandemic and what is being done on the Society level to combat these challenging times?  Well, this month we are very lucky to have distinguished lecturer and Former ASHRAE President and current Chair of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Professor William Bahnfleth with us to give a presentation on COVID-19 and an Introduction to ASHRAE Position Document and Epidemic Task Force.  Please join me in welcoming Professor Bahnfleth.   

Also, I want to emphasize that the presentation starts at 12 pm, and runs until 1 pm (Central Time), however the link to access the GoToMeeting will be open earlier.  I know last month there was some confusion regarding the actual start time. 

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. 

Lastly, we still have open Member at Large, treasurer, and secretary positions 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

May 11th, 2020


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12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Virtual Meeting through GoToMeeting

GoToMeeting Resources

ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force and Covid-19 Guidance

This presentation will summarize what ASHRAE is doing to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic. Topics will include a review of issues related to the built environment, an overview of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force and its activities to date and an introduction to the ASHRAE Position Document on Infectious Aerosols

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

Main Presentation - 12:00 pm -  Presentation

Please sign on early (food on your own)

About The Presenter:

William P. Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E.

William Bahnfleth is a professor of architectural engineering at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) in University Park, PA, where he has been employed since 1994. Previously, he was a Senior Consultant for ZBA, Inc. in Cincinnati, OH and a Principal Investigator at the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory in Champaign, IL. He holds BS, MS, and PhD degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, where he also earned a bachelor of music degree in instrumental performance. He is a registered professional engineer. At Penn State, Dr. Bahnfleth teaches undergraduate courses in HVAC fundamentals, HVAC system design, and controls and graduate courses in chilled water systems, hot water and steam systems, and indoor air quality. His research interests cover a wide variety of indoor environmental control topics including chilled water pumping systems, stratified thermal energy storage, protection of building occupants from indoor bioaerosol releases, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems, and others. He is the author or co-author of more than 170 technical papers and articles and 14 books and book chapters. He consults on the design of chilled water thermal energy storage systems and has been involved in more than 20 projects world-wide.

Dr. Bahnfleth is a fellow of ASHRAE, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Society for Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ). He has served ASHRAE in a variety of capacities, including Student Branch Advisor, Chapter Governor, Technical Committee and Standing Committee Chair, and as Director-at-Large, Vice President, Treasurer, and 2013-14 Society President. His honors include a 1st place ASHRAE Technology Award, Transactions Paper Award, Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service Awards, The Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award, the E.K. Campbell Award of Merit and the F. Paul Anderson Award. He is also a recipient of the Penn State Engineering Alumni Society’s World-Class Engineering Faculty Award.

Department of Architectural Engineering
The Pennsylvania State University
1426 South Pugh Street
University Park, PA 16801
United States
(814) 863-2076
Region: III
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Society Conference-Meeting

ASHRAE 2020 Annual Conference Virtual versus in Austin

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].

The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program is comprised of eight tracks as well as a mini-track, selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. The track focus areas include fundamentals and applications, HVAC&R systems and equipment, research summit, professional development and other specific topics including grid-interactive efficient built environment, multifamily and residential buildings, resilient buildings and communities, zero energy buildings, communities: opportunities and challenges and a building myths mini-track.

“We are living in a constant changing world. ASHRAE members are facing a major evolutionary change in how buildings and energy systems interact,” said Bing Liu, chair of the 2020 Annual Conference. “Instead of individual equipment and system, buildings are becoming integrated, flexible and resilient systems to respond to the climate change challenges. The 2020 ASHRAE Annual Conference aims to address these challenges and feature a strong technical program with a wide range of topics applicable to engineers, architects, designers and professionals.”

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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

ASHRAE Research:

Keeping You Healthy

  • 30% Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities
  • SP96 (1262-RP) – Commercial Aircraft Cabin Air Quality Study
  • SP98 – Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality in Retail Spaces
  • 1397-RP – Experimental Investigation of Hospital Operating Room (OR) Air
  • 1450-RP – Transport of Contaminants from Garage Attached or Integral to
    Low-Rise Residential Buildings
  • 1603-RP – Role of HVAC Systems in the Transmission of Infectious Agents in
    Buildings and Intermodal Transportation
  • GIA 13-14 – Impact of Human Convective Boundary Layer on Inhaled Air Quality and Its Protective Role Under Different Ventilation Strategies
  • GIA 14-15 – The protective effect of buildings characterizing indoor air quality, infiltration and ventilation

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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History of the ASHRAE Handbook

From the ASHRAE Society website:

The lineage of the Handbook begins in 1922, when the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASH&VE) published its Heating and Ventilating Guide. Its purpose was stated as follows in its preface:

'The purpose of this new addition to the Society's publications is to provide the engineer, the architect and contractor alike, with a useful and reliable reference data book relating to the art of heating and ventilating. A wide range of data within the scope of the field is presented and every effort has been made to present the material in a practical and useful manner.'

Society Technical Committees, Task Groups, and individuals obtained data and prepared chapters using information from any authoritative source. Society-sponsored research provided much information.

ASH&VE, which later became the American Society of Heating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHAE), published The Guide until 1961, when it was merged with the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers' (ASRE) Refrigerating Data Book, published since 1932, following the merger of the two societies in 1959. The combined publication was called the ASHRAE Guide and Data Book. Separate volumes were issued for Fundamentals and Equipment, and Applications.

In 1967, the information in the Guide and Data Book was regrouped into a Handbook of Fundamentals, with separate Systems, Applications, and Equipment volumes. In 1973, the Guide and Data Book was renamed the ASHRAE Handbook. In 1985, separate I-P and SI unit volumes were issued, and in 1986, a separate Refrigeration volume was established. Although volume groupings have shifted over the years, the name and the essential method by which the ASHRAE Handbook is compiled has continued to the present.

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-Rescheduled for October

The 2020 ASHRAE Region VI Chapters Regional Conference (CRC ) hosted by the Central Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE has been rescheduled for October, 25th - 27th.  Ther is a lot more work to this re-arrangement, but plan to visit Peoria, Illinois.  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,

The Golf Committee has come to the realization of putting a Outing together in June is not realistic.  So, we are moving it back to later summer.  Our plans are currently to re-schedule for August 10th.  Stoughton Country Club is gracious to re-arrange for us.  We are aware of the dynamics of the ongoing situation, so safety is still foremost in our minds. We all know, a little golf would be a good thing for many of us.

The committee has received some sponsorship support, so we are appreciative of the initial endorsement.  Sponsorships are still needed, 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 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 Issues Statements on Relationship Between COVID-19 and HVAC in Buildings

ATLANTA (April 20, 2020) – ASHRAE has published two statements to define guidance on managing the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease (Coronavirus) with respect to the operation and maintenance of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems in buildings.

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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