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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

January 2021  

President’s Message

President's Message,

Happy New Year to you all!   

Thank you all for joining us last month as we heard from Dane County leadership on their Climate Action Plan, and enjoyed our virtual holiday social afterward with small group conversation and door prizes.   I am looking forward to that social time being back in person some day, but it was great to catch up with those that could make it!

We are starting to look to fill volunteer positions for our 2021-2022 Board of Governors and chair positions.   We also would welcome volunteers to serve on a committee.   Whether you can invest just a little time or more, I'd encourage you to reach out to myself or others on the BOG.  

Please see below and join us for our January chapter meeting on January 11th!   This presentation will be provided by an ASHRAE Designated Lecturer on a very applicable topic, and I am sure will be engaging content.

Jason Boatman

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2020-2021
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

January 11th, 2021


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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (Central)

Virtual through Zoom

Retro-Commissioning with an eye toward managing viral contagion

$ N/C   Member of Madison ASHRAE
$10.00 Guest (non-Madison ASHRAE member)
$ 0.00  Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only

Main Presentation - 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm "Retro-Commissioning with an eye toward managing viral contagion"

Wade Conlan, P.E., BCxP, CxA, LEED AP BD+C has over 25 years of commissioning and design engineering experience and serves as Hanson's Commissioning and Energy Discipline Manager. He holds a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Penn State University and is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states. He is active in ASHRAE and has held various positions at Chapter, Region, and Society Level including 2019-20 Chair of Environmental Health Committee and voting member of ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force. Wade currently leads the Building Readiness Team. He is currently the Chair of ASHRAE GPC 1.6P, Commissioning Data Centers, voting member of TC9-10 Laboratory Systems and TC7-9 Building Commissioning and a Director-at-Large Nominee for the ASHRAE Board. Mr. Conlan has also received many ASHRAE awards including the Distinguished Service Award and a 2015 Technology Award.

Ronald Wroblewski
Program Chair

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ASHRAE Technology Awards

The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards program is to:

  • Recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data;..
  • Communicate innovative systems designs to other ASHRAE members;
  • Highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.

Each year the Society may present awards in six categories: 

  • Commercial Buildings (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); 
  • Institutional Buildings (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning) 
  • Health Care Facilities (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); 
  • Industrial Facilities or Processes (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); 
  • Public Assembly (New, Existing, Existing Building Commissioning); 
  • Residential

For each category first, second, and honorable mention winners may be named. Also, one of the category first place winners may be selected to receive the ASHRAE Award of Engineering Excellence. The recipient will have demonstrated the best overall compliance with the judging criteria.

Regional Award submissions are due before CRC every year, so this year's deadline is April 15th to give time for judging. Any winners from Regional then have the option to submit to Society level Tech Awards, using the long form.

The application form can be available HERE

2020 First Place Winners

Susumu Horikawa, Kosuke Sato, and Eri Kataoka
Category I – Commercial Buildings – New
Shogakukan Building
Kenji Sakamoto, Owner Representative
Henry Johnstone
Category II – Educational Facilities – New
Environmental and Natural Resources II
Ralph Banks, Owner Representative
Chad Luning, Michael McDermott, Eric Huber, and  David Nelson
Category II – Educational Facilities – Existing
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Frederick Seitz Materials Research Laboratory, Renovation
Mohamed Attalla, Owner Representative
Kurt Monteiro and Kevin Sharples
Category III – Health Care Facilities – New
Peel Memorial Centre
John Marshman, Owner Representative
Paul Finch
Category IV – Industrial Facilities or Processes – New
Kao Data Campus
Gerard Thibault, Owner Representative
Leighton Deer and Kevin Kaufman
Category V – Public Assembly – New
Tennessee State Museum
Peter Heimbach, Owner Representative

Congratulations on an outstanding achievement!

Affiliated Engineers and American Family Insurance has been selected to receive a First Place ASHRAE Technology Award in the Commercial Buildings - New Category for the American Family Insurance “The Spark” project in Madison, WI. The ASHRAE Technology Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the design and operation of energy efficient buildings. The form of the award is a plaque for winning entrants and building owners.

Your project will be featured in the March 2021 issue of the ASHRAE Journal. Complete details regarding submission requirements for the Journal will be sent to you within the next month.

Congratulations from the Madison Chapter and Region VI.

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Student Activities

Student Activities

This is my 12th year (2 yrs. as Co-Chair and 10 yrs. as Chair) as the Student Activities Chair. I am sure this one will prove to be my most challenging year while dealing with COVID-19. I plan to keep students engaged in ASHRAE and the field of HVAC throughout the year. As always, I look to all of you, our members, to help with this important task.

I am proud of our two Student ASHRAE chapters at UW-Platteville and UW-Madison. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, they have managed to maintain their chapters and establish another board for the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year. Please join me in welcoming them. The Student Board of Governors for each school is as follows:

UW-Platteville Student ASHRAE chapter BOG:

Chad St.Cyr – President
James McDonough - Vice President
Austin Milligan-Kierzek – Secretary
Max Kisting – Treasurer

Professor Abulkhair Masoom – Student Advisor


UW-Madison Student ASHRAE chapter BOG:

Antonio Pulito – President
Ryan Jara - Vice President
Farold Dias – Secretary
Will Zimmerman – Treasurer

Professor Michael Cheadle – Student Advisor

This month’s meeting is recognized as the first of two annual “Student Night” meetings.  Our other “Student Night” meeting will be held in March 2021. During our March “Student Night” meeting, we make a push to solicit engineering student applications for the annual Gustus L. Larson Scholarship. Four scholarships are awarded for an amount of $1,500 each.

I look forward to continued involvement as the Student Activities Chair.


Jim Kraus
Madison ASHRAE Student Activities Chair
(608) 279-8367

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What does ASHRAE membership mean to you?  We find that different people take part in ASHRAE for various reasons.  Why are you an ASHRAE member?  Email [email protected] and share your stories!  

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions!

Here is a summary of the chapter membership numbers.

Area Assigned Members 255   2020-21 YTD
Current Membership  244 December  
New Members   0 5
New Students   0 0
Cancellations   2 13
Student Cancellations   0 3
Grade Advancement   0 0

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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Society Conference-Meeting


2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo | Virtual

The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference will take place in a convenient, online format February 9-11. Attendees can join live discussions with top experts, learn the latest updates relating to COVID-19, and have access to 90+ technical sessions for 18 months. Group rates are available, and members register for just $249.

The 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago has been canceled.

What to Expect:

  • Three days packed with learning and live discussions with top experts
  • Special sessions covering the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 8 Tracks with 40 live and more than 80 on-demand sessions (most with PDHs), available for 18 months
  • Updates from Society leaders, Women in ASHRAE keynote presentation and recognition of ASHRAE Honors and Awards recipients
  • Virtual technical tours, social events, meet-ups, and networking opportunities








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Research Promotion

ASHRAE RP  Campaign

2020-2021 Madison Chapter Goal - $15,000

ASHRAE Research: Helping you survive Winter

Research Projects Keeping You Warm This Winter

  • 1196-RP - Develop Software to Calculate the Application Seasonal Efficiency of Commercial Space Heating Boiler Systems Based on ASHRAE Standard 155P
  • 1267-RP - Development of an ASHRAE Design Manual for District Heating and Cooling Systems
  • 1322-RP - Productivity and Perception Based Evaluation of Indoor Noise
  • 1385-RP - Development of Design Tools for Surface Water Heat Pump Systems (SWHP)
  • 1458-RP - Modeling Person-to-Person Contaminant Transport in a Mechanical Ventilation Space
  • 1478-RP - Measuring Air-tightness of Mid- and High-rise Non-residential Buildings
  • 1504-RP - Extension of the Clothing Insulation Database for Standard 55 and ISO 7730 to Provide data for Non-Western Clothing Ensembles
  • 1544-RP - Establishing Benchmark Levels and Patterns of Commercial Building Hot Water Use
  • 1550-RP - Thermal Performance of Insulating Coatings on Piping and Ductwork
  • 1564-RP - Measurement of Oil Retention in the Microchannel Heat Exchanger
    1613-RP - Update Climatic Design Data in Chapter 14 of the 2013 Handbook of Fundamentals
  • 1624-RP - Effective Energy-Efficient School Classroom Ventilation for Temperate Zones
  • 1646-RP - Measurements of Thermal Conductivity of Pipe Insulations at Below Ambient Temperatures and in Wet Condensing Conditions with Moisture Ingress
  • 1674-RP - Research to Support the Revision to Ground Source Heat Pump: Design of Geothermal Systems for Commercial and Institutional Buildings (ASHRAE 1997)
  • 1699-RP - Update Climatic Design Data in Chapter 14 of the 2017 Handbook of Fundamentals
  • GIA 13-14 - Air-Side Economizer Low-Limits Effect on Energy and Thermal Comfort
  • GIA 13-14 - Assessing the Performance of Buildings Due to Extreme Weather and Climate Change
  • GIA 14-15 - Development and evaluation of novel membrane liquid desiccant air conditioning systems for hot-humid and cold-dry climates
  • GIA 14-15 - Integrating thermal energy storage into hybrid solar-assisted heat pump systems for  residential houses in cold climate
  • GIA 14-15 - Numerical and experimental investigation of control schemes for small scale ammonia-water absorption heat pumps

See the ASHRAE video to learn more:

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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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 14th  Pandemic Task Force - Government Affairs

Mike Wolf

 Gov Affairs n/a
Oct 12th IAQ In a Pandemic Dr Jason DeGraw Students Activities  
Nov 9th HVAC Strategies in a Pandemic Max Sherman    
Dec 14th Members Role Dane County Joe Parisi RP Contributions  
Jan 11th 2021 Retro-Commissioning with an eye toward managing viral contagion Wade Conlan     
Feb 8th        
Mar 8th        
Apr 12th        
May 10th         
Jun 8th Golf Outing 56th Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE Recognizes 2020 LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams
ATLANTA (October 19, 2020) – The competition was held virtually for the first time in conjunction with the virtual 2020 Building Performance Analysis Conference and Simbuild co-organized by ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA.

ASHRAE Announces 2021 AHR Expo Has Been Cancelled
ATLANTA (October 15, 2020) – ASHRAE has announced that the 2021 AHR Expo originally scheduled to be held January 25-27, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL has been cancelled. ASHRAE worked alongside AHRI and Show Management to explore every possibility that could lead to hosting an in-person event, but unfortunately, the pandemic continues to present challenges and unpredictable variables.

ASHRAE Introduces Remote Online Proctored Exams
ATLANTA (October 14, 2020) – ASHRAE launches Remote Online Proctored examination as a safe, secure and convenient certification exam delivery mode. ASHRAE candidates are now able to schedule and sit for a certification exam from their home or office.

ASHRAE Announces 2020-21 Society Scholarship Recipients
ATLANTA (October 5, 2020) – ASHRAE has announced the recipients of 30 Society scholarships, totaling $167,000, for the 2020-21 academic year.

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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