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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

March 2021  

President’s Message

President's Message,

Thank you all for joining us last month for a presentation from ASHRAE Society President Chuck Gulledge.  It was exciting to have a national presence at our local chapter meeting, and enjoyed hearing President Gulledge's vision for the future of project delivery.   

Upcoming at our April chapter meeting, we will be approving our 2021-2022 Board of Governors and chair positions.   If you are willing to volunteer and engage further in the chapter, please consider a role on the BOG, as a chair or even a member of a committee!

Please see below and join us for our March chapter meeting on March 8th!   This presentation will be given by a local presenter, focusing on refrigeration.   

Also, as part of our chapter meeting, we will be hosting a silent auction!   All funds raised will go to ASHRAE's Research Promotion Fund, which greatly benefits the Madison area with research funding.   I encourage you all to join in and participate - I am sure it is going to be a fun activity!   Keep your eye out for an email communication this week with the donated prizes, and make sure to jump onto the site to participate before our Monday chapter meeting.   

Jason Boatman

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2020-2021
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

March 8th, 2021


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

Virtual through Zoom

Thermal Flywheeling in Refrigerated Warehouses

$ 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 Thermal Flywheeling in Refrigerated Warehouses

Thermal energy storage within the cold-storage warehousing sector offers an exciting opportunity for cost reduction and grid stability. The U.S. food supply is one of the largest readily-accessible energy storage mediums in the world, and it can be unlocked primarily with software. This talk will present the theory of flywheeling, data from its application in the field, financial results, as well as thoughts on what’s in store for the refrigeration industry and beyond.

Alex Woolf

Alex serves as the Vice President of Research and Development at Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest cold-storage warehousing provider, where he oversees energy initiatives. Lineage was named #1 in Data Science and #23 overall by Fast Company in 2019. Lineage was also named #31 in Fortune’s 2020 “Change the World” list. Alex is the inventor of Lineage’s patented flywheeling technology (US 10,323,878 B) which was a winner of the 2019 Better Practice Awards by the U.S. Department of Energy. Alex holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from UCSB and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard University.

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 the 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
The 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


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Student Activities

Student Activities

As everyone knows, these are unprecedented times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This makes it so much more difficult to reach out to students and let them know about ASHRAE and our field of HVAC. I am trying to maintain contact with the student chapter presidents from UW-Madison & UW-Platteville. I commend the current seated presidents for each student chapter, Antonio Pulito & Chad St. Cyr respectively, for their efforts in getting information out to their respective members.

We have some upcoming events that our student members and other interested parties can attend and participate in this month. First, our Madison ASHRAE chapter will be hosting “Student Night” for our February meeting. We recognize our student meeting attendees and members during this meeting. We will also roll out our Madison ASHRAE chapter Gustus L. Larson scholarship applications for 2021. This is up to four (4) $1500 individual scholarships.  The deadline to apply is April 9th.

Engineering Scholarship Announcement

Engineering Scholarship Application

Thank you for your interest in ASHRAE. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.


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

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Society Conference-Meeting

2021 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Now Virtual

The 2021 Annual Conference originally scheduled to be held June 26-30, 2021 in Phoenix, AZ is now going to be held online in a virtual format. The conference will include a mixture of live, pre-recorded and on-demand sessions. Additional details about the conference and committee meetings will be available in the coming weeks. 

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As part of the CARES Act* our Federal government has earmarked $54 billion to upgrade HVAC systems in schools.  As ASHRAE members, we have an opportunity and obligation to educate our school decision makers about the many technical resources** ASHRAE has that can help ensure HVAC system upgrades improve indoor air quality to help mitigate viral transfer and ensure a safe, healthy environment for our kids to learn. To this end, you are all encouraged to:

  • Contact school district, principals, building managers, school board members, etc. to introduce them to ASHRAE reference material for reopening and retrofitting their buildings.
  • Work with your Government Affairs Committee (GAC) chairperson to coordinate bringing in ASHRAE experts to provide guidance and address any questions or concerns local school decision makers may have.
  • Consider yourself a resource in helping create safe environments for students to learn. Reach out to other ASHRAE members and encourage them to do the same.

Together we can make a difference in creating safe learning environments that will have positive effects on future generations of students.


More information on the amount each Wisconsin school is receiving in ESSER funds can be found here:


*The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides funding to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) through Section 18003 of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund to address the impact of COVID-19 on elementary and secondary schools. These funds can be used for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems repair and improvement projects to improve indoor air quality in school facilities.


**More information on ASHRAE recommendations for safely reopening schools and universities can be found here:


To ensure the success and cost effectiveness of HVAC upgrades encourage compliance with the latest editions of:

  • ANSI/ASHRAE 62.1/62.2 - The ANSI/ASHRAE Standards 62.1/62.2 provide guidance around improving the indoor air quality in buildings. A properly installed, properly maintained system, with adequate ventilation using outside air, proper filtration, and appropriate humidity control is critical to mitigating potential viral spread.
  • ASHRAE 90.1 - ASHRAE Standard 90.1 provides the minimum energy efficiency requirements for the design of most buildings. To maximize energy saving nationally, DOE also requires all states to comply with the latest of edition of 90.1.


For more information contact your Chapter Government Affairs Chairperson.:

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Region VI Activities

Region VI CRC:  Green Bay, WI

Holding CRC with both virtual and in-person events

              Registration Coming Soon!

ALI Course - Designing for Cold Climates
Frank J. Mills, C.Eng., Fellow CIBSE, Fellow ASHRAE

Wednesday, April 28 - 1:00 - 4:00 pm - Virtual Only

Technical Session 1 - Advanced Energy Design Guide
Mick Schwedler, P.E., LEED-AP, ASHRAE President-Elect

Friday, April 30 - 8:00 - 9:00 am

Technical Session 2 - Existing Building Cx Process
Bill Dean, P. Eng, ASHRAE Vice President

Friday, April 30 - 9:15 - 10:15 am

Technical Session 3 - Integrating IAQ & Energy Efficiency
Bill Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E.

Friday, April 30 - 10:30 - 11:30 am

Technical Session 4 - HVAC and Airborne Hazards

Friday, April 30 - 1:15 - 2:15 pm

Technical Session 5 - How to Make Your HVAC System Pandemic Ready
Charles Waddell

Friday, April 30 - 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Technical Session 6 - Why bring standardized data modeling up front in Commissioning?
Jamie Lee

Friday, April 30 - 3:45 - 4:45 pm

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Research Promotion

ASHRAE RP  Campaign

2020-2021 Madison Chapter Goal - $15,000

ASHRAE Research: Scholarship Programs

    • Supporting The Future Leaders of the Building Industry


    • To motivate students and prospective students worldwide to pursue an engineering or technology career in the HVAC&R field by offering scholarships to provide financial support for their education and training

Willis H. Carrier Scholarship:  Patrick McGrail, Kansas State University, Architectural Engineering:

  • “The Willis H. Carrier Scholarship has solidified my involvement in ASHRAE and motivated me to work hard to complete my degree so that I can contribute as much to the HVAC industry as Willis H. Carrier did.”

Lynn G. Bellenger Scholarship:  Tiffany Williams North Carolina A&T State University, Architectural Engineering

  • “It is truly a blessing to have received this ASHRAE scholarship. Having been the first recipient of the Lynn G. Bellenger  Scholarship is tremendously  rewarding.”

David C.J. Peters Scholarship: Mei Yung Wong, Oklahoma State University, Mechanical Engineering

  • “I am thankful to ASHRAE for their generosity and in giving me the opportunity to pursue my academic goals.”

Associate Engineering Technology Scholarship: Benjamin LaRose, State University of New York Air Conditioning Engineering Technology

  • “Thanks again to ASHRAE for everything it does when it comes to helping America’s future engineers prepare for the challenges of tomorrow.”

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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Welcome to our new members this month: Nick Balazs, Conner Boldt, Sharon Bessa and Read Eldred!    

Considering membership?  People join for different reasons.  Here are some great reasons to join ASHRAE:

  • Professional growth and experience
  • Technical contribution through Technical committees
  • Education & Recognition
  • Networking

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

Here is a summary of the chapter membership numbers:

Area Assigned Members 255   2020-21 YTD
Current Membership  245 February  
New Members   3 10
New Students   1 1
Cancellations   1 17
Student Cancellations   0 3
Grade Advancement   0 0
Transfers In   0 1
Transfers Out   1 3

Caryn Rader, PE, Design Engineer
Phone: 608.271.3900

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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 The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0 President Chuck Gulledge    
Mar 8th Thermal Flywheeling in Refrigerated Warehouses Alex Woolf    
Apr 12th        
May 10th         
Jun 8th Golf Outing 56th Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE 2021 Annual Conference To Be Held Virtually
ATLANTA (February 16, 2021) – ASHRAE announced that its 2021 Annual Conference, scheduled to be held in Phoenix, will now take place virtually. Designed to provide the latest insights from industry leading expert in the built environment, the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Annual Conference will provide focused, actionable and innovative content to support HVAC&R and building systems professionals.

ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful Virtual Winter Conference
ATLANTA (February 15, 2021) – The 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference concluded with more than 1,800 people in attendance over three and a half days and presentations from industry thought leaders from around the world.

ASHRAE Recognizes Members for Outstanding Industry Accomplishments
ATLANTA (February 12, 2021) – ASHRAE is pleased to recognize the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to the Society and the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry. Honors and awards were presented during the 2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference, February 9-11.

ASHRAE Announces Nominees for 2021-22 Slate of Officers and Directors
ATLANTA (February 5, 2021) – ASHRAE is pleased to announce its nominees for the 2021-22 slate of officers and directors. Nominations for officers and directors were made by the ASHRAE Nominating Committee from a list recommended by individual members and from Chapters Regional Conferences.

ASHRAE Provides Testimony at Congressional Hearing on COVID-19 Safety
ATLANTA (February 4, 2021) – ASHRAE is slated to provide witness testimony in a congressional hearing on COVID-19 risks and response in transportation systems, held by the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. The full hearing can be viewed at this link on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure website.

ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Releases Updated Building Readiness Guide
ATLANTA (February 2, 2021) – “The Building Readiness Guide includes additional information and clarifications to assist designers and commissioning providers in performing pre- or post-occupancy flush calculations to reduce the time and energy to clear spaces of contaminants between occupancy periods,” said Wade Conlan, ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force Building Readiness team lead.

ASHRAE Seeks Presentations for 2021 Building Performance Analysis Conference
ATLANTA (January 29, 2021) – ASHRAE has announced a call for presentations for the 2021 Building Performance Analysis Conference to be held September 22-24 in Denver, Colorado. The theme for the conference is “Design and Operation for Resilient and Healthy Buildings”.

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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