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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

March 2017  

President’s Message

Well it sure felt like spring arrived early with 70 degree weather here in Madison in February. Hopefully everyone was able to enjoy the weather and spent some time outdoors. Of course that was short lived as the snow once again fell. You have to love Wisconsin weather!

The March chapter meeting is Student Night and we will be holding the meeting at Union South on the University of Wisconsin campus. I began my ASHRAE journey and first joined as a student member back in 2002. I remember attending my first chapter meeting as a student and being welcomed by the other chapter members. So please come out and help support our student members! 

I would also like to recognize our Student Activities Chair Jim Kraus. Jim has volunteered in this position for over 8 years and has done an excellent job. Well done Jim and keep up the good work!

Once again we will be having both a Tech Session and Main Presentation for this meeting. The Tech Session will be resented by David Eldridge and will cover ASHRAE’s Building Energy Modeling Professional certification. The Main Session will be a representative from the Weidt Group who will cover Focus on Energy and Modeling.

Nominations: We are preparing to nominate new chapter board members. Contact Matt Heil,, Nominating Committee Chair, if you have interest or want to nominate someone for a position.

Chapter Regional Conference (CRC): The next regional conference will be held in St. Louis, MO from April 20-22.  Make sure to block out some time to attend this event. This is a great opportunity to learn and network with other engineers within our region. 

I look forward to seeing you all at the March chapter meeting on Monday March 13th.


Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2016-2017

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Meeting Announcement

March 2017 Meeting
March 13, 2017
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Union South Varsity Room
1308 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715
Focus on Energy and Modeling - The Weidt Group

 $20.00 Member Registration

$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)

$0.00 Cafeteria Plan - Local Member

$0.00 Student Ticket


Technical Session - 5 pm (optional) - Energy Modeling Basics- Sarah Hilden

Dinner - 6:15 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Focus on Energy and Modeling - The Weidt Grou

Technical Session Highlights:

Sarah Hilden will cover Energy Modeling Basics and will discuss a number of topics including the differences between load design and energy modeling tools. She will also discuss some of the tips and tricks as you are building these models.  The Energy Modeling industry continues to evolve and grow and it is worth reviewing the direction it is headed.

Main Presentation Highlights:
The Weidt Group will cover Focus on Energy and Modeling

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Nominating Committee

We are accepting nomination for the Board of Governor (BOG) for the 2017-2018 year. Our elections for the BOG will be April 10th at the chapter meeting. The BOG is a great way to get involved with ASHRAE and network with your peers in the local area here in Madison. Please contact Matt Heil (Nominating Committee Chair) if you are interested or would like to nominate someone for a position.  Also, there are opportunities available for committee chairs.


            Nominations are as follows:
            President                      Greg Froehle
            President Elect              Cameron Klein
            Treasurer                       Paul Schack
            Secretary                      Tim Wendt
            Member-At-Large          Jason Boatman
            Member-At-Large           Francisco Sayu

            Past-President               Dan Bergmann



Matt Heil
Nominating Chair
Office Phone (608) 413.0600

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Student Activities

The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE is now soliciting engineering student applications for the annual Gustus L. Larson Scholarship.  Up to four scholarships are to be awarded for an amount of $1500 minimum. Students are to be enrolled at UW – Madison or UW – Platteville and be of Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing and have at least one year of school remaining.  Previous award recipients are not eligible.  Applications are due April 7, 2017 and are to be emailed to Brian Winterle at  Please download the announcement and application form for additional information.

Scholarship Announcement

Scholarship Application

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Region VI 2017 CRC St Louis
Registration is now open for this year's CRC in St. Louis on April 20-22. It is the 100th Anniversary for the 2017 Chapter Regional Conference in St. Louis!
The REGION VI CRC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown St. Louis, which is directly across the street from the Gateway National Expansion (St. Louis Arch) grounds and is tied in by the new Gateway Mall project with the Arch grounds. The hotel is 1 block from the Old Courthouse, 2 blocks from the Old Cathedral, 3 blocks from BallPark Village, and 5 blocks from Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals. Many restaurants, entertainment venues, and public transportation options are all within walking distance.

There is a block of rooms reserved at a discounted rate, please using the following link to secure your room:

The last day to secure a reservation at the discounted rate is March 23rd, 2017, so please book early.

Welcome Party
The Welcome Party is Thursday April 20th, Old Courthouse rotunda. The Old Courthouse was completed in 1828, just 7 years after Missouri became a state. The cast iron copper clad dome was added in 1861, modeled after the one at St. Peters Basilica in Rome. The Old Courthouse remains a fixture and symbol of downtown St. Louis. This is where slave auctions were held until 1861. It is where Dred Scott sued for his freedom. And in the rotunda of this building the St. Louis Chapter of ASHRAE will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a welcome party for CRC-2017. 

Companion Tour
Friday April, 21st, 10:45AM – 3:00 PM
The St. Louis Chapter proudly offers a wonderful outing to the Missouri Botanical Garden, also known as Shaw’s Garden.  Founded in 1859, the 79 acre garden is the nation’s oldest botanical garden in continuous operation and an oasis in the city of St. Louis.  Today, 153 years after opening, the Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.

St. Louis 100 Years RP After Party!
Join the St. Louis Chapter to celebrate their 100 Years and benefit Research Promotion! Enjoy great music and ride the mechanical bull at the PBR Barn at Ballpark Village (601 Clark Ave) just a couple blocks away from the Hyatt Regency hotel! Party starts at 9pm following the Awards Banquet and your $25 ticket includes 3 free drink tickets. Pay online during your CRC registration or pay cash at the door. Contact Jeff Henderson of Midwest Machinery for sponsorship opportunities. See you there!

Brian Ingenthron
Chairman CRC-2017
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Community Service

Ronald Fay Thomas, 83, a Middleton resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at his favorite winter home in Cape Coral, Fla.

Ron was born on Feb. 13, 1933, to Theodore and Grace (Backer) Thomas in Dayton Township, Butler County, Greene, Iowa. After high school he joined the U.S. Navy in 1950 and was a Veteran of the Korean War serving on the U.S.S. Sutherland DDR743; a Destroyer, advancing in rank to Petty Officer First Class in under three and a half years. While still in the service he married Marvilyn Joan Tolliver on October 8, 1952 at Zion Lutheran Church, Waterloo, Iowa.

After military service, Ron and Marvilyn moved to Milwaukee, WI where he studied engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering on the GI Bill. After graduation, he entered the HVAC field, working in Milwaukee and then moving to Middleton in 1966 and then spending the rest of his life in the Middleton/Madison area.

Ron was a longtime manager of the Machinery & Systems Division of the Carrier Corporation, division of United Technologies Corporation, receiving many marketing and engineering awards from his company up until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1998. Following his retirement he was president of the Zenas Corporation, a consulting engineering firm. He was a registered Professional Engineer and Past President of the Madison Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and also served many terms on the board of governors. He was active in the design and construction of many large building HVAC and plant projects in the state of Wisconsin. He was a life member of the National Society of Professional Engineers, The Wisconsin Society of Professional Engineers in Construction, a Life Member of ASHRAE, life member of the VFW Post No. 8216 in Middleton, a member of the American Legion Post No. 0275 and the National Tin Can Sailors Association.

Ron loved to fish and camp with his many friends and family on the lower Wisconsin River.

Any donations on behalf of the family can be sent to the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson West
Funeral & Cremation Care
7435 University Avenue

John P. Cullen, J.P., age 91, of Edgerton, passed away at his home surrounded by the ones he loved on February 12, 2017. He was born at Madison General Hospital on September 28, 1925, and raised in Janesville, WI, the son of Mark A. Cullen and Beatrice F. Cullen. He attended Janesville schools and graduated from Janesville High School. Shortly after graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army along with special friends David L. Green and John J. McGuire. The three served as combat infantry in France and Germany, in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry (Blackhawk) Division. After V.E. Day, all three were sent to the Philippines. J.P. was awarded the Bronze Star after V-J Day. J.P. enrolled and graduated from the University of Nebraska. He joined the family business J.P. Cullen Construction Corp, which he served for over 60 years.

In addition to his leadership of the construction company, he was an original founder of the Janesville Athletic Boosters (1968), WIAA distinguished service to athletics (1976), North Rock County YMCA President and long term Board Member (1964-1979), Milwaukee Bucks Partner, Officer, and Board of Directors (1980-1985), Golden State Warriors Partner, Officer, and Board of Directors (1988-1993), Associated General Contractors of America Life Director, University of Wisconsin W Club Man of the Year (1989), University of Wisconsin School of Construction Excellence Hall of Fame (2002), Janesville Craig High School Charter Member Honor Alumnus (2006), and Janesville Athletic Hall of Fame (2009)..

J.P. had many loves in life, including duck, goose, and pheasant hunting in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Delaware, and Canada; his Army reunions; the guys from Bombay Hunt Club; the wonderful scores of men and women he worked with and mentored for decades; and constructing buildings that made a difference in people's lives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Badger Honor Flight Inc., PO Box 258066, Madison, WI, 53725, the National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA, 70130, Blackhawk Technical College Foundation Nursing Program, 6004 S. County Road G, Janesville, WI 53546 or a memorial of your choice. Schneider Funeral Home & Crematory, Janesville is assisting the family. For online condolences and registry:

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With spring now upon us, it’s time to start preparing ASHRAE Technology Award submissions.

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.

Last year we sent two projects to the regional level.  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 2017)

Submissions to the chapter are due FRIDAY MARCH 24th, 2017.  Winners will be announced for our chapter level at the April meeting. Winners will be sent on to the regional level to compete against other chapters, as several Madison entries did last year. 

For additional information on ASHRAE Technology Awards, please see the bottom of this webpage:, or contact me.

So start looking through your project portfolio, and feel free to contact me with any questions.

James R. Vander Zanden, P.E.
CTTC Chair

ASHRAE SPRING WEBINAR                                   

This spring ASHRAE’s upcoming webcast, titled Take Control: Using Analytics to Drive Building Performance, will broadcast live on April 20, 2017, from 1:00 – 4:00 pm EDT.

This FREE webcast is brought to you by the Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTTC). 

This webcast will feature industry experts who will define the importance of, and why we should strive for, better building operations through improved controls and analytics. Viewers will be able to describe key elements of controls and analytics for building operations, and identify steps in data gathering and management required to deploy analytics in building projects, including commissioning. This program will quantify how applying best practice controls improve building performance, and will recognize the value of analytics in building operations to achieve a reduced cost and increased performance.

Attend this FREE webcast program and you may be awarded 3 Professional Development Hours (PDHs), 3 American Institute of Architects Learning Units (LUs), or 3 GBCI Continuing Education Hours (CEs).

The webcast presenters are:

  • Mark Gallagher - Armstrong Fluid Technology - Toronto, Ontario
  • Srinivas Katipamula,- Ph.D.  Pacific Northwest Laboratory - Richland, WA
  • Jim Meacham, P.E. - Altura - Corona Del Mar, CA

Attendees of ASHRAE’s 2017 Winter Conference may have taken advantage or the opportunity register on site. For those who did not register on site, registration will be available beginning March 20, 2017.

Add a registration reminder to your Outlook Calendar >>

For more information on the webcast program, continuing education credits, and ASHRAE resources related to controls, visit

 If you have questions about the webcast, you can call (678) 539-1200 or email  Otherwise you can feel free to contact your local CTTC chair.

James R. Vander Zanden, P.E.
CTTC Chair

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:

General Meetings:
    January 2017
    February 2017

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Treasurer’s Report

Below are the Treasurer's Reports for the past months.

2016-17 December's Treasurer's Report

2016-17 January's Treasurer's Report

Cameron P. Klein, P.E.
Madison Chapter Treasurer 

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Area Assigned Members  266  Feb 2016-17



Current Membership (Feb)   266          
New Members   2 13 19      
New Students   0 3 7      
Cancellations   3 14 20      
Student Cancellations   0 4 6      
Grade Advancement   0  3        
Affiliate Transfer   3 4        

Contact the Madison Chapter Membership Chair, Tim Wendt if you have questions or comments about ASHRAE Membership. 

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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
September 19th IAQ issues and opportunites  Kent Rawhouser   no tech Session
October 10th  Demand Reducing HVAC Systems  Justin Wieman Student Night  Refrigerants: State of the Industry
November 14th  Ethics for Engineers  Steven Nelson Student  none
December 12th  BIM-Successes and Pitfalls  Panel Holiday  none
January 9th 2017  Energy Rates and Ice Storage  Evan Berger    Utility Pricing-Gregory Bollom
February 13th Selecting VAV products for Acceptable Environments  Dan In-Hout (DL)   The Basics of Air Distribution
March 13th Focus on Energy and Modeling  Wendt Group    ASHRAE's Building Modeling Certificate
April 10th        
May 8th        
June 12th Golf Outing  n/a    
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Society News Releases


  • Preliminary Energy Savings Announced for ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard
    February 14, 2017
    ATLANTA – More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of Standard 90.1, according to recent analysis conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program.



  • U.S. District Court Ruling Allows Continued Excellence in Development of Public Health and Safety Standards
    February 8, 2017
    Court grants summary judgment to standard development organizations working to preserve process vital to protecting the public
    Washington, D.C. – The United States District Court for the District of Columbia (Hon. Tanya S. Chutkan) has issued a ruling that will support federal, state and local governments’ efforts to support public health and safety through the use of voluntary consensus codes and standards
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