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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

March 2018  

President’s Message

While spring officially starts in 3 weeks, it sure seems warm enough now to start being outdoors and I couldn’t be more ready.  Just a few short weeks ago I was skiing and now I am trying to figure out if I should put away my winter coat.  Shedding both piles of snow and coats make me realize how much activity is going on in Madison.  It’s great to see Madison changing and growing and I like to see cranes and construction going on all over.  It also good news for ASHRAE members as we will continue to be in high demand!

On a side note, all of my ice fishing practice paid off and I was able to pull a Pike out of Rock Lake. 

A big thanks to Nicole Schrier and Ethan Geis for presenting Engineering Ethics.  I know this fill a PDH requirement, but I think it is valuable for everyone to step back and think about ways to improve process to build better buildings and stay out of trouble at the same time.

James Vander Zanden is still looking for more submissions for CTTC.  If you have worked on something interesting or innovative, check with the committee and see if you can get it in.  Madison has won in the past and we typically do well.  I think this is a testament to the strength of engineers in the area and a push to do more when we can.

Upcoming activities:

-          Keep an eye out for announcements on a YEA event in March
-          The golf outing will be here before you know it so dust off those clubs
-          The Chapter Regional Conference is in Des Moines in May

We are always looking for more volunteer to keep ASHRAE going.  If you would like to volunteer for a chair or committee position, please let myself or any of the BOG members know.  If you are looking to take it up a notch we are looking for nominees at the regional level as well.

Greg Froehle

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2017-2018
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

MArch 12th, 2018

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Union South Varsity Room
1308 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715
Union South
Psychrometrics and Dehumidification

$20.00 Member of Madison ASHRAE
$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)
$ 0.00 Only if you have already paid for the Cafeteria Plan
$ 0.00 Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only


REGISTRATION CLOSES AT NOON ON FRIDAY, March 9th! Please sign up at your earliest convenience, it helps with dinner planning.

Help keep meeting costs down! If you sign up, ATTEND or email [email protected] with your cancellation prior to February 9th 


Technical Session - 5:00 pm - Psychrometrics.  By Tom Peterson

Dinner - 6:00 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Desiccant Dehumidification.  By Tom Peterson

Technical Session Highlights:

Tom Peterson will cover Psychrometrics. This is intended to be a session geared towared students and entry level professionals but will serve as a great refresher for more seasoned members. Focus will be on the basic understanding of vapor pressure, dewpoint, and grains of moisture.  

Main Presentation Highlights:

Tom Peterson will cover Desiccant Dehumidification. This session will be a more in depth discussion of the application of desiccants to dehumidification. Industry "rules of thumb" will be reviewed and the bases for them discussed. The mechanics behind the adsorbing and absorbing of moisture, factors that affect performance, and industry leading energy saving possibilities will be discussed.  

Presenter:  Tom Peterson, CDI - President


Tom is a native Minnesotan, born and raised in Owatonna to a farming family. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Stout where he studied Industrial Technology.

Tom has served on the Owatonna Business Incubator Board, Minnesota Technology, Inc. Board of Directors and is currently serving on the Engineering Board of Oral Roberts University. 

Tom has more than 30 years of experience in the HVAC industry. In 1989, Tom and his wife Sue started Concepts and Designs (CAD) in their home as a Computer Aided Drafting company. In 1991, the business was incorporated as Concepts and Designs, Inc. (CDI). In 2016, the business changed their name to Climate by Design International, Inc. CDI is a manufacturing company supplying Desiccant Dehumidification air handlers and Critical Process air handlers in commercial and industrial markets. It is CDI’s mission to create the climate our customer needs to achieve their critical mission. 

Tom is the lead instructor for CDI’s Educational Institute where he has led 200+ webinars on Psychrometrics, Principles of Desiccant Dehumidification, and various applications including Hospital Surgical Suite, 45° Food Processing, Archival Storage and many others. He also facilitates online lunch-n-learns, has been a guest on the HVAC School Podcast and is available for speaking opportunities.


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Nominating Committee

Do you want to be more involved in the heating, air conditioning, ventilating and refrigeration industry? Learn what is happening or the latest technologies in the heating, air conditioning, ventilating and refrigeration industry? Meet people and get your PDHs for your Wisconsin engineering licenses? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, you could be a candidate for the Madison Chapter - Board of Governor (BOG). 

We are accepting nomination for the Board of Governor (BOG) for the 2018-2019 year. We have an open Member-At-Large position that requires a member to be nominated. 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. ASHRAE does a lot for our industry and it really is key that our members get involved to make sure the chapter stays active in the Madison area.


Matt Heil

Madison ASHRAE Nominating Chair
Office Phone (608) 413.0600
Cell Phone 608) 577.6700
[email protected]

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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 2018.)

Submissions to the chapter are due FRIDAY MARCH 23th, 2018.  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
[email protected]

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Student Activities

This month’s meeting will be recognized as the second of our two annual “Student Night” monthly meetings.  The March 2018 meeting will be held at Union South on the University of Wisconsin – Madison campus. Please help get the word out to our student members and other students that may be interested in HVAC & joining ASHRAE.  We encourage students to attend our meetings. There is no charge for student attendees. We plan to have scholarship applications available at the meeting and/or on our chapter website for those students with at least one more year of school remaining.

We encourage our chapter members to get involved in your local school systems participating in or initiating activities such as classroom or campus visits and science or career fairs.  Whether it is for your son or daughter’s class or for your local school please take advantage of any opportunity to get into schools (K thru 12, college, or university) for classroom visits.  Our ASHRAE chapter receives recognition for any of these visits through President’s Award of Excellence (POAE) points.  If you have or will be participating in a school visit please send me (Jim Kraus) an email ([email protected]) indicating Who, What, When, and Where.

Do you have old ASHRAE handbooks sitting on your shelf?  We are looking for your old ASHRAE handbooks to be passed on to the student members.  We distribute the donated books to the students when they attend our monthly ASHRAE meetings, ideally on student night.  Please bring them to a meeting or give me a call (Jim Kraus @ 263-3029) and we can make arrangements for drop off or pick up.  Your donation is greatly appreciated.

It was my pleasure to nominate Dr. Kurt Rolle for the E.K. Campbell Award. The award is presented by the ASHRAE Life Members Club to honor outstanding service and achievement in teaching. We should find out sometime in June if Dr. Rolle was selected. We all wish Dr. Rolle the best. Thank you for your service to our industry.

I am looking forward to continued involvement as the Student Activities Chair.


Jim Kraus
Student Activities Chair

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Society Conference-Meeting

Is advanced technology alone solving the case for energy efficiency? Delivering meaningful energy efficiency in buildings often requires debunking myths about building products, performance and solutions. This webcast will focus on strategies and policies that dive into deep efficiency goals. Featured ASHRAE speakers will address myths and realities they’ve discovered through real life experiences. Viewers will learn how a practical design approach can help achieve optimum energy performance in commercial and high-rise residential buildings across the globe. With varying climates and economies, one must consider a holistic approach when assessing a building and its systems.

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 Madison Chapter is arranging for communial showing of this broadcast at Union South on UW Madison campus.  The room is not yet identified, so look for the room assignment on the "what's happening" sign board as you enter.  Join us for an social and interactive viewing of this annual broadcast on April 19th, 2018

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Brought to you by the ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee


Tom Durkin, PE, LEED AP, ASHRAE Fellow
Senior Partner, Sims-Durkin Associates | Indianapolis, IN

Mark Frankel, ASHRAE, AIA, LEED Fellow
Technical Director, New Buildings Institute | Portland, OR

R. Christopher Mathis, ASHRAE
President, MC2 – Mathis Consulting Company | Asheville, NC

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Research Promotion

We would like to take a moment to thank those members who have donated the Research Promotion (RP) campaign. So far we have $950 of our $15,000 goal. If you have not had a chance to donated to this year’s campaign, please consider doing so.

The Board of Governors would also like to thank everyone that participated in the raffle, especially all of the prize donors:

            Trane Company
            Vyron Corporation
           Masters Building Solutions
            Glacier Group
            Temperature Systems Inc.

Thank you for your continued support of RP and please don’t forgot to donate! We have a long way to go to meet our goal and everything helps, click here to donate.

Alex Bakel
Research Promotion Chair
Direct: (608) 838-5114
[email protected]

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Past President

I joined the La Crosse Area ASHRAE Chapter in 1974, 2 years after the chapter was chartered.  My boss at Hackner, Schroeder Associates (now HSR Associates) in La Crosse, Hugh along with many Trane Company Engineers were responsible for organizating the chapter in 1971.  Hugh was the first chapter president, so he recruited his HVAC staff to join ASHRAE. 

In 1979 HSR moved me to their Madison office to head a mechanical/plumbing department and several of the Madison Chapter officers recruited me to join the officer chain, thus I became chapter president in 1985-86.  The last several months of my president’s term were a commute between Madison and Eau Claire when I joined a MEP consulting firm there.  In 1993, I returned to Madison and have be active in Madison AHSRAE in a low key manner.

While I have generally not ventured beyond the Madison Chapter activities, I have benefited from the association with members of other firms.  This has been especially important for the las 10 years when I have operated as a small, single engineer consulting firm, which has provided the opportunity to discuss issues with other ASHRAE Members.    

George Jolivette, P.E.
President 1985-86
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Website / Newsletter


3 Things Volunteers Should Know 
about the NEW

The new is now live and offers exciting new features for everyone. As volunteers, here are the top 3 things that we think you should know.

  1. It is amazing! If you haven't done so yet, check out this quick overviewof key features, and we encourage you to take a tour of the new site for yourself.
  2. The new Marketing Central page (housed in the 'About' section) is asuite of tools and resources designed to give volunteers the marketing materials they need to be successful. Available items are organized by file type, and alphabetically by program description. Please take a look at the page and if you have any questions or comments email Anne Wilson at [email protected].
  3. The personal profile pages found once you log into to pull reports, enter PAOE points, and handle much of your volunteer-related work, are not device responsive yet. These pages are still under construction, and we look forward to announcing when they are complete and device responsive in the coming months.

If you have questions or comments about the website be sure to email[email protected].


Madison Chapter Social Media:                                                                              Image result for facebook like icon

We have adopted the world of social media in the Madison Chapter and have created a Facebook page as well as a Twitter account.  Kathleen Baker helped the Website and Newsletter Editor to create and develop our presence.  We encourage you to "like" us and follow us.  Our communications will be industry based as well as event communications.  To the encouragement of our Society, will share and re-tweet their communications.  Take note of some of the other region activities for ideas or possibly visiting one of their chapters.

Let us know if you have comments or questions.  Please feel free to share our content with other peer organizations or their events with ours.       @ashrae_madison 

Happy Cyber Space!


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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     January 2018

General Meetings:
     February 2018

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Treasurer’s Report

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

2017 December Treasurer's Report

Paul Schack
Madison Chapter Treasurer
[email protected] 

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The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE has remains consistent.  We finished the year at 266 members.  We enourage your to invite your associates and peers to join ASHRAE to share in their professional experience, skills and talents.  The programs continue to be valuable for the time involved.  There are many benefits to being a member of ASHRAE.  Take a look at this JOIN ASHRAE link to find out more about the reason's to be part of the almost 57,000 world wide members.

Please welcome our new member this month:  Brent Schmidt

Members, check your BIO's and keep them up to date with your current address, phone, e-mail, employer or experiences. Your e-mail address with society, is what the Chapter uses contact you, so changes assure you are remain in contact. Update Your BIO HERE.

Area Assigned Members  266  Feb 2017-18


Current Membership (Dec)   264          
New Members   1 21        
New Students   3 8        
Cancellations   3 24        
Student Cancellations   1 7        
Grade Advancement   0  0        
Affiliate Transfer   0 5        
Life Member Transfer   0 2        

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


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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
Sep 11th Controls in the Developing HVAC Industry

Eric Carlson
Ron Bristol

  DDC Analytics
Oct 9th  Vortex Optics World Headquarters  Matt Heil Student Night none
Nov 13th VFDs, Harmonics, Grounding Rings Ken Wegrzyn Membership Promotion Overspeeding Direct Drive Fans
Dec 11th  Commissioning for Industrial Refrigeration Systems: Welcome to the Wild West  Dan Dettmers Research Promotion Social
Jan 8th 2018 Airflow Management for Laboratory Facilities Kishor Khankari (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer Application of Computational Fluid Dynamics for Built Environment
Feb 12th Ethics Nicole Schrier  CTTC  none
Mar 12th Dehumidification  Tom Peterson  Student Activities Psychrometrics
Apr 9th  Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories  Gordon Sharp (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer  
May 15th (Tuesday)  Transport Energy: Motors, Fans, and Pumps  Hank Jackson (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer  TBD
Jun 11th Golf Outing 53rd Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

 Recent News Releases from ASHRAE:

ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2016 Receives Determination from U.S. Department of Energy

ASHRAE received a final determination issued by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program stating that ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016,  More

ASHRAE Heads to Houston for Annual Conference, June 23 - 27

ASHRAE is heading to one of the world’s most air-conditioned cities More

ASHRAE's BACnet Committee, Project Haystack and Brick Schema Collaborating to Provide Unified Data Semantic Modeling Solution

The ASHRAE BACnet committee, Project Haystack and the Brick initiative announced they are actively collaborating to integrate Haystack More

ASHRAE Learning Institute Releases 2018 Online Instructor-Led Course Schedule

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) has added three new courses to the 23 offerings in its 2018 online instructor-led course schedule. More

ASHRAE Announces Redesigned Website

New Device-Responsive Site Offers Refreshed Look, Simplified Navigation  More

ASHRAE Recaps Successful 2018 Winter Conference, AHR Expo

The exchange of global best practices and new energy efficiency strategies brought HVAC&R professionals to Chicago More

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