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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

May 2018  

President’s Message

Happy May!  There is lots of exciting stuff going on in ASHRAE and in Madison.  The big development is the updating to Wisconsin codes and the switch to ASHRAE 90.1-2013.  It gives us all an excuse to dive back in and use work hours to read up on ASHRAE Codes.  I know you all typically read them at home and now you will get paid to do it!  I know ASHRAE has some update materials and there are some local resources as well, so reach out with questions.

I know there were some difficulties at the last minute for the chapter meeting, but I appreciate those that were still able to attend.  Additionally thanks to Cameron Klein and Joe Wenn for filling in and presenting on Towers and Water Treatment. Believe it or not, these guys were able to be ready with 1 days’ notice, and they still did an amazing job.

Additionally, thanks to those that attended the ASHRAE Webcast. The presenters did a great job and provided a lot of great information.  Thanks to Francisco Sayu for putting this together.  If you were not able to watch it live, keep in mind that you can always go back and watch it on the ASHRAE Website.

Submissions are in for CTTC awards. Thanks to Fred Betz and Kwongyee Yeong for submitting projects. I know we do a lot of amazing work in Madison and everyone should keep tabs on interesting projects they are working on.

Upcoming activities:

  • Be sure to attend the next ASHRAE meeting as we have a Distinguished Lecturer (DL) presenting
  • The Golf Outing will be held on June 11th, so start looking for your foursome.

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

May 15th, 2018


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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hawthorn Inn and Suites Suites
5421 Caddis Bend
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Hawthorn Inn and Suites
Beam Me Up Scotty!

$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, May 11th! 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 April 6th 


Technical Session - 5:00 pm - Transformers: Turning Existing Buildings "Green"

Dinner - 6:00 pm
Pizza Buffet!!
Deluxe raw vegetable tray, tossed salad or Caesar salad and Rainbow Rotini Pasta Salad. Garlic knots.
Coffee and hot teas.

Main Presentation - 7:00 pmBEAM ME UP SCOTTIE!

Technical Session Highlights:

Hank Jackson will cover Transformers: Turning Existing Buildings "Green".

We hear lots about “green buildings” and “sustainable design” for new construction, but what about existing buildings? This presentation will cover an overview of operations and maintenance (O&M) techniques for transforming older, existing buildings into greener, more sustainable facilities. Participants will learn how landscaping practices, water usage, waste disposal, indoor environmental control, and energy efficiency influence the sustainability of buildings. A discussion of guidelines and certification programs will be included, along with ideas for implementing low cost “green” O&M practices. Owners and operators of existing buildings who want to add “sustainable” to their property description will want to attend this workshop.

Main Presentation Highlights:

Hank Jackson will present BEAM ME UP, SCOTTIE! - a discussion of Transport Energy for Motors, Fans and Pumps.

Significant power and energy is expended transporting water and air through buildings and process systems. Hank will discuss how to evaluate motor loads due to pumps and fans, how to determine motor energy usage, and how variable speed drives function and how they can be applied to save energy. Through sample application problems, the attendees will be asked to evaluate the potential for energy savings using variable speed drives, low-slip drive belts and pulleys, and through proper motor sizing.

Presenter:  Hank Jackson, P.E., Owner, ETech Solutions

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

Hank Jackson, owner and principal of ETech Solutions, has provided technical training and consulting services in the energy efficiency marketplace since 1979. He holds a Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering (1974) and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering (1978), both from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. Originally registered in Georgia, Mr. Jackson currently practices in North Carolina. 

Mr. Jackson served as director of the Georgia Industrial Energy Extension Service program at the Georgia Institute of Technology prior to entering a private consulting practice. During a five year hiatus from consulting (1999 – 2005), he was department chair of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Mr. Jackson specializes in energy management consulting and custom design of energy efficient mechanical systems for commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. He has provided training for numerous public electric and natural gas utilities, including Georgia Power, Midwest Gas, Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, and Niagara Mohawk Power. He has also traveled abroad to Jamaica and Central America to conduct energy audits and to provide technical training, including a lecture series in Spanish. 

Mr. Jackson has been a member of ASHRAE since 1983. He co-authored “Infiltration heat gains through cold storage room doorways,” 1989 with W.A. Hendrix and D.R. Henderson, ASHRAE Transactions 95(2).


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Society Conference-Meeting


2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference
Houston, TX | June 23–27, 2018

The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Houston, June 23–27, 2018. The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, Bookstore, and Speakers Lounge will be held at the Hilton Americas hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center. pdf_icon.png Welcome Letter from Steve Redding.


Conference Activities

Keynote Speaker

Social Events
Welcome Party
Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Hospitality Suite
Meet and Greet
Presidents Lunch
Women in ASHRAE Happy Hour
Life Members Luncheon
Members' Night Out

General and Technical Tours

ALI Courses
ASHRAE Learning Institute Courses

Certification Exams

Committee Meetings
Meeting Room Requests

Houston Sustainability Projec
Project Description

Conference Tracks include:

  • HVAC&R Systems and Equipment
  • Fundamentals and Applications
  • District Energy and Cogeneration Plants
  • HVAC & Resiliency: Safeguarding our World
  • Residential – Modern Building in Hot and Humid Climates
  • Professional Skills
  • Research Summit
  • HVAC&R Control Freaks
  • HVAC&R Analytics

Program Book

See you in Houston!

2018 ASHRAE Annual Conferenc-Houston 

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Past President

How Bill Dries found ASHRAE

I grew up in Milwaukee   My education after high school started with two years at the UW Extension in downtown Milwaukee. Two more years at UW Madison resulted in a BS in Mechanical engineering. The next 21 months were served in the US Army as a draftee. My next location was UW Madison for a MS degree received in June 1956.

Back in Milwaukee I found work in a HVAC consulting firm Lofte and Frederickson.

The owners and employees (total of 8) were active in the ASHRAE chapter. I went to the ASHRAE meetings and joined in June 1958. The networking was excellent, and I met a lot of fellow engineers, contractors and salesmen. I also found the ASHRAE Handbook (a single volume at the time) and magazine very useful.

In January 1959 I moved to Madison and Aug 1962 received a PhD in Metallurgy.

During this time, I worked as a part time salesman selling to HVAC contractors,

and industrial firms.  I also did HVAC design consulting via Dries Associates, Inc.

In September 1962 I went to work at UW Extension as an instructor and short course planner.

The Madison ASHRAE chapter started in 1962 and I became a member and served as president in 1966. Again, the contacts and resources helped my career. The monthly meetings and social outings help to meet other HVAC experts.

At the UW computers were starting to be used in research and teaching. Faculty and students were learning how to program computers.  I learned a language called FORTRAN to use to write programs. By 1966 I had learned enough to write a program to calculate heat gain and loss for buildings. I used the program in my consulting work and it was accepted by the State.  In March 1966 ASHRAE journal the program was described and included the computer language and sample results. The title: Heat Gain and Loss Calculations by Computer.  The calculations were based on the ASHRAE method in the Handbook. The heat gain was calculated for each hour 8:00 am to 5:00pm. The time of the peak heat gain was calculated for each room and whole building.

I owe my HVAC career to ASHRAE and its’ resources and members.

Bill Dries
Chapter President 1966-67

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Golf Outing

The 53rd Madison ASHRAE Golf Outing is scheduled for June again this year.  Plan for more information in the next newsletter.  It will be held at the Stoughton Country Club on Monday June 11, 2018. It will have a shotgun start! Golf carts and lunch will be provided for all players. A buffet style dinner will follow with multiple selections to choose from.

Hole sponsorships will be available as well as beverage sponsors. Sponsors will be recognized at the banquet. Also, donations for door prizes are welcome and appreciated. Revenue from this day of golf and camaraderie will be donated to the Education/Scholarship and RP Funds. We look forward to you joining us this year.

Tentative Schedule: 

  • Registration 10:00-10:45 AM
  • Shot Gun Tee Time 11:00 AM
  • 19TH Hole 4:00 PM
  • Dinner 5:30 PM

2018 Reservation Form

Golf Letter

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     April 2018

General Meetings:
     May 2018

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Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer's Reports for the noted months.

Some revisions were made by the BOG, so these are updated reports:

July 2017
August 2017
September 2017
October 2017
November 2017
December 2017

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:  Robert Messenger  & Kwongyee Yeong 

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  Mar 2017-18


Current Membership (May)   268          
New Members   3 24        
New Students   2 11        
Cancellations   3 26        
Student Cancellations   2 8        
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 New Approaches to Slash Commercial & Healthcare Building Energy Use and Improve IEQ  Gordon Sharp (DL) Membership Promotion Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories & Vivariums
May 15th (Tuesday)  Transport Energy: Motors, Fans, and Pumps  Hank Jackson (DL)  Distinguished Lecturer Transformers: Turning Existing Buildings Green
Jun 11th Golf Outing 53rd Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

 Recent News Releases from ASHRAE:


ASHRAE Seeks Second Round of Public Comments for Proposed Revision to Standard on Residential Building Energy Design
ATLANTA (May 4, 2018) – ASHRAE seeks a second round of public comments on proposed revisions to BSR/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.2-2007R – Energy-Efficient Design of Low-Rise Residential Buildings.

ASHRAE Learning Institute Announces Course Offerings for 2018 Annual Conference in Houston
ATLANTA (May 3, 2018) – The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) announced that 10 courses will be offered during ASHRAE’s 2018 Annual Conference in Houston.

ASHRAE Publishes Energy Simulation-Aided Design Standard 
ATLANTA (April 24, 2018) – ASHRAE published a new standard describing a methodology to apply building energy modeling throughout the design process.

ASHRAE Announces Technical Program for Annual Conference, June 23 -27
ATLANTA (Apr. 12, 2018) – The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference technical program will provide practitioners with topical, in-depth educational tracks to optimize the design and performance of buildings. The conference is June 23-27 in Houston.

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New Wisconsin Commercial Code

Effective May 1, 2018

Are You Prepared?

The Department of Safety & Professional Services (DSPS) – Division of Industry Services recently updated the status of the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code by adopting the 2015 International Suite of Codes with Wisconsin amendments as contained SPS Chapters 361-366. The code package has been adopted and is awaiting implementation. The effective date for the updated rules is May 1, 2018. Commercial building plans submitted on or after May 1st will need to comply with the updated rules.

Auer Steel will be hosting three informational sessions on the updated Commercial Building Code, focusing on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC) as well as the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC). These sessions will give you a general understanding of the major changes and what you will need to do to be code compliant. You will also have the opportunity to ask Randy Dahmen, PE. of the WI Department of Safety & Professional Services questions on applications to the code.




  • Radisson Hotel Madison
    517 Grand Canyon Drive, Madison

Registration: 7:00AM – 8:00AM
Information Session: 8:00AM – 12:30PM
Lunch and Tradeshow: 12:30PM – 3:30PM


Make plans to stay for lunch and visit with the many vendors who supply product or services to the commercial industry.

• AO Smith Commercial Water Heaters
• Auer Steel Engineering Services
• Carrier (Milwaukee Only) & Bryant Rooftop Units
• Carrier (Milwaukee)/Bryant (Neenah) VRF Product
• Focus On Energy Commercial Rewards
• Honeywell Controls
• Hydronic Equipment
• MicroMetl Economizers
• RenewAire
• Reznor
• and more…

When you stop by our participating vendors, be sure to enter any drawings they may have.

Enter to win the grand prize drawing of 4 tickets to the Preseason Packer’s Shrine game (date TBD). One grand prize awarded at EACH of the locations.

Meet the Trainer

Commercial Building Inspector,
Code Consultant & Plan Reviewer for the WI Dept. of Safety & Professional Services

Randall R. Dahmen, PE, is an advanced engineering consultant in the Division of Industry Services (formally the Division of Safety and Buildings) of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. A Wisconsin registered professional engineer as well as licensed commercial building and UDC HVAC inspector, Dahmen has been employed by the Division since 1995. Prior to that he was a private sector project engineer involved in the design, fabrication, testing, field installation, and troubleshooting of various types of HVAC equipment. Dahmen was a finalist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Jeffrey Johnson Award for his energy conservation efforts.

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