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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

September 2018  

President’s Message


Fall is officially here. As the seasons change so do the unique challenges posed to the HVAC industry by their clients. Fall is obviously less hot than summer, but cooler, higher relative humidity days with greater temperature swings can also pose their own challenges with condensation issues and control systems quirks. Stay vigilant!

This month's chapter meeting is Student Month. If you have old ASHRAE Handbooks which are no longer used, please bring them along for distribution amongst the students. We will have an introduction to geothermal systems technical session to get up to speed, then a presentation on real-world analysis of options to make geothermal a practical consideration for your Owners.

Response has been great to our call for volunteers and we are filling out committees nicely. There is still room for interested and enthusiastic people to contribute. Let a Board of Governors member or a Committee Chair know if you want to get involved (try it out, you will like it!).

Stay warm (in the morning), cool (in the afternoon), and keep your owners comfortable too!

Cam Klein

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2018-2019
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

October 8th, 2018

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
5614 Schroeder Rd.
Madison, WI 53711
Smart Building HVAC Systems & Demand Response Strategies to Real Time Pricing in Building Energy Systems

$20.00 Member of Madison ASHRAE
$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)
$100.00 Cafeteria Plan (available through the October Mtg)
$ 0.00 Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only

Technical Session - 5 pm (optional) - Geothermal 101.  By Scott Brabender - Design Engineer, MEP Associates 

Dinner - 6:10 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - Geothermal Sustainable Concepts and Systems.  By Derek Schnabel - Facilities Director at Epic Systems

Technical Session Highlights:

Introduction to Geothermal Heating and Cooling Systems -  By Scott Brabender - Design Engineer, MEP Associates 

Main Presentation Highlights:

Derek's main presentation will give an overview of some of the sustainable concepts and systems they utilize at Epic, but the focus will be on their geothermal system. We’ll discuss design, operation, maintenance, energy performance, and optimization of the geo system.


Technical Session Presenter

Scott Brabender,  MEP Associates - P.E. Mechanical Engineer

Scott is a professional engineer with 9 years of engineering experience including mechanical and HVAC design for a variety of project sizes, ranging from large campus site utilities and central energy plant systems to smaller building remodels and renovations.  MEP Associates is a multi-disciplinary engineering consulting firm specializing in a broad range of technical services and innovative solutions for sustainable, energy efficient systems, and complex projects nationwide, and believe in making compelling, innovative solutions based on strategy that has a point. From large campus geothermal conversions to energy efficiency upgrades, the firm has experience in a wide range of industries and unique qualifications.

Main Meeting Presenter

Derek Schnabel, Epic Systems - Facilities Director

Derek Schnabel is the Facilities Director at Epic Systems – his team oversees the design, operation, maintenance, and growth of Epic System’s properties. Epic’s campus in Verona leverages many sustainable design concepts, one of which is a ~13,000 ton geo exchange system.  Prior to joining Epic, Derek worked for IMEG (previously KJWW Engineering) as a Project Executive for 11 years managing and designing engineering projects of all shapes and sizes.

ering from the University of Akron and MS from IIT Madras, India.


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Research Promotion

Society's 2017-18 RP Campaign was successful at meeting and exceeding their goal this past year.  The campaign has been successful meeting their growing goal to provide more funding for research for the building sciences.  The generous donations by companies and more importantly the individuals was wonderful.  The diligent work by the RP committees was very much appreciated. 

Want to see how your donations can make a difference? Please watch this short video!

     ASHRAE RP: Six Types of Funds

The Madison Chapter fell substantially short of their goal and will be a focus for the year to strive to approach the average member contribution.  Donations can be made online here or you can send a check made out to ASHRAE Research to the following address :

     Trane Company                
           Attn: Alex Bakel
     5302 Voges Road
     Madison, WI  53718

To learn more about RP, follow the ASHRAE website to the RP page and learn about the needs and campaign.  Look forward to more information as the year continues.

[email protected] 

Let me know if you need anything else from me.


Alex Bakel
Research Promotion Chair
D: (608) 838-5114

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While it may seem early, now is a good time to start thinking about the annual ASHRAE Technology Awards. 

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 were able to send two projects to the regional level, where they were awarded in their category. 

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 2019.) 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. 

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

James R. Vander Zanden, P.E.
AHSRAE – Madison Chapter – CTTC Chair
[email protected]

Technical Committee Member Highlights

Our Madison chapter members are heavily involved in ASHRAE Technical Committees (TCs). This month, we’d like to highlight a few of our member’s TC involvement.

Nick Agopian

Vice President, Sales & Marketing, RenewAire, LLC, a Soler & Palau Company


  • TC 2.3 Gaseous Air Contaminants and Gas Contaminant Removal Equipment, Member
  • TG0.2HVAC, Corresponding Member
  • Multidisciplinary Task Group, Air Change Rate, 62.1 Liaison
  • TRG4.IAQP, Vice Chair
  • Multidisciplinary Task Group, Health and Wellness in the Built Environment, 62.1 Liaison
  • SSPC-62.1, 62.1 Admin Committee
  • SSPC-62.2, 62.1 Liaison and Member

More Specifics

Needless to say, Nick is very involved in ASHRAE TCs and other ongoing efforts. To highlight on specifically, TC 2.3 is concerned with the nature of trace gaseous contaminants; the measurement of their properties; their effects on living things and materials; the means of removing unwanted gaseous contaminants from gases; and the effectiveness, energy usage, and economy of such purification equipment. Committee is working on various projects pertaining to gaseous contaminants and the impacts to IAQ in spaces. Also, it supports SPC145 which is the standard used to support the indoor air quality procedure for 62.1 ventilation airflow calculation.


Jason Atkisson

Principal, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.


  • TC6.1, Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems, Chair
  • TC7.1, Integrated Building Design, Member
  • TC9.7, Educational Facilities, Member
  • TC9.10, Laboratory Systems, Member


Joy Altweis

Program Director, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison


  • 8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability

More Specifics

We currently have an active research project we’re monitoring/sponsoring on actual performance of buildings built to Standard 90.1. It’s a companion/follow-up to a previous research study on buildings built using the Advanced Energy Design Guides.

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Student Activities

Student Activities

I am sad to note that Dr. Kurt Rolle has retired from UW-Platteville. Therefore, he has resigned from being the ASHRAE Student Chapter Advisor for the students at Platteville. I enjoyed working with Dr. Rolle over the past several years as Student Activities chair. I am excited to note that Dr. Rolle has past the reigns onto the capable hands of Dr. Abulhkair Masoom. I look forward to working with Dr. Masoom and the new student board of governors.

UW-Madison Student Chapter is experiencing some change this year as well. The ASHRAE student organization lost a large chunk of its membership due to graduation. This year, the ASHRAE organization will experience its growth through ties with the ASME group on campus. I credit past ASHRAE student organization president, Jessie Thomas, and ASHRAE student chapter advisor, Dr. Mike Cheadle, with getting the correlation made between these two organizations. I look forward to getting the word out about working in the dynamic field of HVAC.

This month’s meeting will be recognized as one of our two annual “Student Night” monthly meetings.  This year we will be hosting “Student Night” in October 2018 and March 2019. We encourage students to attend our meetings. There is no charge for student attendees. 

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 the 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.

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


Jim Kraus
Student Activities Chair

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Government Affairs Committee

Government Affairs was named from Grassroots Governments Activities Committee(GGAC).  Look forward to updates from this committee here.  One of the society resources is this every other week update.  Subscribe at the link below.

Government Affairs Update
Welcome to ASHRAE's Government Affairs Update! This bi-weekly publication features information on government affairs-related activities of interest to ASHRAE members and others interested in the built environment. Archives of previous updates are available from the ASHRAE Government Affairs Updates webpage.
This information may be shared with interested colleagues who may subscribe from the ASHRAE Government Affairs Updates webpage by clicking here.
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Society Conference-Meeting

2019 Winter Conference
We hope you enjoyed the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago, and plan to attend the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo in Atlanta this January. You can expect the same high quality technical program, fun and informative tours, social events and more, all with a side of Southern hospitality! 
  • Construction, O&M of High Performance 
  • Common System Misapplications
  • Comfort and Indoor Air Quality
  • Building Energy, Renewables and Natural Systems
  • Engineer's Role in Architecture
The AHR Expo and conference technical sessions both take place at the Georgia World Congress Center, a short walk from the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center.
The Conference Keynote Speaker, Grant Imahara, was one of the hosts of Discovery Channel's MythBusters for almost a decade, and will be speaking at the Saturday Plenary Session.
5 New ALI Courses are available and can be added to your conference registration. New courses include Advanced Designs for Net Zero Buildings, Choosing the Right Energy Code for your Project—IECC 2018 or ASHRAE 90.1-2016, and more. 

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     July 2018

General Meetings:

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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:

June 2018

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.

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  270    2018-19


Current Membership (   )          Sep        
New Members   0 0        
New Students   0 0        
Cancellations   0 0        
Student Cancellations   0 0        
Grade Advancement   0 0        
Affiliate Transfer   0 0        
Life Member Transfer   0 0        

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 10th   


Oct 8th         
Nov 12th        
Dec 10th          
Jan 14th 2019         
Feb 11th          
Mar 11th          
Apr 8th         
May 13th           
Jun 10th Golf Outing 54th Annual  n/a    


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Historical Moment:

The Tampa Theatre was 1 of 300 theatres equipped with air conditioning in 1932. Pictured is the centrifugal refrigeration unit used in the Tampa Theatre. At the time, it cost between $20 – 30 per seat to install air conditioning and most theatres recouped the cost of installation after the first summer season due to increased patronage.

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Website / Newsletter

Madison Chapter Social Media:                                                                              Image result for facebook like icon      Image result for twitter logo

Are e-mails too much to keep track of amoung all the others sent to you, then maybe FaceBook or Twitter would be a way to keep in touch with Madison Chapter of ASHRAE.  Click on the links below to direct to the sites and "like" or "follow" and watch for updates, or post them as well.  If you have question or comments, contact Kathleen Baker to reach out to an adminstrator.       @ashrae_madison 


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE Launches Online Standards Review Database
ATLANTA (September 11, 2018) – ASHRAE has announced the launch of an updated and improved online standards review database

Registration Opens for the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference
ATLANTA (Sept. 4, 2018) – ASHRAE is pleased to announce registration is open for its 2019 Winter Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 12-16, at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN Center and the Georgia World Congress Center.

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