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©2019, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

November 2018  

President’s Message


The daylight continue to get shorter and the temperatures colder as we transition to winter. Enjoy the fall colors and pleasant temperatures before they fade away!

This month's chapter theme is Membership Promotion. There is always a lot of emphasis on building new members. However, our Membership Promotion committee is too vigilant to let you and your fellows fall to the wayside! If you have a coworker, friend, or client who has fallen off the bandwagon, encourage them to come along with you and get re-engaged. Doug Showers and Gene Nelson will be presenting an interesting discussion on the proper selection of control valves and cooling coils. They will challenge you to revisit your fundamentals and assumptions when selecting cooling components.

Are you a political junkie? Don't forget to vote on November 6th! There is also an opening for the Government Advocacy Committee Chair with your name on it. You will be hobnobbing with politicos in the Capitol in no time. Let a BOG member know if you are interested.

Cam Klein

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2018-2019
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

November 12th, 2018

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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Vintage Brewing Co
674 South Whitney Way
Madison, WI 53711
Vintage Brewing Company
Proper Control Valve Selection & Advanced Coil Selection at Low Flow Conditions

$20.00 Member of Madison ASHRAE
$30.00 Guest (non Madison ASHRAE member)
$ 0.00 Currently Enrolled Full-Time Students Only

Technical Session - 5 pm (optional) - "Proper Control Valve Selection, An Engineer’s Perspective" - Doug Showers - Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

Dinner - 6:00 pm

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - “Advanced Coil Selection with Respect to Low Flow Conditions”  By Gene Nelson - Retired, former engineer at Affiliated Engineers, Inc.  

Technical Session Highlights:

We count on control valves to maintain a stable, linearized control response and to provide positive shutoff when not used. Doug will explore many of the options available and his perspective on what makes a good valve/actuator selection. Discussion will include: what is control authority, how to size valves, how to select valves and actuators for good control, positive shutoff, and long useful life.

Main Presentation Highlights:

Coil selection software does a good job of selecting coils at full load conditions. But many engineers do not consider what happens at low part load conditions which occur most of the time. Low flow issues are further enhanced when engineers select coils based on low pressure drop to decrease energy consumption. When flow is too low, laminar flow conditions may result which leads to unstable and unpredictable heat transfer, hunting control valves, low delta T for the waterside, and potential freeze conditions. Gene explores the parameters which affect laminar flow and offers possible options in selecting coils and controls for high turndown.


Doug Showers, P.E.

 Instrumentation and Controls Engineer

Doug received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2003. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

He has 15 years of HVAC controls design experience with Johnson Controls, University of Wisconsin and AEI. He has hands-on experience in building automation (BAS), programmable logic controllers (PLC), and distributed control systems (DCS) for combined heat and power plants and research facilities. He has developed the process and instrumentation diagrams, installation specifications, and wiring details for control systems. He has extensive experience working on complex and large university campus distribution systems.

Doug is a member of International Society of Automation (ISA).

He has been married for 14 years and has two boys. Activities outside of work include playing ice hockey and coaching Little League baseball in Verona.

Gene Nelson, P.E.

 Mechanical Engineer

Gene received his BS degree in mechanical engineering from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1974. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

He has 44 years of HVAC design experience with a mechanical contractor and 2 engineering firms. He has completed over 40 major projects (over 8 million sf) located in major cities coast to coast in the US and in the middle east. Projects included major commercial, industrial, healthcare, pharmaceutical, and research and development (R&D) facilities.

Gene is a Life Member of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and was President of the Madison ASHRAE Chapter from 2007 to 2008. He has been awarded ASHRAE’s “Energy and Technology Award” two times at the regional and society levels (1981 and 1994). 

He has been married for 45 years and one married daughter. Activities outside of work include 22 years as a performing musician in a country gospel band (guitar and mandolin). He has been a recording artist and a recording engineer with 9 CDs recorded and working on CD number 10.


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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), with nearly 50 total people involved in some capacity. This month, we’d like to highlight a few of our member’s TC involvement.

Fred Betz

Building Performance Department Head, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.


  • TC 2.8: Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability, Member
    • Past co-chair of Water:Energy Nexus
    • Working on a variety of issues including the Water:Energy Nexus and Resiliency
  • SPC 191P Standard for the Efficient Use of Water in Building Mechanical Systems, Chair

Jeff Boldt

Managing Principal – Director of Innovation & Quality, IMEG Corp

TC 2.6 Sound and Vibration – Consultant or maybe just corresponding member

I have (almost) a MS in Acoustics and Vibration Control. I’m trying to get the current chair (Erik Miller Klein) to be appointed chair of the 189.1 Acoustics Discussion Group. I led it for the last 6 years, and we rewrote the entire chapter, but need someone who is a fulltime acoustical consultant to take the next strides. TC 2.6 is also in the midst of significant revisions to their handbook chapter (although my opinion is that it might be the best chapter in all of the handbooks, and I’ve read nearly every one – if you read it from end to end, you are an acoustical consultant with everything but experience).

TC 3.6 Water Treatment – Member + Handbook Committee

Complete update of Handbook chapter. I’m one of the 3 primary persons working on the update. I’ve presented at ASHRAE conferences in the past few years about the engineer’ role in legionella control and about a workbook I created about whether you need a water softener for your application and with your feedwater.

TC 5.2 Ductwork – Consultant (I asked only to be a consultant because 90.1 meets at most of the same times and I could hurt their quorum)

Duct system leakage is a big topic. I’m working on potentially requiring leakage testing of ducts below 4” pressure class and am trying to get data from committee members about costs to test for leakage class, which is very different from seal class. I’m the primary editor of the acoustical chapter of the upcoming revision to the Duct System Design Guide and when I have time a commenter on the other sections.

TC 8.6 Cooling Towers and Evaporative Condensers – Member

Cooling tower GPM/HP is always being considered in 90.1. A new standard for dry coolers (maybe we need to change the committee name) was approved and, subject to public review, added to 90.1-2019.

SSPC 90.1 Energy Code for Buildings, Except Low Rise Residential buildings

Chair of Mechanical Subcommittee

Crashing to complete as many energy conservation addenda as possible for the 2019 code. At the October in-person meeting (we meet in person 4x per year + monthly for the full committee + monthly for each subcommittee + I and the other subcommittee chairs meet monthly) probably the largest changes are a potential requirement for condensing boilers (this one WILL get public review comments) and a clearer delineation of which spaces fall under 90.1 vs. 90.4 (Energy Code for Data Centers). Updated most of the equipment energy efficiency requirement tables. 90.1 is a LOT of work now that I’m the MSC chair, but worth it!

Guideline 36 Advanced Control Sequences – Member (this has enough momentum to be in continuous maintenance)

The Guideline has been published. I gave a talk about this at the Madison chapter and got Ron Bristol added to the committee (a great addition of a real user of controls and we had almost zero Owners until Ron joined). I also gave a talk about it at a conference in Orlando on Monday. The sequences that are published are air-side sequences. The next steps are:

  • Hydronic Sequences – I sent all of IMEG’s sequences to Steve Taylor (Taylor Engineering has the contract for the ASHRAE Research Project for hydronic sequences) partially because I wanted our ideas considered, partially because Steve and I are good friends, and partially because Steve lives in San Francisco and I didn’t want all of our systems to freeze!
  • Update Air-side sequences based on comments from users
  • Promote the Guideline. If enough engineers and owners adopt it, IMO there will be large cost savings for owners and engineers plus reduction of liability for engineers.


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Past President Message:

I was first exposed to ASHRAE during a Co-op (they are called internships now) after my second year at UW-Platteville.  I worked for Beling Consultants in Joliet in the spring of 1981.  My job for the first several weeks was to read the ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook.  I struggled to stay awake!  I attended an ASHRAE chapter meeting in the Chicago area and all I remember was that it was filled with more than a hundred men wearing suits, smoking cigars & cigarettes, and drinking cocktails.  My internship eventually got more interesting and I went back to UWP with an strong interest in HVAC systems.

After graduation I worked briefly for a manufacturer in Sheboygan.  I was hired to work in Beling Consultants’ Peoria office in April of 1985.  I immediately joined the Central Illinois Chapter of ASHRAE where I held the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, V.P., and then President.  We hosted a CRC when I was either the V.P. or President.  I left Beling Consultants to work for North American Mechanical, Inc. in DeForest in June of 1989.  I joined the Madison Chapter where I was the Treasurer for two years, the V.P., and then was the President from 1992 – 1993.  I joined the Central Illinois Chapter again for a brief time in 1993 – 1994 when I went to work for Buchanan, Bellow & Associates in Bloomington, Illinois.  I came back to NAMI in 1994 and I have been a member of the Madison Chapter since then.

I attended seven or eight CRC’s in the late 80’s and early 90’s.  My wife and I very much enjoyed the CRC’s and the friends we made during those events.  My involvement in ASHRAE Chapters and the CRC’s strengthened my interest in the HVAC industry and helped me to advance my professional career.  My involvement is ASHRAE dropped off somewhat for 10 to 15 years until I started attending Chapter meetings more regularly in the past few years.  I enjoy attending the Chapter meetings where I reminisce with some of the people about our involvement in the Chapter quite a few years and I get to meet some of the up-and-coming leaders of our Chapter.

Shawn Steinhoff
Madison ASHRAE Past President 92-93
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Research Promotion

Full Circle for RP, is a leadership action for the Chapter to demonstrate their commitment to the Society's research for the industry.  As a leader for the RP campaign, the board members are asked to contribute a minimum of $100 towards the campaign.  The Madison Chapter has been successful for many years reaching this November deadline.  Follow your Chapter leaders and also contribute to the Madison's goal at any level comfortable to you.  To donate, follow this link:  DONATE

Here is a wonderful video of a member volunteer about where RP funds are used for our industry.

     ASHRAE RP: Six Types of Funds

Do you wonder what research which is taking place and the status?  Follow this link to the current research abstract's.

If you have questions about ASHRAE RP, contact me at:

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

The ASHRAE website has more information on the RP page. Follow this link and see the information available about RP. 


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

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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. 

ASHRAE Madison members are invited to the first IBPSA Wisconsin meeting next Thursday at Rockhound brewing!

IBPSA is a professional organization (like ASHRAE or AIA) for building simulation – energy, daylighting, CFD, and more!

Link for tickets below:

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     July 2018

General Meetings:
     September 2018
     October 2018


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Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer's Reports for the noted months.

August 2018

Jason Boatman
Madison Chapter Treasurer
[email protected] 

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The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE is rich with history and has many good things within it's membership.  With a history of great programs and members to contribut, it is chapter with vitality.  Take an active involvement, meet new people and renew relationships with others.  Also, invite an associate to join ASHRAE and share in their professional experience, skills and talents.  If you are not sure, but consider a member, take a safe rount and look at the JOIN ASHRAE link.  With over 56,000 members world wide there may be something to your participation.

Please welcome our new members:

Michael Turek 
Matthew Duffy
Jonathan Lenius
Susan LaChance

We will also be focusing on upgrading members from Associate grade to Member grade.  This is an opportunity to show ASHRAE and your peers your involvement and impact in the industry. It is a simple process and all it requires is updating your ASHRAE bio and submitting a request. More info will be discussed at the chapter meeting.

Here is a summary of the chapter membership numbers.

Area Assigned Members  266    2018-19


Current Membership (Oct) 267   Oct            
New Members   1 7        
New Students   0 0        
Cancellations   0 11        
Student Cancellations   1 1        
Grade Advancement   1 1        
Affiliate Transfer   1 3        
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  Smart Building HVAC Systems 

 Raj Gopa, Ph.D.

  Demand Response Strategies
Oct 8th EPIC Geothermal Application Derek Schnabel   Student Night Introduction to Geothermal
Nov 12th  Coil Selections  Gene Nelson Membership  Valve Selections
Dec 10th        Research Promotion  
Jan 9th 2019  

 Julia Keen

Feb 11th  Sharon Bessa     CTTC   
Mar 11th  Energy Reduction in Labs   Gordon Sharp (DL)   Student  
Apr 8th         
May 13th   High Performance Bldg Design   Tom Lawrence (DL)     189.1 ASHRAE
Jun 10th Golf Outing 54th Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE Seeks Third Round of Comments on Legionella Guideline 12 
-- Those interested in commenting on the standard may do so until Dec. 17 -- 
ATLANTA (Nov. 2, 2018) – ASHRAE is seeking a third round of public comments on ASHRAE Guideline 12- 2000R, Proposed Revision of Guideline 12-2000 ...

ASHRAE Announces Technical Program for 2019 Winter Conference 
ATLANTA (Oct. 17, 2018) – The technical program has been announced for the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference ...

ASHRAE and ASPE Strengthen Partnership with Signing of New MoU Agreement
ATLANTA (Oct. 12, 2018) – ASHRAE and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing the organizations’ relationship.

ASHRAE Announces New HVAC&R Student Competition
ATLANTA (Oct. 11, 2018) – ASHRAE has announced a call for entries for its 2019 HVAC&R Student Paper Competition.

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Website / Newsletter

Historical Moment:

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