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©2019, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

February 2019  

President’s Message


A big thanks goes out to both Julia Keen, ASHRAE Society Vice President, and Tim Parbs, of Badger Thermal, for a great meeting in January. Thanks as well to Paul SchackMark Miller, and James VanderZanden for their efforts in setting up the program.

This month we will have Randy Dahmen of the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Randy will discuss the 2015 codes updates and answer questions about the DSPS codes. He is well-spoken, well-informed, and his discussions are always well-attended. This is a great opportunity for you to learn from and provide feedback on the current state of the codes.

Nominations are coming up in April. Start thinking about the leadership of the chapter and who you would like for the future.

Our Region is putting together a Government Outreach Day this spring, in which members will have the opportunity to meet at the State Capitol in Madison and meet their legislators. Let me know if you are interested in further details.

Cam Klein

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2018-2019
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

February 11th, 2019


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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Radisson Hotel Madison - West
517 Grand Canyon Dr
Madison, WI 53719
Raddison Hotel Madison West
Targeting Success - Improve Employee Satisfaction & Profit

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


Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - 2015 IECC & IMC Changes & Amendments with Randy Dahmen, P.E.


Main Meeting Presentation:

2015 IECC & IMC Changes & Amendments with Randy Dahmen, P.E.

Randy Dahmen, Commercial Building Inspector for Wisconsin, will be presenting on the 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) updates and ammendements/changes.  

The State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services updated the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code on May 1, 2018 by incorporating the 2015 International Codes along with Wisconsin amendments.  There has been much discussion as to what were the changes associated with the adoption, and how those changes are being applied in the field.  Randy intends to provide information and guidance on the application of the recently adopted rules through group discussion.

Randall R. Dahmen, PE
Advanced Consultant – HVAC & Energy Conservation
State of Wisconsin Department of Safety & Professional Services
Division of Industry Services, Madison, WI

Mr. Dahmen graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1985, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Mechanics.  He continued engineering studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Mechanics in 1986.  He has been a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin since 1989.

Prior to his current position, Randy worked with the Carnes Company, a HVAC equipment and air system manufacturer located in Verona, WI.  During that time, he was involved in the design and testing of air movement equipment, the certification of air movement equipment & systems (via ARI, UL, CSA), as well as the start-up & servicing of equipment delivered to the field.  He was the Senior Product Engineer for the Energy Recovery Wheel, and Air Handling Unit product lines.

He has worked for the State of Wisconsin’s Division of Industry Services (formally the Division of Safety and Buildings) as an Advanced Consultant for the past 24 yrs.  His present efforts involve the Wisconsin Commercial Building Code with emphasis on the HVAC and Energy Conservation Chapters; HVAC Qualifier Certification Program; training as it involves Designers, Contractors, Building Owners and new employees on the use of the HVAC and Energy Conservation Chapters of the Commercial Building Code, as well as Commercial Building Plan Review.  He has represented the Division on the Commercial Building Energy Conservation, HVAC as well as General Code Committees during his tenure.

He is certified as a Commercial Building Inspector, as well as a Uniform Dwelling Code HVAC Inspector.  He has passed the Wisconsin HVAC Qualifier Examination.

He earned an “Outstanding Service Award” from the Wisconsin Department of Commerce in 1998.

He was awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the Milwaukee Chapter of ASHRAE for “…devoted service to the growth and progress of ASHRAE Inc.” for 2005-2006

Randy was a finalist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Jeffrey Johnson Award for his extensive energy conservation efforts as performed in the State of Wisconsin in 2008.

Outside of work, Randy was presented the National Melvin Jones Fellowship Award for his extensive humanitarian efforts by the Lions Club International Foundation in 2014.

Randall R. Dahmen, PE
Commercial Building Inspector, Code Consultant & Plan Reviewer
WI Dept. of Safety & Professional Services
Division of Industry Services
Bureau of Technical Services


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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.  The awards are open to (6) categories: Commercial buildings, Institutional Buildings, Health Care Facilities, Industrial Facilities or Processes, Public Assembly and Residential.

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 one project 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.  Then the regional winners will be announced at the CRC Awards Banquet on Friday May 4th, 2019.

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]

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.

Scott Hackel

Slipstream, Director of Engineering


  • 6.8 Geothermal Energy Utilization, Chair
    • Research into the magnitude of long-term temperature change due to geothermal heat exchangers
  • 1.4 Controls Applications, Corresponding Member
    • Development of guidelines for standard system sequence of operations
  • 7.6 Building Performance, Corresponding Member
    • Work on the methodology used to calculate EUI of buildings

Matthew Friedlander

RenewAire LLC, VP Research & Development


  • 5.5 Air-to-Air Energy Recovery, Chair
    • TC 5.5 has been focused on strengthening its involvement in and support of SSPC90.1 and SSPC 62.1. As an example, a working group with members from the TC recently added requirements for use of ERV in high-rise residential units in many climates, effective in the 2019 edition of 90.1. That working group will assist with development of the next-generation User’s Manual.1.4 Controls Applications, Corresponding Member
    • I am also Chair of the TC 5.5 Standards Subcommittee. We are shortly submitting for public review a revision of Standard 84 Method of Testing Air-to-Air Heat/Energy Exchangers. Primary purpose of the revision is to achieve normative standards language and to introduce a method of test for fixed-bed regenerators.

2019 ASHRAE Webcast

2019 Webcast

The 2019 ASHRAE Webcast will examine the world’s most prolific air-conditioning system configurations and how those systems will adapt to worldwide regulatory restrictions and corresponding advancements in refrigerant technology.

Viewers will learn:

  • How the refrigerant industry will meet the needs of installed packaged and split system air conditioners, specifically VRF systems
  • Future trends in DX air conditioning [including VRF] equipment design, performance and application
  • Future of low-GWP refrigerant options for unitary products, if future refrigerant retrofits are possible, and how to recognize the challenges and best practices in working with flammable refrigerants.

Opening Remarks


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ASHRAE President, Shelia Hayter Jennifer Gladstone


Doug Tucker Sarah Kim, Ph.D. Steve Kujak


Douglas Tucker, Director of Industry and Government Relations at Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating (MEUS), represents the interests of MEUS with federal, state and local governmental organizations, with industry trade groups and regulatory bodies, and with energy efficiency advocacy groups…. Read More

Sarah Kim, R&D at Arkema Fluorochemicals, is a scientist working on next generation low GWP refrigerant development. She has been with the Arkema Fluorochemicals R&D department for 4 years as project leader of HVAC&R applications focusing on the evaluation of refrigerant performance, chemistry, and safety aspects….Read More

Stephen Kujak, Director of Next Generation Refrigerant Research at Ingersoll Rand
and has spent over 25 years being involved in numerous technology and product development projects involving development of new refrigerants, lubricants, compatibility of system materials and environmental sustainability initiatives….Read More


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Research Promotion

Please consider supporting ASHRAE Research contributing to the Madison Chapters RP goal. You can donate at any level you feel comfortable with, every donation helps! 

      To donate, follow this linkDONATE


For more about RP and the needs for funds view this video:

     ASHRAE RP: Six Types of Funds

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

If you have questions about Research Promotion please do not hesitate to reach out directly me.

Thank you,

Alex Bakel
Research Promotion Chair

E: [email protected]
D: (608) 838-5114

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Society Conference-Meeting

2019 Winter Conference

The Atlanta AHR Expo and ASHRAE Winter Meetings were a success with a strong verfied attendance of over 45,000 people. This year the Show floor exhibited 1,824 companies from across the entire industry, including 497 international exhibitors, bringing together the best in technology and product advancement. Throughout the three-day Show there was palpable energy felt for the future of HVACR among attendees and exhibitors alike.

Read more about it HERE.

See photos from the show HERE.

The Annual, summer meetings will be in Kansas City, MO on June 22nd -26th.  Plan for it and see more about it HERE.


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Student Activities

Engineers: Invent Amazing  Celebrate. Volunteer. Connect.

Celebrate how engineers make a difference

Volunteer to engage students in engineering

Connect with other volunteers and educators

Engineers Week--the only event of its kind--is a time to:

  • Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world
  • Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers
  • Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents

More than a week-long event, Engineers Week is a year-round commitment to making a difference.


Engineers Week 2018 Message from International Space Station

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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     December 2018
November 2018

General Meetings:
     January 2019
     December 2018


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Treasurer’s Report

Treasurer's Reports for the noted months.

November 2018

Jason Boatman
Madison Chapter Treasurer
[email protected] 

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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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The Madison Chapter of ASHRAE is rich with history and has many great things within its membership.  With a history of great programs and members to contribute, 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 are considering membership, take a look at the JOIN ASHRAE link.  With over 56,000 members worldwide there, there are benefits no matter where you go.

We would like to recoginize our new member, Kris CotharnEthan Danielson, Cassandra Kalinowski, Scott Niesen.

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



2018-19 YTD


Current Membership (Jan)





New Members





New Students










Student Cancellations





Grade Advancement





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  Targeting Success - Improve Employee Satisfaction & Profit

 Julia Keen

    Design Guidelines for Efficient and Effective Use of Steam
Feb 11th  Wisconsin Code Update  Randy Dahmen   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

Updated: ASHRAE Wraps Up Successful 2019 Winter Conference, AHR Expo
ATLANTA (Jan. 18, 2019) – Increased building activity, operational demands, changes in codes and design and new energy efficiency strategies were just some of the topics discussed among buildings professionals at the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo.

ASHRAE to Begin Renovation to Create New Net-Zero World HQ Building
ATLANTA (Jan. 15, 2019) – ASHRAE announced board approval of a $15.7 million budget to begin a renovation of its new world headquarters building in metro Atlanta, Ga.

ASHRAE Announces Nominees for 2019-20 Slate of Officers and Directors
ATLANTA (Jan. 14, 2019) – ASHRAE announced its nominees for the 2019-20 slate of officers and directors during its 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Atlanta, Ga.

ASHRAE Presents Awards and Honors at 2019 Winter Conference
ATLANTA (Jan. 13, 2019) – ASHRAE recognized the outstanding achievements and contributions of members to furthering energy efficiency in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry during the 2019 Winter Conference.

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Website / Newsletter

E-Week is coming up, where the City of Tucson, proglaimed February 17th-23 National Engineers Week:


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