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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

March 2019  

President’s Message


Thanks to Doug Reindl and Sharon Bessa for informative and interesting discussions on refrigeration and indoor air quality at our last chapter meeting.

This month we will hold elections for next year's officers. The current proposed slate is:

President            - Paul Schack

President-Elect    - Jason Boatman

Treasurer            - Francisco Sayu

Secretary            - Kathleen Baker

Member-at-Large - Ron Wroblewski

Member-at-Large - OPEN


Please attend to cast your vote for the above. In addition to this important function, we will have Distinguished Lecturer Gordan Sharp so the presentations will be well worth your time. Hop over to the meeting information section of the site to learn more.

We are still looking for a Member-at-Large to join the rotation and work their way up to the President position. I have found this process beneficial for the technical, social, and leadership aspects of my career. Give it a shot! If that seems too daunting, look over the various committees we have at and join one that interests you.

Cam Klein

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2018-2019
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

April 8th, 2019


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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Great Dane - Fitchburg
2969 Cahill Main
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Great Dane - Fitchburg
Energy Use in Healthcare and Laboratories 

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

Technical Session - 5:00 pmA Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories & Vivariums - Gordon SharpPresident - Aircuity, Inc.

A Holistic Overview of Technologies and Strategies to Achieve Deep Energy Reductions in Laboratories & Vivariums

As we strive to build more energy efficient laboratories and vivariums, the most impactful approach is often to reduce the outside airflow.  In the last few years new design approaches such as demand based control of lab air change rates, chilled beams (hydronic cooling), and VAV exhaust fan control have been successfully employed to safely reduce these lab airflows to as low as 2 ACH to cut energy consumption significantly. Although these concepts may have been discussed individually in the past, this talk provides a holistic discussion of how these and other energy saving technologies such as heat recovery can be combined to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts.  Several case studies will be provided as well as the results of a sophisticated lab energy analysis tool to determine potential energy and capital cost savings for a typical lab building.

Main Presentation - 7:00 pm - New Approaches to Slash Commercial & Healthcare Building Energy Use and Improve IEQ.  Gordon Sharp

In the face of significant energy costs and concerns over global warming, buildings are receiving increasing scrutiny to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy expenses. Health and wellness in the form of improved Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) is also growing in importance with the emergence of standards such as the WELL standard and new data on the significance of IEQ on cognitive function and personal productivity. For many buildings outside air is the largest single driver of both energy efficiency and IEQ.  Demand control ventilation has attempted to reduce energy expenses by controlling outside air but the actual results over time have been mixed at best. This talk will discuss and provide case studies of both commercial and healthcare buildings for a more energy efficient and healthier variation on demand control ventilation that uses a new, cost effective, and more accurate sensing approach known as multiplexed sensing.

Gordon P. Sharp | Chairman & Founder

Gordon Sharp has over 25 years of wide-ranging entrepreneurial experience and more than 25 U.S. patents in the fields of energy efficiency and laboratory controls. As founder, former president, and CEO of Phoenix Controls, he led the development of this world leader in laboratory airflow controls that was acquired by Honeywell in 1998. In 2000, Gordon founded Aircuity, which was spun out of Honeywell. He is a member of the board of directors of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories, the nonprofit foundation that officially cosponsors and operates the Labs21 conference. Mr. Sharp is also a member of the ANSI Z9.5 Laboratory Ventilation Committee and has testified before the US Congress on the topics of climate change and energy efficiency.

Mr. Sharp is a graduate of MIT with bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering.

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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.

Roger Lautz

AEI, Market Leader


  • TC 9.6 Healthcare – Voting Member, past Chairman
    • Cognizant committee for Standard 170
    • Just completed research project identifying evidence to support the requirements of the standard
    • Working on research around Clo and Met values for certain healthcare spaces
    • Supporting additional dialogue on health care design
      • Humidity
      • Anterooms
      • USP 797/800 implications
    • Recently sponsored the update to the Design Guide
  • TC 7.9 Commissioning – Voting Member
    • Cognizant committee for Standard 300 (a collection of all the commissioning standards and guidelines)
  • TC 1.6 Terminology – Voting Member, past Chairman
    • Created the ASHRAE Terms – free collection of all HVAC&R terms/definitions used in all ASHRAE publications
    • Maintains a database of all terms and definitions used by ASHRAE and others to support Technical Committees when they write standards and guidelines
      • Provides searches and exports free to SPCs and GPCs.
  • TC 9.11 Clean Spaces – Voting Member
    • Just completed research projects around pressurization and door openings
    • Supporting additional dialogue on clean space design
      • Contaminants of concern – particle generation rates
    • Recently sponsored the update to the Design Guide
  • ACH – Air Changes – Voting Member (9.6/1.6 representative)
    • Research project out to bid for identifying evidence to support/refute the use of air changes per hour across multiple facility types

2019 ASHRAE Webcast

2019 Webcast

Would you like to join Madison Chapter Members to view this April 18th webcast from 10:00 - 12 noonJDR Engineering have graciously offered to host the event at their offices.  We are asking you to register if you want to attend, however there will not be a cost for you.  A lunch will be provided.  Sign up HERE.

JDR Engineering
5525 Nobel Drive, Suite 110
Madison, WI 53711

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

The RP season is moving into the last season, so it is a time to look inward and consider if you could support the industry which has served you.  Many times the perspective is that the funds are provided by corporations and large donors, however it is not often the case and is not for ASHRAE's RP funding.  Below is a graph of last year's donations based on the averange number of donors per giving level.  Isn't it surprsing?

The Chapter Board of Directors have met their Full Circle, by donating at least a minimum of $100.  The high achieving chapters will realize average donations of over $50 per member. Have you donated?  Will you?

      To donate, follow this linkDONATE

      For information on RP, follow the ASHRAE link HERE.

Thank you to all the members who have already contributed!

 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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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 2019-2020 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.

Current nominations are as follows:

    President                      Paul Schack
    President Elect              Jason Boatman
    Treasurer                      Francisco Sayu
    Secretary                      Alex Bakel
    Member-At-Large           Kathleen Baker
    Member-At-Large           unnominated position

    Past-President               Cameron Klein


Matt Heil, P.E.
Nominating Chair
President * Senior Mechanical Engineer
Tailored Engineering
O: 608.440.9594 | C: 608.577.6700

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Government Affairs Committee


Government Affairs Update

Government Affairs Committee joined Northeast Wisconsin and the La Crosse chapters on March 13th and conducted a Government Outreach Day or often referred to as "A Day On The Hill".  Three teams met with Wisconsin Senators and Represenatives from our respective districts and Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs of Committees of Natural Resouces and Energy, Labor and Regulatory Reform and the Committee on Energy and Utilities.

Although our topcs where outlined as below, many times our discussion lead into greater pursuits as to how ASHRAE can be of help as they are presented with issues.  All we asked of them is to reach out to members of ASHRAE to be of help:

  1. Building Performance (Energy) Optimization.
  2. Public Safety
  3. Indoor Environmental Quality
  4. STEM & Workforce Development

The day was very rewarding although it took a lot of energy from us.  Many of us have a better respect for the politcal environment.  We look forward to conducting these Government Outreach days in Wisconsin annually.  Plan to join us next year when we schedule it again so that we keep ASHRAE in front of our representatives of Wisconsin. 

Remember, to sign up for the be-weekly newsletter and seek out the society page Government Affairs for more information.

Jason Boatman
Vyron Corporation
[email protected]

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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Region VI CRC, Hosted by the Wisconsin Chapter

We have a great opportunity to represent the Madison chapter at the 2019 Chapter Regional Conference(CRC). Not only is the conference close as it is in Milwaukee, they also have a great line-up of technical presentations and interesting tours. If, continuing education, business development, and socializing among your peers is not incentive enough, let’s think about our Chapters reputation……. Are we going to continually allow Iowa to out-party us?

A few Specifics:

Conference dates:   May 2 – 4, 2019
Location:                 The Westin Hotel, 550 North Van Buren street, Milwaukee
Website Link: 

The Chapter will be sending out a survey regarding your interest in going to the Conference. Through the survey we hope to identify if the chapter should have a van or bus going to the conference for the day on Friday, May 3, 2019 to attend technical sessions and the Presidential Luncheon.

Conference registration for Friday is $150. Transportation would be by the Madison Chapter (we would like a sponsor for this!), lunch is included, and 4+ continuing education credits as well as AIA are available.

Please respond to the survey so we can follow-up with you on specifics. If you have further questions, please contact me.

Carol Mori
[email protected]

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Society Conference-Meeting

2019 annual Conference
We hope you plan to attend the 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO. We're excited to offer another top-notch technical program, new and exciting tours, and fun social events.
Check out the new technical program tracks for the Annual Conference in Kansas City:
  • Optimization in HVAC&R
  • Commissioning New & Existing Buildings
  • Occupant Health & Safety
  • Modeling Throughout the Building LifeCylce
  • Professional Development
  • Radiant Heating & Cooling 
The 7th Annual Research Summit track offers more sessions than ever covering the latest developments in ASHRAE sponsored research.
Hybrid Tours will take place for the first time ever in Kansas City. These tours offer general, site seeing experiences with a representative from the local ASHRAE Host Committee to provide technical, back-of-house information. Tours can be included with your conference registration.
Conference Keynote Speaker, Mike Massimino, Former NASA astronaut, Sr. Advisor for Space Programs for the Intrepid Museum & Author of Spaceman will share his experiences and personal stories of inspiration, teamwork, and leadership.
5 New ALI Courses are available and can be added to your conference registration. New courses includeGuideline 36: Best in Class HVAC Control Sequences, IgCC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1 Technical Provisions, and more.
See what's planned for 2019 and register by April 28 to take advantage of early bird rates.
Register Now
Justify My Attendance
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Meeting Minutes

Below are links to recent meeting minutes:

Board of Govenors:
     December 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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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, Abulkhair Masoom and Brian Simmons.

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 (Feb)





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 Psychometrics of Drying Hops and Hemp   Daniel Dettmers  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 Indoor Air Quality During Construction Sharon J. Bessa Student  Cooling in Ice Cream Industry
Apr 8th Energy Reduction in Labs Gordon Sharp (DL)    
May 13th   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 Presentations for 2020 Webcast 
ATLANTA (March 14, 2019) – ASHRAE has announced a call for three presenters to share knowledge about the effects of humidity

ASHRAE Announces Certified HVAC Designer Launch 
ATLANTA (Mar. 13, 2019) – ASHRAE announces that applications for the new Certified HVAC Designer (CHD) certification are now open.

Registration Is Open for the 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City
ATLANTA (Mar. 5, 2019) – ASHRAE is pleased to announce that registration is open for the 2019 Annual Conference in Kansas City, Mo., June 22-26

Utah Legislature Updates Commercial Energy Code
ATLANTA (Mar. 1, 2019) – ASHRAE announced that the Utah Legislature has passed HB 218-Construction Code Modifications, adopting the full commercial provisions of the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1-2016.

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Website / Newsletter

1922 - Synthetic Air Chart published in the The American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers Guide. 

The Synthetic Air Chart was developed by Dr. E. Vernon Hill and adopted by The American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers for the purpose of comparing the air conditions in any room with the ideal or standard conditions. The 1922 issue of The Guide presented the chart along with a description of its method of application, which was worked out by the Society’s Research Bureau. The Bureau stated that the Synthetic Air Chart offers a means of determining the percentage of perfect ventilation by considering all the known factors that make up the air conditions in a room.


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