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©2019, ASHRAE Chapter 095
Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

December 2019  

President’s Message


Thanks to everyone who attended last month’s chapter meetings with Distinguished Lecturer Devin Abellon, and many thanks again to Joe Zhou and Jason Boatman for their coordination efforts in getting Devin to town. Overall feedback and review ratings were as high as I’ve ever seen them….nice work!

This month we have another entertaining round of presentations with Dan Dettmers returning back to Madison for our holiday chapter meeting. Also in December this month we will be featuring a Research Promotion (RP) Night. Plenty of raffles and prizes will be available, so please bring some extra cash to help promote RP and earn your chance for an early Christmas gift!

Lastly, please also keep in mind that we have an open Member at Large position available, as well as an open Research Promotion chair position available. Please see myself or any other Board of Governor member if you have an interest in either of these positions or if you’d like additional details.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing everyone at this year’s Holiday Chapter meeting!

Paul Schack

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2019-2020
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

December 9th, 2019


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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Hawthorn Suites
5421 Caddis Bend
Fitchburg, WI 53711
HVAC Equipment for Controlled Environment Agriculture

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


Social Gathering - 5 pm (optional) - Come down early and socialize before dinner.

Dinner - 6:00 pm

Main Presentation - 6:45 pm - Selection of HVAC Equipment for Controlled Environment Agriculture

Main Presentation Highlights: Dan Dettmers

Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) is a term used to describe the production of plants in a facility that is partially or fully enclosed from the elements.  This allows fruits, vegetables and other food to be grown out of season or in locations where they would never grow in the first place.  Originally, CEA primarily meant growing in a greenhouse.  As the industry progressed, it evolved into hybrid greenhouses and into completely enclosed indoor horticulture with artificial light and a full HVAC system.  The fully enclosed system has been dramatically pushed along by recent legalization of the cannabis industry.

In this presentation, Dan will present some of the challenges of conditioning an indoor grow facility, including cooling loads as high as 25 ft2/ton, latent cooling load that rival the sensible loads and amazing filtration requirements for both supply air and exhaust air.   He will touch on the space requirements, cooling loads, latent loads and “watch-outs” for greenhouse tomatoes, vertical farm lettuce and…yes…cannabis.  Likewise he will provide details on many of the prevalent myths in selecting HVAC equipment for CEA and the reality of how the equipment performs in the field…or the indoor field, such as it is.

About the presenter:

Daniel J. Dettmers

Sales Engineer

Dan Dettmers spent 23 years at the U.W., providing applied research, technical assistance and training to the HVAC and refrigeration industries.  In his spare time, Dan, as part owner of Gorst Valley Hops and Bine Implement, developed harvesting, drying and processing equipment for his own farm and many others in the small-scale commercial hop grower market.  Since the summer of 2018, Dan has been working as a Sales Engineer for Quest commercial/industrial dehumidification equipment where he specializes in expanding Quest’s desiccant offerings to the Cold Chain market.


Dinner will be buffet catered by Thirsty Goat


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Technical Committee Member Highlights


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Research Promotion

ASHRAE RP General Fund

What is the RP General Fund?

This is the catch-all classification used when discussing all of the smaller funds used to support numerous programs of ASHRAE, including:

• Support for special research projects
• Specialized educational publications
• Sustainability projects at the Annual or Winter Conferences,
• YEA Leadership Programs

Can gifts to the RP General Fund be designated to a program?

Of course! We always want to ensure that donors can support the programs they wish. Noting on the check or summary form exactly to which program the money should be designated will allow ASHRAE to utilize the gift properly.

What are the sustainability projects at the two conferences?

These are community-focused projects, selected and supervised by the host chapter at each Annual and Winter Conference. Past projects include improving the energy efficiency of a homeless shelter, improved IAQ of a school for at-risk children, and updated HVAC systems at a women’s shelter. These projects highlight the benefits that ASHRAE, its Members, and the HVAC&R industry bring to the community and serve as a lasting benefit to conference hosts.

If you need further information please contact [email protected] or RP Staff – [email protected] - they’ll be happy to help answer your questions or direct you to another staff member who specializes in that area.

      Support ASHRAE RP by donatingDONATE

      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 drop an e-mail.

Thank you,

Research Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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Student Activities

We had a fairly successful Student Night for our October 14th meeting. We had several UW-Madison students attend the meeting. Unfortunately, I failed to spread the word about the meeting to our UW-Platteville students. We enjoyed having the students and learning about the fan energy index (FEI).

On October 30th, I joined a group of UW-Madison students on a tour through the West Campus Cogeneration facility – MG&E setup by Student Chapter president, Logan Kossel. I am currently working on setting up another tour of through one of two UW-Madison campus buildings that are nearing completion. This tour will be for the University of Wisconsin students along with our chapter YEA group. Last year, we were able to setup a successful Hamel Music Center tour with this group. Students and YEA members keep an eye out for information hopefully coming out soon.

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 look for your old ASHRAE handbooks to pass on to our 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 am looking forward to another great year as the Student Activities Chair.

Jim Kraus
Student Activities Chair
[email protected]

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AHR Show and Meeting

Join us Feb. 1-5 for the 2020 Winter Conference & AHR Expo in Orlando, Fl.
Connect with industry professionals from around the world, learn the latest from an exceptional technical program, and take a stroll through the AHR Expo, the largest HVAC&R show in the world. This is the industry event of the year, don’t miss it!

Technical Program
The 2020 Winter Conference offers over 100 technical sessions with 300 speakers. Technical Program tracks include:

1. HVAC&R Fundamentals and Applications
2. Systems and Equipment
3. Refrigeration and Refrigerants
4. Cutting Edge Approaches
5. High Efficiency Design and Operation
6. Big Data and Smart Controls
7. Ventilation, IAQ and Air Distribution Systems
8. Standards, Guidelines and Codes

600+ Committee Meetings
Whether you chose a Technical Committee dealing with your area of expertise or a Standing Committee to help emerging leaders, your participation is welcome. Select any that interest you and stop in while attending the conference.
Connect at Social Events & Tours
Conference social events are full of friendly faces and great conversation. Some events are free, and others can be included with your registration for an additional fee.

• Plenary
• Welcome Party
• Women in ASHRAE Breakfast
• Presidents Lunch
• Life Members Lunch
• Members' Night Out

Plenary Keynote Speaker
Ed Hochuli, Retire Head Referee in the National Football League (NFL)
Is this Pop Warner or the Super Bowl?....The Average Joe Principle Ed Hochuli is a Phoenix trial attorney with his own law firm, who has personally tried over 150 civil jury trials. But he is most widely recognized as a Referee in the National Football League, where’s he has worked for the last 28 years. Hochuli refereed two Super Bowls and 10 championship games, along with almost 600 games in the NFL.
Having been highly successful at both jobs, one wonders what he views as the keys to his success. How does a football official go from officiating 8 year-olds in front of 50 parents, to refereeing a Super Bowl with 350 million people watching?

By the very definition of the word “Average,” most people are either average or below average, but Ed believes that instead, anyone can be highly successful, if they just follow a few simple principles. In this very entertaining and enlightening presentation, Ed sums up the secret to his success in what he calls “The Average Joe Principle.” His presentation includes anecdotes and a variety of video clips from his long career in the NFL. It provides his tips and beliefs on the secrets to being successful at whatever job or avocation one takes on.

">Orlando AHR Expo and Conference


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Meeting Minutes

Recent Meeting Minutes:


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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 student member, Brett Lindeman.

Here is a summary of the chapter membership numbers.

Area Assigned Members



2019-20 YTD


Current Membership (Nov)





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Contact the Madison Chapter Membership Chair, [email protected] if you have questions or comments about ASHRAE Membership.

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Treasurer’s Report

Recent Treasurer's Reports:

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Meeting Schedule

Monday Topic Presenter Theme Technical Session
Sep 9th  Building Acoustics – Architectural & HVAC 

Jeff Boldt

  Acoustic & Vibration Isolation Fundamentals
Oct 14th Fan Energy Index (FEI) Ron Wroblewski   Student Night Fan Engineering
Nov 11th Ethics Devin  Abellon DL Membership  
Dec 9th Controlled Environment Agriculture Dan Dettmers Research Promotion  
Jan 13th 2020  


Feb 10th     CTTC   
Mar 9th Cold Climates DL Erich Binder Student  
Apr 13th        
May 11th         
Jun 9th Golf Outing 55th Annual  n/a    


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Society News Releases

Recent ASHRAE Press Releases

ASHRAE and American Chemistry Council Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Advance Sustainabilityin the Building Sector
ATLANTA (November 20, 2019) – ASHRAE and the American Chemistry Council (ACC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding

ASHRAE Hosts First 'Tech Hour' on Optimizing Occupant Health in Indoor Environments
ATLANTA (November 19, 2019) – ASHRAE is pleased to announce the launch of its first ever Tech Hour video.

ASHRAE Releases Updated Versions of Standards 62.1 and 62.2
ATLANTA (November 8, 2019) – ASHRAE has released updated editions of its standards for ventilation system design and acceptable indoor air quality (IAQ).

ASHRAE, UN Environment Programme Announce Lower GWP Award Selections
ATLANTA (November 6, 2019) – ASHRAE and UN Environment Programme (UNEP) have announced the project selections for the project selections

ASHRAE Announces Technical Program for 2020 Winter Conference
ATLANTA (November 4, 2019) – The technical program for the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference, to be held Feb. 1–5

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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