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Madison, Wisconsin Chapter 

January 2020  

President’s Message


Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a very nice holiday break and enjoyed some well deserved time off with family and friends.  We have many exciting events and opportunities in store for 2020, starting with this month’s chapter meeting. 

Jason Boatman has worked diligently to assemble a number of speakers who will be participating in a panel discussion regarding recent ASHRAE research projects in the area.  Please see details below in the newsletter for further information on this month’s meeting. 

I want to extend a large thank-you to those vendors who participated in December’s Research Promotion raffle event.  Those list of vendors include Fluid Handling, The Glacier Group, Masters Building Solutions, Trane, TSI, and Vyron. The event was a large success and helped us reach our RP goal for the year…thanks to all who participated!   

Lastly, we still 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 I look forward to seeing everyone at our panel discussion for this month’s chapter meeting!

Paul Schack

Madison ASHRAE Chapter President 2019-2020
[email protected]

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Meeting Announcement

January 13th, 2020


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5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Holiday Inn and Suites
1109 Fourier Drive
Madison, WI 53717
ASHRAE Research Locally

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


Social Hour - 5 pm (optional) - No technical session this month, but come by at 5pm to catch up with others!

Dinner - 6:00 pm

Main Presentation - 6:40 pm - A symposium of 5 different speakers discussing ASRHAE research projects that have been conducted by local resources right here in Madison.   

Main Presentation Highlights - A Review of the Below Local Research Projects:

Development of the ASHRAE Design Guide for Dedicated Outdoor-Air Systems

Smart Grid Application Guide

Actual Energy Performance of Secondary Schools and Medium Offices Designed to Comply with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010

CO2 Demand Controlled Ventilation in Multiple Zone VAV Systems with Multiple Recirculation Paths

RP-1760 Update of Clothing Database for Existing and New Western Clothing Ensembles

ASHRAE CO-RP-03 Academic Research to support Facility Guidelines Institute & ANSI/ASHRAE/ASHE Standard 170

ASHRAE RP-1833 Literature Review for Evidence of the basis for Specified Air Change Rates (ACR) for Cleanrooms, Laboratories, Laboratory Animal Facilities and Health Care Facilities with Medium to High ACR


About the Speakers:

Svien Morner, HGA - Svein Morner, PE, PhD. is a Principal with HGA. and was a founder of Sustainable Engineering Group.  His main interest throughout his career been have been energy efficiency and renewable energy as a mechanical engineer and commissioning authority. He is a voting member of ASHRAE TC 6.7 Solar and Other Renewable Energies and an active member of TC2.8 Buildings Environmental Impact and TC 7.9 Commissioning. HGA is a national A/E firm with offices in the Northeast, Midwest and California.

Scott Hackel and Joe Zhou, Slipstream - Slipstream, formerly known as Seventhwave, has a deep history of applied research in commercial buildings including ASHRAE research projects. Presenting from Slipstream will be Scott Hackel, Director of Research and Innovation, who has been with Slipstream for 11 years and is active in geothermal, energy, and smart building technical committees for ASHRAE. And Joe Zhou, Senior Research Engineer. Joe has conducted many ASHRAE-funded research projects both with Slipstream and with the Iowa Energy Center before that, and is active in a number of AHRAE committees including control theory and smart buildings.

Mike Meteyer, Erdman - ERDMAN has been providing innovative solutions to heath care facilities through design and construction for over 50 years.  Mike is ERDMAN’s HVAC engineering manager. For the past 30 years, his career has been 100% devoted to improving health care facility outcomes through HVAC designs and leadership. He has participated in hundreds of health care facility projects of all types.  Mike has been active in ASHRAE TC 9.6 Health Care Facilities since its inception and is a former Chair. HE currently is a voting a member of Standard 170 Ventilation of Health Care Facilities.  He has been an advocate for improving healthcare facilities HVAC design and has presented at numerous ASHRAE seminars. Mike contributed to the publications Advance Energy Design Guide for Small Hospitals and Healthcare Facilities and ASHRAE’s 2nd edition of HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities.  More recently he co-authored an ASHRAE Journal article titled Thermal Comfort in Health-Care Settings.  He is a former President of the Madison ASHRAE chapter and a registered engineer in over 40 states and is a LEED AP Building Design +Construction.

Fred Betz, Affiliated Engineers - Affiliated Engineers, Inc. is a leading full service engineering firm ranked #1 in Science and Technology and top 5 in Healthcare by Building Design and Construction. Affiliated Engineers is active on numerous ASHRAE committees and research projects. Dr. Betz leads the Madison Building Performance Practice for Affiliated Engineers and is chair of ASHRAE 191P Standard for the Efficient Use of Water in Building Mechanical Systems and active on TC 2.8 Building Environmental Impacts and Sustainability.


Dinner will be a buffet 


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The Madison Section of IEEE is hosting a talk from Jeff Miller of JMB Associates on January 21 at 5:30 pm son UW Madison campus. ASHRAE members and others are invited.  Watch for the details at For more information, contact Scott Olsen at his e-mail. 

IEEE Madison section represents over 600 members in many fields including power engineering, communications, information technology, electronics design, and electrical engineering.  IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. IEEE and its members inspire a global community through IEEE’s highly cited publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities.

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In the 1990’s the world came to recognize the global concerns associated with the use of high-ODP (Ozone Depletion Potential) substances, including CFC refrigerants such as R-11. The Montreal Protocol led to the phaseout of high ODP refrigerants. HCFC refrigerant replacements were quickly developed and placed into service. With increasing public awareness associated with global warming potential (GWP) we again see the need for a shift in refrigerant solutions. Unfortunately, the next generation of refrigerants poses a new set of challenges including cost, toxicity, and flammability. 

These restrictions are pushing a look backward in time toward the proven performance of anhydrous ammonia. The history of ammonia as a refrigerant dates back nearly to the development of the vapor-compression refrigeration cycle itself. However, new technologies and techniques are being developed which decrease and centralize the refrigerant charge required for a system. ASHRAE has a standing position paper promoting its use for industrial and commercial refrigeration, food preservation, indirect space conditioning, heat pumps, and other applications. If you are interested in applying anhydrous ammonia on your next project and would like resources or assistance, reach out to the Chapter Refrigeration Committee at [email protected]

In 1919, Oscar Mayer visited relatives in Madison and learned of an decommissioned cooperative meat packing plant east of the city. At the time, the prevailing meat packing model was to ship livestock in from rural farms to major metropolitan areas such as Chicago and St. Louis for processing. Livestock arrived in poor condition due to stresses of rail travel. Oscar Mayer realized shipping packaged meat would be more effective than logistics of shipping the entire animal. The building was purchased and a nearly 100-year legacy began. 

Production began in November 1919. Expansions were made to the campus in 1925, 1933, 1939, 1938, 1942, 1945, 1968, and 1970. In 1969, the plant used nearly 5 million gallons of water per day, equivalent to the rest of the city, and electrical use equal to nearly 10,000 homes. It had its own wastewater treatment facility capable of processing 4.5 million gallons per day. 4,000 people were employed and including stockyards, the total area of the site was 170 acres. In 2015, the plant was closed. Buildings on site totaled 1.7 Million square feet spread across 70 acres.

In October 2017, Reich Brothers Holdings and Rabin Worldwide teamed up to purchase the property. The equipment located throughout the production facility was auctioned off. The six major buildings on site were separated and each equipped with independent utility systems (electric, gas, water, etc.). The 275,000 SF corporate headquarters office building was touched up and retrofitted with a $2,000,000 HVAC system, and rented out to tenants. The site is being parceled out and rezoned for future uses.

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Research Promotion

The December Madison RP Night raised $585.00.  Thank you for your participation! 

Donors included:

  • Fluid Handling
  • The Glacier Group
  • Masters Building Solutions
  • Trane
  • TSI
  • Vyron

The Madison goal is $15,000 for the year.  We have a way to go, so please consider individual and company donations.   Do you realize the majority of donations are under $500?

What is an endowed gift? Simply put, “endowed” means that a donor or donors contribute to a named fund via the ASHRAE Foundation. The Foundation invests the funds and provides a 5% annual return, beginning one year after the fund reaches a balance of $1,000. This income is earmarked for what-ever fund the donor wishes.
Why make an Endowed Research Gift?

• It’s an ideal way to secure an Honor Roll level contribution in Perpetuity: 5% of your endowed gift will come back to RP every year!*
• Alternative to traditional Memorial and Honorarium gifts
• Great way for chapters to put large treasuries to work for the Society. Initial gift can be paid incrementally over several years.

How do I establish an Endowed Research Fund?
Since each situation is unique, please contact RP Staff at Headquar-ters. They will be happy to discuss the chapter or donor’s wishes and make a plan that fits those needs best. It’s a very simple process and should take no more than five minutes to initiate. Call (678) 636-8400 ext. 1114 for more info.
What is the minimum amount required to start or name a Fund?

$3,000 payable over three years to provide a $150 annual gift to ASHRAE*

While the minimum is $3,000, we encourage organizations to start at $10,000 payable over three years to provide a $500 annual gift to ASHRAE (honor roll level)* * After initial one year period of investment

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 contributed!

Mr Charles R Boardman, III
Mrs Rebecca D Upham PE
Mr John C Menz
Mr Scott Forest
Mr Steve Dingle
Ms Carol A Mori, PE
Dr Xiaohui Zhou, PhD, CEM, PE
Mr Jason Boatman
Mr Cameron P Klein, PE
Mr Paul Schack, LEED AP
Miss Kathleen Baker

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


Let's Give Every Child An Engineering Experience.

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It’s working ….

... 84% of educators say a visit from an engineer or technical professional helps students learn about engineering careers.

But more needs to be done …

... 74% also tell us that their students do not have many opportunities to meet an engineer or technical professional.

Let’s change that this Engineers Week and give every child an engineering experience. 

Download The Ultimate How to Guide:

  Volunteer and Technical Professional Version

→ Teacher and Informal Educator Version

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AHR Show and Meeting

Are you going to be in Orlando for the Winter Meetings?  Join Region VI and 5 for our dinner/Super Bowl Viewing Party.

Where: Café Tu Tu Tango | 8625 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819

When: Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

How much: $50 registration in advance, $60 at the door | Cash bar |

More information is available on this REGION DINNER FLIER.

Eric Sturm, RMCR
Region VI, Regional Members Council Representative

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:

Recent Chapter 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.

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 RP Research Projects

 Svien Morner
Scott Hackel Joe Zhou
Mike Meteyer

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 Releases Revised Version of Data Center Standard
ATLANTA (December 11, 2019) – ASHRAE has released a revised version of its energy standard for data centers.

ASHRAE Learning Institute Announces Course Schedule for 2020 Winter Conference in Orlando
ATLANTA (December 6, 2019) – ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer 21 courses during the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo in Orlando

ASHRAE and Smart Cities Council Sign MoU to Collaborate on Advancing the Sustainable Built Environment
ATLANTA (December 5, 2019) – ASHRAE and the Smart Cities Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

ASHRAE and NIST Strengthen Partnership with Signing of New MoU Agreement
ATLANTA (November 22, 2019) – ASHRAE and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

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

For more pressroom information follow this link.

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Natural draft gas furnace, early 20th century


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