December 2017  


Hello and welcome to the December edition of the MNAHSRAE newsletter! There are a few notes from the Chapter to keep in mind this holiday season.


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Next Round of MN Codes Development & Adoption is Beginning

Technical Advisory Groups will begin meeting in January to review the codes and make recommendations for the next round of adoption of Minnesota  building industry codes.  There is at least one ASHRAE member on two of the Technical Advisory Groups that are of most interest to ASHRAE members.  Feel free to contact these individuals if you would like to offer any input, assistance, or otherwise discuss these codes.

Mechanical Code
John Smith
Michaud Cooley Erickson
Energy Code
Russ Landry
Center for Energy and Environment
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Upcoming Events

YEA & AEE Museum Tour

YEA is teaming up with the Association of Energy Engineers to host a tour of the new Bell Museum of Natural History followed by a social hour at Insight Brewing tomorrow Decemebr 14, 2017.

The new building features a digital planetarium, high-tech exhibits, wildlife dioramas and outdoor learning experiences.The facility will house Minnesota’s state natural history museum and planetarium. It showcases University research and provides an expanded training ground for undergraduates working toward becoming science educators. The Museum supports an integrated approach to natural history and astrophysical science, focusing on the challenges our planet faces, including climate change, water quality and sustainable food production.

The tour will run from 5-6 p.m. and then we’ll have a social hour from 6-7 p.m. at Insight Brewing, which is a three minute drive from the museum. No PPE is required. There is free parking at Gibbs Farm, which is across the street from the museum. Refer to the attachment for additional parking options. 

In addition to touring the main museum exhibits, we'll tour the mechanical systems, including:

  • Dual VAVs for demand control ventilation (CO2)
  • Air Handler Units
  • Dedicated Outdoor Air Unit
  • Chillers
  • Boilers
  • Water Heaters
  • Pumps

If you refer someone to register or are referred by someone who has registered for the event, you may register for free via the "Referral Ticket".


$5.00 ASHRAE YEA Member
$0.00 Student
$10.00 Non-Member
$0.00 Referral Ticket (if you referred someone or someone referred you)


Bell Museum of Natural History
2088 Larpenteur Ave. W.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Register Here!


2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo

ASHRAE's Winter Conference & AHR Expo bring passionate people together to share knowledge, learn new things and meet new people. This conference is a great way to immerse yourself in a growing community of incredibly smart, dedicated people. The 2018 Winter Conference will be at the Palmer House in Chicago, January 22-24, and the AHR Expo is at McCormick Place. The 2018 Expo will host more than 2,000 exhibitors and 65,000 industry professionals. When you register for the ASHRAE Conference, your ASHRAE badge will give you access to the AHR Expo. The Winter Conference technical program includes eight tracks featuring more than 200 presentations and 300 speakers. In addition, a Refrigerant mini-track and a Residential mini-track will be presented at the AHR Expo. Get more information including registration.

As a representative of ASHRAE’s Climate Change Committee and the Climate Change Position Document Committee, MN’s Elizabeth Tomlinson (TKDA) will chair Seminar 36 – Resiliency:  Building a Safer Future on Tuesday at 8 AM.   Please stop by to hear three national panelists discuss increased weather extremes, building design adaptations and changing code requirements.  Panelists include city, state and federal level resiliency experience.



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