Education Seminar

Committee Co-Chairs: Amanda Kilbane & Scott Thomas

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10:30 AM - 5:30 PM

 Radisson Hotel Roseville

2540 Cleveland Ave

Roseville, MN 55113


This year we are partnering with the Minnesota Chapter of ASPE to offer two different tracks.  The seminar will be held at the Roseville Radisson Hotel from 10:30am through 4:30pm with a social hour afterward.  Registration includes lunch, snacks at break times, drink tickets, and a chance to win prizes during social hour.  4 PDHs will be available.


10:30 - 11:00: Registration Starts and Coffee

11:00 - 12:00: Lecture Sessions

  • ASHRAE Track #1: B3 (SB 2030) Energy Standard
  • ASPE Track #1: Soft Soils and its Impact on Design

12:00 - 12:45: Lunch

12:45 - 1:45: Lecture Sessions

  • ASHRAE Track #2: Chilled Water Systems as Thermal Battery
  • ASPE Track #2: Energy Engineering for Plumbing

1:45 - 2:00: Sponsored Break

2:00 - 3:00: Lecture Sessions

  • ASHRAE Track #3: Ground Loop Heat Pump Systems
  • ASPE Track #3: Siphonic Drainage

3:00 - 3:15: Sponsored Break

3:15 - 4:15: Lecture Sessions

  • ASHRAE Track #4: Energy Recovery for Passive House
  • ASPE Track #4: Water Delivery and the Environment

4:15 - End: Product Show, Happy Hour, and Prizes



ASHRAE Track #1:

B3 Sustainable Building 2030 Energy Standard
     Speaker: Patrick Smith, LEED AP Research Fellow, CSBR - University of Minnesota
The B3 Sustainable Building 2030 (SB 2030) Energy Standard is a progressive energy conservation program designed to significantly reduce the energy and carbon in Minnesota. This presentation will give an overview of the program elements and tools and discuss how a project moves through the program -- from design through construction and into operation.


ASPE Track #1:

Did the Pipe Hanger Design Work as Expected: Soft Soils and its Impact on Design
     Speakers: Brian Blesi, Ryan Hanson, Sher Adler, Renae Torborg
This session will share operational experience of a plumbing system designed and installed in a building set on soft soils. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of risk management and an appreciation of the plumbing engineers’ role in solving problems for property owners. Presentation also includes points of view on competing priorities and how an engineered system design can achieve the optimal performance for the life cycle of the building.


ASHRAE Track #2:

Chilled Water Systems as a Thermal Battery - Why, What, How
     Speaker: Susanna Hanson, Principal Engineer, CEM, DGCP, Trane Commercial North America
Thermal energy storage systems have been widely used since the 1980s to shift HVAC cooling load out of the peak demand period of the day. By charging a chilled water or ice-based system over night, a facility can take advantage of off-peak electricity prices and reduce any charges based on demand, as well as reducing the size of chillers required for a facility. This presentation will discuss the use of chilled water systems for thermal energy storage.


ASPE Track #2:

Energy Engineering for Plumbing Designers/Engineers
     Speaker: David Carrier, QuantumFlo
The attendee will learn the fundamentals of “Plumbing-Energy Design” and specifically, how to move his organization forward with tools to get and retain repeat clients by providing relevant information about his project that lead to ROI to the owner. These discussions will teach the attendee how to show the client that selecting the right equipment actually creates value for them! Additionally, the attendee will learn the 3-Key elements required to develop the lowest total cost creating an opportunity where 1+1+1=4. Using this 1+1+1=4 method, the engineer or designer will be able to see how an informed client who benefits from these strategies drive growth by offering an “outside the box” rationale to selecting plumbing pumping equipment, thereby building annuities with repeat clients. Finally, the attendee will be capable of explaining these methods, thereby defending his energy-specification from unscrupulous installers who want nothing but the lowest price on equipment which contribute to high ownership cost.


ASHRAE Track #3:

Design and Economics of Commercial Ground Loop Heat Pump Systems
     Speaker: Alan Niles, Western Region Commercial Sales Manager, WaterFurnace International ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer
This discussion concentrates on the economic impact of project specific variables as well as decisions made (or sometimes, not made) by the design engineer and how defining these details can greatly reduce the first cost of a Ground Loop Heat Pump (GLHP) system. This presentation begins with a quick overview of the components of the GLHP System, and the basic design and installation of the ground loop. Commercial Ground Loop Design Software is reviewed and then utilized to illustrate the economic impact of project specific variables. This discussion concludes with hybrid system design and the opportunities that hybrid systems offer in additional first cost reductions with minimum impact to the operating cost of the GLHP system.


ASPE Track #3:

Siphonic Drainage
     Speaker: Brennan Doherty
This course educates on the benefits of using Siphonic drainage vs traditional gravity. Attendees will be able to understand a new method of roof drainage that utilizes smaller diameter pipe running with no pitch, a more efficient roof drain which leads to an overall safer roof with less penetrations, and lastly a look at how to utilize Siphonic drainage to be compliant with changes to code regarding sizing the roof drain based on GPM.


ASHRAE Track #4:

Energy Recovery for a Passive House
     Speaker: Mike Woosley, Certified Passive House Designer, Business Development Manager, Swegon
Passive House is a rigorous, voluntary standard for energy efficiency in a building, which reduces the building’s ecological footprint. It results in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. This presentation will discuss HVAC systems for Passive House design, with a focus on energy recovery systems.


ASPE Track #4:

Water Delivery and the Environment
     Speaker: Jim Montgomery, Elkay
In the pursuit of increasing sustainability efforts for a positive impact on the environment, more bottle filling stations are being put into building design specifications. Learn how bottle fillers help to conserve energy, while encouraging the use of reusable bottles to minimize disposable plastic bottle waste in the environment.