January 2020  


Hello and welcome to the January edition of the MNASHRAE Newsletter.  We have lots of events coming up including a tour of the University of Minnesota Phillips-Wangensteen Building tomorrow morning!  We hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Events

University of Minnesota Phillips-Wangensteen Building Tour

Join us tomorrow morning at 8:00am to learn about the mechanical system of this 1970s building!

The Phillips-Wangensteen Building, PWB, is a 15-story building comprised of research labs, medical clinics, classrooms, and offices. It was originally constructed in the 1970s and has had minimal large-scale mechanical upgrades since the original construction. The building consists of (3) main mechanical rooms which are located on the basement floor, 10th floor, and 15th floor. The original HVAC design was constant volume with hot water reheat and all pneumatic actuation and terminal control.

When the Health Science Education Center, HSEC, building was designed, portions of floors 2-5 in PWB were involved in the scope since HSEC and PWB are connected via pedestrian skywalks on several floors. The PWB renovations involved the replacement of the existing constant volume reheat units with VAV units as well as a complete terminal unit DDC upgrade.

For more information and registration, click here.


Rochester January Monthly Meeting

Subject: Rochester Public Utilities Infrastructure Plan

Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2019

Speaker: Jeremy Sutton, Rochester Public Utilities

Presentation: Learn about Rochester Public Utilities’ 100% renewable energy 2030 plan.


Social: 11:20am - 11:30am

Lunch: 11:30am - 11:50am

Business Meeting: 11:50am - 12:00pm

Presentation: 12:00pm - 12:50pm

Cost: $21.00 per person

For more information and registration click here.


Region V/VI Dinner at Winter Meeting

If you are attending the Winter Meeting in Orlando, join members of ASHRAE Region V and VI as we gather to socialize and watch the Super Bowl. Like the attendees in Miami, we will be dining on Caribbean food. There will also be a cash bar.

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

Advance Cost: $50/person

Same-day registration: $60/person at the door

For more information click here.


Refrigeration Seminar 2020

$100 for all chapter members, $130 for all nonmembers and student members are FREE! Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch, chapter business and 4 presentations. 4 PDHs will be issued. The cost of lunch, chapter meeting, and luncheon speaker is only $35 for members, $50 for nonmembers.


7:30-8:15   Registration

8:15-9:15  TBD

9:15-9:30  Break

9:30-10:30  R-410A Refrigerant Replacements

Speaker: Steve Kujak - Trane

10:30-10:45  Break

10:45-11:45  CO2 For Ice Rink Applications

Speaker: John Collins & Adam Ciesielski – Zero Zone

11:45-12:30  Lunch and Chapter Business

12:30-1:30  Responsible Use of Refrigerants - Updated

Speaker: Julian DeBullet – ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer


Vendors: Tabletops will be $300 which includes one lunch and $150 for ASHRAE research. First come, first served with vendors as there is a 6 tabletop limit.

For more information and registration click here.


MNASHRAE Day on the Hill

Did you know that building connections with representatives from relevant government entities is a critical goal of ASHRAE for the adoption and use of our Standards, Guidelines, and other technical and educational resources?  Please join us as we meet select MN Representatives and raise awareness of local ASHRAE expertise in the built environment. 

When: March 11, 2020 9:30-11 A

Where: State Office Building, Room 300N

            100 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

            St. Paul, Minnesota  55155   

Click here for more information.



Curling Event - Student and Industry Connections

Join us for an afternoon of networking between students and industry members. This event will focus on the students of our state MN ASHRAE Chapter; connecting with them, providing mentorship, and sharing past experiences.

  • 11a-12p
    • Student Branch Presentations
      • 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference
      • Student branch events
    • ASHRAE members sharing their experiences in the HVAC industry and the path they took to get there
    • Light appetizers and soft drinks provided during presentations
  • 12p-2:30p
    • Curling, training will be provided before, no prior experience needed!
      • Bring along a clean pair of clean-on-the-bottom athletic shoes. Carry them in, do not wear them in. It is extremely important to keep the ice clean. No leather soled shoes or metal lace hooks.
      • Dress comfortably. Jeans are difficult – wear loose fitting/stretchy clothes as you will be in lunge positions.
      • The curling arena is about 40°F. Consider a hat, gloves and a warm jacket or hoodie.

We are looking for industry sponsoirship for this event to help cover the cost of the students.  Sponsorchip includes two tickets, a display table, and logo displayed during the event.

For more information and registration, click here.


2020 Golf Outing - 53rd Annual

The 53rd Annual MN Chapter of ASHRAE Golf Outing has been set for June 3, 2020. The start time to tee off will be 10am this year, make sure that you save the date for this event!

More details to come soon.

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Government Affairs Committee (GAC) Corner

Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency Improvements

The US year-end spending bill includes tax incentives for energy efficiency improvements. This includes retroactive 179D tax deductions for previous energy efficiency improvements and projects through the end of 2020.  For more information, click here.

Bipartisan Legislation Introduced in the House to Phase Down High-GWP Refrigerants

On January 7, U.S. Representatives introduced H.R. 5544, the American Innovation and Manufacturing Leadership Act of 2020, which would require a 15-year phasedown of high global warming potential (GWP) HFCs in the U.S., beginning in 2020. This bill is a companion measure to S. 2754, a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate in October. ASHRAE has provided letters in support of the legislation and has offered technical assistance.

DOE Decides to Rollback Energy Standards for Lightbulbs

On December 20, the Department of Energy (DOE) finalized its decision to rollback more stringent energy efficiency standards on lightbulbs. The move was justified by citing higher costs of efficient lightbulbs and protecting consumer choice. Sixteen states filed lawsuits against the federal government in November over the anticipated decision not to advance lightbulb efficiency standards. To read more about the DOE's decision, click here.

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