January 2019  


Happy New Year!  Welcome to the First Edition of the 2019 MN ASHRAE Newsletter!  We have some great events coming up in the next month and hope to see you!

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Each year the ASHRAE Technology Award program recognizes ASHRAE members and projects that utilize innovative HVAC/R systems in new buildings, existing buildings, and existing building commissioning. Society presents awards in six categories: Commercial Buildings, Institutional Buildings, Health Care Facilities, Industrial Facilities or Processes, Public Assembly Facilities, and Residential Buildings. The Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTT) of the Minnesota Chapter of ASHRAE has announced that Technology Award Applications are due on Friday March 22, 2019.

Following is a link to the ASHRAE website that contains specific information on the application process (just scroll down to the Technology Awards Program):

Don't be overwhelmed by the application process, even if you have never been involved before! The application is basically a 2 or 3 page description of the project (short form), and if the project wins an award at regional level, a more complete submittal (long form) is required for the project to be forwarded to Society. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email the CTT committee at [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

Winter Meeting Regional Dinner and Sustainable Building Committee Seminar Invitation

If you are attending the Winter Meeting in Atlanta join us Sunday, January 13th for an evening of socializing with members of Regions V and VI.  We will enjoy a bar syle environment with appetizers, salads, entrees, and desserts.  We will meet at the Park Bar at 6:00pm.  Click here for more details and registration information. 


The Minnesota ASHRAE Sustainable Building Committee would like to invite you to attend the Climate Change Liability for Owners, Designers, and Maufacturers Seminar at the Winter Meeting in Atlanta at 11:00am on January 16th.

ASHRAE provides guidance on use of climatic data in designs and facility assessments. The vast majority of design firms use historic climate files, which aligns with current professional standard of care. Given the international consensus that climate is changing, use of historic weather data in designs could lead to underperforming systems or building failures. Projected weather files from regional climate models include their own uncertainty and risk. This puts architects, engineers, owners and manufacturers in a difficult situation. This session covers basic climate change science, risks associated with various weather file use and changing standards of care.

For more information Click here.


Rochester January Monthly Meeting

Join us January 22nd 11:30am at the DoubleTree Rochester to hear Eric L. O'Neill speak about Retro-Commissioning: Where Comfort, Control, and Cost Savings Meet

Everyone wants a building that runs perfectly every day of the year, where every occupant is happy, and the building costs almost nothing to run. In reality, aligning those three priorities can be tricky. Rushing a controls upgrade can lead to headache operating the building; trying to cut costs can lead to poor performance; and knee-jerk responses to occupant comfort complaints results in high energy bills.

The happy medium can be found, with careful, proactive attention to detail. A retrocommissioning (RCx) study can be a key tool in identifying opportunities for better, more efficient building operation that doesn’t sacrifice performance or comfort. This presentation will provide an overview of an RCx study, discuss the kinds of measures building operators implement, and share some case studies from successful projects.

For more information and registration Click here.


2019 Refrigeration Seminar

The Annual Refrigeration Seminar will once again be held at Grumpy's in Roseville on Tuesday February 12, 2019.


7:30-8:15             Registration
8:15-9:15             TBD
9:15-9:30             Break
9:30-10:30           VFDs for Compressor Applications
                            Speaker: Mulcahy Co.
10:30-10:45         Break
10:45-11:45         Fan Applications for Refrigeration Systems
                           Speaker: EBM-Papst
11:45-12:00         Lunch and Chapter Business
12:30-1:30           Changing Technologies with Changing Energy Regulations
                            Speaker: Heatcraft


Cost: $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.

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.

Reservations: Please sign up and pay on-line by clicking here by Friday, February, 1st 2019 if you plan on attending. Checks and cash will also be accepted on site. Please make checks payable to MN ASHRAE.


YEA Winter Tour - Schmidt Artist Lofts

Join the MN Chpater of Young Engineers in ASHRAE for a facility tour of the Schmidt Artist Lofts on February 5th.  We will meet inthe lobby at 4:30 pm and we will head to the Keg and Case afterward for socializing.  Click here for more details and registration.


Education Seminar

The 2019 MNASHRAE Education Seminar is scheduled for April 23, 2019.  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 Registration Starts
11:00-12:00 Speakers
12:00-12:45 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Speakers
2:15-3:15 Speakers
3:30-4:30 Speakers
4:30 Social hour/prizes



4 presentations have been finalized.  Additional presentations will be updated as confirmations are received.

Alan Niles, WaterFurnace International, ASHRAE DL:   Design and economics of commercial ground loop heat pump systems

Patrick Smith, Center for Sustainable Building Research at the U of MN:   SB2030 and B3 in Minnesota

Mike Woolsey, Swegon:   Energy recovery for passive houses

TBD, Trane: Thermal storage systems.


For more information and registration Click here.

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