February 2019  


Hello and welcome to the February 2019 edition of the MNASHRAE newsletter.  The Refrigeration Seminar is scheduled for next Tuesday and registration has been extended through tomorrow, February 7th, so there is still time to sign up!  See below for more details.

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Upcoming Events

2019 Refrigeration Seminar

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


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.


7:30-8:15             Registration

8:15-9:15             From a Retailer's Perspective

                            Speaker: Jon Scanlan, Hy-Vee, Inc.

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: Lou Moffa, EBM-Papst

11:45-12:00         Lunch and Chapter Business

12:30-1:30           Changing Technologies with Changing Energy Regulations

                            Speaker: Sajjad Khan, Heatcraft


Reservations: Please sign up and pay on-line by clicking here by February, 7th 2019 if you plan on attending. Checks and cash will also be accepted on site. Please make checks payable to MN ASHRAE.


Rochester Monthly Meeting

PTFE Filter Technology

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Cost: $20

Speaker: Don Largent, AAF Flanders

The largest operational expense in a building is the HVAC system. Critical applications employing HEPA filtration in aseptic filling and compounding facilities, tuberculosis isolation suites, and Life Science and BioSafety applications can be very expensive to operate.The presentation will provide a brief history of HEPA filtration, and highlight Life Sciences and BioSafety applications where HEPA filtration is required by application and Code. The presenter will introduce improved HEPA filtration technologies that improve system integrity and economy. System design and selection software will be demonstrated that will assist the designer in selecting the appropriate high efficiency filtration system for the specific application.


Social: 11:20am - 11:30am

Lunch: 11:30am - 11:50am

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

Presentation: 12:00pm - 12:50pm

For more informaiton and online registration click here.


Sustainable Building Committee Meeting

Michael White from Siemens' Chicago office will visit MN ASHRAE Chapter on February 26, 2019 to present:

  • How Building Automation Systems have become targets for cyber threats
  • The Fundamentals of identirying cyber threats in Building Automation Systems,
  • Challenges of Cyber Secuirty in Building Automation Systems
  • Review recommended secuirty measure for protecting Builing Automation Systems

Technical Presentation is from 11:30 to 1:00

This presentation is registered with AIA/CES and Certificates of Completion for non-AIA members are avilable on request. 

Notes:  Seats are limited so click here to register early.  Free brown bag session - bring your own lunch.  Parking validation is available for Town Square parking on Minnesota Street.


Education Seminar

The 2019 MNASHRAE Education Seminar is scheduled for April 23rd.  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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Technology Awards

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 22nd, 2019.

Click here to see 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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