March 2019  


Welcome to the March edition of the MNASHRAE Newsletter!  We have some great event coming up and hope to see you.

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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)

There is no need to 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. The short form is attached to this email.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email the CTT committee at [email protected]

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Upcoming Events

Rochester Monthly Meeting

Synergistic Solutions for HVAC Systems

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cost: $20

Speaker: Leandro de la Torriente, Ultraviolet Devices

UV-C light has long been known as a way to disinfect and clean.  In this presentation we'll learn about why & how UV-C is able to provide surface disinfection, common uses, and new applications for UV-C.  We'll briefly cover and rediscover the need for UV-C coil cleaning & air stream disinfection.  The bulk of the presentation will be on Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO); what it is, how it works, and why we should use it.  We'll end with validation of data and a Q&A from the audience.

For more information and registration click here


Minnesota Zoo Tour Organized by Minnesota State Univeristy, Mankato Student Branch

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Student Branch has organized a tour of the Minnesota Zoo mechanical systems and have a few open registration spots for Chapter members who would like to attend.  It is scheduled for Tuesday March 26th from 12:00pm to 3:30pm.

This tour will be a behind the scenes look at what makes the Minnesota Zoo work. With Minnesota's harsh climate of rapidly changing temperatures and humidity, we'll get a chance to see how they are able to keep a building with multiple different habitats stay constant year round. We will also be looking into their water works, seeing how they are able to keep such large tanks at steady temperatures and the pumps and filtration systems set up to keep these tanks livable for the aquatic life they are home to.

There will be no charge for the tour, attmitance, or parking for attendees.  Just make sure to arrive on time and ready to learn about the mechanical systems that keep the animals safe and comfortable.

There are a very limited number of open seats, so sign up soon if you would like to attend.  Click here for registration.


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.


Sustainable and Resilient Buildings Committee Meeting

Join the Sustainable and Resilient Buildings Committee on May 21st for a free seminar on ASHRAE’s alternative OA Calculations, improved IAQ and resulting energy savings.

Rob Root, of AtmosAir Solutions, will discuss the latest trends in ASHRAE's outside air calcuations and the resulting improvement in energy savings and indoor air quailty for occupants.  

Meeting time is 11:30-1 - with open social time before and after the technical Presentation at 11:45 to 12:45.

Notes:  Seats are limited to 50 so, register early.  Parking validation is available for Town Square parking on Minnesota Street.

For more information and registration click here.


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