April 2019  


Hello and welcome to the April edition of the MNASHRAE Newsletter.  We have a busy month full of both social and informational events that we hope to see you at!

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Technology Awards

We have great news for those who may have put off assembling their Technology Awards applications.  The deadline has been pushed back to next Friday April 19th!  Your project could be recognized on the cover of the ASHRAE Journal like the Ramsey County Library - Shoreview!  The first step is to complete the short application attached to this email and send it to [email protected].  They can also answer any questions that you may have about the process.

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.

Click here to see to the ASHRAE website that contains specific information on the application process (just scroll down to the Technology Awards Program)

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Upcoming Events

Rochester Monthly Meeting

What is SB2030, where does it apply, and how does it affect me?

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cost: $20

Speaker: Patrick Smith, University of Minnesota

SB2030 is a progressive energy conservation program designed to significantly reduce the energy and carbon in Minnesota commercial, institutional, and industrial buildings. It is required for any state bonded buildings. Using target EUI’s, the designer has the freedom to use multiple options to decrease energy use within the building. Patrick Smith from the Center of Sustainable Research will provide an outline for the SB2030 program, provide the tools used, and walk through the process.

For more information and registration click here


Student Night at Topgolf

We have some excellent Student ASHRAE Branches operating in our Chapter and we would like to invite you to get to know them.  Please join us on Thursday, April 18th at 5:30pm to hear from the Minnesota State University, Mankato students about the activities that the the have organized this year and their experiences at the Winter Conference and meet the incoming officers from the University of Minnesota Student Branch.

The be a presentation from the students will start at 5:30 followed by appetizers and unlimited Topgolf play until 8:30.  Please contact the Student Activities committee at [email protected] if you have any questions.

The cost is $30 for member and $50 for non-members.  For more information and registration click here.


Education Seminar

The MN Chapter of ASHRAE is partnering with the MN Chapter of ASPE to offer a joint Educational Seminar this spring. The format will include four lecture sessions, each with an ASPE speaker and an ASHRAE speaker, and attendees will have an option of choosing an ASHRAE or an ASPE lecture for each lecture session. Lunch, mid-afternoon breaks, and afternoon social hour with two drink tickets are included with admission. Vendor tables and sponsorship opportunities are still 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

For more information and registration click here.


Region VI Chapter Regional Conference in Milwaukee

The CRC is fast approaching and the theme this year is "Investing in Our Buildings." 

ASHRAE Wisconsin Chapter

The Westin Hotel, Milwaukee

May 2 – Kick-off at Harley Davidson Museum, Business meetings
May 3 – Business meeting, Tech Sessions, President’s Lunch Banquet, Awards Dinner, After Party
May 4 – Training Sessions

Additional activities will be planned for those arriving Wednesday evening and those staying after the event Saturday to enjoy Milwaukee.

Additional information will be provided at the 2019 Region VI CRC event website found by clicking here.


CSI Product Expo and Seminars

The Minneapolis – St. Paul Chapter of the Construction Specification Institute announces that their April event will be their annual Product EXPO along with two educational seminars regarding: Project Conception and Delivery, and Passive House Basics: Buildings With a Clear Conscience, This is a great opportunity for your members to gain one AIA, HSW CEU learning unit credit, per seminar, if needed for their profession and to meet some of the leading product and service representatives in our construction market. Course details are on the CSI-MSP website.

Registrants over 21 will receive one ticket for a micro-brew and appetizers are complimentary for all.

Enter the Raffle for a free growler from Indeed Brewing by making a food donation to Second Harvest Heartland. You can also earn a raffle ticket by visiting 20 booths as well as getting a ticket by bringing a guest. Three ways to earn tickets!

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Location: Top Floor, Solar Arts Building, 711 NE 15th Avenue, NE Minneapolis

Parking: Street and Solar Arts’ lot, immediately NW of the building. Enter off of Monroe Street NE.

There is no registration fee.


1:45 pm Registration Opens
2:00 to 3:00 pm Project Conception and Delivery
3:15 to 5:15 pm Passive House Basics: Buildings With a Clear Conscience
4:00 to 7:00 pm Cash Bar and Appetizers
6:00 Raffle

For further details and to register, check the Chapter website www: or call 952-564-3044.

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