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2020 October Chapter Meeting

Thursday October 22nd, 2020


ASHRAE Iowa Chapter Virtual Student Night & Women In Industry Panel

The ASHRAE Iowa Chapter invites you to join our Virtual Student Night on Thursday October 22nd at 4:30pm. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Iowa State Student Chapter and we will be congratulating this year’s scholarship recipients to kick of the evening. As in years past we will also be hosting a panel discussion which will be comprised of Women In Industry including local consulting engineers, facility engineers, contractors, and sales representatives. Please register at the link below and we look forward to seeing you virtually on the 22nd.

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
When: Oct 22, 2020 04:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvf-ygqz0rGdMSOLdVIHzqKEfeKWvCt6FO

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

YEA Event

Join YEA for an evening bike ride and drinks, September 25th. We will be biking from Gray’s Lake to Captain Roy’s for some drinks and socializing and then head back to our starting point. Meet at Gray’s Lake around 5, the bike ride will start at 5:30pm. Each leg of the ride is ~30 mins.

See the route map – YEA Bike Ride

We plan on ending the night around 7:30. If you plan on joining us for the bike ride be sure to bring your bike and any safety gear you find necessary!

If you plan on only attending drinks we will be at Captain Roy’s around 6pm.

Special Chapter Meeting – August

When: August 6, 2020 12:00 PM CDT

Title: HVAC System Strategies to Mitigate Airborne Viral Transmission Risks in K-12 Schools

Presenter: Corey Metzger, PE

Summary: This presentation will provide a brief update on the status of guidance provided by the Schools Team of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force for reopening buildings, along with some background on the recommendations provided as part of this guidance. Discussion will be held on specific strategies that may help to mitigate the buildup of airborne viral particles in occupied spaces. Finally, information will be provided on current work of the Epidemic Task Force and expected updates to guidance moving forward.

Please register for Iowa Chapter Meeting at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2949059919112625935

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Watch the recording of the Webinar on our YouTube Channel.

Attendance LIst – (a form of sign-in sheet if you will)

2020 Fall Frolic Golf Outing

Monday August 31st, 2020 – 11:30 am Shotgun Start – NOTE THE START TIME!

4-Person Best Ball Tournament
Dinner to follow right after Golf
Door, Pin Event and Place Prizes after dinner

Briarwood Golf Course

3405 N.E. Trilein Drive
Ankeny, IA 50021
www.briarwoodgolfclub.org

Pricing:
$65 – 18-holes – 1/2-cart
$45 – dinner (not sure if we can have a dinner – stay tuned!)
$5 – mulligans

NOTE:  You must bring cash – NO CREDIT CARDS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THIS EVENT.  There will be ample opportunities before the event to stock your cart as well as on the course.


Be a Sponsor for the event!

You can sponsor during your golf team registration or right now.  The earlier you sponsor, the more publicity you will get.  See below for sponsorship levels and our sponsors.

  • Silver – $100 – gets you a color sign at a tee box of one of the holes
  • Gold – $250 – also gets your name on a sponsorship list at the prize table and sponsors a pin event
  • Platinum – $500 – (Maximum of 3) also gets your name at the registration table, sponsors the main door prizes AND ALLOWS FOR SETTING UP AT A TEE BOX TO GREET GOLFERS ALL DAY (This is a new item added for the Platinum level!)

BIG Thank You to our 2020 Golf Sponsors:


Platinum – $500 (limit 3 – SOLD OUT!)
Mechanical Sales, Inc.
Victaulic
Trane


Gold – $250
Millennium Technology
Automated Logic
CI3
Systems Management & Balancing, Inc.
Central Sales, Inc.
Bell Brothers Heating and Air Conditioning
Setpoint Mechanical
Baker Group


Silver – $100
Mack McClain Associates
Hydronic Energy, Inc.
Rist & Associates, Inc.
Mack McClain Associates
Alvine Engineering
Sys-Kool
Sheet Metal Contractors of Iowa
VHF Sales, Inc.
Woodman Controls
Johnson Controls
Data Power Technology Corp / IA
Hart-Hammer, Inc.
Siemens Industry, Inc.


Register a team online and pay through our secure payment system or mail a check to:

ASHRAE Golf c/o Hart-Hammer, Inc.
ATTN: Jeff Hammer
529 Elm St. – PO Box 65517
West Des Moines, IA 50265

See the Flyer for all of the information in a printable version (just don’t mail it in!  Register online!)

Golf and dinner Registration Closes August 21st (or when we reach maximum capacity).

  • Payment MUST be made prior to registration closing or your spot may be given to next team on the waitlist.
  • You must register online – you can mail/deliver a check, just make sure it’s in by the deadline!

Who to contact for help:

If you have questions with the website or registration site, contact Jason Kems.

If you have questions about Golf, Dinner or Payments, contact Jeff Hammer.

If you have questions about signs, contact Nathan Edwards.

If you have questions about sponsorships, contact Tjaden Ahrens.


Post updated: August 5, 2020

2020 April Chapter Meeting

Online Tech Session

Getting from AEDGs to Zero-Energy Buildings: AIA (Crawley06) GBCI (0920020231)
Drury Crawley, Ph.D.

Buildings account for more than 40% of worldwide primary energy use. ASHRAE, IESNA, USGBC, AIA, and DOE have collaborated on a series of Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDGs) for significant energy savings beyond Standard 90.1. The guides provide prescriptive packages for each climate zone to reach the energy savings goals of 30% and 50%. AEDGs for 50% savings in five building types were completed in 2014. This presentation provides an overview of the AEDG process as well as examples of packages and case studies from the 50% guides. Also presented are examples of today’s zero-energy buildings and the key systems and technologies they employ.

When

Wednesday, April 29th, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 PM CDT

Location/Registration

Please register for Iowa Chapter Meeting on Apr 29, 2020 3:00 PM CDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7119799990843033611

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Bio

DRURY B. CRAWLEY, Ph.D.
FASHRAE, BEMP, FIBPSA, AIA, Affil. CIBSE
Director, Building Performance, Bentley Fellow
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Washington, DC

Dru Crawley is Bentley Fellow and Director, Building Performance Research focusing on building performance, BIM, net-zero-energy buildings, sustainability, resilience, and smart cities. Prior to being elevated to Bentley Fellow in 2014, he led development of Bentley’s suite of building performance software for four years. Before joining Bentley in 2010, Dr. Crawley developed and managed EnergyPlus and the USDOE’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (now Better Buildings Initiative and Alliances) promoting creation of net-zero-energy buildings.

With more than 40 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in engineering software development, government research and standards development organizations, as well as building design and consulting companies. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool, a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tennessee, and is a registered architect.

Dr. Crawley is active in ASHRAE (Chair of Standard 169 Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, member and Vice Chair of Standards Committee, member of SSPC 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), member of SSPC 140 (Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs), former member of the Technical Activities, Research Administration, Advocacy, and Grassroots Government Activities Committees, and past chair of Technical Committees 2.8, 4.2, 4.7, and 7.1). He was elevated to ASHRAE Fellow in 2009 and achieved ASHRAE BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) certification in October 2012. Recipient of ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award (2013), Service to ASHRAE Research Award (2012), Distinguished Service Award (2003), and Symposium Best Paper Award (1999) for “Which Weather Data Should You Use for Energy Simulations of Commercial Buildings?”

He is also active in the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA Vice President since 2018, at-large board member since 1998, Fellow in 2012, Regional Affiliate Liaison since 2006), IBPSA-USA (IBPSA-USA President since 2019, board member since 2013, vice president 2017-2019, treasurer 2013-2017), U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC, past vice chair and member, Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group; past member, Research Committee; past research Liaison), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an Affiliate member of CIBSE, and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has written more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, lectured at more than 30 universities, and made more than 400 presentations on building energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he has given more than 150 presentations and workshops to more than 80 ASHRAE chapters throughout the world.

Refreshment Sponsor

N/A

Cost

This is a free webinar.


Links for related information (when available):

April IowaStalks Newsletter – pdf – html

Sign-In Sheets

Presentation Slides

2020 March Meeting

Online Tech Session

Building Performance Simulation: What’s in the Black Box
Drury Crawley, Ph.D.

Over the last 50 years, building simulation has evolved into a powerful tool for evaluating the energy performance of potential or existing buildings. Building simulation allows easy comparison of the energy and environmental performance of many hundreds of design or retrofit options. This presentation provides an overview of building performance simulation fundamentals and history, Building Information Modeling, what’s in the black box of key simulation programs, as well as comparing underlying simulation methods. Because much of the data that building simulation tools require already exists in the BIM models, it’s critical that simple methods for sharing that data are available. This presentation also describes the opportunities and challenges for sharing data between BIM and SIM and demonstrates recent advances in data exchange.

When

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
3:00 – 4:00 PM CDT

Location

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/232987709

You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (571) 317-3122

Access Code: 232-987-709

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Bio

DRURY B. CRAWLEY, Ph.D.
FASHRAE, BEMP, FIBPSA, AIA, Affil. CIBSE
Director, Building Performance, Bentley Fellow
Bentley Systems, Inc.
Washington, DC

Dru Crawley is Bentley Fellow and Director, Building Performance Research focusing on building performance, BIM, net-zero-energy buildings, sustainability, resilience, and smart cities. Prior to being elevated to Bentley Fellow in 2014, he led development of Bentley’s suite of building performance software for four years. Before joining Bentley in 2010, Dr. Crawley developed and managed EnergyPlus and the USDOE’s Commercial Buildings Initiative (now Better Buildings Initiative and Alliances) promoting creation of net-zero-energy buildings.

With more than 40 years of experience in buildings energy efficiency, renewable energy, and sustainability, he has worked in engineering software development, government research and standards development organizations, as well as building design and consulting companies. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland on the topic of building simulation as a policy tool, a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Tennessee, and is a registered architect.

Dr. Crawley is active in ASHRAE (Chair of Standard 169 Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, member and Vice Chair of Standards Committee, member of SSPC 189.1 (Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings), member of SSPC 140 (Standard Method of Test for the Evaluation of Building Energy Analysis Computer Programs), former member of the Technical Activities, Research Administration, Advocacy, and Grassroots Government Activities Committees, and past chair of Technical Committees 2.8, 4.2, 4.7, and 7.1). He was elevated to ASHRAE Fellow in 2009 and achieved ASHRAE BEMP (Building Energy Modeling Professional) certification in October 2012. Recipient of ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award (2013), Service to ASHRAE Research Award (2012), Distinguished Service Award (2003), and Symposium Best Paper Award (1999) for “Which Weather Data Should You Use for Energy Simulations of Commercial Buildings?”

He is also active in the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA Vice President since 2018, at-large board member since 1998, Fellow in 2012, Regional Affiliate Liaison since 2006), IBPSA-USA (IBPSA-USA President since 2019, board member since 2013, vice president 2017-2019, treasurer 2013-2017), U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC, past vice chair and member, Energy & Atmosphere Technical Advisory Group; past member, Research Committee; past research Liaison), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), an Affiliate member of CIBSE, and serves on the editorial boards of three international Journals. He has written more than 125 papers and articles, testified before the U.S. Congress, lectured at more than 30 universities, and made more than 400 presentations on building energy efficiency, sustainability, and renewable energy throughout the world. As an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, he has given more than 150 presentations and workshops to more than 80 ASHRAE chapters throughout the world.

Refreshment Sponsor

N/A

Cost

This is a free webinar.

Registration

No need to register – log into the session individually (so we can count and give certificates) and enjoy the event.


Links for related information (when available):

March IowaStalks Newsletter – pdf – html

Sign-In Sheets

Presentation Slides – 2020-03-25-Building Performance Simulation Whats in the Black Box

2020 February Chapter Meeting – Refrigeration, RP, and MP Night

When

Tuesday February 18, 2020
• 4:30 – 6:00 Check-in, brewery tour, and social hour
• 6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
• 6:15 – 7:15 Technical Presentation

Location

Exile Brewery
1514 Walnut St
Des Moines, IA 50309

Tour

Every tour attendee must pre-register.


Presentation:

The Future of Refrigerants
Safe non-flammable low toxicity F-gases allowed for an exponential increase in the standard of living of society through increased food productivity, reduction in heat related deaths, increased worker productivity and migration of people to cities and to hotter climates.  Refrigerant safety was successfully maintained during the chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerant transition starting the 1990’s to lower ozone depleting refrigerants with the development hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC’s) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFC’s) chemistries.  The orderly transition from CFCs to HCFCs and HFCs achieved a balance between the societal environmental demands for reduced ozone depletion while continuing to improve the standard of living in developing countries and minimize the societal safety impacts for everyone.

New societal environmental demands to control climate change are driving the development of new regulatory policies to restrict and lower the direct GWP (global warming potential) impact of F-gases.  These regulatory activities have driven significant refrigerant technology development activities globally as a result of climate change concerns.  Today designers are being asked to consider new lower direct GWP unsaturated hydrofluorocarbons (HFOs) refrigerants, some of which are slightly flammable under certain conditions, as well as revisiting the application of natural refrigerants, like carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbons and water.  This presentation will cover a brief history of refrigerants, how much refrigerants contribute to global warming, update the current regulatory situation, how to name and explain the new ASHARE 2L flammable classification and discuss the future challenges with the new refrigerants.  Insights will be shared into the impact on safety and other design considerations with the various refrigerants being proposed by application.

Presenter Biography:
Stephen “Steve” Kujak
Director – Next Generation Refrigerant Research – Ingersoll Rand
La Crosse, WI

From refrigerants to air conditioning and refrigeration product development, Steve Kujak has spent over 27 years being involved in numerous technology and product development projects involving development of new refrigerants, lubricants, compatibility of system materials and environmental sustainability initiatives. Steve holds bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and a master’s degree in analytical chemistry from the University of North Dakota. Steve has been an author or co-author on greater than 40 publications related to refrigerants and has 14 patents related to HVAC products, including a number refrigerant composition patents related to R410A alternatives.

Steve has been member of ASHRAE since 2006 and is a distinguish service member of ASHRAE. His ASHRAE and industry activities include contributing to refrigerant safety and use standards.  He the vice chair of ASHRAE Standard 34 “Designation & Safety Classification of Refrigerants”, which includes also serving as the toxicity subcommittee chair for the last 10 years.” He is a member of Research Administration Committee (RAC) and a past chair for T.C 3.1 “Refrigerants and Secondary Coolants. Outside of ASHRAE.

He was awarded the ASHRAE Crosby Field award for highest rated presentation of a technical paper in 2016 and was also awarded the George Briley Refrigeration Committee award for best ASHRAE journal article on refrigeration in 2017 and 2018.

He is involved with AHRI and is participating in the Alternate Refrigerant Evaluation Program (AREP) and the ARTI Flammability Research Subcommittee.

As director of next generation refrigerant research at Ingersoll Rand, he leads a cross function team of technologists working on low global warming refrigerant technologies that delivers refrigerant technology innovations for Trane and Thermo King. His hobbies include outdoors activities, like gardening, fishing, hunting and camping with his family and is involved in local organizations working on environmental conservation minded projects.

There will be 1 PDH available for presentation.  No certificates will be given, the sign in sheets will serve as proof of attendance.

Cost

Free for ASHRAE Iowa members
$20 for non-members
Always free for students

Social Sponsor

DPT

Registration

Registration is open now – it will close end of the day February 14th so we can get food counts turned in.

Please register online if you are attending.

Links for related information (when available):

February IowaStalks Newsletter – pdf html

Sign-In Sheets – Tour – Meeting

2020 January Chapter Meeting

Building Operators Panel Discussion

When

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

5:30 – Social/Networking
6:15 – Dinner
7:00 – Panel Discussion

Location

Hotel Renovo
11167 Hickman Rd
Urbandale, 50322

Program

Join in an open discussion with building owners and operators from various industry segments. Panelists will share their experiences and the issues they face on a daily basis. All attendees are encouraged to actively participate in the discussion and bring any questions they have for the panelists.

Refreshment Sponsor

Mechanical Sales

Cost

Free for ASHRAE Iowa members
$20 for non-members
Always free for students

Registration

Register online when available. Registration will close January 17th.

Please register online if you are attending.


Links for related information (when available):

January IowaStalks Newsletter – pdfhtml

Sign-In Sheets