2022 April “Supertech” Meeting

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  •  April 14, 2022
     10:00 am - 3:30 pm


Thursday April 14, 2022

10:00 – 10:30 Check In
10:30 – 11:30 Building Performance vs Building Certification & Rating (1 PDH)
11:45 – 12:15 Buffet Lunch
12:15 – 1:15 ASHRAE Technology Award – Marston Hall Renovation
1:30 – 2:30 ASHRAE Guideline 36 (Virtual Presentation) (1PDH)
2:45 – 3:30 History Project and Happy Hour


Des Moines Embassy Club West
520 Market St,
West Des Moines, IA 50266


Julia Keen, P.E., PhD, FASHRAE, HBDP
Professor, Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering Chair
Coffman University Distinguished Teaching Scholar
GE Johnson Department of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science
Kansas State University

Julia Keen is a Professor of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science at Kansas State University holding the Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering endowed chair. She also owns her own consulting company, Keen Designs, PA. Her specific areas of interest include HVAC design, energy codes, high performance design, HVAC education, and the advancement of women in the building design and construction industry.

Julia Keen received her Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural Engineering from Kansas State University. Upon graduation, she worked as a Mechanical/Electrical Project Engineer in Waterloo, Iowa. In this capacity she was responsible for the design of building systems from initial planning stages through final project inspection and completion. In July 2003, Julia accepted a faculty position with K-State in the Architectural Engineering and Construction Science Department. She completed her Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering (2005) and her Doctorate (2010) in Education both from K-State. She is a Licensed Mechanical Professional Engineer in Kansas and Iowa and holds two ASHRAE Certifications – High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP) and Building Energy Audit Professional (BEAP).

In addition to her 9-month faculty appointment at K-State, Julia has the opportunity to stay current with the HVAC industry in a consulting capacity. Her consulting endeavors include performing as HVAC professional education consultant, engineering design, plan check and quality review, and acting as an owner’s representative in facility planning and project implementation.

Julia became involved in ASHRAE as a student member of the Kansas State University student branch. She has acted as the faculty advisor to this branch since 2003 during which time the chapter has routinely attended the ASHRAE winter meetings and the competition team that she has coached has finished first in the ASHRAE Design Competition six times.

Through the years, Julia has held several chapter positions including President of the Cedar Valley Chapter. She has also been involved in many Society level committees including: Finance, Publishing and Education Council, Planning, Publications, Conferences and Expositions, and Certification as well as chaired TC6.1-Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems. Julia served in the elected positions on the ASHRAE Society Board of Directors as Vice President (2017 – 2019) and Director-at-Large (2013 – 2016). As a DAL and VP she served as Ex Officio/Coordinating Officer to the Refrigeration, Society Rules, and Standards Committees and was a voting member of Tech Council. Her service to the organization was recognized in 2010 when she was given the Distinguished Service Award. Julia continues to promote her passion of HVAC education through the HVAC Essentials Course she co-developed and delivers for ASHRAE around the world. She was promoted to the grade of ASHRAE Fellow in 2016 and was presented with the 2018 ASHRAE E. K. Campbell Teaching Award.

10:30 – 11:30 ASHRAE bEQ – Building Performance vs Building Certification & Rating

This presentation will discuss the purpose and advantages of building labeling and its effect on building performance. An in depth explanation of the ASHRAE Building Energy Quotient Program will also be provided. The presentation will cover what distinguishes bEQ from other labeling programs as well as the process used to meet the requirements to qualify a building for labeling.

Lincoln Pearce, P.E., LEED AP, BEAP
IMEG Senior Principal/Client Executive, Commissioning

12:15 – 1:15 ASHRAE Technology Award – Marston Hall Renovation

First place recipient for the ASHRAE Technology Award for existing educational facilities category, Marston Hall Renovation, Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The ASHRAE Technology Awards recognize outstanding achievements by ASHRAE members who have successfully applied innovative building designs. Their designs incorporate ASHRAE standards for effective energy management and indoor air quality and serve to communicate innovative systems design. Winning projects are selected from entries earning regional awards.

Steve Taylor, P.E., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE
Taylor Engineers Principal

Steven T. Taylor, P.E., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, is the founding principal of Taylor Engineering, Alameda, CA. He is a registered mechanical engineer specializing in HVAC system design, control system design, indoor air quality engineering, computerized building energy analysis, and HVAC system commissioning. Taylor graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Physics and a MS in Mechanical Engineering and has over 40 years of commercial HVAC system design and construction experience. He was one of the primary authors of the HVAC sections of ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings and California’s Title 24 energy standards and ventilation standards. Other ASHRAE projects and technical committees Taylor has participated in include ASHRAE Standard 62.1 on indoor air quality (Chair), ASHRAE Standard 55 on thermal comfort (member), Guideline 13 on specifying building automation systems (Chair), Guideline 16 on economizer dampers (Chair), Guideline 36 on optimized controls (founder and member), the TC 1.4 on controls (Chair), and the TC 4.3 on ventilation (Chair). He is past Vice-Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Indoor Environmental Quality Technical Advisory Group, a member of the CSU Mechanical Review Board, and an 18-year member of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) Mechanical Technical Committee administering the Uniform Mechanical Code.

1:30 – 2:30 ASHRAE Guideline 36 (Virtual Presentation)

ASHRAE Guideline 36, High-Performance Sequences of Operation for HVAC Systems, was created to develop and maintain best-in-class standardized HVAC control sequences. This guideline is all about the concept of “less is more.” It allows engineers to reduce engineering time by adapting standard sequences already proven to perform. It minimizes programming and commissioning time for contractors. ASHRAE Guideline 36 reduces energy consumption, cost, and system downtime with more resilient systems, control sequence compliance, and diagnostic software. The guideline also promotes communication between specifiers, contractors, and operators by creating a language of common terms.

2:45 – 3:30 History Project and Happy Hour

Adam Puls, PE
Past President Iowa Chapter (2020-2021)

Social Sponsor

Woodman Controls