January 2017  

Meeting Announcement

3 Seminar Tracks
Spring Conference Eyes Energy, Technology & Engineering Success

Registration has opened for the 2017 Annual Spring Conference, on Tuesday, March 14th, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at Workspring, 30 W. Monroe St., 4th floor, in downtown Chicago. Three concurrent seminar tracks will offer new and experienced engineers a selection of several one-hour presentations focusing on the three key areas of technology, energy, and a "Hall of Fame" of successful engineering projects. Here's the presentation lineup, so far. A keynote presentation will occur during the lunch hour. A separate networking cocktail hour at the end of the day is also planned. Attendance can earn you up to 5 PDHs. Check back for program updates. The discounted early bird registration price is only good through Feb. 25th, so sign up soon. Included with your choice of seminars you’ll be able to visit several exhibits and enjoy a light breakfast, buffet hot lunch, coffee and refreshments throughout the day. The Spring Conference is organized by the chapter YEA committee.

Companies are invited to enroll as sponsors for the Annual Spring Conference. Sponsorships include exhibit space and entry for company representatives. Sponsorship packages may be purchased online. For additional information, contact Erik Raith (

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Inside Illinois Chapter

Huge Science Fair to Draw Judges, Prizes from IL Chapter

Some Illinois Chapter members will bring their judging skills along with a little scholarship money to the Chicago Non-Public Schools Science Exposition, set for March 4 & 5 at the Museum of Science and Industry. ASHRAE volunteers have supported this annual event for many years, both as judges and award providers. Some 400 projects selected from grammar school and junior high fairs around the Chicago area are expected to compete again. Winners will move up to the Illinois Junior Academy of Sciences Fair in the spring. The viewing begins on Saturday, March 4 at 9 a.m., and winners are announced on Sunday afternoon, 2-3 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission to the science fair is included with museum entry.


February Features Engineers Week: National & Local Activities Planned

Midtown Education Foundation is partnering with ASHRAE to introduce low-income urban middle school students to engineering. As part of Engineers Week, on Feb. 23rd, ASHRAE will work on engineering activities and experiments with the students from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more about Midtown at Members will also represent the Illinois Chapter at the Washington Award Dinner on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Hilton Chicago in downtown Chicago. The prestigous award is presented each year during Engineers Week to an individual "whose professional attainments have preeminently advanced the welfare of human kind." For information about either event, please contact Fiona Martin,


Engineers Share Overseas Work Experiences at February 7 Meeting


Right photo. ASHRAE panel members (from left) Mallory Schaus, Mike Moxon and Frank Kohout had a lot of good practical and empirical advice about how to prepare for, live in and succeed on building projects conducted in foreign countries. Their combined travels took them from Mexico City to Bejing and many places in between. David Lippe (right) organized and moderated the program. We thank them all for their contribution and all who attended the meeting held at the Haymarket Pub & Brewery in Chicago.

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Community Service

Call for Volunteers: Let’s Rebuild Together on April 29th

Rebuilding Together day returns on Saturday, April 29, a day when volunteers pitch in to provide a little help fixing and updating a Chicagoland elderly person's house. It's the chapter's annual community service project, and we need the help of good volunteers. In past years, our volunteers have done wonders giving years of life, comfort and safety to old houses in suburban Maywood and the Austin neighborhood in Chicago. This year we plan do the same for an elderly widow in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood. For general information, visit “Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago." 

It’s not only about performing a valuable community service but also a chance to get to know other chapter members better. We get a lot of work done and have a ton of fun in the short time we’re there. So help us out again on April 29th, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., and let’s come to the aid of someone who really needs a hand. Donations, materials and tools are also welcome. It's our time to not only say but also show how WE CARE! PLEASE HELP. Find out more and sign up for Rebuilding Together.

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Winter Meeting 2018 in Chicago

2018 Winter Meeting Returns to Chicago
Suggestions Needed: A Good Sustainability Project

ASHRAE’s Sustainability Footprint Program, which was launched by the Salt Lake City Host Committee at the 2008 Annual Conference, encourages members to examine ways to get more involved in their local communities. The program’s goals are to leave a legacy representing ASHRAE’s com­mitment to sustainability and to lessen the environmental impact left by the confer­ence.

It is now customary for each conference host city to select a sustainability project. Next year the Illinois Chapter will be the host. ASHRAE will provide up to $20,000 seed money, based on each project idea.

With the Winter Meeting coming back to Chicago in January 2018, the 2018 Winter Meeting Planning Committee is ready to get to work. Sustainability begins with creativity. We need everyone’s help now to generate good sustainability project ideas! The committee will consider all ideas before selecting the Illinois Chapter’s sustainability project in 2018. Past projects have included solar PV systems for elementary schools and ASHRAE Level II studies for non profit organizations. However, the project is not limited only to HVAC! If you have a great community and sustainability idea, we want to know about it!

Please email with your ideas today!

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Calendar of Events

Here are education program topics the chapter plans to provide through our monthly dinner meetings and other ASHRAE events in 2016-17. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

March 14 — YEA Spring Conference (Workspring, downtown Chicago)
April 11 — Airside System Design (Buca di Beppo, Lombard, IL)
Also in April — Spring Tour: UI Labs Building Tour
April 20-22 — Region VI CRC (St. Louis, MO)
April 29 — Rebuilding Together (Community Service Day)
May 9 — The Real Cost of Construction (Haymarket Pub, Chicago)
June 13 — Passive Heating and Cooling (Haymarket Pub, Chicago)

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ASHRAE Society Update

Newer ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard Netting 30% Savings

More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of Standard 90.1, according to recent analysis conducted by Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL) in support of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Energy Codes Program. An update on the preliminary results of the 90.1-2016 progress indicator report was made at the recent 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference. ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016, Energy Efficiency Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, was published in October 2016. “For more than 40 years, ASHRAE and IES members have strived to build upon the energy savings measures in each update of Standard 90.1, most recently released in its 10th edition,” Tim Wentz, ASHRAE president, said. “Each year the challenge grows as technology becomes more efficient. That we continue to build upon the savings speaks to the ability of our industry to adapt and transform as those technologies change and more advanced technologies become more cost effective.”


Las Vegas Proves Big Winner for ASHRAE, AHR Expo and Industry

Last month's 2017 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo in Las Vegas saw record attendance with industry collaboration a strong focus of the events. The two events exceeded their record-breaking attendance from the Conference and Expo that were held in Las Vegas in 2011. In total, 3,579 people attended the Conference, making it the most well attended Winter Conference in recent years. The attendees represented 58 countries and included 537 first-timers. The AHR Expo set several records, including attendance of more than 68,000 registered visitors and exhibitor personnel, as well as more than 500,000 square feet sold. The show was by far the largest also, with 1,968 exhibiting companies.

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Other News

Researchers Invent Thin, Inexpensive Material That Provides Cooling

Engineers at the University of Colorado have developed a thin, artificially structured "metamaterial" that can cool objects without water or an external energy source. The glass-polymer hybrid material works to lower the temperature of the surface beneath it through "passive radiative cooling," meaning it vents the object's heat through thermal radiation while rejecting incoming solar energy. The film is only 50 micrometers thick, just slightly thicker than aluminum foil. Researchers say it can be easily and economically manufactured by the roll for large-scale residential and commercial applications, including cooling buildings and power plants, and being applied directly as a coating for solar panels. The researchers plan to create a 200 m2 (2,153 ft2) "cooling farm" prototype in Boulder, Colo., later this year. The research is described in the journal Science. (From ASHRAE Newsletter, The HVAC&R Industry)

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Welcome New Members

Congratulations to the following individuals who recently 
ASHRAE members, and welcome to the Illinois Chapter:

Eleftherios Avtzis
Derek Dwyer
Carla Espinoza
Steven Herek
Jiaqi Liang
Kimberly Lis
Xingchen Liu
Patrick O’Leary
Tapan Patel
Tom Pekalski
Jason Slott

Barbara Hickey
Emily Lorenz
Deirdre McDaniel
Dan Schuster
Taylor Shaw

Mina Alnajjar
Afshin Faramarzi
Aaron Kachler
Sharan Kadyamada
Tom Kane                                                    
Kevin Keiser
John McManus
Beulah Orogun
Matthew Rohde
Devin Valle
Lisa White
Thomas Zenisek 

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