January 2017  

Meeting Announcement

April 11 Meeting
HVAC Efficiency in Lab Spaces

Two interesting presentations planned for our April 11 Illinois Chapter meeting will focus on energy savings in air systems for lab space. It all starts at 5:30 p.m. at Buca di Beppo Italian restaurant, 90 Yorktown Rd., (west end of Yorktown Shopping Mall) in Lombard.

Dan Doyle, president of Grumman/Butkus Assocs., will start things by explaining design tips that engineers can follow to reduce energy usage in labs by up to 50%. The high exhaust demands and large equipment loads of labs can lead to energy usage 5 to 10 times that of typical office buildings. Dan’s presentation will discuss general strategies for designing and operating high-performance labs with an emphasis on HVAC system performance.

Next, hear about a project that became the “2016 Lab of the Year” by members of the team that built it. The project is at the University of Illinois new ECE Building in Urbana, IL. The building, designed to be Net-Zero, houses 20 lab spaces for hands-on training of students in 230,000 square feet of space. Describing its design features and operational performance will be Dave Bodenschatz, senior engineer, KJWW Engineering; Laura Holman, engineer, SmithGroup JJR; and Jim Coogan, Siemens.

Regiatration will open very soon. The meeting presentation can earn up to 2 PHDs.

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Inside Illinois Chapter

YEA Conference, Blizzard Welcome Spring 2017

 While not very spring-like with several inches of blowing snow adding considerably to the commutes of many attendees, the 2017 Spring Conference on March 14 still found success as a large continuing education event. Most people took on the late season blizzard, however, and made it to the all-day gathering downtown, which featured 3 seminar tracks and exhibits displayed by several sponsoring companies. Hats off to our YEA group who planned, organized and pulled off another fantastic conference! Thanks also go to all seminar presenters, participants and sponsors:

Boiler Equipment Company
Bornquist, Inc.
Hatchell & Associates
Temperature Equipment Corporation

Aero Building Solutions
BTU Company, Inc.
Environmental Systems Design
Maddock Industries, Inc.
Peoples Gas & North Shore Gas Savings Program
Windy City Representatives


National Engineers Week Honors Current & Future Pros

Each February, National Engineers Week honors the profession’s achievements while promoting its appeal and rewards to primary and secondary school students everywhere. It was all evident at the 2017 Chicagoland Engineers Week Awards Benefit dinner held Feb. 24 at the Hilton Hotel on Michigan Ave. Outside the huge ballroom, guests met with several student contestants who showed their projects and demonstrated robotics and other inventions. Inside an estimated 400 or more guests enjoyed a delicious meal as they listened to comments from VIP guests before the awards presentations. A special salute to this year’s Washington Award recipient, Charles W. Hull, inventor of the first 3-D printing technology, followed. Illinois Chapter members surrounded one of tables.

[Pictured in group above, from left: (standing) Kevin Summers, Maria Lupo, Don Doherty, George Ioannau, Justin Burkhardt, Elizabeth Zakelj, (seated) Kate Summers, Taylor Ioannau, Fiona Martin, Ashlie Kosar]

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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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Region VI News

CRC 2017 Coming to St. Louis, April 20-22

Whether or not you made it to last year’s ASHRAE Conference in St. Louis, another chance to visit the city behind the huge arch is coming when ASHRAE Region VI chapters meet there for the annual CRC, April 20 – 22. The CRC is a wonderful opportunity to meet and trade ideas with members of other regional ASHRAE chapters. The 2017 CRC is hosted by the St. Louis Chapter, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Besides two days of technical seminars, guests will enjoy social events and tours beginning with a Welcome Party. The CRC will be held at the Hyatt Regency Downtown St. Louis. Get more information and registration.

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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.

April 11 — Airside System Design in Labs (Buca di Beppo, Lombard, IL)
April 20 — 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

ASHRAE CTTC Offers Free Analytics Webcast April 20

Participate in the upcoming free interactive ASHRAE Webcast, “Take Control: Using Analytics to Drive Building Performance,” to hear industry experts who will define the importance of, and why we should strive for, better building operations through improved controls and analytics. Viewers will be able to describe key elements of controls and analytics for building operations, and identify steps required to deploy analytics in building projects, including commissioning. This program will quantify how applying best practice controls improves building performance, and will recognize the value of analytics in building operations to achieve a reduced cost and increased performance. The webcast (earns 3 PDHs) is provided by the ASHRAE Chapter Technology Transfer Committee. Get more information and registration.


What’s In Store at 2017 Annual Conference?

The 2017 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held June 24-28 in Long Beach, CA. The technical program, registration, the bookstore and speakers lounge will be at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. Over the course of the four-day Conference the presentation of 61 Seminars, 8 Workshops and 7 Forums will take place. Additionally, 26 paper sessions will include the presentation of 71 Conference Papers and 19 Technical Papers. The Conference will include two new program types: Panels and Debates — 2 panels and 3 debates have been scheduled. The technical program features new tracks that focus on resources to design, build, control, commission and operate these high efficiency facilities. Get more information and registration details.

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Other News

Foundation To Award Net Zero Building Grants

The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation wants to offer grants for new construction or retrofits in Net Zero buildings through a new program. The Net Zero Energy Building Grants, aimed at institutional buildings for colleges, universities, government agencies or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, could pay for up to 60% of cost up to $1 million. For information, contact the Foundation at 312-372-5191, The Foundation, established with a $225 million endowment provided by Commonwealth Edison, seeks to improve energy efficiency, advance the development and use of renewable energy resources, and protect natural areas and wildlife habitat across Illinois.


Engineers Lunch To Outline IECC 2015 Changes

The Mechanical Contractors Association invites ASHRAE members to its Engineers Lunch on Friday, April 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., at the Clubhouse in Oak Brook. Guest speaker Ryan Hoger, Temperature Equipment Corp., will summarize many of the key changes in the IECC 2015 that is now followed statewide. These affect requirements for equipment efficiencies, economizers, multi-speed fans, VAV controls and more. Lunch will be included. There is no charge to attend. Register at

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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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