October 2017  

Winter Conference 2018

Gain Free Access as a Winter Conference Volunteer

With the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference coming to Chicago, Jan. 20-24, ASHRAE again will rely heavily on valued volunteers to help make the conference a success. In return, access to the conference will be granted to volunteers free of charge (a $695 value!). There are several roles that are offered including technical session monitor, technical tour guide assistant and concierge desk attendant.

To sign up, visit the website:  When you arrive at the list of available shifts, please select only one shift to which you would like to be assigned. Final details for volunteers will be transmitted as the conference draws nearer. The deadline to sign up is October 24, 2017.

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Upcoming Special Event

Illinois Chapter Holiday Party Set for Dec. 5

When it comes to planning this year’s holiday cheer, make sure that the sky is not only the limit but also the place to be at. On December 5th, Chapter members will return to the festive Metropolitan Club way up downtown’s Willis Tower to celebrate the holiday season. Ride the elevator to the 66th floor where holiday decorations and live music will adorn the club's Oak Room. The atmosphere inside — like the view outside from high above the Windy City — will be fantastic! The annual Holiday Party is where we also recognize 2017’s ASHRAE technology award winners. A short presentation ceremony will be included to recognize their achievements. So join everyone for this very special reception planned for 4 – 8 p.m. Don't miss out! Mark your calendar and watch for registration details soon. Fiona Martin is planning a great afternoon and evening. We hope to see you there. If your company would like to become one of our Holiday Party sponsors, please email

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Inside Illinois Chapter

HVAC Design Seminar Weekly Series Returns in October

Many members attend chapter meetings for the education that is offered each month. The 1.5 – 2-hour presentations help them accrue professional development hours and keep their skills current. But it’s the chapter’s long-running HVAC Design Series of seminars, which appear once during the year, where the education theme seems accompanied by one of mentorship. The series returned on Oct. 4, moving this year to a classroom at UIC’s Student Center on Halsted St., close to the Loop. All the seats were taken by young men and women in the early part of their careers. From the four instructors, all experienced HVAC professionals, they hoped to gain a well-grounded understanding of the business teaming basic textbook instruction with personal experience. On the first evening, Dr. William Ryan, UIC’s Master of Engineering Director, welcomed participants. Course coordinator Mark Hegberg (Hegberg & Assocs.), also one of the instructors, traced the history and evolution of the program, which first appeared in 1985. The first nights’ topic, heating and cooling loads, was taught by Bill Paschal, P.E., also one of IIT’s instructors. Later weeks in the 7-part series are addressing topics related to air flow, building modeling and energy analysis, water system design, and controls. Fellow instructors handling these include Hegberg, Kyle Schultz (Air Products Equipment Co.), and Benny Skelton (Cyclone Energy Group). For a look at topics.


Hop a Ride Aboard the YEA Fall Trolley

Hitch a ride aboard the annual Fall Trolley Crawl for fun at some of Chicago’s best pubs (and on the way to each one). The chapter YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) group has chartered a trolley for Friday evening, Nov. 3rd. The group will meet at a downtown location, to be announced, to board the trolley, which at the end of the evening will drop off guests at a couple public transit locations in the Loop.The cost is $15 for ASHRAE members and $25 for non-members, and includes transportation and refreshments aboard the trolley from 7pm-10:30 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up nowYou don’t have to be an ASHRAE member to attend, but you do have to be between 21-35 years of age. This event is also sponsored by Johnson Controls.


In Memoriam
Donald K. Seibert (1930-2017 

We are saddened to learn of the recent death of long-time ASHRAE member and Illinois Chapter Historian Don Seibert. Don’s was a face recognized at nearly every chapter event over several years. Don, 86, was an ASHRAE Life Member at his retirement from E.H. Gustafson & Company, manufacturer of HVAC sheet metal specialties. A U.S. Air Force and Korea veteran, Don is survived by his wife Winifred, son William, daughter Susan Chemler and three grandchildren.


Deciphering Chicago Code at Oct. 10 Meeting

Darren Meyers, P.E., President of IECC LLC, discusses key points of the current City of Chicago Code at the Oct. 10 membership meeting. He was joined on the stage by Grant Ullrich, Deputy Commissioner, City of Chicago Department of Buildings. Some 73 members and guests attended the presentation and networking event held at Kaiser Tiger Bar & Grill, Ogden Ave. and Randolph St.

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ASHRAE Society Update

Winter Conference Technical Program Focuses on Reducing Ecological Impact

Reducing the ecological impact of the built environment and integrated design are featured themes in the technical program at ASHRAE's 2018 Winter Conference. The 2018 Winter Conference takes place Jan. 20-24 at the Palmer House Hilton, downtown Chicago. The ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo will be held in conjunction with the Winter Conference, Jan. 22-24 at McCormick Place.

The program features seven program tracks that focus on resources to design, build, control, commission and operate facilities and infrastructure that need to not only be efficient, but resilient. Included are more than 200 presentations by nearly 300 speakers. The full technical program is now available.

Another conference highlight are the tours, which include Method Home Soap Manufacturing Plant, the Gas Technology Institute (GTI) Lab, The Plant and 340 on the Park. Tours can be reserved for an additional fee during the registration process.

Take advantage of early bird registration savings. 
For complete conference and expo information, visit the 
2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo websites.


ASHRAE Calls for Papers for Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, Sept. 26-28 in Chicago

ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA have announced a call for papers for the 2018 Building Performance Analysis Conference and SimBuild, which will be held Sept. 26-28, 2018 at the Hilton Chicago. This conference will expand on the core subject of energy modeling to include non-energy building performance analysis and simulation for professionals responsible for such work.

The conference seeks papers addressing the following topics:

  • Buildings and Information Technology Nexus
  • Modeling Advances
  • Early Design
  • Multiple Systems Modeling
  • Big Data
  • Health, Wellness and Comfort
  • Energy Performance and System Simulation
  • Codes, Standards and Compliance

Abstracts are due Oct. 23, 2017. Upon acceptance, papers are due Feb. 2, 2018. For more information or to submit a presentation proposal, visit

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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 2017-18. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

Nov. 14 — ComEd Rebates/Curtailment/Electric Rates & Gas
Nov. (TBA) — Fall Tour: College of DuPage

Dec. 5 — Holiday Party & Technology Awards
Jan. 20-24 — 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo (Chicago) 
Feb. 13 — How to Design DOAS and ASHRAE 920
March 13 — Chicago Benchmarking Committee
April 10 — Healthcare Market Update — What's Next?
April (TBA) — Spring Tour
May 8 — Overcoming Objections to Energy Efficiency Investments
June 12 — IECC 2018 Update

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Welcome New Members

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

Aaron Agostiono
Mirza Baig
Blaise Bakke
Leon Boe
Robert Clark
Steven Dowd
Austin Dzik
Boris Golub
Austin Johnson
George Joseph
Luke Manimala
Dino Mavropoulos
Kevin Nichols
Adam Oslos
Samuel Schmidt
Corey Stallings

Raymond Collins
Jeremy Selwyn
Kurt Weiss

Hiten Chhajed
Sean Killarney
Ajay Kotur
Hardik Miyani
Shreenithi Narasimhan
Jeyra Rivera
Tushar Sharma
Josh Wiktor 

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