January 2018  

Winter Conference 2018

Get Ready for ASHRAE’s Winter Wonderland in Chicago

With the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Meeting and AHR Expo occurring in Chicago this month, calendars are quickly filling up. Nevertheless, here are even more reasons to get downtown when ASHRAE comes to town.

The Emerald Loop Irish bar and restaurant, 216 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, will be the scene of the 2018 Winter Meeting After-Party, 9 to midnight, Saturday, Jan. 20. Enjoy three hours of open bar, snacks, live music and a rare chance to mingle with ASHRAE members from around the USA and abroad who will be in town for the ASHRAE conference. Tickets are $30 and on sale now. Visit for more details and online registration. We expect not only to meet but exceed the fantastic turnout for the 2015 After-Party (our first), enjoyed by 200 party-goers! Find out more and get signed up today.

Region VI ASHRAE members (which includes the Illinois Chapter) will join neighboring Region V chapter members for dinner on Sunday, Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m., at Maggiano's, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago. Members may bring guests to this family-style Italian dinner beginning with appetizers and ending with dessert. Tickets are now on sale at $60 per person. Download a flyer with complete details, directions and reservations information. Space will be limited, so make your plans and reservations soon!

ASHRAE Illinois Chapter members will be the honored guests at a special breakfast, 7 – 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Palmer House Hilton. The hosts, MCA of Chicago, have arranged the breakfast at Salon 6, located on the hotel’s third floor. There is no charge, but advance reservations should be made with MCA no later than Jan. 16. All guests will also be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a thermal camera.

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Scholarship Update

Seeking Applications for ASHRAE Engineering Scholarships

The deadline for Illinois Chapter ASHRAE Scholarships in 2018 is January 31st. The Illinois Chapter ASHRAE this year will award up to four $1,500 scholarships to deserving college students interested in pursuing studies in engineering, science or mathematics that are fundamental for a career in the HVAC field. It's quick and simple to apply for one of these scholarships. Applicants do not need to be ASHRAE student chapter members.

Don't let this opportunity to lower the educational expenses of the college student (and future engineer) in your life pass you by. For additional information and application form, click here.

Please submit your application by Jan. 31, 2018. The Chapter plans to introduce scholarship winners at one of the spring 2018 meetings.

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Meeting Announcement

Designing DOAS & ANSI/AHRI Standard 920 on Tap for Feb 13 Meeting

The next ASHRAE Illinois meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 13. The meeting will be held at the Buca de Beppo restaurant  in Lombard, IL. The door will open at 5:30 p.m. and begin with some social networking with refreshments followed by dinner. Our meeting presentation will talk about Designing Dedicated Outside Air Systems (DOAS) and ANSI/AHRI Standard 920. Mark your calendar and watch for more details and registration information.

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Other News

UIC Invites Non-Students to Join Advanced HVAC Course

The University of Illinois-Chicago’s Energy Engineering program is extending its comprehensive Building Heating, Ventilating and Air Conditioning course (ENER 422) to practicing engineers or recent graduates who might benefit. The weekly Wednesday evening classes meet at 6 p.m., Jan. 16 to May 4, 2018. The course is part of UIC’s Master of Engineering Program, but enrollment in the Master’s program is not required. Interested participants only need to have a current BS degree to attend. In this course, you will learn important foundational knowledge in heating and cooling systems, heating and cooling loads calculations, humidification/dehumidification/psychrometrics, refrigeration cycles, construction issues in buildings, indoor air quality and duct design. Download the brochure or learn more and sign up online

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ASHRAE Society Update

ASHRAE Launches New Building Energy Quotient Portal

ASHRAE announced the recent launch of the Building Energy Quotient (Building EQ) Portal, which provides a faster, more automated approach to receive a Building EQ Performance Score. Two different evaluations – In Operation and As Designed – can be used independently to compare a candidate building to other similar buildings in the same climate zone or together for an assessment of a building's design potential compared to actual operation. In Operation compares actual building energy use based on metered energy information. As Designed compares potential energy use based on the building's physical characteristics and systems with standardized energy use simulation. The In Operation rating is available now and the As Designed rating will be available in early 2018. To learn more about the Building EQ Portal, 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.

Jan. 20-24 — 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo (Chicago)
Jan. 20 — Winter Meeting After-Party, Emerald Loop Irish Bar (Hosted by Illinois Chapter) 

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 3-5 — 2018 Region VI CRC, Des Moines, Iowa

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:

Anthony Bohr
Sarah Dubiel
Paige Humecki
Paul Mueller
Brenden Yung

Daniel Durkin
Saleem Toor

Ahmed Hameed
Vinit Rajesh Gala
Martin Sulc
Nathan Wroten

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