March 2018  

Meeting Announcement

What's Next: A Healthcare Maket Update

The next Illinois Chapter membership meeting is planned for Tuesday, April 10, at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant at the Yorktown Mall in Lombard. York Chan, administrator for facilities for Advocate Health Care's 12 Chicago-area acute care hospitals and other facilities, will trace current construction, economic and regulatory developments behind the rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. Mark your calendar. Further details and registration will be available soon.

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YEA Is For Young Engineers

YEA Engineers Invited to March 22 Meeting & BBall Tourney Viewing

The Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) next get together is planned for Thursday, March 22nd, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., at SmithGroupJJR, 35 E. Wacker Dr., #900, Chicago. Current ASHRAE members and other engineers, 35 and younger, are invited to attend. Following a brief planning meeting and overview of YEA, guests will be invited to enjoy refreshments while watching the NCAA basketball tournament, which kicks off with the Sweet 16 matchup of Chicago’s Loyola Ramblers vs. Nevada Wolf Pack! There is no charge to attend. However, guests are asked to sign up in advance so that a security access list may be provided to the building. Please sign up online. This event is co-sponsored also by SmithGroupJJR and Johnson Controls.


Plenty of Aces & Bounces at YEA Ping Pong Night

There were both great engineers and a few ace paddlers at the YEA’s March 1st meeting and recruitment night at AceBounce Ping Pong Bar & Restaurant, in the Loop. Over 40 guests attended the event, half of whom were new to YEA. The group’s approach of combining fun social gatherings with career development is helping both individuals and the group grow.

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Scholarship Update

Scholarship Winners To Be Introduced at April 10 Meeting

Scholarship Chair Kyle Schultz reported that 35 college students from five universities participated in the Illinois ASHRAE Scholarship program. Their applications have been reviewed, and judges have selected the following five students to receive awards worth up to $1,500.

Lisa White, Chicago — 2nd year graduate student, UIC (Energy Engineering)

Hardik Satih Miyani, Chicago — 1st year graduate student, UIC (Energy Engineering)

Sean Killarney, Chicago — 1st year graduate student, IIT (Architectural Engineering)

Esther Rebecca Nazziwa, Chicago — senior undergraduate student, IIT (Architectural Engineering). Esther has also been awarded a separate society-level scholarship from ASHRAE.

Zaki Mafraji, Park Ridge, IL — 2nd year graduate student, UIC (Mechanical Engineering).

Each of the winners were invited to attend the April 10 membership meeting at Buca di Beppo in Lombard. There they will be introduced during the awards presentation.

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Inside Illinois Chapter

National Engineers Week Reaches Out to Future

Student Activities Chair Kevin Summers led a group in attendance at the Washington Awards Dinner held during National Engineers Week in February. Before guests sat down for dinner and the awards presentation, the event displayed a number of Engineering science projects designed by students (pictured here). Chapter members also participated in the annual non-public school science fair held recently at Chicago’s Museum of Science & Industry, where they awarded $750 in prizes to 23 projects displayed by primary school students interested in engineering careers. Attending the fair with Kevin were members David Lippe and Liz Zakelj.

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Community Service

Illinois ASHRAE Volunteers Will Answer the Rebuilding Together Call to Help

Rebuilding Together Metro Chicago believes in a safe and healthy home for everyone, and is dedicated to improving the homes and communities of residents in need so that they may continue to live in warmth, safety and independence. Each April the program provides deserving community members with the help they need in a day of community service, with free repairs and home renovation to elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners.

Illinois ASHRAE will again sponsor a home this year, and members and friends of the Chapter will be serving as volunteers. The next Rebuilding Together Day will be on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Our team has been assigned to work on a bungalow in the Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. While painting, cleaning and repairing or installing new equipment are usual chores, a final task list will be revealed closer to the date. The home received a badly needed new furnace early in the heating season, thanks to Temperature Equipment Corp. and All Temp Heating & Air Conditioning, who donated the equipment and installation. “She is loving it,” said Mallory Schaus about the widow who can now go into some of the rooms that previously were too cold in the winter. The AC portion of the system will be installed in the spring.

The annual Rebuilding Together Day gives Illinois ASHRAE members a way to bring comfort and safety into homes that really need our help. Volunteers also have fun while getting to know other members. If you’d like to volunteer on April 28, please visit and sign up today.

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Worth Noting

Step into Solar March 22nd

The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA Chicago) will present STEP Into the Sun: Solar Training for Design Professionals, March 22,  9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Jewelers Building, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 260, Chicago. The cost of solar keeps dropping, and demand is expected to continue to rise. If we can raise the competence of designers, they’ll be more likely to propose solar photovoltaics as a part of every project. This training is specially-designed to introduce architects and engineers to the fundamental design considerations for incorporating solar photovoltaics (PV), how to speak with clients about the benefits of solar photovoltaics, where to find information on financial incentives, and more. The training was developed by the Building Codes Assistance Project, the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), and national solar energy experts and is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Sunshot Initiative. The cost is $150 (AIA/ASHRAE member discount: $125. NGOs, veterans, students: $15) Register with a friend and both tickets are 50% off. Register at:

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Calendar of Events

Here are meeting dates and education program topics the chapter has planned for the remainder of the year at 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.

April 10 — Healthcare Market Update — What's Next?
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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Region VI News

CRC 2018 Meets in May in Des Moines

The annual ASHRAE Region VI Conference, — including the Illinois Chapter — will take place May 3-5, 2018, at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The 2018 CRC is stacked with business meetings, technical seminars, social activities and special sessions for upcoming chapter leaders. Attendance is open to every ASHRAE member.

The opening evening’s Welcome Party will occur at the large West End Architectural Salvage where guests will be entertained also by the one-of-a-kind custom furniture displayed there. Technical sessions will target energy efficiency, sustainability, applying ASHRAE standards and planning for success. Tours will visit unusual and award-winning buildings and a performing arts center. Visit the CRC website for additional details, registration and lodging accommodations.

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ASHRAE Society Update

Houston Is Host of 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference

The 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Houston, June 23–27, 2018. The Technical Program along with Committee meetings, Registration, Bookstore, and Speakers Lounge will be held at the Hilton Americas hotel and the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The Annual Conference program is comprised of eight tracks, and one mini-track selected to represent areas of focus common among ASHRAE membership. These focus areas include professional development, research, fundamentals and applications, systems and equipment, system management (controls) and some more specific design arenas (such as residential buildings and Cogeneration plants).  “The 2018 Annual ASHRAE Conference aims to provide the setting for a meaningful exchange of knowledge and experience, and the technical program looks to enrich that exchange with a broad spectrum of topics and discussion,” said Cindy Moreno, chair of the 2018 ASHRAE Annual Conference. “We welcome you to join us as we share ideas ranging from basic design fundamentals to specific applications and technologies.” For additional information and registration.


ASHRAE Free Webcast: “Making Energy Efficiency a Reality” Set for April 19

Registration for the free ASHRAE Webcast, “Making Energy Efficiency a Reality,” is now open at There is no fee for registration. However, registration is required to view the free webcast. The webcast will broadcast live on April 19, 2018, 12 - 3 p.m. CDT, and is available to registrants on demand from April 20 – May 4, 2018. This webcast is offered by ASHRAE’s Chapter Technology Transfer Committee (CTTC). “The presenters will discuss strategies and policies that dive into deep efficiency goals,” says Steve Piccolo, chair of the Webcast Ad Hoc committee. “The webcast focuses on recognizing the value of a holistic approach to assessing a building and its systems, as well as addressing the myths and realities of energy efficiency as discovered through real life experiences.”  Participants can receive three Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Three presenters will join television host Jennifer Gladstone.


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Welcome New Members

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

Nathan Lehmann
Dones Garcia Mayhay

James Feeney
Bennet Levine
David Spence

Alexander Bashqawi
Jesus Oregel

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