May 2018  

Community Service

Rebuilding Together Team Makes Another "House Beautiful"

The small bungalow on Troy Street in Chicago's Garfield Park neighborhood needed more than a few updates and repairs — whose doesn't? At least it looked that way until the last Saturday in April arrived and along with it enough ready and willing volunteers to finish a bundle of tasks in one day that might otherwise take years to complete. Saturday, April 28 was Rebuilding Together Day in Chicago and in many other cities. Once again Illinois ASHRAE members and friends rolled up their sleeves and went to work. Organizing things and leading the charge this year were Mallory Schaus and Maggie McNamara. By 8 a.m. the group was assembled and ready to get busy, both inside and outdoors. Carried away were old doors, leftover backyard fence pieces and other debris and dropped in the large dumpster parked on the curb for the day. While some volunteers used power tools to drill, grind or fasten others grabbed rakes, shovels, scrapers or spray cleaner and sponge. They went to work and didn't stop until it was done.

At the end of the day the old bungalow became something of a House Beautiful. Beautiful could also describe the smile on the grateful homeowner who watched dreams come true, one after another, as the day wore on. Beautiful fits all the big hearts connected to big hands too and the sunny spring day provided to make things go well. We again thank all the volunteers named here for their time, their work and for adding to the success of Rebuilding Together 2018. They are:

Michael Baack Christopher Krieps
Garrett Barnes Christopher La Marca
Tiffany Biagini Maggie McNamara
Dalton Barker Laura Michel
Victor Braciszewski Frank Moccio
Benjamin Chandler YinLing Ng
Christopher Chandler Anuar Quiroz
Julie Chandler Jeyra Rivera
Carla Espinoza Hanad Salamah
Gregory Ewing Mallory Schaus
Nathan Grambo Rishi  Shah
Jared Gupta Ross Smith
Mitchell Hain Michael Tsoflias
Laura Hickey Lucas Turnbull
Aaron Kachler Justin Ward
Jeffrey Kemp Elizabeth Zakelj


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Inside Illinois Chapter

April 10 Meeting Looks at Indoor Environment in Hospitals

York Chan, Vice President of Facilities at Advocate Health Care, brought another great presentation to our series of monthly meetings. York updated members who packed the room at Buca di Beppo restaurant in Lombard on current economic, environmental and regulatory issues impacting health care facilities. He also described challenges related to the physical environment including complying with ASHRAE 170. Indoor air quality and control play not only a critical role in patient comfort but also patient recovery and safety from hospital acquired infections (HAIs) and Legionella, he said. York is a Certified Healthcare Facilities Manager, Certified Healthcare Constructor as well as a past Board Member for the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and Healthcare Engineers of Northern Illinois (HESNI). Download presentation file.


Overcoming Objections to Energy Efficiency Investments

Energy efficiency improvements offer significant savings for building owners, but that doesn't always make them an easy sale. Hank Jackson, P.E., principal of ETech Solutions, described several classic objections to the high cost of investments for energy efficiency and provided constructive ways to handle criticism and win over a doubtful owner. The event was the May 14 Illinois ASHRAE meeting and the place was Kaiser Tiger Bar & Grill near Chicago's Loop. Hank Jackson, based in North Carolina, is one of ASHRAE's Distinguished Lecturers (DL). Download presentation file.

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Scholarship Update

Illinois ASHRAE Scholars Recognized at April 10 Meeting

Five more students pursuing engineer studies and degrees were added to the list of Illinois ASHRAE Scholarship recipients. Pictured at the April 10 membership meeting, they are (left to right): Hardik Satish Miyani (IIT), Lisa White (UIC), Esther Rebecca Nazziwa (IIT), Zaki Mafraji (UIC), Sean Killarney (IIT), and Scholarship Program Chair Kyle Schultz.

Kyle introduced the students and presented the awards, with a combined value of $6,000 at the start of the evening. Chapter President Frank Moccio proudly presented the Society's Lynn G. Bellenger Engineering Scholarship also to Esther Rebecca Nazziwa.

Four of the five scholars are working on advanced degrees in architectural, energy or mechanical engineering.

The winners were selected from 35 candidates who submitted applications. Engineering students may enroll now for next year's Illinois ASHRAE Scholarships anytime before Jan. 31, 2019. Information and forms are on the website.

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Upcoming Special Event

Next YEA Happy Hour Set for May 31st

Come join the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) for another great Happy Hour on Thursday, May 31 at Punch Bowl Social, near Chicago's Loop. There will be food, refreshments, and networking! There is no cost to guests, who will gather at the darts and arcade area from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Everyone will get a couple of free drink tickets! Please register online beforehand, but feel free to walk in the day of the event. For further information, contact Hanadi Salamah at

A big thanks to Hatchell & Associates and Lennox for the joint sponsorship of this free event for YEA members and other engineers 35 and younger!


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Worth Noting

ASHRAE Golf Outing Is Set for September 13th

The Illinois Chapter’s Annual Golf Outing returns to St. Andrews Golf Club in West Chicago on Thursday, September 13, 2018. We’ll have both 18-hole courses to accommodate ASHRAE golfers who will make their shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. We hope that you and your friends and associates will be among them helping us put the final day of summer 2018 to good use.

As always, several competitions will be featured at holes throughout the course, and lots of valuable prizes will be given away at the barbecue buffet dinner afterwards. Mark your calendar and watch for your invitation and registration announcement (soon to come).

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Calendar of Events

Here are event dates for the remainder of 2017-18 and for early 2018-19, which begins July 1. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

June 12 — IECC 2018 Update

August 14 — Illinois ASHRAE Kickoff Meeting

September 13 — Annual Golf Outing

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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.

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HVAC Flashback

Looking through the Smoke at IAQ

By Rich Pasquesi, Chapter Historian

To see how far you've come forward, sometimes it helps to start by looking backward...

"ASHRAE Standard 63-1989, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, published in October, better controls indoor contaminants without incurring a large energy penalty in the process...Indoor air quality is achieved by specifying the amount of air needed to remove contaminants. John Janssen, Standard 63 Project Committee Chairman, said the new standard has two major changes which improve it over the previous 1981 standard: the minumum outdoor air flow rate has been increased to 15 cfm per person from 5 cfm per person and the distinction between smoking and non-smoking areas has been dropped because of that increase in ventilation rates.

'One factor in the decision to raise the ventilation rate was based on a study indicating that a 15 cfm per person rate was needed to effectively remove occupant-generated odors and that rate adequately satisfied 70 percent of the occupants who are smoking and average 1.7 cigarettes per hour,' Janssen said."

— excerpt from April 1990 Illinois Intercom chapter newsletter

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Welcome New Members

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

Taylor Becker
Matt Borris
Marshall Brown
Brendan Connelly
Jared Gupta
Dan Holbach
Alex Hopson
Shilei Ma
Dylan McNamara
Alex Roesch
Christopher Tjon
Kevin Walsh
Michael Wright

Tommy Seung Jin Byun
David Charles
David Farren
Paul Haynes
Michael Hollub
Melanee Jech
Matthew Manglaris
Ted Mora
Josh Parent
Benjamin Talbot

Mohammed Fahd
Vince Sutcliffe

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