June 2020  

Inside Illinois Chapter

Two Illinois Members Earn ASHRAE Awards

Congratulations John Andrepont, Illinois Chapter Life Member and President of The Cool Solutions Company, one of 43 ASHRAE members named as recipients of the society’s Distinguished Services Award at the 2020 Virtual Conference. The Distinguished Service Award salutes members of any grade who have served the Society faithfully and with distinction and who have given freely of their time and talent in chapter, regional and Society activities.

The official presentation of awards will occur at the 2021 Winter Conference in Chicago. There also to accept the Donald Bahnfleth Environmental Health Award will be Paul Francisco, Fellow Member ASHRAE, of the Central Illinois Chapter. This award recognizes excellence in volunteer service focused on environmental health issues.


June 9 Webinar Covered Kitchen Design and Commissioning

Barely skipping a beat since the spring’s COVID-19 lockdown suspended our normal monthly meetings, the Illinois ASHRAE continued their transition to online events, hosting the second webinar on June 9. More than 50 participants logged in for the discussion of Kitchen Design, Ventilation and Cx. The tag team of Jason Greenberg, PE, MGN Inc., and Frank Kohout, PE, Cyclone Energy Group, broke down the choices, components and design standards peppering established guidelines with personal experiences. Their presentation qualified for 2 PDHs. A recording of the webinar may be viewed or downloaded. Additionally, the PowerPoint slides may also be downloaded.

It’s safe to assume that future Chapter meetings with technical presentations will continue online until it’s, well, safe to meet face to face once again. The new Chapter Technical Transfer Committee (CTTC) will soon announce the 2021 monthly meeting lineup.


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President's Report

Reflections on the 2019-2020 ASHRAE Year

When you join the executive board, it’s a four-year commitment as you roll through the positions culminating as President. You expect life to change during that time, but I never expected the extent to which my life or the world around us would.

The year that I transitioned from Student Activities Chair to Secretary, I married my husband. Things continued relatively smoothly as Treasurer and President-Elect, watching and learning from my presidential predecessors. I started traveling more for work, which made juggling ASHRAE, home-life and work more exciting. My husband and I bought a house and moved, which included bringing my mother into our new home, and then decided to grow our family. I kicked off the 2019-2020 year as President one week before my daughter’s birth. At the time, I thought that was going to be the most exciting thing to happen.

In preparation of being “a little distracted” in the fall, I built an amazing team that I trusted and knew would keep the board and committees running strong. The wheels kept turning, and my daughter made her ASHRAE debut at 4 weeks old at our annual Golf Outing.

Our fall continued on with a Learn and Grow event in October, YEA Chili Cookout and Trolley Crawl, Refrigeration Night, and our Holiday Party and Technology Awards program in December at the Willis Tower. In January, we collaborated with Women in ASHRAE to host a presentation and panel discussion on Building a Better Workplace with 97 registrants! February included another collaboration with BIG-CHI, Building Intelligence Group Chicago, and a Premier Mechanical Fab Shop Tour.

When we held the annual Spring Conference on March 10th the coronavirus was still supposed to be on the west coast, although you could feel the change in the air, with attendees using lots of hand sanitizer and limited hand shaking. We still had a successful event including two ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturers, 15 speakers, and 125 attendees. Less than two weeks later, Governor Pritzker issued his stay at home order.

While we all reeled and got used to the new work from home world, ASHRAE IL took a pause in April, but in May we hosted our first virtual CTTC meeting, another collaboration, this time with the Building Commissioning Association (BCxA). We wrapped up the official calendar of events early in June with another virtual webinar on Kitchen Design and Ventilation.

With each day we learn more about the virus, and the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force is addressing the challenges and effects of HVAC in healthcare, workplace, home, public, and recreational environments. Yesterday, ASHRAE Society kicked off their virtual 2020 Annual Meeting. All papers, webinars, and resources are available for 18 months. Virtual happy hours and committee meetings are on-going. I encourage you to participate in this unique opportunity to experience and gain all the value and education from ASHRAE from the comfort of your home.

We don’t know what lies ahead this fall for our workplaces, our families, or the world, but I do know that the chapter will be in excellent hands. I want to welcome Patrick Krause, your incoming ASHRAE President, and his team. I am confident that the ASHRAE Illinois Chapter will continue to provide you with relevant and exciting programs. Thank you to the 2019-2020 board members and committee chairs for all your hard work and dedication and thank you for this opportunity to serve the chapter. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Fiona Martin McCarthy, P.E., QCxP, BEAP, LEED AP O&M
2019-2020 ASHRAE IL Chapter President

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2020-21 Officers & Board

Patrick Krause, President
David M. Lippe, President-Elect
Christopher Krieps, Treasurer
Danielle Passaglia, Secretary

Board of Governors
Fiona Martin McCarthy, Immediate Past President
Laura C. Michel
Michael L. Moxon
Hanadi Salamah


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Website Update

Watch for New Website with New Look

The Illinois ASHRAE website will soon take on a whole different, more contemporary look. With help from the design team at website host StarChapter, it will feature a wider screen and employ eye-catching graphics and typography to present upcoming events and information in an organized, easily accessible manner. A new hamburger menu will improve the view also for users of handheld devices. The new website is tentatively planned for an early August rollout. We think you will like it.

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Pandemic Task Force Update

ASHRAE Has NEW Position Document on Infectious Aerosols

By Mallory Schaus

At the Society level, ASHRAE has been working diligently to provide technical resources on matters of indoor air quality. As it pertains to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ASHRAE established a dedicated pandemic task force, led by Past President Bill Bahnfleth. Per Bahnfleth, “ASHRAE is a global, grassroots organization of more than 57,000 members in 130 countries, so we have boots on the ground around the world. Our members and chapters take the initiative to help wherever they are and are already addressing the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bahnfleth. “That is also true of our technical and standards committees. When called upon by circumstances to assist in situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic, they act within their spheres of competence to do whatever they can to help.”

As professionals working toward improving the built environment, many of us have been asked to weigh in on the role of HVAC in mitigating viral concerns and improving building occupants’ safety. Along with the many presentations and trainings offered by our chapters’ engineering members, ASHRAE has compiled resources to assist in our interactions with building owners and municipalities. The Illinois Chapter Board of Governors can assist members in finding the appropriate resources to help guide building owners to a healthier and more efficient re-opening.

On April 14, 2020, the ASHRAE Board of Directors approved the ASHRAE Position Document on Infectious Aerosols. This position document replaces the ASHRAE Position Document on Airborne Infectious Diseases. It outlines ASHRAE's position that facilities of all types should follow, as a minimum, the latest published standards and guidelines and good engineering practice. Based on risk assessments or owner project requirements, designers of new and existing facilities could go beyond the minimum requirements of these standards, using techniques covered in various ASHRAE publications, including the ASHRAE Handbook volumes, Research Project final reports, papers and articles, and design guides, to be even better prepared to control the dissemination of infectious aerosols.

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ASHRAE Society Update

ASHRAE ALI Free Building Reopening Webinars

ASHRAE’s Learning Institute (ALI) free webinars continue in July focused on mitigating potential health risks during reopening of buildings closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Analysis of Airflow Patterns and Flow Path of Airborne Contaminants" on July 21, demonstrates how the supply air flow paths, induced air flow paths, and exhaust grille placement can work collaboratively to establish protective and effective contaminant control. The webinar provides valuable insight to healthcare design engineers, facility managers and owners in designing the HVAC systems for patient rooms.

Drawing upon guidance from an international team of indoor environment and building system experts, "COVID-19 and Buildings: Re-Occupation after Lockdown," identifies the equipment and procedures that are essential in protecting occupant health, bringing attendees up to date on the environmental conditions that are recommended to prevent the spread of the disease. This course takes place on July 8.

Participants can access online instructor-led training from anywhere with an Internet connection and earn continuing education units/professional development hours for each course completed. To register and view other course opportunities, visit the


2021 AHR Expo Innovation Awards
Submissions Now Open: Exhibitors Compete in 10 Categories

The 2021 AHR Expo Innovation Awards Competition will highlight HVAC&R products that solve industry needs and challenges. Products from companies exhibiting at the show in Chicago will compete in 10 categories — building automation, cooling, green building, heating, indoor air quality, plumbing, refrigeration, software, ventilation, and tools and instruments. July 28 is the deadline to enter the 2021 competition.


Enjoy your summer!

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