October 2018  

Inside Illinois Chapter

October Meeting Joins Commissioning With Fault Detection

The 70 members on hand for the October 9 Chapter meeting enjoyed an interesting, detailed description of Monitoring-Based Commissioning and Fault Detection & Diagnostics along with some very good German food and locally brewed beer at the Kaiser Tiger Bar & Grill. Ben Talbott, Senior Associate, DLR Group, and Jon Villani, VP of Grumman/Butkus, applied a tag team approach to show how to combine both concepts to increase energy savings in buildings.


November 13 Meeting Looks at Legionella

Our next membership meeting, November 13, 5:30 - 8 p.m., will offer steps for achieving compliance with ANSI-ASHRAE Standard 188 and other Legionnaires' Disease prevention and risk management guidance. Our presenter will be Jay Reading, Vice President and Co-Founder, Phigenics, LLC, water management and safety consultants. The meeting is tentatively planned for the Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont. Watch for final details and registration soon and plan to join us.


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Upcoming Special Event

Save Dec. 4 for Annual Holiday Party & Awards

On Tuesday, December 4, Chapter members, friends and associates will usher in the holiday season at the festive Metropolitan Club in the upper level of Willis Tower in downtown Chicago. Our annual Holiday Party will gather once again on the 66th floor Oak Room where holiday decorations and live music may get even old Scrooge himself in the spirit — and don’t miss a sky-high view of the city that even a reindeer would enjoy! The atmosphere inside — like the view outside — will be fantastic! The annual Holiday Party is where we’ll also recognize 2018’s ASHRAE Technology Award winners. A presentation ceremony will be included to recognize their achievements. We hope you’ll join us for this very special celebration of the season planned for 4 – 8 p.m. Don't miss out! Mark your calendar and watch for registration details soon.

If your company would like to become one of our Holiday Party sponsors, please email

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Student Activities

STEM Scouts Enlighten Youth

The Student Activities Committee needs volunteers who are interested in helping introduce the engineering and technology fields to youngsters through the STEM Scouts program. STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) Scouts is a co-ed program for students between the ages of 8-18. Founded by the Boy Scouts of America, it is divided between elementary (grades 3rd-5th), middle (6th-8th), and high school. Many different subjects of STEM are covered over the course of the school year, ranging from app design to robots to ecology. We provide curriculum and materials from our national supply group. The only thing required of adult volunteers is to provide leadership once a week to the participants. Here is a look at the schedule of upcoming dates and topics. For more information, contact Kevin Summers,

October 27th, 2018 (Module 1, Li]leBits)

November 10th, 2018 (Module 2, Chemistry)

December 8th, 2018 (Module 2, Chemistry)

January 12th, 2019 (Module 2, Chemistry)

January 26th, 2019 (Module 3, Wind Tunnels and Flying)

February 9th, 2019 (Module 3, Wind Tunnels and Flying)

February 23rd, 2019 (Module 3, Wind Tunnels and Flying)

March 9th, 2019 (Module 4, EdisonBot)

March 23rd, 2019 (Module 4, EdisonBot)

April 13th, 2019 (Module 4, EdisonBot)

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YEA Update

The Illinois Chapter’s Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) is off to an especially busy, activity-filled start. Since the July 1 start of the ASHRAE year the group has already organized a half dozen activities ranging from social and networking get-togethers, a trolley tour of Chicago night time attractions, and guided tour of expansive fabrication and assembly plants at Hill Group’s Franklin Park facility that was attended by 54 Illinois ASHRAE members. In fairly short order, the group even organized a Kickball team – a first – that now competes in a weekly fall league. YEA members are new and experienced engineers between the ages of 21 and 35. Here is a look at a couple upcoming activities. The year is young and we’re sure many more opportunities to get involved will come our way.


Next YEA Happy Hour: October 25

Join Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) for a great Happy Hour on Thursday, Oct. 25, 5:30-9:00 p.m., at Revolution Brewery & Taproom, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago. You’ll get a chance to network with great people from the industry while enjoying pizza and beer. Three 10-top tables are reserved. A private tour of the 90,000 sq. ft. brewery with samples and a souvenir logo glass is planned for 6:30 p.m. There is no charge for the event, tour or food. However, additional refreshments may be purchased at the cash bar. We hope to see you there!  A big thank you to Victaulic for sponsoring this Happy Hour!


Hop a Ride Aboard the YEA Fall Trolley

The annual YEA Trolley is coming to a stop near you! Hop aboard and join the Young Engineers in ASHRAE for a night of fun, networking, refreshments and sightseeing around Chicago. The chapter YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE) group has chartered a trolley for Friday evening, Nov. 9,  7-10:30 p.m. The group will begin at a downtown location, to be announced. Keep your eye open for registration details and sign up quickly, as space will be limited. You don’t have to be an ASHRAE member to attend, but you do have to be between 21-35 years of age. We are especially grateful to Johnson Controls for their continued sponsorship of this event.

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Calendar of Events

Here are education program topics the chapter plans to provide at our monthly dinner meetings and other ASHRAE events in 2018-19. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

Oct. 25 — YEA Happy Hour: Revolution Brewery, Chicago

Nov. 9 — YEA Trolley Tour

Nov. 13 — Meeting: Legionella – Design & Maintenance Concerns

Dec. 4 — Holiday Party & Technology Awards

Jan. 8 — Meeting: Targeting Success: Improve Employee Satisfaction and Profit

Jan. 14-16 — 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo (Atlanta) 

Feb. 12 — Meeting: IECC 2018

March 12 — 2019 Spring Conference:
Chiller, Energy Modeling and Specialty Design Seminar Tracks

April 9 — Meeting: Novel Methods of Capturing Airborne Contaminants in Hospitals

May 14 — Meeting: Developer Concerns

June 11 — Meeting: VRF and ASHRAE 62.1

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This Day In ASHRAE

We look back 30 years to September 13 for this photo taken by Mark Hegberg at the Illinois Chapter’s 1988 Annual Golf Outing and published in the Illinois Intercom newsletter. With so, so many technological changes since then there are some things about the HVAC engineering field, at least, that have remained the same. One of those is driving the little white ball down the fairways and into the hole at the end of the line — and grabbing the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors one more time before the arrival of winter.

This Day in ASHRAE is a History Committee feature that looks back at significant and interesting past events that involved the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter or its members. Have one you’d like to share? Write

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ASHRAE Society Update

Time to Make Plans for 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Registration is open for the 2019 Winter Conference, to be held in Atlanta, Jan. 12–16, at the Omni Hotel Atlanta at CNN. Registration for the conference provides entry to the co-sponsored AHR Expo, to be held Jan. 14–16 at the Georgia World Congress Center. The ASHRAE Winter Conference features eight conference tracks, tours, social events, and a keynote speech from Grant Imahara, a former host of Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. The conference presents the latest topics in the HVAC&R industry through a technical program featuring more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers. ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer five full-day and 15 half-day seminars taking place during the conference. The AHR Expo hosts more than 2,100 exhibitors and attracts some 60,000 industry professionals worldwide. ASHRAE Winter Conference registrants will have full access to the AHR Expo with a conference badge. Take advantage of early bird registration savings through Oct. 28. Get complete conference and expo information.


ASHRAE Learning Institute Announces Courses

ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) will offer 20 courses during the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo in Atlanta. ALI courses provide in-depth, high-quality technical training, giving professionals the tools needed to create a healthier, more energy efficient built environment. ALI will offer five full-day seminars and 15 half-day courses between Saturday, Jan. 12 and Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 during the conference.

New ALI courses include: Advanced Designs for Net Zero Buildings; Solar PV & Thermal System Analysis and Design; Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning; Choosing the Right Energy Code for your Project – IECC 2018 or ASHRAE 90.1-2016; and How Smart, Efficient, Sustainable Systems Lead to Improved Resilience.

All courses are led by experienced professionals to provide real-world engineering guidance. View the complete course schedule.


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Worth Noting

UIC Adds 2 New Certificate Classes to MEE Program

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Master of Energy Engineering program has added two new course titles to its Certificate program. A Certificate in Energy Efficient Building Design focuses on energy usage and efficiency technologies for commercial buildings. A Certificate in Power Generation will increase understanding of electric power generation systems and the business of power generation. The certificates are designed to meet the need for ongoing professional development for those who may not have time to pursue a master's degree or simply want to focus on core interests. Enrollment is open to anyone with a BS degree in engineering, mathematics, computer science or physics. All course credits can later be applied to the Master of Energy Engineering program. Courses are taught in evenings at UIC. To learn more: visit

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Welcome New Members

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

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