November 2019  

Meeting Announcement

Nov. 12 Meeting To Visit Changing Refrigerant Policies

Growing demands to control climate change are bringing new regulatory policies to restrict and lower the direct GWP (global warming potential) impact of F-gases. Designers are being asked to consider new lower direct GWP unsaturated hydrofluorocarbons (HFOs) refrigerants — some of which are slightly flammable under certain conditions — as well as revisit natural refrigerants like carbon dioxide, ammonia, hydrocarbons and water. Our Nov. 12 meeting presentation will begin with a brief history of refrigerants, how much refrigerants contribute to global warming, the current regulatory situation, and how to name and explain the new ASHARE 2L flammable classification. 

Our presenter, Steve Kujak, is Director – Next Generation Refrigerant Research – Ingersoll Rand, in LaCrosse, WI. Steve has over 27 years working in numerous technology and product development projects involving development of new refrigerants, lubricants, compatibility of system materials and environmental sustainability initiatives. 

This is our first meeting at JC’s Pub and Ristorante, near the intersection of Joliet Rd. (U.S. 66) and First Ave. in McCook, IL. Get additional details and register online by this Friday, Nov. 8, to take advantage of the lower Early Bird price.

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Inside Illinois Chapter

October 8 Meeting
Seeds of Healthy Indoor Plants

The Oct. 8 Illinois ASHRAE meeting at Rock Bottom Brewery included a presentation on Indoor Agriculture and Hydroponics. Indoor plants also require certain ambient conditions, but nature needs some help. Lance Laufer, with Price Mechanical, explained how environmental control affects plant growth and offered HVAC engineers some key dos and don’ts.


Here’s Another Reason for the Season

Yuletide displays have appeared in stores — even before the arrival of October and Halloween — so it’s not premature to put in a plug for the Illinois ASHRAE’s Holiday Party, set for December 10th. An afternoon reception at the Metropolitan Club in Willis Tower will provide the perfect setting, with great food and beverages, holiday cheer, decorations and music. Enjoy them all, along with the same birds eye view of the Chicago skyline as seen by the man in the sleigh with all the presents! Mark your calendar for Dec. 10 and be part of the fun.

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Scholarship Update

Accepting Applications for ASHRAE Scholarships

The Illinois Chapter in 2020 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 easy to apply for one of these scholarships. Applicants do not need to be ASHRAE student chapter members. The application deadline is January 31st. The awards are presented to winners at the Chapter meeting in March or April each year. For additional information and application form, click here.

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Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA)

Bears Can’t Take “Happy” from Happy Hour

(From left) Hanadi Slamah, Randy Lee, Chris Krieps, Paul Borchert and Justin Wong enjoyed some chili and football at the Happy Hour of the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) on Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Bob Inn Bar on Chicago’s north side. Still smiling after the Bear’s 17-16 final play loss to the San Diego Chargers, must mean some very good chili was served up.


Nov 8 Tour
All Aboard the YEA Trolley

The Young Engineers in ASHRAE have chartered a Chicago Trolley for Friday evening, November 8. Join them for a night of sightseeing, networking, fun and refreshments around Chicago! The group will meet and board the trolley in a downtown location (to be announced). At the end of the night, the trolley will drop off at a public transit location in the Loop, and then may continue on to a bar for those interested in an after party.

The cost is $15 for ASHRAE members and $25 for non-members, and includes transportation and refreshments aboard the trolley from 7 pm-10:30 p.m. Space is limited, so sign up now. 

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Calendar of Events

Here are education program topics the chapter plans to provide at our upcoming monthly dinner meetings and other ASHRAE events in 2019-20. Mark your calendar now and visit for full descriptions of these programs as the dates draw nearer.

Nov. 12 — Meeting: Industrial and Food Refrigeration
Low GWP and Alternative Refrigerants

Dec. 10 — Holiday Party & Technology Awards
Jan. 14 — Meeting: Work/Life Balance
Feb. 1-5 — 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference & AHR Expo (Orlando, FL)
Feb. 11 — Meeting: Big Data Mining, Industry Analytics
March 10 — 2020 Spring Conference
April 14 — Meeting: Kitchen Design, Building Pressurization and Related Controls
May 12 — Meeting: Commissioning, Retro Cx, Costs
June 9 — Meeting: Modular Construction

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Other News

In Memoriam
Chapter President (1963), MCA Executive V.P. Edward Teske

We are saddened to learn of the death of Edward R. Teske, 94, on October 8. Mr. Teske, the Executive Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Chicago until his retirement in 1997. He joined MCA in 1948. Ed served as president of the Illinois ASHRAE Chapter in 1962-63 and remained an active life member of ASHRAE during and after his career. In 1988, then chapter President Tony McGuire presented Teske with the “Presidents Award” for his service to the society and to the industry over several decades. A member of the Naval ROTC, Ed graduated from Northwestern University with a ME degree. He served aboard the Navy destroyer USS Williamson during World War II. After the war he earned his masters degree from Northwestern. Ed Teske is survived by his daughter, son, 2 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife Honoria.


IIT Receives “Biggest Gift”

The Illinois Institute of Technology is getting a $150 million donation from 10 long-time business leaders who want to boost Chicago’s tech standing. The university is calling it the biggest combined gift in its history, and will use it to fund scholarships, renovations of student life facilities, and to better train students for Chicago’s technology jobs. More than 6,500 students are enrolled in the school in Chicago’s Bronzeville community, less than half of whom are undergraduates. (From Chicago Tribune)

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ASHRAE Society Update

Registration Now Open for 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference

Registration is open for the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference, Feb. 1-5, at the Hilton Orlando. Registration for the conference provides entry to the co-sponsored  AHR Expo, held Feb. 3-5 at the Orange County Convention Center.

The ASHRAE Winter Conference features eight conference tracks, tours, social events and a keynote speech from retired NFL referee Ed Hochuli. The conference presents the latest topics in the HVAC&R industry through a technical program featuring more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers. The AHR Expo hosts more than 1,800 exhibitors and attracts crowds of 65,000 industry professionals worldwide. ASHRAE Winter Conference registrants will have full access to the AHR Expo with a conference badge.

For complete conference and expo information, visit the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference and the AHR Expo websites.

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