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January-February 2021 Government Affairs Updates
January-February 2021 Government Affairs Updates

Engineers Week 2021
Engineers Week (February 21–27, 2021) was dedicated to ensuring a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers.  The Louisville ASHRAE chapter was able to secure E-Week Proclamations from the Governor of Kentucky and Mayor of Louisville.  For more information on Engineers Week click here.

View/Download Proclamations Here

Federal Government Affairs
President Biden Starts Process to Rejoin Paris Climate Accord
On his first day in office, President Joe Biden began the process of rejoining the Paris Climate Accord with a letter to the United Nations requesting U.S. membership. It will take 30 days for the U.S. to formally reenter the nonbinding global agreement to reduce emissions.

Biden has also laid out a series of actions he is going to take on Climate Change starting January 27. This includes initiating a series of regulatory actions to combat climate change domestically and elevating climate change to a national security priority. 
Energy Department Announces Winners of the Fall 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Geothermal Technologies Office has announced latest winners of the Fall 2020 Geothermal Design Challenge™. Student team winners include:
ASHRAE Provides Testimony at Congressional Hearing on COVID-19 and the Transportation Sector
ASHRAE Presidential Member and Chair of the Epidemic Task Force Dr. William Bahnfleth will provide testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Thursday, February 4 beginning at 11:00 a.m. The hearing is entitled "Protecting Transportation Workers and Passengers from COVID: Gaps in Safety, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps."  2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. expressed his support to the committee for investigating this topic and offered ASHRAE’s continued technical assistance to inform policies and legislation to make transportation systems safer and healthier. The hearing can be viewed here.
ASHRAE Sends Letter with COVID-19 Guidance to U.S. Department of Education
2020-21 ASHRAE President Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E. sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Education Phil Rosenfelt, alerting him to ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force guidance on schools and universities. Disseminating this guidance is particularly important now as the Department of Education distributes federal funds to state education agencies to be used by local schools for a variety of purposes, including school facility repairs and improvements. Those funds were provided in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which was signed into law on December 27. President Gulledge forwarded this letter to Dr. Miguel Cardona, the Connecticut Education Commissioner and President Biden’s nominee to be U.S. Secretary of Education. Gulledge also wrote to the Education and Workforce Committee of the National Governors Association so that they can distribute the ETF Guidance on Schools to their members. 
Copies of these letters can be found on the ASHRAE website here, under Letters and Testimony. 
ASHRAE Member Serves on Panel at NIST Workshop

On January 26, Dr. Drury Crawley served on a panel for a workshop hosted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) entitled, "Incorporating Climate Change Data in U.S. Building Codes and Standards." Dr. Crawley’s presentation focused on ASHRAE Standard 169, Climatic Data for Building Design Standards, and the work of ASHRAE Technical Committees 4.2, Climatic Data Information and 2.5 Global Climate Change. ASHRAE regularly updates and publishes climatic statistics for building design through its Handbooks and Standards, which is critical to good design practices. The NIST Workshop was held at the request of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations, and included remarks by Congressman Matt Cartwright (PA-8). 
House Leaders Request GAO Investigation of Federal Buildings and Energy Efficiency 
House Democratic leaders have written a letter to the Government Accountability of Office (GAO) requesting they investigate if federal facilities are complying with energy and water efficiency measures. The letter was sent by Reps. Frank Pallone Jr., Chair of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Bobby L. Rush, Chair of the Subcommittee on Energy, Kathy Castor, Chair of the U.S. House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis, and Carolyn B. Maloney  Chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. To read the letter, click here.
President Joe Biden Signs a Series of Executive Orders
Since his inauguration, President Joe Biden has signed a series of executive orders related to energy, buildings and combating the climate crisis including:
  • E.O. 13990 - Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis
  • E.O. 14000 - Supporting the Reopening and Continuing Operation of Schools and Early Childhood Education Providers
  • E.O. 14007 - Reestablishing the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology
  • E.O. 14007 - E.O. 14008 – Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad
Global Government Affairs
IEA Report on Pathways to Decarbonize Heating and Cooling
In December of 2020, the International Renewable Energy Agency, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and REN21 published a report on "Renewable Energy Policies in a Time of Transition – Heating and Cooling." The reports outlines five transformation pathways to decarbonize heating and cooling. To read the full report, click here
State and Local Government Affairs
New York Requesting Input on NYStretch Energy Code
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is seeking input that will support and inform the state’s efforts to update the existing NYStretch 2020 Energy Code, through the development of NYStretch 2023. This update will support the climate and clean energy agenda outlined in the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which requires New York to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030 and no less than 85% by 2050, from 1990 levels. NYSERDA developed NYStretch as a statewide model code for use by municipalities to meet their energy and climate goals by accelerating the savings obtained through their local building energy codes. NYSERDA seeks to make modifications and create new measures that will cost-effectively improve building performance while reducing energy and cutting greenhouse gas emissions. This includes input on code changes regarding priority topics, such as decarbonization, electrification and HVAC system performance, including Total System Performance Ratio (TSPR), indoor air quality and others. Responses to this Request for Information are due February 16, 2021 by 3:00 p.m. ET. For additional details, please visit NYSERDA’s RFI 4590 Detail Page.
Massachusetts Governor Vetoes Major
Climate and Energy Bill
This week, Governor Charlie Baker of Massachusetts vetoed S. 2995, A Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy. The legislation, considered the state’s most sweeping measure to address climate change since the landmark Global Warming Solutions Act in 2008, would have required the state to reduce its emissions by 50% below 1990 levels by 2030, and by at least 85% below 1990 levels by 2050. The bill also set emissions targets every five years with mandates to create new regulations for renewable energy. The Governor stated that he is still committed to getting the state’s carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050, but disagreed with certain specific provisions of this bill. The Massachusetts House Speaker and Senate President have already announced their intention to refile the bill and ultimately send it back to the Governor’s desk.
Washington State Bill Would Require All New Buildings be Zero-Carbon by 2030
House Bill 1084, the Healthy Homes and Clean Buildings Act, would require all new buildings in Washington to be zero-carbon by 2030 and eliminate fossil fuel consumption in existing buildings by 2050. If passed, this would put Washington on track to become the first U.S. state to implement statewide restrictions on natural gas infrastructure in new construction, while simultaneously tackling retrofits in existing buildings. The legislation reflects recommendations from the draft state energy strategy, including requiring zero-energy, zero-carbon and all-electric construction in the state's 2027 energy code. This is important because if code updates stay on their current trajectory, they will not prompt fossil-fuel-free construction by 2030, which means buildings will not meet decarbonization targets until the mid-to-late 2030s. 
Des Moines, Iowa Approves Pledge for 24/7 Clean Energy by 2035
On Monday, the Des Moines City Council approved a resolution outlining a series of carbon emission goals, including a 24/7 clean energy by 2035 pledge. This is modeled after a similar 24/7 clean energy plan that Google announced in late 2020. Des Moines is already well on its way to 100% clean energy, according to the resolution; 83% of the city's energy came from clean sources in 2020. This resolution may make Des Moines the first city in the nation to achieve 24/7 clean energy. A copy of the resolution can be found here
Other News and Events
ACEEE Releases Clean Energy Study of 30 U.S. Cities
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) conducted an analysis of clean energy efforts by 30 small cities. It found that several leaders are taking significant steps to cut energy waste and embrace clean energy. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy examined cities’ efforts to make homes and buildings more energy efficient, to scale up the use of renewable energy and to ensure community involvement in developing equitable clean-energy policies. The cities analyzed, with populations generally between 16,000 and 100,000, are in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota and New Jersey. San Luis Obispo, California received the top score of the group for its policy incentivizing all-electric equipment and appliances in new buildings, and for participating in a program that offers carbon-free electricity to residents. The 30 cities volunteered to be evaluated as part of the Community Energy Challenge sponsored by ACEEE, the Sustainable States Network, Sustainable CT, Green Cities California, Sustainable Maryland, Minnesota GreenStep Cities and Sustainable Jersey. More on the Community Energy Challenge can be found here
National Academies of Sciences Publishes Report on Decarbonizing the U.S.’s Energy System
On February 2, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report on Accelerating Decarbonization in the United States Energy System. The report "outlines the key technological and socio-economic goals that must be achieved to put the United States on the path to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050." To learn more, click here.
New Study Ranks Countries Making Fastest Progress in Achieving Low-Carbon Goals
The Green Future Index, a new study by MIT Technology Review along with Citrix, Morgan Stanley and Salesforce, ranks 76 countries and territories on the progress they are making toward climate goals by reducing carbon emissions, developing clean energy, and innovating in green sectors, as well as the degree to which those governments are implementing effective climate policies. According to the study, Iceland, Denmark, and Norway are at the top of the index in terms of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning energy to renewable sources. Another key finding is that Costa Rica and New Zealand have also made major progress in their renewable energy goals and have ambitious agendas for decarbonization. The full Green Future Index report can be found here

Louisville ASHRAE March Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Louisville ASHRAE March Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Please join us for the seventh chapter meeting of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year! 

This meeting will be our annual Past Presidents event. Past presidents will be recognized are invited to join the meeting for free. 

Presenter: Jim Jagers
Mestex National Sales Manager

Topic: Evaporative Cooling - It Will Work Anywhere

Learning Objectives:
The different types of evaporative coolers and cooling media will be discussed
Saturation effectiveness will be covered
The different types of coolers using will be compared using psychrometric charts
Three different applications where evaporative coolers have been used will be discussed

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $5
Free for past presidents!

(1) PDH will be available

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=184

Registration Deadline: 3/17 at 9:00 AM

A link to join the webinar will be sent out on the morning of 3/17

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

New Job Posting - Mechanical Engineer (USACE)
New Job Posting - Mechanical Engineer (USACE)

A new job has been posted to the Louisvlle ASHRAE job board

Position: Mechanical Engineer (Facility Design)
Company U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The posting can be viewed from the following link:

ASHRAE Winter Virtual Conference - Reminder
2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference - Reminder

The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held virtually on February 9-11, 2021

Registration and additional information on the flyer below

Download Flyer Here

Louisville ASHRAE February Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Louisville ASHRAE February Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Please join us for the sixth chapter meeting of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year! 
This meeting will be our annual Membership Promotion event. All non-members can join the meeting for free. Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you plan to invite a new member. 

Presenter: Charles Jelen, LEED GA
Application Engineer, Trane Technologies

Topic: Integrated Sensible Cooling with DOAS System

Learning Objectives:
Learn about a relatively new type of HVAC system that uses chilled-water, sensible-cooling terminal units along with a dedicated OA system
Understand how a chilled-water, sensible cooling terminal unit is controlled
Learn how to prevent condensation in sensible-cooling terminal units
Understand which dedicated OA unit configurations might be applied in a sensible-cooling system
Learn about various chiller plant configurations that can provide the two different water temperatures used in a sensible-cooling system

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $5
Free for new members!

(1) PDH will be available

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=183

Registration Deadline: 2/17 at 9:00 AM

A link to join the webinar will be sent out on the morning of 2/17

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference
2021 ASHRAE Virtual Winter Conference

The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held virtually on February 9-11, 2021

Registration and additional information on the flyer below

Download Flyer Here

ASHRAE TC 1.4 YEA Newsletter from Larry Fisher
ASHRAE TC 1.4 YEA Newsletter from Larry Fisher

Greetings Louisville Chapter Members and Happy New Year!  Nick Pisano (Louisville Chapter President), that was a great President's letter to our Chapter before Christmas. You are right, we have some great participation!
Speaking of participation, the Virtual Winter Conference is upon us.  I've been a member of ASHRAE TC 1.4 (Control Theory and Operation) for 25+ years. Our YEA group is very strong and active in the controls arena. Below and attached is a flier created by them promoting seminars related to controls. The flyer can also be viewed here. You don't have to be YEA to participate, but if you are YEA and interested in controls, you don't want to miss these - plus meet some of the most brilliant people in the controls industry.
More on the overall conference to follow, including registration procedures. Thanks and enjoy!

Larry Fisher
Life Member ASHRAE

Louisville ASHRAE January Chapter Meeting - Price Reduced
Louisville ASHRAE January Chapter Meeting - Price Reduced
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The registration cost for the Louisville ASHRAE January virtual chapter meeting has been reduced to $5.

Presenter: Benoit Rodier, Cimco Refrigeration

Topic: Ice Rinks and Recreational Ice Venues

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Registration Deadline: 1/20 at 9:00 AM

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=182

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

Louisville ASHRAE January Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Louisville ASHRAE January Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Please join us for the fifth chapter meeting of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year!

This chapter meeting will be held virtually

Presenter: Benoit Rodier, Cimco Refrigeration

View Benoit Rodier's Bio Here

Topic: Ice Rinks and Recreational Ice Venues

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $15

(1) PDH will be available

Registration Deadline: 1/20 at 9:00 AM

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=182

A link to join the webinar will be sent out on the morning of 1/20

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

Jim Walsh Obituary

Jim Walsh - Obituary

On December 15th, the Louisville ASHRAE Chapter and local engineering community suffered a terrible loss. Former Louisville ASHRAE Chapter President Jim Walsh passed away at the age of 84. Jim was an active member of our chapter for many years and served as the chapter president on two occasions.

Jim's full obituary can be viewed here


Louisville ASHRAE Board of Governors

December 2020 Government Affairs Updates:
December 2020 Government Affairs Updates:

ASHRAE Offers Technical Assistance to Biden-Harris COVID-19 Advisory Board

The Biden-Harris Transition announced the formation of a COVID-19 Advisory Board, who will advise Biden and Harris on how to manage coronavirus cases, protect at-risk populations, reduce transmission of the virus and plan for safe and effective distribution of an anticipated vaccine. The Advisory Board has 13 members, including three co-chairs. Because no engineering expertise was included on the Task Force, ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge wrote to the co-chairs offering ASHRAE’s technical support and that of the Epidemic Task Force. 
OSHA Cites ASHRAE in Guidance on Ventilation in the Workplace
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently posted COVID-19 guidance on ventilation in the workplace. The press release includes a link to the ASHRAE technical resources page on Facilities Maintenance. To review the full OSHA alert, click here.
National Restaurant Association Includes ASHRAE Guidance in Updated COVID-19 Standards

In late October, the National Restaurant Association updated its guidelines for the safe operation of restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic. A section was added specifically on aerosol transmission, mentioning the specific steps that ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force COVID-19 Guidance recommends. Those measures stress the importance of conducting routine maintenance and service checks to ensure systems designed to move or filter ambient air are working as intended. They also advise restaurants to keep the fans of their HVAC systems running continuously to keep the air moving and that establishments set their controls to prevent humidity and the warmth that can sustain pathogens. The National Restaurant Association’s Updated COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance can be found here
ASHRAE Partners with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Create Guidebook for Alternate Care Sites
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requested assistance from ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force to create a guidebook to provide engineering recommendations, solutions and guidance to address HVAC systems for alternative care sites, which are temporary facilities used as flexible patient care to help with the overload of hospitals. The guidebook provides extensive recommendations for design requirements, airflow, filtration and space conditions. The guidebook can be found here.
ASHRAE Signs Letter Supporting Funding for DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program
On November 23, ASHRAE, along with 20 other organizations, signed a letter encouraging Senate and House appropriators to provide $10 million in funding for DOE’s Building Energy Codes Program (BECP). BECP works to update methods for assessing and quantifying the cost effectiveness of code and standard provisions and assisting with their implementation. The $10 million funding request is consistent with last year’s funding and this year’s House-passed amount. To read the full letter, click here
Mayors Advocate Plan for Midwest Clean Energy Transition
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and other mayors from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia recently announced the Marshall Plan for Middle America, a $60 billion blueprint to help the Midwest region transition toward a greener, more sustainable economy. The bipartisan plan calls for funding to provide $15 billion in block grants to local governments for retrofits and conversions to make buildings more energy efficient; $15 billion in low-interest loans for clean energy production; $15 billion in tax incentives for manufacturers to develop clean energy equipment; and $15 billion in workforce development funds to help further understanding of clean energy. More information on the Plan for Middle America can be found here
Shelby County, Tennessee Schools Include ASHRAE COVID-19 Guidance
In response to the coronavirus, and in an effort to minimize transmission of the virus through school facilities, the Shelby County School District in Memphis, Tennessee completed 3,350 repairs on heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems in their nearly 150 buildings. They have also modified the systems to bring more fresh air into buildings, in accordance with ASHRAE’s COVID-19 Building Readiness Guidance. The Shelby County School System is tentatively reopening its buildings in January 2021, and confidence in building safety and cleanliness will likely play a part in parents’ decisions on whether to send their children to classrooms or keep them in virtual school. The district has worked to ensure adequate ventilation and filtration based on ASHRAE’s Guidance for Reopening Schools and Universities. More on the Shelby County School District can be found here. ASHRAE’s COVID-19 Guidance for Schools and Universities can be found here
California Building Energy Efficiency Standards Update
The California 2022 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Code) will improve upon the 2019 Energy Code for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. Workshops will be held to present revisions and obtain public comment. Proposed standards will be adopted in 2021 with an effective date of January 1, 2023. The California Energy Commission (CEC) updates the standards every three years.
More information on the 2022 Standards can be found here and a schedule can be found here
ASHRAE Sends Letter on New Jersey Bill Regarding COVID-19 Infection Control in Nursing Homes
New Jersey Assembly Bill 4855 would establish a statewide plan for infection control and prevention infrastructure improvements in nursing homes. This bill does not currently include ASHRAE standards or guidance, and ASHRAE sent a letter signed by President Gulledge suggesting that ASHRAE’s Guidance for Residential Care Facilities be incorporated into the bill’s requirements regarding heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems in nursing homes. The letter can be found on ASHRAE’s website here
United Kingdom Sets Out "Green Industrial Revolution" Plan
On November 18, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a new ten-point plan to create a "Green Industrial Revolution." The plan is expected to create 250,000 jobs by 2030. The plan addresses renewable energy generation, electric vehicles, carbon capture and energy efficient homes and public buildings. You can read more about the plan here
Legislation Proposed in Canada to Achieve Net-Zero Emissions by 2050

On November 19, the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, proposed legislation entitled the "Canadian Net-Zero Emissions Accountability Act" that would require net-zero emissions by 2050. The legislation sets five-year targets and would establish the Net-Zero Advisory Body to help reach these targets. More information about this plan can be found here.
Canadian Federal Climate Plan Exceeds 2030 Paris Targets for GHG Reductions
On December 11, Prime Minister Trudeau and Environment Minister Wilkinson, announced the federal Climate Plan, which builds on efforts already underway in the country, and provides more details on advancing energy-efficient homes and buildings; expanding the supply of clean electricity and energy; continuing to put a price on carbon with increases over time to 2030; and investing in clean industry and business practices. With respect to energy efficient buildings, the plan provides $6.1 billion for building retrofits, promotes net-zero energy ready building codes and offers skills training for building retrofits. The plan can be found here.
U.N. Holds Virtual Climate Summit
On December 12, more than 70 world leaders participated in the United Nations Climate Summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord. New emission targets were promised by several countries including China, Argentina, Canada and the U.K. in addition to the European Union. Some highlights include Xi Jinping of China pledging to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of GDP by 65% from 2005 levels by 2030 and the EU pledging to cut its emissions by 55% by 2030. Representatives from the United States, Russia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Australia did not attend the event.
UNEP Publishes 2020 Emissions Gap Report
The U.N. Environment Programme (UNEP) released its 2020 Emissions Gap Report ahead of the five-year anniversary of the Paris Climate Accord. According to the report, the world is projected to see a temperature rise of over 3 degrees Celsius this century. The U.N. report also says that 126 countries covering 51% of global greenhouse gas emissions had adopted, announced or were considering net-zero goals. To read the report, click here
Congressional Negotiators Agree on Energy Package
Congressional negotiators have released the legislative text for a comprehensive energy package that includes sections on energy efficiency, energy storage, grid modernization, and carbon management.  The 533-page bill would provide energy retrofitting assistance for schools, push for energy efficient data centers, boost the Weatherization Assistance Program, and push for increase energy and water efficiency measures in Federal buildings. The bill is likely to be attached to a $1.4 trillion omnibus spending measure that would fund government until September 30, 2021.
President-elect Joe Biden Names Energy Secretary and Domestic Climate Chief 
President-elect Joe Biden has begun naming nominations to keys posts in advance of his January 20th inauguration.  This includes recent announcements that former two-term Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will be his Secretary of Energy pending a Senate confirmation and former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will be his Domestic Climate Policy Chief, which is a new position. Biden will also nominate former South Bend, Indianapolis Mayor Pete Buttigieg for Secretary of Transportation. 
DOE Assessing Test Procedures for Packaged Terminal Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is undertaking an early assessment on whether to proceed with a rulemaking to amend DOE's test procedures for packaged terminal air conditioners (PTACs) and packaged terminal heat pumps (PTHPs). This assessment will be used to determine whether to adopt the most recent procedures referenced in ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Written comments and information will be accepted on or before February 22, 2021. Click here to learn more.
Multiple Wyoming Cities and Towns Establish New Climate Goals
In a break with Wyoming state policy, multiple cities and towns have been establishing their own climate and greenhouse gas reduction goals. This March, the Laramie City Council signed a proclamation committing to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Jackson, Wyoming aims to be carbon neutral by 2030. Sheridan has a new Renewable Energy Assessment that states the town must "showcase a willingness to adapt to changing realities and markets." In October, the Mayor of Lander signed a proclamation that acknowledges "the adverse impacts of climate change and the risk it poses to the Lander Community." The proclamation supports a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These commitments are notable as voluntary efforts in a state that is currently the largest coal producer in the U.S. and one of the top producers of oil and natural gas. 
Nevada Releases Comprehensive Strategy for Net-Zero Emissions by 2050
On December 2, the state of Nevada released a comprehensive strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Without these additional policies, state officials estimate that Nevada would fall 4% short of its goal to decrease greenhouse gas emissions by 28% by 2025, and 19% short of cutting emissions 45% by 2030. The strategy analyzes 17 policies focused mainly on three sectors: transportation, electricity and buildings. The policy section mentions the need to transition away from natural gas in both the electric sector and in buildings. The strategy explains that the state must transition from fossil-fuel combustion in homes and commercial buildings in the form of burning gas for cooking, hot water and space heating. More on the state strategy can be found here
Maine Climate Action Council Releases New Four-Year Plan
The Maine Climate Council, established last year by Gov. Janet Mills, recently issued a four-year plan for climate action, called "Maine Won’t Wait," to meet the goal of carbon neutrality for the state by 2045. In addition to this goal, the Council was also tasked with finding a path to reduce emissions by 45% by 2030 and at least 80% by 2050. The Council is composed of scientists, industry leaders, bipartisan local and state officials, and engaged citizens. In Maine, rising temperatures are a major concern because the state depends on industries like fisheries and forestry. The Gulf of Maine, which is the center of the U.S. lobster fishery, is currently warming faster than most of the world's oceans. The full "Maine Won’t Wait" plan can be found here
D.C. Proposes New Building Energy Performance Standards and Benchmarking
On December 4, Washington D.C. proposed Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) and updated benchmarking rules. Both of these proposed regulations are now open for public comment. D.C. is set to become the eighth U.S. jurisdiction to adopt energy-saving standards for common household and commercial products since 2017. The D.C. Council voted unanimously in support of the measure, which will help meet the district’s target of cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2032. Additionally, with this regulation, D.C. is first in the nation to set standards for air purifiers. Currently, about 45% of models already meet the new minimum efficiency levels. The new standards will ensure that all air purifiers sold in the District meet those minimum efficiency levels. More information on the Building Energy Performance Standards can be found here, and the benchmarking rules can be found here.
DOE’s Better Buildings Webinar Schedule

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the schedule for its Better Buildings Webinar Series:

Holiday Letter to the Louisville ASHRAE Chapter
Holiday Letter to the Louisville ASHRAE Chapter

The Louisville ASHRAE Board of Governors would like to wish the Louisville Chapter a safe and happy holiday season!

Please download the holiday letter from our chapter president Nick Pisano from the following link:

Holiday Letter


Louisville ASHRAE Facebook Group
Louisville ASHRAE Facebook Group

Great news - the Louisville ASHRAE chapter now has a Facebook group!

We will use this page to share chapter updates, photos, and organize events. It will also give chapter members the opportunity to communicate with one another more easily. 

Please plan to join the group and share it with your coworkers and industry contacts!


ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

We hope you have enjoyed all of the recent posts about ASHRAE's 125th anniversary! 

To finish the celebration, please take the time to read the article below about how the HVAC&R industry has changed our lifestyles.

View/download "How HVAC&R Changed the Word" article here

ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

It seems like yesterday that Society celebrated it 100th anniversary.  Speaking of history and yesteryears how about a little history about Louisville? Following this article is a link to a Leadership Recall Interview hosted by Larry Fisher with 3 Louisvillians – the older members will certainly remember the likes of Bob Logston, Ray Thornton, and Presidential member James W. May. While watching, remember, there was no HD then!!
Quick Facts:

  • James W. May attended UK under F Paul Anderson (anther famous ASHRAE person), prior to UK offering a mechanical engineering degree
  • James was a Regional DRC prior to Kentucky having an ASHRAE Chapter
  • James is known as the father of the first ASHRAE Kentucky Chapter, Bluegrass Chapter.
  • James was our Chapters 1st President. Chapter was Chartered October 8th, 1954 as ASHVE
  • One year later, the name was changed to the Louisville Chapter.
  • James was a Louisville Chapter member and served as Society President in 1965/66
  • Ray Thornton was a refrigeration engineer at GE and was responsible for many RP dollars coming from GE
  • Bob Logston was also a DRC for Region VII as a member of the Louisville Chapter
  • These men were mentors for Louisville Chapter during the era of Larry Fisher, Matt Hargan, Bob Burkhead, Jim Reemers, Ken Peet, Rick Vowels, Cecil Goins, Charlie Knights, Mike Berger, Tom Davies, Ed Dusch, Bill Brangers, Julian Donahue, David Jackson, Bill Morrissey, Leonard O’dell, Roy Blewitt, Brent Caswell, and Ted Ogle.
In celebrating ASHRAE 125 did you know:

  • After the merger of ASHVE and ASRE, Society Presidents only served 6 months?
  • The prestigious F. Paul Anderson Award is named after Dr. Anderson, who was a Dean of Engineering at UK
  • The Louisville Chapter (1st ASHRAE Chapter in Kentucky) was initially named the Bluegrass Chapter
Hey, the video is 30 minutes. It’s a great video of our members of the past – try it out! Enjoy!

November 2020 Government Affairs Updates:
November 2020 Government Affairs Updates:

China Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2060

On September 22, China announced at the U.N. General Assembly that it would achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 by implementing "more vigorous policies and measures." China is currently the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions and has said that it is seeking a "green recovery" to the current pandemic. 
European Commission Pushes for Tougher Climate Targets 
The European Commission has stated that the European Union should reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030, against 1990 levels. They argue the goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 won’t be possible with the EU’s current 2030 emissions target of a 40% cut. To do this, the EU would expand carbon pricing including to buildings. Specific proposals will be debated further in summer 2021.
U.K. and U.N. Schedule Virtual Climate Summit 

The United Kingdom has announced it will hold a virtual summit on December 12 with United Nations in order to drive more ambitious national goals. The summit will coincide with the fifth anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement and comes after the United Nation’s decision to postpone this year’s U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP 26) to November 2021 due to the ongoing pandemic. 
Push for Legislation to Decarbonize the Power Sector

Congressmen David McKinley (R-WV) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) have drafted bipartisan legislation to decarbonize the power sector. A discussion draft has been circulated that aims to create a clean energy standard for the electric power sector that would reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050, support carbon capture and storage, and provide tax credits for advancing renewables. A "Section-by-Section" of the discussion draft legislation can be found here. The two Congressmen are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
DOE Announces $80 Million for Innovative Building Technologies and Practices
On September 25, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through its Building Technologies Office, announced that it will provide up to $80 million for the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2020. This funding opportunity supports projects that enhance energy demand flexibility across buildings, including advanced building construction, workforce development and a variety of building technologies, such as HVAC and thermal energy storage.
To be eligible for consideration, a concept paper must be submitted no later than November 5, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. ET. Full applications must be submitted by January 20, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. ET. More information on submittal requirements and instructions can be found on the EERE Exchange website.
DOE Announces Analysis on Energy Conservation Standards for Air Conditioners
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is seeking public input for an analysis it is conducting on computer room air conditioners (CRACs) and air-cooled, three-phase, small commercial package air conditioning and heating equipment with a cooling capacity of less than 65,000 Btu/h. DOE is required to conduct an analysis under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) when changes are made to ASHRAE Standard 90.1. All written comments and information from the public must be submitted on or before November 9, 2020. For more information, click here
City of San Antonio School District COVID-19 Plan Includes ASHRAE Schools Guidance 
To minimize the risk of viral transmission through building HVAC systems, the San Antonio Independent School District has been testing HVAC systems for their viability to operate using MERV-13 filters and has purchased these filters to be used where systems allow. These improvements are consistent with ASHRAE guidance and this August San Antonio referenced ASHRAE guidance in its school opening plan, which can be found here

The School District has also extended the operation schedule for the air conditioning system to start earlier in the morning prior to school start and later in the evening after dismissal to allow for additional air exchanges, bringing fresh air into the schools.
California Assembly Bill Including ASHRAE Guidance to be Signed Into Law 
California Assembly Bill 841, which has passed both the House and Senate, has been presented to the Governor for signature. The bill, known as the School and State Building Energy Efficiency Stimulus Program, includes requirements for previously unoccupied school buildings to make them safer for reopening. The legislation includes ASHRAE’s Building Readiness Guidance and Guidance for Reopening Schools and Universities. In July, ASHRAE President Chuck Gulledge had written to bill sponsor Assembly Member Ting in support of the inclusion of ASHRAE’s guidance in the legislation. The full text of the enrolled bill can be found here
California Department of Public Health Website Includes ASHRAE Guidance
The California Department of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Program has added new information on Airborne Disease to its website, including a paper titled "The Role of Building Ventilation and Filtration in Reducing Risk of Airborne Viral Transmission in Schools, Illustrated with SARS-CoV-2." The paper has 18 total references to ASHRAE, including the Guidance for Reopening Schools and Universities and ASHRAE Standard 52.2. The full paper can be found here
Michigan Governor Signs Executive Order on Climate Change, Aiming for Decarbonization by 2050
On Wednesday, September 23, Michigan Gov. Whitmer signed an Executive Order combating climate change, aiming to make Michigan's economy carbon-neutral by 2050. The decarbonization-by-2050 goal includes an interim target of a 28% reduction from 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2025. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) will be overseeing this effort with the help of a newly formed Council on Climate Solutions. The council will include the directors or director-designated representatives from nine state agencies and 14 state residents appointed by the governor. The council will advise EGLE in formulating and implementing a "Michigan Healthy Climate Plan," the state's action plan for greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Whitmer also issued an accompanying executive directive requiring EGLE to provide her with the climate plan in draft form by Sept. 1, 2021, with a final plan by the end of that year. 
ASHRAE Member speaks at ASBO Roundtable on HVAC in School Facilities
On October 1, ASHRAE member Corey Metzger spoke at a virtual roundtable hosted by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) that focused on HVAC and Air Quality during the pandemic. Mr. Metzger leads the Schools Team for ASHRAE’s Epidemic Task Force. To learn more about ASHRAE’s technical resources for schools and universities, click here.
IEA Releases "World Energy Outlook 2020"
Yesterday, the International Energy Agency released its flagship publication, "The World Energy Outlook 2020." The report focuses on forecasts over the next decade: strong growth in renewables are expected, but these investments need to be paired with investment in electricity grids to ensure reliability and security of the electricity supply. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered deep cuts in energy demand, with an expected global drop of 5 percent this year. To view the full report click here.
Rep. Williams Introduces Bill to Permanently Extend Energy Efficiency Tax Deduction 179D
On October 6, Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) introduced H.R. 8547, the Incentivize Energy-Saving Improvements Act, which would make the Section 179D tax deduction permanent. The 179D tax deduction sets incentives for building owners that reduce their building's total energy and power cost by 50% or more in comparison to past versions of ASHRAE Standard 90.1. 179D needs to be reauthorized by Congress annually and is currently set to expire on December 31, 2020. To learn more about 179D, click here
CDC Adds Back Guidance Regarding Airborne Transmission of SARS-CoV-2
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its website to acknowledge possible airborne transmission of the coronavirus, especially in enclosed spaces. This information was published after similar guidance was initially removed a few weeks ago since the language was not yet finalized. To read the updated guidance from the CDC, click here. ASHRAE’s position on possible airborne spread of the coronavirus can be found here

ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Know Your History!!

The following is the actual proceedings from the first Annual ASHRAE (then ASHVE) meeting held in 1895.  It is short (2 pages). Give it a quick read.  Interesting how the thoughts about forming the Association and then actually doing it were accomplished.  Today, from that originally 25 we are now nearly 57,000 strong!
View Proceedings Here

Forthcoming will be a third short article about our 125th!  Stay tuned!

2020 Louisville ASHRAE Chapter - Clay Shoot - Reminder
2020 Louisville ASHRAE Chapter – Clay Shoot

Registration is still open for the 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Clay Shoot!

This event benefits ASHRAE Research Promotion!

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Event flyer can be downloaded here

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=181

Indian Creek Gun Club
5950 Gun Club Rd NE | Georgetown, IN 47122 

1:30pm - Shotgun Start (literally)

Cost:  $500 for foursome

The price for individuals has been reduced to $100!

Shooting Station Sponsors: $100

Registration includes ammo, targets, eye protection, and hearing protection

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team!

Please contact Justin Ost (
justinost@habeggercorp.com or 502-888-4398) if you have any questions

October 2020 Government Affairs Updates
October 2020 Government Affairs Updates:
ASHRAE Guidance for Polling Place HVAC Systems Shared with Boards of Elections for All 50 States 
The new ASHRAE guidance document issued by the Epidemic Task Force on August 19, "Guidance for Polling Place HVAC Systems", was sent to the Board of Elections (or equivalent agency) in each of the 50 states, as well as to the National Governors Association and the U.S. Election Assitance Commission. The guidance contains a summary of key general recommendations related to HVAC and water supply systems at polling places, to protect voters and poll workers from COVID-19 infection. The Guidance for Polling Place HVAC Systems can be found here
DOE Changes Procedures for Evaluating Statutory Factors for Use in New or Revised Energy Conservation Standards
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is changing the way it makes decisions for revised energy conservation standards by adding a requirement that modifies the process for economic justifications for a specific Trial Standard Level ("TSL").  The rule requires a "comparison of the benefits and burdens of that TSL against the benefits and burdens of the baseline case" for certain products. According to Federal law, the benefits of the standard must exceed the burdens by considering the seven factors laid out in 42 U.S.C. 6295(o)(2)(B)(i). To learn more about the new rule, click here. The effective date of this rule is October 19, 2020.
Senate Democrats Release their Climate Crisis Report  
Democrats on the Senate’s Special Committee on the Climate Crisis released a 200 page report with their solutions to combat the climate crisis. The report advocates for legislation to be drafted that would:

  • Create 10 million new jobs;
  • Increase Federal spending to combat climate change to at least 2% of the U.S.’s annual gross domestic product;
  • Reduce U.S. energy emissions to reach net-zero by 2050.
The Special Committee on the Climate Crisis was formed last year by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and is Chaired by Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI).
Momentum Grows for Senate Bipartisan Energy Package  
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chair Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) is working to bring a bipartisan, multi-bill energy package to the Senate Floor for consideration. The push comes after a deal was reached on an amendment concerning the phase-down of high-global warming refrigerants (GWP), such as Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), which had sidetracked the legislation earlier this year. The deal reached on the amendment would now reduce the amount of HFCs used in the U.S. by 85% by 2036 while also preventing states and localities from passing stricter rules. The amendment would also prevent the EPA from speeding up the timeline. Senator Murkowski is also working to reach a deal on an amendment that would add a section on building codes/standards to the efficiency title of the bill. click here
DOE Plans 10 Virtual Sessions for the Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is hosting a series of educational programs on various aspects of the Solar Decathlon. For more information on these free webinars, click on the links below:

House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee Hearing on Low-Carbon Recovery

On September 16, the Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change of the Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled, "Building a 100 Percent Clean Economy: Opportunities for an Equitable, Low-Carbon Recovery." To watch the hearing and view testimony, click here.
Letter to Texas on the 2018 International Green Construction Code 
ASHRAE has joined with the International Code Council (ICC), the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to provide a response to a Request for Information issued by the State of Texas regarding the adoption and implementation of the 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC) for certain state buildings. The letter, signed by ASHRAE President Gulledge, provides comments and recommendations in response to RFI No. 225j - High Performance Building Evaluation System Using 2018 IgCC. It supports the inclusion of IgCC-2018 in the Texas building code for state buildings and state-supported institutions of higher education so they can achieve certification for a whole systems approach to the design, construction and operation of buildings. 
DOE Proposes Rulemaking Regarding Enforcement Regulations 

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published a notice of a proposed rulemaking that would change enforcement sampling procedures and test notice requirements for consumer products and commercial and industrial equipment. DOE has the ability to change these regulations under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA). The propose rule will include consideration of third-party certification program testing. For more information, click here

ORNL Researchers Build Smart Wall Containing Cooling System

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have 3D-printed a first-of-its-kind smart wall that also functions as a cooling system. The wall, called EMPOWER, is designed as a support wall for a building’s interior to help lower energy use and maintain occupant comfort. A thermal storage and insulation system is embedded in the wall and a chiller that pumps cool water through pipes is connected to the wall. Click here to read more. Additional information can be found here.
Louisiana Executive Order Sets Path for Net-Zero Carbon Emissions in State by 2050
In an Executive Order issued on August 19, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards set the state on a path toward net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The order establishes a "Climate Initiatives Task Force" charged with reaching that goal and in the interim, reducing economy-wide emissions 26-28% by 2025 and 40-50% by 2030. The new goals and task force will likely accelerate an energy transformation across the state and potentially reduce the cost of electricity. 

A second Executive Order was also signed that established a new Chief Resilience Officer position for the state. The Chief Resilience Officer will be responsible for improving the state’s response to climate change. Both orders are intended to build on the state’s existing efforts to address the threat of sea level rise. The Climate Initiatives Task Force Executive Order can be found here and the Coastal Resilience Executive Order can be found here
Efficiency Canada and Carleton University Release Report on Tiered Energy Codes
Last week, a report was released by Efficiency Canada and Carleton University on Canada’s energy codes, including the new model code which is expected to be published in 2021. The report can be found here and a webinar will be held on September 25.  To register for the webinar entitled, "Tiered Energy Codes Best Practices for Code Compliance," click here.  
Montgomery County, Maryland to Adopt 2018 International Green Construction Code

Montgomery County, Maryland is currently on track to be the first jurisdiction to adopt the 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC), powered by ANSI/ASHRAE/ICC/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2017, Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low Rise Residential Buildings. This comprehensive green code establishes minimum regulations for building systems and site considerations using prescriptive and performance-related provisions. If adopted, all new commercial buildings over 5,000 square feet constructed starting in 2021 will be required to comply with the IgCC. Comments on the regulation are due October 5. The proposed regulation can be found here

Vermont Passes Bill Allowing Citizens to Sue the State if it Does Not Reach Climate Goals
The Vermont legislature passed a bill on September 10 that would require the state government to reach certain carbon emission reduction goals in future years and would allow private citizens to sue the state if the state fails to meet them. The Act requires the state to lower its emissions 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050. The bill would also create a Climate Council composed of state agency leaders, scientists and representatives from rural communities and small businesses, among others, who would be tasked with identifying strategies to reduce emissions. Vermont’s emission reduction goals largely mirror those put forward in the state’s Comprehensive Energy Plan from 2016, but this new bill goes one step further by putting pressure on the government to accomplish those goals or risk lawsuits. 
AIA Hosts Webinar on Climate Risk Mitigation 
On October 23, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is hosting a live course on "Integrating Climate Risk into Planning & Design." The event is for members of organizations that are signatories of the Resilience Building Coalition, such as ASHRAE. Click here for more information and to register

ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
ASHRAE Celebrates its 125th Anniversary

Know Your History!!

ASHRAE was founded in 1894 as the American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (ASHVE). Ten years later the American Society of Refrigerating Engineers (ASRE) was organized in December 1904. Although there were many members who had membership to both societies and discussions about a merger; it was not until 1959 that there was a final agreement and the two organizations merged to form ASHRAE.

ASHVE was first talked of, at least with the idea of at once forming such society in the summer of 1894. It was thought that the time was ripe for a pure engineering society. Composed of the active workers in the field of heating and ventilating, meeting subjects most interesting to the engineer would be discussed. As the result of this interchange of ideas, it was decided to ask the opinions of fifty or seventy-five engineers known to be much interested in their chosen line of work, as to the advisability of forming such an organization.

So many favorable replies were received that invitations were sent out to about twenty-five persons in New York city to come together at the office of Heating and Ventilation, 146 World Building, New York, Thursday, August 2, 1894. The first regular meeting was called to order at the Broadway Central Hotel, New York, at 3 P. M., September 10, 1894. The first annual meeting of The American Society of Heating and Ventilating Engineers was held at No. 12 West 31 St street, New York city, January 22, 23, and 24, 1895.

Forthcoming will be the actual proceedings from this meeting!  Stay tuned!


Louisville ASHRAE November Chapter Meeting (Virtual) - Reminder
Louisville ASHRAE November Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Please join us for the fourth chapter meeting of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year!

This chapter meeting will be held virtually

Presenter: Larry J. Fisher, Life Member ASHRAE

Larry is the retired owner and President of ECT Services, a Temperature Controls design and installation company based in Louisville, KY.  He has been involved with ASHRAE Technical Committee 1.4, Control Theory and Application for over 25 years.  Larry is past member of ASHRAE Board of Directors, served as your Region VII DRC, and currently serves as voting member on Foundation, Publishing and Education, Government Affairs, and Nominating.  He has received ASHRAE’s Distinguished and Exceptional Service Awards. He has been a speaker with controls as the focus at numerous ASHRAE Conferences. His expertise during his 35+ years in controls includes the understanding of quality installation that result in a more sustainable building for the future. His passion is education for owners, engineers, and installers that result in a well-maintained mechanical system for the life of a building.

Topic: Best Practices for Installing DDC Systems

This will be an abbreviated version from the 3 hour instructor led course that Larry debuted at the 2019 Winter Meeting in Orlando.

What is interesting is this course DOES NOT discuss sequences of operation, programming, or software. The purpose is to focus on the physical design, the engineering specs (instructions) of the physical design, the installation procedures and accountability and expectations of the team required to design and install sustainable controls for the life of a building.

A facility’s direct digital controls (DDCs) form a living, breathing system that an owner will use throughout the life of the building. However, many control systems do not work as designed on “Day One,” much less after two to three years of use. Adding to the complexity are subcontractors, who often do not routinely install control systems, as well as installing contractors, who have broad discretion to determine aspects of how controls are installed. In addition, many manufacturers sell DDCs and components but provide little information on installation practices or quality-control guidelines.

If standardized and quality installations are promoted, the short and long-term success of control systems will be greatly improved.

This program will discuss information to ensure uniformity for consultants, contractors, and code officials. The program will specifically benefit consulting engineers, DDC design integration engineers, commissioning authorities, and contractors who install DDC Systems.

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $15

(1) PDH will be available

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=180

Registration Deadline: 11/18 at 9:00 AM

A link to join the webinar will be sent out on the morning of 11/18

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

Louisville ASHRAE October Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Louisville ASHRAE October Chapter Meeting (Virtual)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Please join us for the third chapter meeting of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year!

This chapter meeting will be held virtually

Topic: Answers to the Biggest Questions About Aerosols, COVID-19 & HVAC Systems

On September 18th, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) appeared to acknowledge that coronavirus could be spread by aerosols. It posted guidance on its website listing aerosols among the ways the virus spreads and saying there was growing evidence the airborne particles can remain suspended and travel beyond 6 feet. But three days later, that guidance was gone. A note in its place said a draft had been posted in error and that the CDC was still working on the update. For several months now, science has backed up the claim that COVID-19 can and does spread through aerosols. 

Once the CDC, the WHO and other governing bodies acknowledge this, how will it effect our industry?
In this webinar, we will cover general questions about aerosols, their ability to transmit COVID-19, and ways to protect building occupants from aerosol transmission. The roles ventilation, filtration, and HVAC systems play in aerosol movement and transmission will also be discussed.

Presenter: Luke Powell, WELL AP, LEED AP, Vice President Air Equipment Company

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Cost: $15

(1) PDH will be available

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=179

Registration Deadline:
 10/21 at 9:00 AM

A link to join the webinar will be sent out on the morning of 10/21

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

Urgent - Louisville ASHRAE Meeting Update!
Urgent - Louisville ASHRAE Meeting Update!
Please disregard the link provided in our previous email.
The presentation by our current ASHRAE Society President - Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge can be joined from the link below:


Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

Louisville ASHRAE September Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Louisville ASHRAE September Chapter Meeting (Virtual)
Thursday, September 17, 2020
Please join us on Thursday, September 17, 2020 for our second chapter meeting of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year

This chapter meeting will be held virtually

Topic: Presidential Theme – Industry 4.0

Presenter: Charles “Chuck” E. Gulledge III, P.E., HBDP, LEED AP, 2020-21 ASHRAE President

Charles E. Gulledge III, P.E., HBDP, LEED AP, Fellow ASHRAE, is ASHRAE’s President for the 2020-21 term. Gulledge previously served on the ASHRAE Board of Directors as president-elect, treasurer, vice president and director-at-large. For his time and dedication to ASHRAE and the industry, he is the recipient of numerous awards including the Exceptional Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Chapter Service Award, Regional Award of Merit, two ASHRAE Technology Awards and the Dan Mills Technology Award. His theme for the 2020-21 ASHRAE Society Year is “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” “Why should we engage in digital transformation? To gain a competitive advantage amongst our peers, position ourselves as the go-to resource for clients, improve margins, provide greater value, and attract and retain a digitally skilled workforce.”
In addition to his time served on the Board of Directors, Gulledge has served as chair of the Members Council and the President-Elect Advisory Committee, chair of the Finance Committee, chair of the Standards Membership Ad Hoc Committee, chair of the Development Committee for Fundraising, and as an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. He has held ASHRAE Society-level leadership roles on many standing committees, technical committees and presidential ad hoc committees. Gulledge’s theme focuses on reimagining the building industry and ASHRAE’s place in it by integrating not only industry segments, but also technology.
“Digital transformation is not simply associated with adopting new technical solutions. Knowledge needs to be captured and linked in such a way that ALL relevant stakeholders’ benefit. Doing so requires understanding of how to collect, store, and analyze data; so that it is insightful and actionable.” In addition to his contributions to ASHRAE, Gulledge’s career in HVAC spans over 36 years. He entered the industry as an engineer-in-training with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, working on transit system infrastructure, vehicular tunnels and moveable swing-span bridges. Over his career, he has served the built world in the roles of a consulting engineer, municipal owner and design-build
contractor. Gulledge is currently a Senior Mechanical Engineer with Environmental Air Systems, LLC. He is registered as a professional engineer in the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama and Virginia.
Gulledge’s comprehensive design, construction and operational portfolio covers a variety of market sectors; including transportation, commercial, educational, institutional, lodging, sports, mission critical, life sciences, healthcare, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, industrial, archival, historical, and hospitality.
Gulledge is a 1983 graduate of North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in
Mechanical Engineering.

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Cost: $15

(1) PDH will be available

Registration Link: http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/default.asp?q_areaprimaryid=3&q_areasecondaryid=0&q_areatertiaryid=0&q_eventid=177

Registration Deadline: 9/17 at 9:00 AM

A link to join the webinar will be sent out on the morning of 9/17

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

2020 Louisville ASHRAE Program Membership Survey - Results
Thank you to all 26 respondents who completed the Louisville ASHRAE Membership Program Survey. Your input will help us serve you better. We have taken the results from the survey and are building our program around those. Currently, the Louisville Chapter has 197 area assigned members. That means we had less than a 15% completion rate for the survey. To increase this for next year’s survey, we will be increasing our engagement with the membership to provide you with all the benefits that ASHRAE has to offer.

To start the year, we will have Dennis Knight, Former ASHRAE Society VP speaking on COVID-19 and building readiness. This is something you all have asked for and we have secured.

Membership Program Survey Winner: Dennis Barrett
Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com to claim your $50 Amazon gift card!
Survey Results
Program suggestions submitted:
Energy Presentation Panel. Fort Knox Presenter. President of ASHRAE
'field trips' or 'site visits': Crestwood distillery and KCC were both interesting days
Strategies for protecting building occupants from airborne Covid-19
Pressure Independent Control Valves
Building Automation and the Use of AI
How Covid-19 has (or will) change our industry.
Building Automation
Data center efficiency, HVAC design tools
Controls quality control and commissioning
Hydronic balancing - energy savings

YEA Leading and Working in a Virtual World - Webinar
The webinar "YEA Leading and Working in a Virtual World" that Ralph Kison hosted on June 25th, 2020 is now available online. All Louisville ASHRAE YEA members are encouraged to watch the webinar.

The webinar can be viewed here: https://www.ashrae.org/communities/young-engineers-in-ashrae-yea/resources
Mallory Anderson
Shrout Tate Wilson
Louisville ASHRAE YEA Chair

ASHRAE's 2020-21 Presidential Address
ASHRAE’s 2020-21 Charles E. Gulledge, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE gives his inaugural presidential address, introducing his theme, “The ASHRAE Digital Lighthouse and Industry 4.0.” The theme focuses on reimagining the building industry by not only integrating industry segments, but technology. He explains how capturing and linking knowledge requires an understanding of how to collect, store, and analyze data so that it is insightful and actionable.

The address can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/Pz4iSCDDiG0

Aired July 2, 2020.

2020 Bluegrass ASHRAE Chapter - Golf Outing
2020 Bluegrass ASHRAE Chapter - Golf Outing
Friday May 15, 2020
Houston Oaks Golf Course
555 Houston Oaks Dr. | Paris, KY 40361
Save the Date 

You are invited to join the Bluegrass ASHRAE Chapter on Friday, May 15th for their 7th annual golf outing

7:30-8:00 am - Breakfast, registration, networking

8:00 am - Announcements & rules review

8:15 am - Shotgun start

2:00 pm - Awards and door prizes

Cost:  $75 for individual
See flyer for additional tournament packages
Please register by May 1, 2020

Contact Cory Sharrard (859.351.1743 / csharrard@grwinc.com) for sponsorship opportunities

Louisville ASHRAE Chapter Update
Good Afternoon All
I wanted to send a short note from the BOG in regard to all the events and emails you may have been receiving from the chapter. Our annual fundraiser for Research Promotion (golf outing) was originally scheduled for this coming Monday (April 20), with a three-hour tech session prior.  This fundraiser has now been rescheduled for Monday, June 15th. Due to this rescheduling, we want to still have a PDH offering for you Monday,  It will start at 11:30am on “HVAC for Indoor Agriculture.” We have dedicated this meeting as a day of giving to support the chapter with a minimum $15.00 donation.  This donation can be completed online with our typical meeting registration process. A Skype link will then be sent to you prior to the meeting. There is an option to increase your donation if you would like.  If you do increase your donation, our chapter BOG would like to thank you up front, and we want you to know that we appreciate your assistance in reaching our goal. If you have not received the communication yet on Monday's Webinar please be on the look out for it later today. I would also like to inform you of a free webinar on Tuesday of next week about Reducing Infectious Disease Transmission with UVGI that can be found at the following link https://www.ashrae.org/professional-development/all-instructor-led-training/online-instructor-led-training/reducing-infectious-disease-transmission-with-uvgi. If our restrictions for meetings continue through May, we will plan on having that meeting via web conference as well.  So please be on the lookout for any updates in regard to the May meeting. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me or any of the BOG members. We will be more than happy to have any discussion or address an concerns you may have. I hope that you all stay safe and to see you on the Golf course in June.  
Justin Ost
Louisville Chapter President

Louisville ASHRAE Day of Giving - UPDATE
Louisville ASHRAE Day of Giving - UPDATE

We are pleased to announce that a 1-hour technical session webinar on "HVAC for Indoor Agriculture" will be available on Monday April 20th for our annual "Day of Giving" to support ASHRAE Research Promotion

(1) PDH will be available

The following topics will be covered:
Market Trends
What is indoor agriculture?
Thermal Basics for Indoor Agriculture
Differences vs. Comfort Cooling
Vapor Pressure Deficit
Dehumidification Technologies
Facility Design Considerations

Presenter: Mark Emberson and Chilton Stewart, KCC

Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Cost: Minimum $15 donation required

Please register at the following link:


Please also consider attending the ASHRAE Learning Institute course scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st at 9 AM.

The topic will be "Reducing Infectious Disease Transmission with UVGI" (1 PDH available)

Registration is free


Louisville-Bluegrass ASHRAE Government Outreach Day
Louisville-Bluegrass ASHRAE Government Outreach Day

ASHRAE's 2020 Kentucky Government Outreach Day (GO day) will be held on March 19th beginning at 8:30am in the Capitol Annex building in Frankfort.
The key ingredient to ASHRAE's GO day success is you!  Building relationships with state and local policy makers increases the probability of decision makers reaching out to us when they need guidance on issues related to ASHRAE's areas of expertise.  Having you there greatly increases ASHRAE's chances of meeting with your representatives to discuss all that ASHRAE has to offer.
If you are able to join us, please fill out the survey at the link below and we will get back in touch with further details.


Contact Mike Callan (callan.michael@yahoo.com) if you have any questions.

March 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Meeting Cancellation Notice
March 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Meeting - CANCELLED

In the interest of public health and the health of our members, the March 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Chapter meeting has been cancelled due to increasing concerns surrounding COVID-19.

March 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Meeting - Revised Meeting Date
March 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Meeting - Revised Meeting Date
Friday March 20, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
at The Blankenbaker
2713 Blankenbaker Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

Speaker :: Tom Durkin - ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer
Topic :: Humidity Control With and Without Reheat
Durkin’s approach is that most applications do not need for designers to control humidity, rather just make sure it doesn’t get out of control. Humidity control can be active or passive, but it should never be ignored. This talk will explain low cost but highly effective solutions that work in all climate zones.

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Louisville ASHRAE City Barbeque Fundraiser
Louisville ASHRAE City Barbeque Fundraiser
Wednesday, February 26, 2020

City Barbeque - Off South Hurstbourne Parkway
329 Whittington Pkwy. | Louisville, KY 40222

We get 25% back on all sales when our flyer is presented

Download Flyer Here

Fundraiser is only valid on 2/26 at this locaiton

Contact Kyle Browning at kbrowning@b-g.com or 513-489-5225 with questions

February 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Meeting
February 2020 Louisville ASHRAE Meeting
Wednesday February 19, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
at The Blankenbaker
2713 Blankenbaker Rd.
Louisville, KY 40299

Speaker :: John Busch
Topic :: Steam Ships
Historian and author John Laurence Busch will chronicle the long evolution from natural power to artificial power at sea, breaking down the development from both a “steamboat” and “steamship” perspective.  Then he will analyze modern-day efforts to re-introduce various forms of natural power to modern, artificially-powered commercial vessels, and the rationale for doing so.

Louisville ASHRAE YEA Event
Louisville ASHRAE YEA Event
Thursday February 13th, 2020

Bluegrass Karting & Events
2520 Ampere Dr., Louisville, KY 40299

You are invited to join us for the first YEA event of the new year

Drinks and your first two races will be covered, so come ready to meet and mingle with your fellow YEA members!

Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Cost:  Free!

Contact Sarah Chinberg at SChinberg@kccmfg.com or 502-494-7644 to RSVP

Please RSVP by Wednesday February 6th at 5:00 PM

March 2018 Chapter Meeting

Due to the University Club being closed today because of the weather, the April ASHRAE meeting will be held at ECT Services at 11:30 AM today.  ECT’s address is 1501 S. Preston St. Louisville, KY  40217.  Parking might be tight, so if the parking lot is full, feel free to park on the street near the office.  Thanks.

March Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, March 21
, 2018
ECT Services
1501 S. Preston St. Louisville, KY  40217

Topic:  HVLS Fans

Speaker: Steve Walters
Midwest Regional Sales Manager
Hunter Industrial Fan Company

Click Here to Register

September Chapter Meeting
September Chapter Meeting

Wednesday, September 20
, 2017
at the University Club

First meeting of the 2017-2018 year!

Topic: Grooved Mechanical Joints and Fittings Applications for Systems

Speaker: Tyler Mulkins, Territory Sales Manager – Kentucky & Southern Indiana

January Chapter Meeting
January 2017 Chapter Meeting

*** First Meeting of 2017 ***

Wednesday, January 18
, 2017
at the University Club

pic:    Louisville’s Sustainability Program; the progress that has been made since its inception in 2012 and what is planned for the future

Speaker: Maria Koetter, Louisville’s Sustainability Director

April Chapter Meeting
There will be no April Chapter Meeting

We hope you can attend the ASHRAE Golf Scramble
Monday April 25th
Details here


Meeting and Event Schedule
Revised date for February meeting...
2012-2013 Meeting and Event Schedule

September 10th, 2012
Subject :: Laboratory Exhaust Systems
Speaker :: Mark VanderKooy, Greenheck

October 8th, 2012
Subject :: Sustainable Applications that Work
Speaker :: Terry Townsend, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

November 19th, 2012
Subject :: Liquid Desiccant Dehumidification
Speaker :: Aaron Hohenbrink, Advantix

December 10th, 2012
Subject :: Ensuring Savings, Safety and Satisfaction-The Critical Nature of ORs and Surgical Space HVAC Selection
Speaker :: Cheryl Laniewicz, Phoenix Controls

December 13th, 2012
Louisville ASHRAE Christmas Party
Murder Mystery Dinner at the Frazier Museum
January 14th, 2013
Subject :: Natatorium HVAC System Design
Speaker :: Karl Schaphorst, PoolPak

February 20th, 2013
Subject :: Win-Win Negotiating Skills
Speaker :: Barry Benator, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer

March 11th, 2013
Subject :: Seismic Codes and Control/Restraint
Speaker :: Jonathan Reinhardt, Mason Industries

April 18th, 2013 (Thursday)
Subject :: Assessing Building Energy Performance:  From Principles to Practice
ASHRAE Webcast, hosted by JCI

May ??th, 2013
Golf Scramble
Location and date TBD

August 14th through 17th, 2013
Region VII CRC – Hosted by the Louisville Chapter
Marriott Downtown, Louisville, KY

Click here to see the Louisville ASHRAE Calendar for registration and meeting downloads.

Beginning of 2012-2013 Year
Our New Officers...

Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED Requirements

The ASHRAE Learning Institute is offering the instructor-led short course, Using Standard 90.1 to Meet LEED® Requirements, in conjunction with ASHRAE’s Energy Modeling Conference. Get in-depth training for real-world HVAC&R challenges from ASHRAE on Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, GA.

Society Newsletter - All Members
Click link for the newsletter...

ASHRAE Society Updates - May 2012

Bluegrass Chapter Social Event
ASHRAE May Meeting/Social Event
Friday, May 18th
“Tour of the Winchester Farms Dairy Plant”

Region VII Dinner at San Antonion Announced
Information on the Region 7 & 8 dinner in San Antonio can be found here...


April Webcast
Free webcast and lunch from ASHRAE

Today @ 1:00

Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems:
A Path to Balancing Energy and IEQ

Hosted by:

Click here to see event and register.

ASHRAE April Meeting
The Monday ASHRAE meeting is right around the corner.  Click the link below to register on line...

ASHRAE Meeting - Monday, April 9th, 2012
The University Club, Cardinal Drive, Belknap Campus, UofL

Topic :: Balancing Energy Savings and Ventilation Requirements

Speaker :: Glenn Esser, Ruskin

$15.00 early registration on-line.
$20.00 at the door.
$ 5.00 for students.

Click here to link to the calendar and register.

News from ASHRAE Government Affairs
See the most recent updates from ASHRAE Government Affairs here...


February Meeting
Last month, we ran out of seats!  Help us plan ahead to order food and the right size room - register for Monday's ASHRAE meeting today!

Save $5 by registering on the website...

Topic :: Ethical Decision Making

Date :: Monday, February 6th, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$20.00 for on-line registration.

$25.00 at the door.

Register on-line today...

January PDH Certificate Available
Click the link below to find your January 2012 PDH Certificate on the website.  Or, go to LouisvilleASHRAE.com / Past Meetings / January 2012.


January Meeting Tomorrow
Registration is still open! 

Register and pay on-line right
Let us know you're coming, so we can have seats available for everyone.

Matt Hargan

January Meeting Scheduled
The January meeting is on Wednesday, January 18th, at 11:30.

Topic: Chilled Beams

Register and pay on line today!

To find more details and to register follow this link...
http://www.louisvilleashrae.com/2012/01/18/january-meeting.htm .

ASHRAE Christmas Dinner Tonight
Slightly high river water is not dampening our spirits.  The dinner cruise is still on!

There is no dress code, however everyone usually dresses for a cocktail/dinner party.  Also, guys, remember to wear your best holiday tie.  The winner of the most "festive" tie wins a door prize.

$30.00 per person, payable at the door by cash or personal check.

6:00 boarding.   

Region VII Dinner in Chicago

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2021 Louisville ASHRAE Chapter - Golf Outing
2021 Louisville ASHRAE Chapter - Golf Outing
Monday May 10, 2021 at 12:00 PM

Save the Date

Wildwood Country Club

5000 Bardstown Rd | Louisville, KY 40291
Please join us on Monday, May 10th for the annual Louisville ASHRAE Golf Outing benefitting ASHRAE Research Promotion

Click Here to Register

Contact Kyle Browning (kbrowning@b-g.com or 513-489-5225) for sponsorship and volunteer opportunities!

ASHRAE West Virginia, Louisville, and Bluegrass Chapters Webinar
ASHRAE West Virginia, Louisville, and Bluegrass Chapters Webinar (UPDATED TIME)
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Please join us for a joint webinar put on by the West Virginia, Bluegrass, and Louisville ASHRAE chapters! 

Presenter: Stet Sanborn

Topic: Electrification of Heating and Rapid Decarbonization

Learning Objectives:
With the US's plan set to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, our country's governance at all levels will need to accelerate decarbonization strategies to meet reduction goals of the Accord. Our presenter will provide an overview of strategies adopted across North America and challenges we will face including those unique to the WV/KY area. Will provide a background on the development of national decarbonization policies and the transition to electrified buildings. Hear about emerging technologies, like CO2 heat pumps, that are helping drive the rapid electrification of the built environment, including complex buildings like research labs and carbon-intensive applications like space heating and domestic hot water production. He will also explain load-shifting strategies needed to enable a resilient, carbon-free utility grid.
UPDATED Time: 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

Cost: Free

Please consider making a donation to ASHRAE Research Promotion. Donations can be made in $5 increments by selecting "ASHRAE Research Promotion Donation" and a quantity on the Louisville ASHRAE website. 

Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1067956057512493582

Donation Link:

Please contact info@louisvilleashrae.com if you have any questions

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