November 2017 Print

President's Message


With the end of the year approaching it’s time again for our annual Winetasting Event, which will once again be held at Whispering Vine at the corner of Mayberry and McCarran Blvd. The flyer and sponsorship form for this event is included in this newsletter.  We hope you can join us for this great event, and/or provide a sponsorship.

Thank you to all who attended our October meeting, we had a great turnout.   We had a great presentation by Distinguished Lecturer Alan Niles on Net Energy Water Loops, a Clear Path to Net Zero Energy Buildings, thank you Alan.  If you missed the presentation Alan was gracious enough to provide us with a copy of that presentation, which can be found on the Northern Nevada website. This month’s presentation will be from Ryan Brown of Aerco on Condensing Boilers.  Also this months meeting is our Research Promotions Night to honor those who donated to last years campaign. We’ll be back at Pinocchio for lunch this meeting, which is our last of the year, and we’ll resume in January. See you on the 16th at Pinocchio’s.


Sandor Duran P.E.

2017-18 Northern Nevada ASHRAE Chapter President 


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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Diane Mitchell  

Thursday, November 16, 2017
The meeting will be held at the Pinochio's
Networking at 11:30, Lunch at 12:00

Pinocchio’s – South Reno
5995 S. Virginia Street

RSVP at:



Tim Totten – Aerco Boilers


Boiler System Optimization

Thanks to all who attended the October meeting. We had a fantastic turnout and much appreciation to Alan Niles with Water Furnace!

Please RSVP for our meetings. We want to make sure the facility can accommodate all our members – We confirmed 25-30 for the October meeting and had 36 attendees!

Diane Mitchell

Upcoming Meetings: 

ASHRAE Meeting Dates for 2017-18








Ed Smith

UNR Cooperative Extension

Embers, Junipers, Dead Vegetation, and Dense Shrubs - Improving the odds of surviving wildfires.




Alan Niles


Net Energy Water Loops, a Clear Pathto Net Zero Energy Buildings

 Twisted Fork



Tim Totten


Boiler System Optimization




 Kevin Peters






Aran Winn






Mike Kissel


ASHRAE 90.1 and ANSI/AHRI Standard 400-Impact on Gaskedted Plate & Frame Heat Exchangers

 Twisted Fork



 Steve Shaffer/Dave Binz

Cambridge Engineering

 IAQ with Direct Fired MUA




 Ryan Power

 Energy Labs

Data Center Hybrid Cooling Systems

 Twisted Fork




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Treasurer's Report


As of October 30, 2017 our current balance (removed for Newsletter, we are solvent). 

Adrienne Thomle


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Research Promotion Chair Report


ASHRAE Members-

As we continue our 2017/2018 research promotion campaign the board has decided to make November our Research promotions night and we would like to thank the following people for who personally made a contribution to the 2016/2017 RP Campaign at this month's meeting:

MicroMetl Corporation

WN Mechanical Sales

Mr Dean S Borges

Western Nevada Supply Company

Raglen Systems Balance Incorporated

Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equip.- Reno

R F MacDonald Co - Reno

DMG Corporation - Reno

Core Construction

California Hydronics

J&J Mechanical

Mr Douglas P Deangeli

Ms Adrienne G Thomle

Mr Sean G Frey,

Mr Chun W Lee,

Mr Matthew I Brennan

Mr Sandor J Duran

Ms J Diane Mitchell

As a chapter we are on our way to meeting our goal of $5,200 with a very successful golf tournament and the people that have already contributed this year. There is still a lot of work to be done though and a great way to help is our upcoming wine tasting event. I’d like to thank those that have contributed in the past, but we will need everyone’s help to reach our goal for this year. Please start thinking about what you can do as an individual to help our chapter do its part to support the research projects that help keep our industry moving forward by improving technology. 

Please at a minimum take some time to request that your company support our chapter with a donation to the ASHRAE RP Campaign!

To make a contribution online please visit the following website:

Please bring donation to a meeting and give it to me there! You will receive receipt that can be used for tax-deduction purposes.

 If you would like to see more information on how ASHRAE uses our donations you can visit and you will see that this world-wide effort also supports numerous projects within our region totaling over $1.4 million. This is a great cause that benefits us all and I hope that everyone will continue to help our chapter support it. If you know a specific research project you would like your money to go to, your donation can be bookmarked to that project. 

With your help we can make the Research Promotions 2017/18 campaign more successful than the 2016/17 campaign. 

Thank you,

Sandor Duran, P.E., CEM  



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Membership Promotions Chair Report


Thanks everyone for their membership renewal and also signing up. If you know of any new members that would like to sign up, please send them my way. 

Per the direction of our president, please be sure to update your profile on the ASHRAE website and also update to a full membership if you are still an associate (if you are eligible).  If you have any questions, feel free to contact either Sandor or I.


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Historian's Report

Historian: Dean Borges


Hi Everyone,


Northern Nevada Chapter held its 2nd Chapter meeting on October 19th at Twisted Fork for a luncheon event. President Sandor Duran welcomed and introduced everyone to the event (approximately 32, 7 women and 25 men) and introduced Alan Niles, Western Region Commercial Sales Manager for Water Furnace.  Alan, a Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE, spoke on Net Zero Energy Water Loop systems.  A very dynamic speaker and knew this subject well and had several boiler reps squirming when he suggested boilers were no longer needed for providing heat in a Net Zero Energy building design.

Sincerely, Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2017-18         



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GGAC Chair Report

GGAC Chair - Dave Wyllie

This month I report on the quarterly meeting of the State Energy Code Collaborative.  If you have any information relating to codes or other government activity that you think would be of interest to our chapter members, please forward to me at

The teleconference of the State of Nevada Energy Code Collaborative took place on September 27th.  The meetings, which are led by Jim Meyers of the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), are attended by stakeholders of the energy codes to be used in the state.  Minutes from the meeting are given here, five main topics were presented and discussed, as described below.

Review Previous Meeting Minutes
Jim summarized the last meeting and reminded the participants of the presentation in June on how Seattle works with the commercial design community when energy modeling is the chosen compliance path for commercial buildings. The Seattle total building performance reporting requirements are included at the end of these minutes. Please pass along to those you feel would benefit from this information.

Compliance – are we there yet? Where do we need to go? How do we get there? Who or what is missing?
This was a group discussion with many participating. The items and salient points discussed are summarized as follows:

  • The SNHBA has received comments from Raters on building practices and is open to receiving comments to support education of the industry
  • Understanding where training is needed to leverage training dollars for energy codes
  • Much of the industry who installs, constructs has had OJT to gain their skills
  • Training on manufacturer instructions is not always happening
  • Raters are seeing needs for compliance improvements and would like to see consistent
    enforcement across building departments and the expectations are consistent
  • Many communities in the state received blower doors and duct blaster during the federal
    stimulus period more for educational needs that use of the tools. Most are not used today for educational needs in the building departments
  • Southern Nevada ICC chapter has quarterly trainings on all building codes (not specifically energy code)
  • Teaming with the HBA’s to provide trainings at the HBA offices have previously been successful with expanding the diversity of industry who have attended the meetings. Should/could this be expanded?
  • Should there be a larger focus in Northern Nevada who has recently adopted newer energy codes and has less exposure to the diagnostic testing and commissioning that has occurred in the southern area of the state
  • Leverage ICC materials such as IECC handbooks that can be distributed to building department staff, builders, designers and trades
  • Should we develop our own field inspection checklists?
  • Education to building industry, residential (specifically small quantity builders), on third party testing requirements in the code. Understanding requirements of code
  • Leverage HBA’s for coordinated energy code trainings


Numerous people participating in a discussion were asked if they had $5,000 for one to two trainings what would they focus on. These were the shared ideas:

  • Manual J training
  • Air barrier and insulation installation, residential and small commercial
  • Thermal bypass checklist
  • Basic code requirements
  • When local amendments are developed, focus a training on all amendments
  • Commissioning and testing
  • Training based on DOE above code programs
  • 90.1 training


Kelly Thomas discussed NGOE’s following of municipalities across the state and who has adopted the 2012 IECC and who have not adopted the code. How can we support municipalities who have not adopted the latest energy code? Are there ways to enforce the code to prevent non?compliance?

How to support municipalities and industry with newer codes
Kelly Thomas discussed NGOE’s following of municipalities across the state and who has adopted the 2012 IECC and who have not adopted the code.

It was discussed that municipalities adopt and enforce their adopted codes which may line up with the state code. Kelly asked how could we, the state, industry, others, support a municipality that is on the 2006 IECC today and could move to the 2012 IECC or greater. There is no enforcement mechanism at the state level.

Tom mentioned that in the utility industry the program of informing customers the amount of energy they are consuming is one mechanism to support advancing energy efficiency. It’s educational and recognition of local leaders. One idea would be to create press releases, informational materials to be shared with building owners and tenants on the lost opportunities with an older code. Les asked if NV Energy could review consumption of newer homes over the first 12 months of occupancy. The buildings would be across jurisdictions with different energy codes.

Mark shared findings from Pershing County and potential costs and impacts for transition to a new code.

Recognizing communities who have adopted the energy code could be presented on the NGOE informational materials or website. 

New I-Codes Adoptions
The state law says that NGOE shall adopt the most recent energy code which could be interpreted as the 2018 IECC is the most recent. Kelly is work to review the top 10 changes for the 2018 IECC. NGOE was moving forward with the 2015 IECC, and now reviewing the 2018. They will be reaching out to receive industry comments. One of either version must be adopted by the end of June 2018.

Mark mentioned that the northern Nevada building officials will first meet starting in late October to discuss the 2018 I?Codes to understand the impact and changes to the currently adopted codes.

2017 Legislative Wrap Up, Policy Activity
The Green Building tax abatement is at the Legislative Council Bureau at this time. The tax abatement currently includes Green Globes and LEED, while other options such as BREEAM, have asked to be considered an equivalent to LEED. NGOE anticipates receiving the plan back in late October with public hearing in late November or early December.

AB223 and SB150 put into place a new game plan for advancing energy efficiency through the utilities. NV Energy will develop their three year plan that will get filed in June 2018. NV Energy is hosting the Demand Side Collaborative. This is the mechanism to advance incentives for rebates for energy efficient construction, energy retrofits and others. The collaborative is held monthly through a teleconference call.

Les mentioned that NV Energy is collaborating with SW Gas for trainings. They will be focusing on six different building areas. The first sessions will be focused on building science. Another will be a thermography class in November. Trainings will start in mid?October in Northern Nevada. The trainings
will have a cost for the participant.

Wrap Up and Other
Next Energy Code collaborative meeting will be held in approximately three months.


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Sustainability Chair Report

NN ASHRAE Members, 

On October 18, 2017, the City of Reno launched its ReEnergize campaign at UNR. Guest speakers included Reno Councilman David Bobzien and Maria Vargas from the DOE.

ReEnergize Reno is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge, which is designed to decrease energy and water waste in large buildings across the nation to reduce climate pollution. At least 45 other cities across the country are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge.

According to Lynne Barker, City of Reno Sustainability Manager, In Northern Nevada, there are 59 projects that have gone through the LEED certification process representing more than 6.5 million square feet of real estate development across all sectors.

Consider getting involved and help to educate owners on Energy Star and how a little knowledge can change energy use and reduce carbon emissions.

Mark Hauenstein, P.E. LEED BD+C BEAP


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Calendar of Events


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Energy & Maintenance Manager - Carson City School District Operations Department

Position ID# 4804

August 25, 2017

POSITION:  Energy & Maintenance Manager

LOCATION: Operations Department

OPEN TO:  Employees of Carson City School District and external applicants.

APPLICATION PERIOD:  Open until filled.

SALARY and BENEFITS:  Salary Range $64,134.36 to $90,494.45 annually.  8.00 hours per day, 12 months per year. Employer-paid retirement, health and life insurance, sick leave and annual leave benefits.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:  Bachelor's degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university preferred; or ten years related contracting/building trades experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Five (5) years minimal journey level training as an electrical and HVACR technician. Completion of Energy Management Systems (EMS) or Building Management Systems (BMS) training preferred. Bilingual preferred.

Must be able to pass the pre-employment drug screen, physical, and lift test.

This is a new position.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION:   The Human Resources Department will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled candidates in the employment process.  If you have special needs, please notify the Human Resources Department at the time you turn in your application or at least three (3) days prior to an interview by calling  (775) 283-2130.

Position Summary:  Under general supervision, the Energy and Systems Manager, supervises assigned maintenance staff, develops, implements, supports and maintains the building and energy monitoring and management systems, HVAC Preventative Maintenance & assists with sustainability programs within the Operation Services Department. Programs include utility consumption review, building management monitoring, energy and water conservation management. Performs related work and special assignments as required.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:  The list of Essential Duties and Responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented. Leads the Building Maintenance Department to maintain the HVAC control and monitoring equipment associated with the District’s Building Management) systems; modify and upgrade the controls and set points, monitoring and display programs; develop, implement, and monitor control logic strategies for the purpose of energy usage conservation; and maintains building occupancy and equipment operating schedules in cooperation with facility and Operations personnel. Work with and perform duties related to an Electrical Journeyman, HVACR and Energy preventative Maintenance programs. Assists in the development and implementation of a district-wide, comprehensive energy conservation program and maintain said program. Reviews and collaborates with the Director with regard to the monthly records of utility usage and cost for all district facilities. Coordinates with local utility companies and energy providers regarding energy retrofit and renewable energy generation grant and rebate programs. Reviews the plans for new facility construction and older facility renewal modifications to ensure that efficient systems are specified and properly installed to minimize utility consumption. Work with site administrators and staff to develop and implement operational strategies to minimize energy consumption. Regularly meet with maintenance staff to ensure these strategies are implemented and followed on an ongoing basis with the ability to work flexible hours and shifts. Work toward moving current outsourced HVACR preventative maintenance duties, in house to the school district Work with maintenance staff to develop, implement, and continually update maintenance and preventive maintenance practices to obtain energy consumption savings May function as a project manager on energy retrofit projects. Will serve as a member of the District’s Sustainability Action Team assisting with sustainability initiatives, short-term and long-term initiatives. May assist in providing energy conservation and sustainability programming for classroom instruction. Leading, training and instructing maintenance staff as needed.

For more information and to apply, go to:

The application will require:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of High School Diploma, or High School transcript, or GED Certificate &/or Bachelor's degree from a four-year college or university preferred,
  • Last three (3) evaluations (if no evaluations or incomplete: submit documentation on why no or partial evaluations)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation dated within the last two years.




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 Upcoming Training Event

Closed Loop Systems: Open Tower/Heat Exchanger or Fluid Cooler

Which is best for your application?

Broadcast Live November 16, 2017 at 2 p.m. EDT 

Presented by BAC



In this Webinar, we'll review how closed loop cooling systems deliver many benefits compared to traditional open loop systems, such as reduced fouling, less risk of fluid contamination, and increased system reliability and uptime.  Several methods can be used to "close the loop", including the use of an open circuit cooling tower coupled with a plate & frame heat exchanger or the use of a closed circuit cooling tower, also called a fluid cooler.  The Webinar will contrast maintenance and operational implications between these alternatives along with a comparison of total installed costs, including equipment, material, and labor.  The results will help guide system designers and operators to make the best heat rejection choice for their next project.


PDU/CEU certificate: 

Baltimore Aircoil Company will issue a signed company certificate of your personal attendance after viewing the presentation. The presentation is not registered with any state, so check your state's continuing education requirements if a credit can be applied with this webinar.


Click HERE to register for this FREE presentation.


This is a supplier webinar promoted by High Performing Buildings magazine. ASHRAE does not review content provided in the HPB Magazine supplier webinar series.

About the Presenters

Andrew Rushworth



Andrew Rushworth joined the BAC Global Marketing team this March as Product Platform Manager for Closed Circuit Cooling Towers. Andrew has spent his career in marketing, initially working for leading CPG food and beverage manufacturers such as Cadbury and Dannon in Europe before moving into global B2B marketing with the SC Johnson Group of Companies, most recently handling the Infection Prevention portfolio within the healthcare sector. His experience includes New Product Development, Marketing Strategy, Product Positioning and Value Proposition development.


Andrew has his bachelor's degree from the University of London and an MA in Management Systems and Sciences from the University of Hull in England.

Frank Morrison 



Frank Morrison is currently Technical Director, Global Marketing at Baltimore Aircoil Company. Frank has worked in both Product Engineering and Research & Development at BAC, as well as managed the R&D Labs and the Design Operations Group, before moving to Marketing, where he was Closed Circuit Product Manager. He earned a BSME from Drexel University and an MBA from Loyola College. Frank is active in Industry organizations such as ASHRAE, AHRI, and the Cooling Technology Institute (CTI). He is an inventor or co-inventor on ten U.S. patents and has authored numerous ASHRAE Journal articles and technical papers.    


Click HERE to register for this FREE presentation.


This is a supplier webinar promoted by High Performing Buildings magazine.ASHRAE does not review content provided in the HPB Magazine supplier webinar series.



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Technical Article

 Google's New Office Will Be Heated and Cooled by the Ground Underneath

(from Fast Company Website 10-24-17 and ASHRAE e-Industry News)

The company’s Bay View campus will have the largest ground-source heat pump system installation in North America, using the heat from the surrounding ground to power the building’s climate control–and no fossil fuels.

Google’s New Office Will Be Heated And Cooled By The Ground Underneath
The system uses geothermal heat pumps, relying on the steady 65-degree temperature of the ground to absorb and reject heat. [Image: Google]

At a construction site on Google’s new Bay View campus–a few miles from its headquarters in Mountain View, on NASA-owned land near the San Francisco Bay–cranes lift tubing high in the air and drop it into holes that descend 80 feet into the ground. It’s a step that will allow three new office buildings to heat and cool themselves without fossil fuels, setting apart from nearly all existing offices, which use enormous amounts of energy to manage the temperature in their spaces.

The system uses geothermal heat pumps, relying on the steady 65-degree temperature of the ground to absorb and reject heat. Excess heat from the buildings can also be sent into the ground to be stored until it’s needed.

“We have to be conscious about how we design our projects.” [Photo: Google]


“In the wintertime, when we need to heat the buildings, we’re actually absorbing that heat from the ground, and then in the summertime, when we are cooling the buildings, we’re actually rejecting heat to the ground and warming the ground,” says Eric Solrain, a principal Integral Group, an engineering firm working with Google on the design.

It’s one piece of an overall design for the campus that aims for LEED Platinum certification, the highest level possible in the sustainability rating system for buildings. Outside, 20 acres of open space will be planted with native species. Stormwater will be collected and treated for reuse in on-site ponds. (Materials will be vetted through Google’s healthy materials requirements.) The windows–which fill the space with natural light–are treated with a pattern that helps birds avoid crashing into the glass. The windows can also automatically shade themselves and darken at night to reduce light pollution. Electricity use, as in other Google campuses, will be offset by renewable energy. By using heat pumps, the company will reduce its carbon footprint even further.


“In the wintertime, when we need to heat the buildings, we’re actually absorbing that heat from the ground, and then in the summertime, when we are cooling the buildings, we’re actually rejecting heat to the ground and warming the ground.” [Photo: Google]


Without the heat pumps, the buildings would have been heated with natural gas; the heat pumps eliminate the use of gas completely. (Though the ground temperature hovers around 65 degrees, the buildings can be warmer because the heat pumps concentrate the heat.) In the summer, a standard design would have used cooling towers that rely on piping in huge amounts of water to transfer heat. The heat pumps can provide 95% of the cooling necessary–cooling towers will still be used 5% of the time, on the hottest days of the year–and will save approximately 8 million gallons of potable water every year, critical in a region that’s already prone to drought and likely to become more so as climate change progresses.
“The next challenge that we’re all going to face is water,” says Asim Tahir, a project executive with Google’s Real Estate and Workplace Services who leads building systems design and energy strategy for Google’s office facilities. “We have to be conscious about how we design our projects.”

Google has been considering the use of heat pumps in its buildings for several years, and in 2010 it installed a small system on its main campus to provide hot water for a kitchen. But until now, the company hadn’t found the right project for a large system. In some cases, heat pump systems use boreholes drilled into a separate field, but that process is expensive. By using the deep piles, the foundational supports that are required for new buildings–for structural reasons, the buildings need 4,000 long piles, spread out over a large area–as a way to extend pipes deep into the ground, it was possible to make the system affordable.


“If there’s an element in the building that is only serving one function, that’s missing out on potential opportunities.” [Photo: Google]


"Typically, in traditional design, problems are solved in silos, and you might come up with a good solution, but you might miss opportunities to look around and see what more can you achieve from that,” says Tahir. “Here, one of the ideas we were encouraging the design team to consider was that everything has more than one job. If there’s an element in the building that is only serving one function, that’s missing out on potential opportunities. That’s the sort of thinking that led us to combine the geothermal element into the piles.”


In 2,500 of the buildings’ 4,000 piles, a construction crew has been drilling holes, filling them with wet concrete, and dropping in the tubing to create “energy piles.” (Only some of the piles are used because if they’re too close together, the ground can get overheated or overcooled, making the system less efficient.)

The system also provides other benefits. Normal buildings recirculate air when it’s hot or cold outside because it’s too expensive to keep bringing in and treating fresh air. The heat pump system uses energy so efficiently that the new buildings can continuously use outside air, improving air quality.

Though some buildings in Europe use similar systems, Google’s will be largest in North America, with tubing that stretches a cumulative total of 69 miles. The company plans to share what it learns with others who want to implement something similar, and to promote something that will be invisible when construction is completed.

“One of the beauties and the challenges of this is once this is constructed, nobody sees it,” says Tahir. “So we can only talk about it through the data and the performance. Right now is very interesting because there’s a hive of activity going on at the construction site, and now is the only time you can truly appreciate the scale of this. Once we pour the foundation it’s invisible.”


Adele Peters is a staff writer at Fast Company who focuses on solutions to some of the world's largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley.






















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