February 2018 Print

President's Message


Hello everyone.  I would like to first off remind any of our past presidents to please come join us for our February meeting.  It will be Past President's night, scholarship night, and also our pinning of our immediate past President Chun Lee.  It will be free for all past presidents.  All we ask is that you please RSVP early on the website (see link below in the President Elect's Report). 

I would like to announce that this year's scholarship night is special, as a chapter we will be awarding $5,000 between four very qualified students.  

Another announcement, please take a second to look at our annual sporting clay flyer attached.  Please share with anyone you know, sponsor a station or put together a team and come join us for a day of fun at the Carson Valley Clay Gun Club.

Thank you to all who attended our January meeting for a talk from Kevin Peters with R.F. MacDonald. We had a large turnout, but we need to remember to RSVP before the meeting!  You have been giving your chapter a tremendous amount of support and it is really appreciated. 

I'd like to call your attention to the ASHRAE Press Release shown below, our own Adrienne Thomle was one of 25 people named as ASHRAE Fellows at the recent Winter Meetings.  There is a picture in the Historian section of this newsletter showing her recieving the placque from the ASHRAE President.  Congratulations Adrienne!!

This month’s presentation will be February 15th by Aran Winn speaking on VRF.  See you all at Pinocchio’s for Dinner.


Sandor Duran P.E.

2017-18 Northern Nevada ASHRAE Chapter President


Media Contact:
Allen Haynes

ASHRAE Presents Awards at the 2018 Winter Conference

ATLANTA (Jan. 21, 2018) – ASHRAE recognized the outstanding achievements and
contributions of members to furthering energy efficiency in the heating, ventilation, air
conditioning and refrigeration industry during the 2018 Winter Conference. A list of the awards and their recipients are below.


Fellow ASHRAE is a membership grade that recognizes members who have attained distinction and made substantial contributions in HVAC&R such as education, research, engineering design and consultation, publications and mentoring. The Society elevated 25 members to the grade of Fellow:

  • Andreas Athienitis, Ph.D., Eng., professor, BCEE Department & NSERC/Hydro Quebec Industrial Research Chair and Director, Centre for Zero Energy Building Studies,
    Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
  • Frederick W. Betz, Life Member ASHRAE, senior mechanical engineer, PEDCO E & A
    Services, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Jeff G. Boldt, P.E., HBDP, director of innovation and quality, IMEG Corp., Madison,
  • James A. Carlson, president, Seismic Source International, Omaha, Neb.
  • B. Keith Dunnavant, P.E., vice president, Sales/Americas, Data Center Division, Munters
    Corporation, Buena Vista, Va.
  • Deep Ghosh, P.E., principal/lead engineer, Southern Nuclear, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Katherine G. Hammack, executive director, performance improvement, government and
    public sector services, Ernst & Young, McLean, Va.
  • Traci A. Hanegan, P.E., HFDP, principal, Coffman Engineers, Inc., Spokane, Wash.
  • Adam W. Hinge, P.E., managing director, Sustainable Energy Partnerships, Tarrytown,
  • Ronald E. Jarnagin, Presidential Member ASHRAE, principal owner, RLK Technical
    Consultants, Richland, Wash.
  • Shaobo Jia, Ph.D., principal engineer, global research and development, Heatcraft
    Worldwide Refrigeration, Stone Mountain, Ga.
  • Jay A. Kohler, P.E., director, technology and innovation, chiller solutions, Johnson
    Controls, New Freedom, Pa.
  • Edwin J. Langebartel, P.E., senior discipline engineer, mechanical, Coffman Engineers,
    Inc., Spokane, Wash.
  • Qiao Lu, Ph.D., P.E., senior staff scientist and engineer, Rockwell Collins (B/E
    Aerospace Inc.), Anaheim, Calif.
  • Raj M. Manglik, Ph.D., professor of mechanical engineering and director of the ThermalFluids & Thermal Processing Laboratory, University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Mark O. McLinden, Ph.D., chemical engineer, National Institute of Standards and
    Technology, Boulder, Colo.
  • R. Lee Millies, Jr., P.E., president, Millies Engineering Group, Munster, Indiana.
  • Alessandro Sandelewski, Ph.D., Ing., Life Member ASHRAE, technical director, ASC
    Engineering SRL, Milano, Italy.
  • Dilip R. Sarda, director, Synergy Agrothech PVT Ltd., Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
  • Jeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Toronto,
    Ontario, Canada.
  • Luca Stefanutti, P.E., owner, Studio Ing. Stefanutti, Milano, Italy.
  • Rex Stockwell, P.E., senior engineering consultant, Vibrantcy, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Wei Sun, P.E., president and CEO, Engysco, Inc., Ann Arbor and Farmington Hills,
  • Adrienne Thomle, retired global product manager, Honeywell International, Reno, Nev.
  • Gerald J. Williams, P.E., Life Member ASHRAE, partner/senior vice president, 8760
    Engineering, St. Louis, Mo.



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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Diane Mitchell  

Thursday, February 15, 2017
The meeting will be held at the Pinochio's-Featuring Prime Rib
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00

Pinocchio’s – South Reno
5995 S. Virginia Street

RSVP at:




Aran Winn – LG Electronics


Variable Refrigerant Flow - Applications

Topic Description - An introduction to Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Systems. Presentation will cover these system’s features, design tools, and the application options for optimized system efficiency and user comfort.

Bio - Aran Winn holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and an Engineer-in-Training Certification. He has been in the HVAC equipment sales field in Northern California and Western Nevada for over 11 years with experience assisting consulting engineers in the design of VRF systems. He is the Regional Sales Engineer for LG Electronics USA Commercial Air Conditioning Division. 

Please come and celebrate all our Past Presidents and enjoy our last event being hosted at Pinocchio’s! We would like to sincerely thank JP and all the amazing staff for the wonderful food, service and memories over the past few years ~ The remaining meetings for 2017-2018 calendar year will be held at Twisted Fork (see schedule below.)

As a friendly reminder, please RSVP for our meetings. We want to make sure the facility can accommodate all our members.  Due to increased attendance please look for new RSVP procedures coming in the near future.

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

R.F. MacDonald Co.

Centrifugal Pumps & System Head Curves




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

Twisted Fork



 Ryan Power

 Energy Labs

Data Center Hybrid Cooling Systems

Twisted Fork




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Treasurer's Report


As of January 29, 2018 the chapter account balance is (deleted by editor - we are solvent). 



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Research Promotion Chair Report


ASHRAE Members-

As a chapter we are at 30% our goal of $5,200. We were able to reach our current number  with a very successful wine tasting and the people that have already contributed this year. 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 https://www.ashrae.org/standards-research--technology/ashrae-rp 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


As a reminder, I know a lot of you are starting to get your renewal notifications, please renew your memberships. Your membership means so much to not only me but the local HVAC community.

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 Member, Adrienne Thomle, was presented an ASHRAE Fellow recognition at the Plenary Session by President Bjarne Olesen in Chicago. President Sandor Duran also attended the Region X Dinner at Ace Bounce. We will be ready for CRC at San Joaquin Chapter, Fresno, California, in August 2018.


The Chicago Meeting of the Historical Committee was well attended by voting members, special guests, and Regional Historians. Chair Kent Anderson followed the agenda with few variations.

I picked up a couple of ideas for the CRC; Offer a $100 reward for the best Chapter History Display; to locate HVAC&R plaques by YEA/SA using selfies, coordinates, and submission to Society, finally using IEEE 177 milestones criteria for new plaques.

In the Chicago technical program guide, I found a “History is Hott” program at the spouses Meet and Greet (page 16) which had Mr. Ken Price, Director of PR at the Palmer House Hilton. His flair for presenting History was to create a story which involved the personality of the people involved. We learned that Chicago was a place known as “land of the smelling unions” by the local Native American’s and amazing things of Potter Palmer and his spouse Bertha to stay with the land in the middle of this new country, using innovated methods of capitalism and investments to establish the Palmer Houses.

There was a lot of planning discussed about the 125th Anniversary of ASHRAE in the action plan, time lines and budget for the 2019-20 Society Year.

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 dwyllie@celticenergy.com.

The teleconference of the State of Nevada Energy Code Collaborative took place on January 11th.  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.

Commercial Building Compliance Studies – What can we learn and how applicable to Nevada Construction?
Shaunna Mozingo with Colorado Code Consulting presented on commercial case studies she has worked on in Colorado and other states. She is currently participating in a U.S. DOE sponsored commercial building compliance study, but for today she is sharing the findings from a commercial compliance study performed in Colorado within the past 1.5 years. The team approached the limited funded compliance study to understand where the biggest energy uses were in the building and how the energy code views those components,
systems, and/or overall energy use.

The team looked at four priority areas; energy usage and ability to verify the installation and the energy savings potential. The goal is to support building departments with energy code compliance and in this case to help them understand the top ten energy saving, conservation, components and systems. Looking at building types and energy usage breakdown they were able to suggest energy conservation measures for building type
and climate zone.

They developed checklists for multiple building types and found road blocks to look for when performing compliance studies such as the challenges with scheduling of building inspections, the phases of construction, plan review styles between departments and others.  The Colorado study is easily replicable with the worksheets and checklists created.  The study can be found at http://bit.ly/2DAlrDL

2018 IECC Updates
Kelly Thomas with the Governor’s Office of Energy shared the schedule for the 2018 public hearings and next steps. They have taken the approach with the NRS to adopt the latest code, which today is the 2018 IECC. On December 13th there was a workshop between Northern and Southern Nevada (video conference). There was concern about three year adoption instead of six years, but GOE is following the NRS. The Legislative Council
Bureau should release in another month and then the hearings will be set most likely end of March early May in Las Vegas, Reno and Elko.

Jim Meyers shared the activity in the southern part of the state with the Southern Nevada Building Official process of reviewing the 2018 I-Codes. All code committees have completed their review and submitted suggested changes to SNBO for their review. The majority of the amendments in the 2018 IECC were in the commercial chapter associated with lighting and controls. There were very few amendments for the residential chapter. The next steps for Southern Nevada include:

  • Steering committees review and coordinate amendments - early January
  • SNBO reviews amendments - early February
  • Industry is presented with proposed amendments, and feedback to SNBO - late February
  • SNBO reviews and resolves industry feedback - early March, and
  • A final amendment package is completed - March

The survey of jurisdictional adoptions in Nevada was presented and discussed. Kelly will be creating a public version which will be streamlined and easy to read and navigate and the information will be sent out to all participants of the code collaborative.

Northern Nevada is also reviewing the 2018 I-codes and the process is just starting. They have some of the amendment proposals for SNBO to review and understand how Southern Nevada is amending the code.

AB 223 Energy Codes and Energy Efficiency Programs
Tom Polikalas discussed AB 223 and SB150 emphasizes energy efficiency as a resource. Mid summer NV Energy must submit a new plan. NV Energy has a Demand Side Management Collaborative to work on the proposed plan. Tom shared some rebates offered for residential buildings from utilities in neighboring states.  People who are interested must request to be added to the collaborative to participate in the process. The plan should be filed in summer and the earliest the incentives could come into place is in 2019.

Tom also mentioned the PUC is reviewing SB145 this week which support Electric Vehicle (EV) charging utility rebates and it’s conceivable that funding could come from the same source that solar rebates are funded.  This could support EV charging for residential and commercial buildings.

Increase Participation from Code Enforcement Staff in the Collaborative
A number of suggestions from the greater group included starting with the SNBO roster and contacting them about the value of the energy code collaborative. Another suggested using with the energy code survey and contacting the individuals on that list. Another suggestion including contacting code enforcement officials who attend the energy code trainings in the Nevada.

Upcoming Events Important for Nevada Building Professionals
We also provided information on a number of upcoming events that support buildings and energy codes:

  • NBI’s – Getting to Zero Forum, Pittsburgh, 4/17?4/19, https://gettingtozeroforum.org/
  • Cx2018, Las Vegas, 4/23?4/26, https://www.cxenergy.com/
  • EduCode, Las Vegas, 3/19?3/23, Orleans Conference Center, http://educode.us/
  • RESNET, Orlando, 2/26?2/28, http://conference.resnet.us/

The next collaborative meeting will be on April 11th.  If you are interested in participating please contact me at the email address given at the top of this section, I can put you in touch with Jim Myers so you can receive an invite to future meetings.


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Sustainability Chair Report

Sustainability Chair - Mark Hauenstein, P.E. LEED BD+C BEAP

NN ASHRAE Members, 

On February 13, 2018, the City of Reno will host ReEnergize Reno training session on Energy Star. Participants will learn how to measure building performance using the ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager®. 

Date:        Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Time:        10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Location:   Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair St.

Register:   http://bit.ly/2FQI5HI

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


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Calendar of Events



Saturday April 14, 2018 –Registration at 9:00 a.m., Shoot at 10:00 a.m.

Carson Valley Clays
61 China Springs Rd.
Gardnerville, NV
                     Entry Fee: $110.00 per shooter          Mail checks to:Northern Nevada ASHRAE
                                       $550.00 per team                                     C/O Matt Brennan
                                                                                                        1121 University Terrace
                                                                                                        Reno, NV 89503
                                                                                                        Or our website at

The fee includes:

  • Sporting Clays, Lunch, Ammunition for all participants.

  • Prizes awarded in 4 classes (A thru D, Lewis Scoring) plus individual categories (High Team, High Gun, High Lady, and High Student).

    All Participants and Guests are eligible to participate in a raffle in which includes a Shotgun along with other great prizes. Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the shoot: $5.00 for 1 ticket, or $20.00 for 5 tickets.

    MULLIGANS will be offered for those of you who need a second chance!!! They will be sold for $5 each and you can buy 5 of them. These will be available the morning of the shoot.

     If you have any questions, contact Matt Brennan at (775) 745-8555. To reserve your spot, simply fill out this form and email to Matt Brennan at matt@raglensystembalance.com.

    Team Name: ___________________________________________________

    Company____________________Captain’s Name______________________________

    Company____________________Shooter’s Name______________________________

    Company____________________Shooter’s Name______________________________

    Company____________________Shooter’s Name______________________________

    Company____________________Shooter’s Name______________________________

    Lunch for Guest or Gun Bearer $10.00


Saturday April 14, 2018 –Registration at 9:00 a.m.

Carson Valley Clays
61 China Springs Rd.
Gardnerville, NV

The purpose of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) is to advance the arts and sciences of HVAC&R to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. All proceeds will go towards funding for RP/Chapter Endowment which is the source of technical and educational information and for Local Scholarships.  This information is used for the professional growth in the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration.                       

The following is an itemized list of items needed to run the fundraiser. Donations will be accepted toward the listed items the sponsor has signed-up for.  If you have any questions, contact Matt Brennan at (775) 745-8555.  To sponsor an item, simply fill out this form and email to Matt Brennan at matt@raglensystembalance.com

Item                                   Amount                     Sponsor            Amount Donated

Raffle Shotgun                  $1200               ______________    ____________

Awards                              $850                 ______________      ____________                 

Ammunition                       $1900               ______________      ____________                  

BBQ Lunch                       $650                  ______________      ____________                 

Station Sponsor*               $150                 ______________      ____________                 

Raffle Prizes                      $Any                 ______________      ____________                 

Cash Donation                   $Any                 ______________      ____________                 

*Station Sponsor will include a Sign of your company name at one station.

      Sign to read:  ____________________________________________________

Payment Options:

  • Mail checks to:     Northern Nevada ASHRAE

                                             C/O Matt Brennan

                                             1121 University Terrace

                                             Reno, NV 89503

  • On our website at http://nonevashrae.org/meetinginfo.php?id=38&ts=1516335044

Thank you for your support!

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