March 2018 Print

President's Message


Thank you to all who attended our Past Presidents Night and February meeting. We had a great turn out at our last meeting at Pinocchio's and heard a great presentation on VRF Systems from Aran Winn of LG Electronics USA, thank you Aran. Also, the Chapter was also able to present four scholarship checks to CJ Hess, Preston Latham, Maddison Saarem, and Taylor Saarem.  We wish them well as some of them begin and some finish their education and hopefully we will see them in industry soon.  You have been giving your chapter a tremendous amount of support and it is really appreciated, see thank you letters below. 

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.

This month’s presentation will be March 15th by Mike Kissel speaking on ASHRAE 90.1 and ANSI/AHRI Standard 400-Impact on Gasketed Plate & Frame Heat Exchangers.  See you all at Twisted Fork for Dinner. Make sure you RSVP!


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, March 15, 2018
The meeting will be held at the Twisted Fork
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00

Twisted Fork
1191 Steamboat Pkwy, Reno, Nevada 89521
(775) 853-6033

RSVP at:



 Mike Kissel – Xylem


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

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 Gasketed 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 February 22, 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 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


I would like to thank the board and more importantly the members of the Northern Nevada Chapter for the presidential pin given to me at the February meeting. It was an honor to be your President for the 2016-2017 year and I will forever cherish my years going through the chairs.  It wasn’t easy following two great presidents before me in Dave Wyllie and Matt Brennan, but they also provided me a tremendous amount of guidance.

As our yearly clay shoot comes, I’m reminded of our original clay shoot out at Carson City Gun Club. To say that the Region and National boards were nervous about this event would be an understatement.  The chapter was called a lot of names related to our hard working and outdoor ethics, but everybody besides the local chapter thought this was a bad idea.  Matt Brenan assisted the president at the time Eric Hebel, to put on this event.  Fast forward to present day and no less than 5 other regional chapters (more counting every year) has adopted a clay shoot as a fund raiser for them and many more chapters around the country has also adopted it.  Many of them still reach out to Matt for advice and questions.  So lets keep this great fundraiser and event for Northern Nevada going and come and join us  for some fun  this year!


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Historian's Report

Historian: Dean Borges

Hi Everyone,

Northern Nevada Chapter held its Past President’s meeting on February 15th at Pinocchio’s Bar & Grill for an evening event. President Sandor Duran welcomed and introduced everyone (especially Past Presidents of this Chapter) for special recognition.  Four scholarship winners were also recognized, and immediate Past President Chun Lee was given the Past President's Pin (see photos below). A presentation on VRF systems on heat recovery applications was made by Aran Winn from LG Electronics.

Our list of Past Presidents include:

Harry L. Lay*

 Thomas Awalt

Joe M. Beard

Cary Peterson

 Bob Aldous

Arnold Etchemendy

 John Kuenzli, II*      

 John “Ed” Fitzpatrick

 Cyril G. Hansen, P.E.*

Trevor Benbow

 Robert McKee, PhD*

Kelli S. Newton

William Bulkeley, P.E.*              

 Eric V. Hebel, P.E.

Gary Hennings, P.E.

Erik J. Rose, P.E.

Douglas M. Morrin

Donald West, P.E.

D. Bruce Nipp, P.E.

Andy Jones, P.E.

Frank D. Ellis

 Jace Cooke

Jacqui Loforte

Candice George, P.E.

Dean S. Borges, P.E.

Brenna Smith

Richard E. Sasek, P.E.

Brandon Etchemendy, P.E.

Allen Giesbrecht, P.E.

Chris Little

Mark Stanton, P.E.

Bryan Tilton, P.E.

Larry Green, P.E.

Jason Bender

Shelly Haldeman

Dave Wyllie, P.E.

 Thomas J. Buchko

Matt Brennan

 Sandy Crocket, P.E.

Chun Lee, P.E.

 Kevin M. McKeegan


Michael D. Lotspeich



President Sandor Duran with scholarship recipients Preston Latham, CJ Hess, Taylor Saarem, and Maddison Saarem. President Sandor Duran presents Immediate Past President Chun Lee with a Certificate of Appreciation and Pin.


Past Presidents at the Meeting-Doug Morrin, Jace Cook, Dave Wyllie, Chun Lee, Candice George, Doug Deangeli   
Sincerely, Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2017-18  









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GGAC Chair Report

GGAC Chair - Dave Wyllie

This month I am providing a report developed by our GGAC Regional Vice Chair, Dave Palty, on Linked-In. 

ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016 Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency

The Determination

On February 21, 2018, DOE issued a pre-publication notice of determination that Standard 90.1-2016 would achieve greater energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code.

DOE estimates national savings in commercial buildings of approximately:

  • 8.3% energy cost savings
  • 7.9% source energy savings
  • 6.8% site energy savings



After receiving and reviewing public comments, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issues this Order finalizing DOE’s determination that the 2016 edition of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1: Energy Standard for Buildings, Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings improves overall energy efficiency in buildings subject to the code compared to the 2013 edition of Standard 90.1.

The U.S. DOE typically performs a combination of qualitative analysis (i.e., comparison of individual code provisions) and quantitative analysis (i.e., whole-building simulation) in support of its determinations.

The quantitative phase uses whole-building energy simulation and relies upon the established DOE methodology for energy analysis, which is based on sixteen representative building types across all U.S. climate zones.

Addendum Impact:

In creating Standard 90.1-2016, ASHRAE published 121 addenda in total, of which: 

·        46 are expected to decrease energy use (i.e., increased energy savings);

·        5 are expected to increase energy use (i.e., decreased energy savings), and; 

·        70 are expected to have no direct impact on energy savings (such as administrative or clarifications or changes to alternative compliance paths).

The outcome of this analysis supports a determination as to whether new provisions improve building energy efficiency, as would be regulated by the updated code.

To learn more:

And finally, I think this we need types of analysis in the built environment … if you agree, ask your federal representatives to continue supporting funding for the U.S. Department of Energy, EERE, Building Energy Codes Program.

First seen on HVAC Equipment, only better for your building.

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



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Sustainability Chair Report

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

NN ASHRAE Members, 

The City of Reno is hosting  ReEnergize Reno. We recognize that you are doing your part with the community to improve our buildings and reduce our carbon footprint. You are invited to join us for the next event as part of ReEnergize Reno’s Workshop Series: 

ASHRAE Level 2 Audits 

Date: March 13, 2018

Time: 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location:  Innevation Center, 450 Sinclair


Cost:  $16 for lunch

The City of Reno is helping building owners and facility managers reduce energy and water use and save money through the ReEnergize Reno Workshop Series, regular monthly events scheduled on the 2nd Tuesday designed to equip you with the knowledge and expertise to achieve your goal of reducing energy and water use 20% by 2025.

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

    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

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

Thank you for your support!

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Technical Article





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