March 2020 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Adrienne Thomle

Welcome spring and daylight savings time!

We had another great meeting at Louie’s Basque restaurant in downtown in February and celebrated our Past Presidents with 8 past presidents in attendance. Thank you all for your service.

Douglas Morrin, Past President was the earliest past president in attendance. Douglas told us about his career and retirement activities. I presented immediate past president Dianne Mitchell with her past president pin. Thank you Diane for a great year!

Jeff Solberg with Flowtherm Systems was our featured speaker who discussed Domestic Booster Applications. Although the presentation was difficult to see Dave has added it to the NN ASHRAE website at: so you may review it again. The room was small but the food was great!

This month we will be meeting on March 19th at noon at the Atlantis. Rick Kabele, a member of NN ASHRAE, will be our speaker updating us on the latest building codes. We hope to see you all there as we will be announcing the 2 scholarship winners for 2020. Bring a colleague to share ASHRAE!

Remember April 11th is our annual Clay Shoot which is always a popular event. This year is the 17th annual shoot and will be held at Carson Valley Clays in Gardnerville. Your participation and sponsorship is very much appreciated and allows us to support local technical students with scholarships.  

See you on the 19th!





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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Alec Lyons

Thursday, March 19, 2020
This meeting will be held at the Atlantis
Networking 11:30, Lunch at Noon  
Atlantis Casino Resort
3800 S Virginia St, Reno, NV 89502

Register at:

Advanced registration $30, week of event $35, day of or at the door $40, student registration is $15.

Rick Kabele, Deputy Administrator and Building Official for Nevada Public Works Division (SPWD).

“Significant Changes in the 2018 UMC and IMC”



Rick Kabele is the current Building Official for the State of Nevada where he administers code development and enforcement through offices in Carson City, Reno, and Las Vegas. He has been focused on assistance to the architectural and engineering design community and facilities management professionals throughout Nevada for over twenty-five years. Rick’s focus at the State of Nevada is to move the Public Works Division into the 21st century, while at the same time growing the inspection staff both in numbers and in professional qualifications.

Rick has over forty years of broad experience that includes work as a licensed contractor, a Fire Officer, Manager of Emergency Services, and a building Fire Protection Specialist for jurisdictions in both California and Nevada. Prior to accepting his position with the State of Nevada, Rick served as the Building Official for a municipal jurisdiction, managed building inspection services for the Clark County Building Department, and had previously worked for the Community Development Department in Reno, Nevada, where he was responsible for fire and life safety code compliance.

Rick is an active member of both the International Code Council where he has served as vice-president of the Northern Nevada Chapter of I.C.C. and is certified as both a Building Official and Fire Marshal. He continues to participate in the code development process with the International Code Council. Further, he has represented a national organization of building product manufacturers as a consultant to the International Code Council with memberships on the Building Code Action Committee, IBC Means of Egress, and IBC Fire Safety committees.

Rick is also a Member of the National Fire Protection Association where he is certified as a Fire Protection Specialist and has served on the NFPA technical committees for NFPA 3 and NFPA 720. He was an original proponent and supporting author of NFPA 4, Standard for Integrated Fire Protection and Life Safety System Testing.

He has both Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Fire Sciences and Public Administration.


Meeting Schedule: 

ASHRAE Meeting Dates for 2019-20





Monthly Theme




Mike Thompson Ingersoll Rand

Refrigerant Transistions

Welcome Back

Twisted Fork



Alex Schafer


Adiabatic Cooling

Membership Promotion


Twisted Fork



Larry Felker


Remote Inspections

Research Promotion




Jim Clauss

Metraflex Co.

Seismic/Thermal Expansion


Twisted Fork



Jeff Solberg

Flowtherm Systems

Domestic Booster Applications

Past President's Night

Louis' Basque Corner



Rick Kabele

Nevada SPWD

Significant Changes in the 2018 UMC and IMC







Tour or Speaker













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Treasurer's Report


As of March 3rd, 2020, the chapter account balance is (deleted by editor - we are solvent). 



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Historian's Report

Historian: Dean Borges

Hi Everyone,

Northern Nevada Chapter held its fifth Chapter meeting on February 20, 2020 at Louis’ Basque Corner for a dinner meeting. President Thomle welcomed all to this meeting of Past Presidents (8 in number), had self-introductions, had a pledge of allegiance, updated Chapter events and introduced Douglas M. Morrin, Past President, who reported about his career and retirement activities. Dianne Mitchell was presented a Diamond Past Presidents pin. The main program was Jeff Solberg with Flowtherm Systems and discussed Domestic Booster Applications.”

Everyone enjoyed the question and answer period.   

Best regards,

Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2019-20          


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Calendar of Events

17th Annual Sporting Clays Event

Saturday April 11th, 2020 –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, $550.00 per team

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 with great prizes. Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the shoot: $5.00 for 1 ticket, or $20.00 for 5 tickets.

See attached flyer, if you have any questions, contact Matt Brennan at (775) 745-8555 or [email protected]

More information and registration link at:

Sporting Clays Shoot


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Government Activities Chair Report

GAC Chair - Dave Wyllie

This month I'm providing a few items from the ASHARE Government Affairs Update.

Help Your City Become a Smart City!

The Smart Cities Council, which ASHRAE signed an MOU with in 2019, is encouraging communities in North America to apply to its "Readiness Challenge." Five awards will be made in 2020, which will provide expert coaching, workshops, products, services, access to grants and other financing to improve a community's sustainability, resilience, livability, and workability. All applicants will have access to tools and planning assistance to improve a city's "smart" performance. Click here for more information, or to apply.

DOE Publishes Notice of a $42 Million Funding Opportunity to Improve Energy Efficiency and Demand Flexibility
of Buildings

On February 13, the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced that they intend to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled "Connected Communities." The goal of this planned FOA would be to demonstrate how buildings can interact with the grid to provide demand flexibility, relieving pressure on the grid and extending energy resources. DOE has indicated that it intends to provide funding for up to six projects at $7 million each. The full Notice of Intent can be viewed here.

Energy Storage Grand Challenge Announces Initial Series of Public Workshops 

The Department of Energy (DOE) will be holding a series of workshops to receive comments on DOE's Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC), a program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies. DOE has announced that workshops will be held in the following locations:

  • Austin, Texas on March 10, 2020 (registration deadline: February 24) 
  • Seattle, Washington on March 6, 2020 (registration deadline: February 27)
  • Chicago, Illinois on March 17, 2020 (registration deadline: March 2)
    • Additional manufacturing session on March 16, 2020
  • Washington, D.C. on March 26, 2020 (registration deadline: March 11)


Click here to learn more.


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