April 2020 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Adrienne Thomle

The Northern Nevada ASHRAE Chapter leadership has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation throughout our area. We place our members’ health and well-being as the highest priority to our organization. Due to the Shelter in Place order in Nevada through April 30th, we feel that the appropriate response at this time not to have face-to-face meetings and events until we know more about the spread of the virus to maintain the safety and health of our members.

The BOG met by teleconference on April 1, 2020 and decided not to cancel the spring Clay Shoot at this time but to wait for another month and make a determination on May 4th whether to go forward with a shoot this year. Since the club is closed and all shoots for the months of April and May have been postponed we are looking at holding the shoot on a Friday this year versus Saturday. We will keep you updated on the decision of the board on May 4th for a new Clay shoot date.

We are not having a face-to-face meeting in April but Alec is working on a luncheon webinar with KCC on HVAC for Indoor Grow Applications. Details on registering given later in the newsletter.

Also the Region X (of which the NN Chapter belongs) Director Regional Chair, Marites has sent the following message. Your BOG has decided not to use our chapter funds to support this effort but if you like to personally donate please go to the website listed below. Your board has decided to follow our tradition of supporting ASHRAE research and local scholarships. And thank you again for all you do for ASHRAE and our chapter.

See also in this newsletter a letter from Society President Darryl Boyce and information on ASHRAE scholarships.

Stay safe and healthy!


Dear ASHRAE members, families and friends!

I hope you remember the famous song…”WE ARE THE WORLD”. 

I love this song and I cry every time I listen to it….especially during very trying and difficult times.

A lot of people need our help- FINANCIAL HELP- to get them thru this COVID-19 pandemic struggle.

Some of us are very blessed and fortunate to be in an industry that is not entirely affected by COVID-19; to have an employer that is financially sound and to be part of a company that is benefitting from this pandemic.

Your Region X leaders & Chapter Leaders are working together to raise funds to help those in need – specially the medical personnel. They need protective gears, lots of support, love and care too!

With Golden Gate (San Francisco) Chapter’s initiative, Region X has created a webpage to take donations via PayPal here: www.regionx.org/donate
PLEASE HELP. Your financial assistance will help a lot of people! Together we will overcome and be stronger than ever.

Marites Calad
Director Regional Chair Region X



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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Alec Lyons

Please join us for an online training session, can be attended from the comfort of your home or wherever you are working/being during these days of social distancing!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
12:00PM-1:00 PM
This meeting will be held online via Skype
Access Information will be sent prior to the meeting  

Register at:

There is no cost to attend this presentation.

Mark Emberson and Bob Potts-KCC

“HVAC for Indoor Grow Applications”

Understanding market trends and industry expectations. What is indoor agriculture? In depth overview of Facility considerations, Thermal basics, vapor pressure deficit, and high efficiency dehumidification technologies.

Meeting Schedule: 

Meeting for May is being evaluated.


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Treasurer's Report


As of April 1st, 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 cancelled all face-to-face activities for April, per the Governor’s direction to “Stay at Home” policies. We have had a “Go-to-Meeting” event for the Board of Governor’s which discussed our financial and event conditions which you can read in the President’s message. Even our Regional and Society events have been cancelled until further notice (no President-elect training, no Regional Planning, no Society meeting in Austin, Texas).

Regarding the issue of COVID-19 we see the price of gas has dropped to $2.00 per gallon, toilet paper is being rationed, bottled water is being rationed (?), and I’m binge watching Netflix, President Trump’s daily reports and stuck at home. To mitigate these problems I’m suggesting a solution to my Historian activities by asking for your help. Please fill out the following form questions about you so we can know more about you and may lead to a formal interview for publication (with your approval only) called “Leadership Voices” and email the results to me at [email protected] Thanks.


  1. Would you give a brief biographical sketch of your life. (Place of birth, family size, early schooling, higher education, employment background outside of the HVAC industry, current family—spouse, children.)


  1. What attracted you to engineering and/or the HVAC industry?


  1. What was your first job in the HVAC industry and where did it lead?


  1. Describe the industry at that time.   What were the challenges that you and your colleagues were facing?


  1. How and when did you get started in ASHRAE?


  1. What was your ASHRAE chapter and/or regional and Society experience?


  1. What were the major issues facing the industry at that time?


  1. How was ASHRAE interacting with the public?


  1. On what ASHRAE committees did you serve?


  1. What people stand out as influences on you?


  1. What events changed ASHRAE?


  1. What events changed the industry?


  1. What has ASHRAE meant to the industry’s growth?


  1. What advice would you give to a young person entering the HVAC field?


  1. Did any humorous events take place during your association with ASHRAE?


  1. What other interests and/or hobbies do you have?


  1. Any other comments you would like to make?

Please feel free to add-to, re-fashion or delete any of these questions.  THANK YOU!

Best regards,

Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2019-20          


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Message from the ASHRAE Society President

Dear ASHRAE Members and Friends:

As we work together to navigate these unprecedented times, it is evident that the global COVID-19 pandemic has extended into the heart of our personal and professional lives. With guidance from our ASHRAE leadership, the 2020 Annual Conference and concurrent committee, council and Board of Directors meetings will no longer take place in Austin this June 27 – July 1. 

We are working hard to create a platform to offer the business meetings, technical program and important Society updates in a new and convenient virtual format that complies with social distancing requirements and reflects the travel restrictions many of us are facing. While virtual interactions will never replace the hallmarks of our face-to-face conference, it will hopefully give many more members of our global community the opportunity to participate.

Our staff, working remotely as required by their local jurisdictions, have been able to maintain seamless operations and communications, as many of you have noted. They are working tirelessly to ensure the uncertain days ahead do not interrupt the mission of our Society. 

I will miss the warm handshakes and friendly side conversations, however, the health and safety of our members, families, friends and colleagues comes first.

Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks. If you have immediate questions, please contact [email protected].  

Stay safe and healthy.  We will get through this together.

Darryl K. Boyce, P. Eng. 
2019-20 ASHRAE President
For a full list of ASHRAE's available resources on COVID–19 visit ashrae.org/covid19


ASHRAE Freshman & High School Senior Scholarships

ASHRAE is currently accepting applications for the Society’s High School Senior and Freshman Scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.  Here’s the link to the application and criteria https://www.ashrae.org/communities/student-zone/scholarships-and-grants/scholarship-program.  The application deadline is May 1, 2020.  Please inform all eligible students of this opportunity. 

Since the shut-down of businesses and institutions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the official transcript of grades, which is a required document for scholarship consideration, may be submitted electronically by the student’s school registrar/administrator to [email protected].  A mailed and verifiable official transcript of grades will be required once school begins and prior to awarding of the scholarships in the fall of 2020.  

ASHRAE is proud to be able to support students during a time of uncertainty with the opportunities available through its scholarship program.


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LEED Green Associate (GA) Training

Due to the ongoing impact of the Coronavirus, I will be transitioning upcoming in-person workshops to scheduled live webinars, or you can take the on-demand self-paced online workshop any time accessible for an entire year.

Webinar and Online self-paced options:

I will be offering live webinars that can be streamed on any of the following dates:

  1. April 7 2020 – 6:00PM – 9:30PM EDT
  2. April 11 2020 – 1:00PM – 4:30PM EDT
  3. April 18 2020 – 3:00PM – 6:30PM EDT 
  4. April 29 2020 – 6:00PM – 9:30PM EDT
  5. May 9 2020 – 1:00PM – 4:30PM EDT -  OR  -
  6. May 15 2020 – 2:00PM – 5:30PM EDT

The above options are identical to the in-person workshops.

You can register here for a webinar - https://leadinggreen.com/webinars

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This course is taught by USGBC faculty and to date, this course and its materials have proven to be instrumental in helping over 9000 students pass their respective exam at a 99% pass rate. This course is offered at a quarter of the price and time as the competition.

Cost: $200

Use the coupon code ‘sust’ for $50 if you are paying out of your own pocket.

To register for a live webinar please visit: https://leadinggreen.com/webinars

Or online on-demand here -  https://leadinggreen.com/online

Please contact the instructor Lorne Mlotek directly with any questions at [email protected]

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