February 2019 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Diane Mitchell 

Full swing ahead – Great meeting in January and I hope all that attended enjoyed a good topic and delicious dinner at Twisted Fork. Thank you to Buzz Wright, Region X RVC and our speaker, Dave Dougan for braving the snow storm and presenting on Student Activities and Improving CO2 Demand Control Ventilation using Air Flow Measurement. This month brings us once again to our Past Presidents Dinner with a new venue. Should be a wonderful event.

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  • Past Presidents Night (2/21) - Renaissance Reno - Marites Calad, DRC Region X will be joining us
    • Please see the monthly meeting announcement for details!
  • UNR Central Plant Tour/Student Activities – Friday, February 22nd – Flyer attached to this newsletter or contact Andrew Huie for more details
  • Bocce Bundox/Young Engineers in ASHRAE – Thursday, February 28th – Tentative – More info to come from John Bigda
  • Day on the Hill (GAC) In conjunction with Las Vegas Chapter
  • Women in ASHRAE - Friday, March 8th (International Women’s Day) – Puzzle Room Reno
  • Membership Promotions – March Meeting (3/21)
  • Sporting Clays Shoot – April 2019 (see attached flyer)


These events are in the works:

  • Student Activities (SA) - Natchez and Depoali – Volunteering in the classroom



The Northern Nevada Chapter of ASHRAE is offering scholarships to deserving college students, but the deadline is rapidly approaching - FEBRUARY 8TH 5PM.  See application that is attached to this newsletter.  Please forward this application to any college students that you know who could benefit from the scholarship.  Winners will be notified the week of February 11th, and we'd like them to attend our Chapter meeting on February 21st to be presented with their check.

Please feel free to contact me via email or phone if you have any questions, comments, concerns or ideas. I welcome your feedback and as always, thank you for all you do for ASHRAE and your continued support!


Diane Mitchell
2018-19 Northern Nevada ASHRAE Chapter President
P: 775-284-1240


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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Adrienne Thomle

Thursday, February 21, 2018
The meeting will be held at the Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel
Cocktails at 5:30, Dinner at 6:00
Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel
Topaz 1 Room
One South, Lake St. Reno, Nevada 89501

Register at:

Advanced registration $30, week of event $35 (see note below about menu selection), day of or at the door $40, student registration is $15.


  Garrett Hartwell -

Western Regional Sales Manager for Vibro-Acoustics


“Noise Issues in HVAC Duct Systems”

Topic Description

  • Sound Basics
  • Noise Problems
  • Silencer Demo
  • Noise Solutions
  • System Effect & System Design
  • Breakout Noise
  • Application Specific Solutions
    • Roof Top Units
    • Generator Rooms
    • Environmental Enclosures
    • Sil-Throw
  • The use of Lined Duct
  • 2+U Case Study; Duct Lagging



Prior to joining the Vibro-Acoustics team, he spent 7 years as a Regional Sales Manager for Franklin Electric leading sales for the motor controls HVAC division, managing reps across the US, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

Before Franklin Electric, he was a Project Manager for a residential home building company. Previous to that, he lived abroad in Argentina where he learned to speak Spanish while teaching English in a rural community.

In 2015 he earned his MBA from the University of Portland, which he completed while taking night classes and working full time. In 2008, he completed his Undergraduate Degree at Colorado State University with a BA in Construction Management, a Minor in Business Administration, and a Minor in Spanish.

He prefers to conduct business from a chair lift, on the beach, or from the confines of a racquetball court.

Attendance at the meeting is free for all Past Presidents!  We need everyone to register by Tuesday February 19th at noon and choose either Salmon or Ribeye for dinner, after that you will get what is available, ribeye is limited quantity. Parking is $15 at the hotel but $5 will be stamped so it is still $10 for parking - we encourage carpooling.  

Meeting Schedule: 

ASHRAE Meeting Dates for 2018-19





Monthly Theme




Dr. Nadia Sabeh

Dr. Greenhouse

HVAC Design Considerations for Indoor Plant Cultivation Facilities

Welcome Back

Atlantis Resort Casino



Craig Swift

Yashawa America

The Future of VFD Application

Membership Promotion


Atlantis Resort Casino



Rick Kabele

West Coast Code Consultants

Recent Code Changes

Research Promotion

Government Activities

Twisted Fork



David Dougan


Improving CO2 Demand Control Ventilation Using Airflow Measurement

Student Activities

Twisted Fork



Garett Hartwell


Noise Issues in HVAC Systems

Past President's Night/History

Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel



Karen McGinley

NV Energy

Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives

Membership Promotion

Atlantis Resort Casino



Adrienne Thomle

Ormat Geo-thermal

Tour or Speaker (depending on weather)





Bob Sorensen

RF MacDonald

How Not to Design a Steam System


Atlantis Resort Casino




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Treasurer's Report


As of January 29, 2019 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 $5,650. We were able to reach our current number with a very successful golf tournment 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 2018/19 campaign more successful than the 2017/18 campaign.

Thank you,

Sandor Duran, P.E., CEM


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Historian's Report

Historian: Dean Borges

Hi Everyone,

Northern Nevada Chapter held its fourth Chapter meeting for 2018-19 on January 17th at Twisted Fork restaurant for a dinner event. President Diane Mitchell welcomed and introduced everyone.

Our Region X Student Activities RVC, Buzz Wright, spoke of SA in Northern Nevada and requested a Student Advisor join the SA students we have at UNR. Buzz welcomed a first time visit from Haley Webbart, Sophomore ME Student at UNR.

A presentation on
Improving CO2 Demand Control Ventilation using Air Flow Measurement” by David Dougan, President - Ebtron. Discussed issues related to ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2007 using a count of people in a space to comply with CO2 levels requirements (~1100 ppm) using DCV. Everyone enjoyed the discussion and Q&A period.

Enjoy the photos of the Northern Nevada SA RVC visit featured meeting on following pages.

Best regards,

  Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2018-19  



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Government Activities Chair Report

GAC Chair - Dave Wyllie

The Chapter is planning to participate in a  Day on the Hill activity during the upcoming 2019 Nevada Legislative Session.  During this event we, along with members from the Southern Nevada chapter, will be meeting with Legislators to discuss issues that are of importance to ASHRAE members.  We need volunteers to make this a successful endeavor, and ask that you consider participating.  The event is tentatively planned for April 24th.  Please let me know if you are interested, at [email protected]  Training will be provided by ASHRAE the day before or morning of the activitiy.

The following information is provided courtesy of the ASHRAE Govt. Affairs Monthly E-newsletter.

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, January 7th 2019, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it will award 189 grants totaling $33 million to 149 small businesses in 32 states.  Funded through DOE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, today’s selections are for Phase I research and development.  

The Phase I grants will allow small businesses to research technical feasibility of new innovations that advance the mission of the Office of Science.  Phase I grants are 6-12 months in duration with a median award amount of $150,000.  Successful Phase I grantees will be eligible to apply for Phase II awards in fiscal year 2020 that will allow them to develop novel prototypes or processes to validate their Phase I research findings. Phase II grants have a median award amount of $1,100,000 and a duration up to 2 years.        

Highlighted below are selected grants for each of the research and development programs that provided funding for these projects:

  • Office of Advanced Scientific Computing

    • Large-scale Computing Distributed Intrusion Detection System

    • Configurable Entangled Photon Source for Quantum Networks

    • Building Commercialization-ready Low-cost Deployable Room-temperature Quantum Memories

  • Office of Basic Energy Sciences

    • Novel Polymer-Electrolyte Membrane Development for Carbon Dioxide Conversion to Solar Fuel

    • High Performance Diamond Based Transparent X-Ray Beam Imaging System

    • A Low Cost Ion Selective Membrane for Redox Flow Batteries

  • Office of Biological and Environmental Research

    • A Robust, Ground-Based Microwave Radiometer for Atmospheric Water vapor and Liquid Water Measurement

    • Geochemical Monitoring System and Network for Complex Subsurface Matrices

    • Non-destructive, Functional Metabolic Imaging of Plant and Microbial Systems

  • Office of Nuclear Physics

    • Additively Manufactured Z-Channel Detectors for Heavy Ion Accelerator Diagnostics

    • Superconducting MgB2 Tubes for Passive Magnetic Field Shielding for Electron Ion Collider

    • Superconducting Bolometer for Neutrino Research                                                               


Small businesses play a major role in spurring innovation and creating jobs in the U.S. economy.  The SBIR and STTR programs were created by Congress to leverage small businesses to advance innovation at federal agencies. Additional information on the DOE SBIR and STTR programs is available at the SBIR/STTR Programs Office:  http://science.energy.gov/sbir/.

More information about the projects announced today is available at the following link: https://science.energy.gov/sbir/awards/.


News Media Contact: (202) 586-4940


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Sustainability Chair Report

Sustainability Chair - Haley Anderton-Folmer

New Energy and Water Efficiency Ordinance Approved in Reno

Effective July 1, 2019, owners of Reno buildings greater than 10,000 square feet will have new annual energy and water efficiency requirements. Exempt from the policy are multi-family housing and buildings used for industrial or agricultural purposes.

The policy requires covered properties to file annual reports on energy and water use, which will be disclosed publicly by the City. Compliance will phase in beginning April 1, 2020 for the largest buildings (≥ 100k sq. ft.).

Table of Phased-In Reporting Dates:

Covered Property

First Reporting Date

First Calendar Year Data Reported

Subsequent Annual Reporting Due Date

Mandatory City properties ≥ 10k sq. ft.

Apr 1, 2019


April 1

Agency Properties and Private sector properties  ≥ 100k sq. ft.

Apr. 1, 2020


April 1

Agency Properties and Private sector properties  ≥ 50k sq. ft.

Apr. 1, 2021


April 1

Agency Properties and Private sector properties  ≥ 30k sq. ft.

Apr. 1, 2022


April 1


Owners must also meet certain building performance goals and submit verification every seven years. Goals range from bringing a building’s ENERGY STAR Performance Manager score to above 50, to increasing its score by 15 or more points above baseline measurements.  Verifications will be required beginning in 2026 and be phased in depending on building size.  Alternative pathways to compliance include audits, retuning, LEED certification, and participation in eligible utility incentive programs.

Penalties for failure to comply range from a written notice of noncompliance for the first month to monthly fines of up to $500 per month for subsequent months.

For more information, please visit the City of Reno website.

Upcoming Events:

ReEnergize Reno: Updates and Orientation

Date:                     02/19/2019 | 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Location:               Innevation Center (450 Sinclair St., Reno, Nevada)



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Student Activities Chair Report

Student Activities Chair - Andrew Huie

This month ASHRAE is trying to bring students and industry members together at the UNR Central Plant Tour on February 22. Please take a look at the attached flyer and be sure to RSVP!! We already have plenty of students signing up hoping to meet up with some of the local ASHRAE members and learn a little bit about what we all do. Please remember that UNR does not currently offer any HVAC related courses and fails to promote the career opportunities in the industry, so this will be a great way to make college students aware of the possibilities!

ASHRAE will also be making classroom visits to Depoali Middle School and Natchez Elementary School before the end of the school year (May), so if you are interested in helping host a STEM activity for these elementary and middle schoolers, be sure to let me know and I’ll get you the details!

If you are interested in helping with Student Activities, or have any questions regarding anything related to Student Activities and Young Engineers in ASHRAE, feel free to reach out to me.


Andrew J. Huie

[email protected]

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Calendar of Events

Saturday April 20, 2019 –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  

Mail checks to: Northern Nevada ASHRAE, C/O Matt Brennan, 898 Maestro Drive, Reno, NV  89511 

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.


Registration form attached to the newsletter, or sign up at the link above.

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 the form attached to this newsletter and email to Matt Brennan at [email protected]

Item                                   Amount                           
Raffle Shotgun                   $1200             
Awards                                 $850               
Ammunition                        $1900              
BBQ Lunch                          $650                
Station Sponsor                   $150                
Raffle Prizes                        $Any                

Cash Donation                     $Any                


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