March 2019 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Diane Mitchell 

Wow! What a fantastic meeting we had in February to honor our Past Presidents. A hearty Thank you to everyone who braved the storm and made the event such a success!  It is always a treat to see those who have served the Chapter as well as the new faces in the crowd.

Special thanks again to Marites for joining us and giving us an update on all things Region X and what she is passionate about. Funny how relevant the topic was in consideration of the noise issues in the room!


* * * Save the Date * * *


  • I'd like to get the 5:45-6:45 time slot
  • Friday, March 8th (International Women’s Day) – Puzzle Room Reno
  •             We can book for $23.00 per lady - (6) attending! Let’s get together and celebrate each other
  • Membership Promotions-March Meeting
  • Sporting Clays Shoot – April 2019 (see attached flyer)
  • Day on the Hill (GAC) In conjunction with Southern Nevada Chapter - Wednesday April 24th


These events are in the works:

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


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, March 21, 2018
The meeting will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort
Networking at 11:30, Lunch at 12:00
Atlantis Casino Resort

3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502

Register at:

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


  Karen McGinley -
NV Energy Business Energy Services



“Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives”

Topic Description

Presentation will offer an overview of utility incentives available for energy efficiency projects at commercial facilities.  Project examples for existing and new construction sites will be discussed along with information on renewable energy programs and incentives. 


Karen McGinley is a Senior Engineer for DNV GL and administers the Business Energy Services incentive program for NV Energy. She is responsible for energy analysis, program implementation, and quantitative research to estimate project annual energy and peak demand savings. Karen currently supervises project coordination, engineering analysis, and performance monitoring of retrofit systems for existing commercial facilities and new construction projects. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nevada, Reno and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and a LEED AP BD+C (Building Design+Construction) by the US Green Building Council.

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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Membership Promotions Chair Report


The March monthly meeting will be another Membership Promotions drive. Please think about inviting a colleague to lunch as this should be a perfect topic that is relevant across our industry and many disciplines.

SPEAKER: Karen McGinley, Nevada Energy – Commercial Energy Efficiency Incentives

Please take a moment to welcome the following NEW Chapter Member:

Luis Pavia-Camargo – MicroMetl Corporation

Congrats Luis for joining! I am very happy that you are part of our chapter and look forward to seeing you soon.  I would also like to acknowledge those businesses in our community who consistently support our Chapter through meeting attendance as well as event sponsorships and continued membership:

Applied Mechanical
CR Engineering
DMG Reno
MSA Engineering Consultants
Mt. Rose Heating
Norman S. Wright Mechanical
Raglen System Balance
RF McDonald
Sierra Air
Western Nevada Mechanical/Western Nevada Supply


If I have inadvertently left anyone off, please let me know and I will make sure to recognize you appropriately and vehemently in the next newsletter.

Here are some quick links to information and membership materials:

Thank you for supporting YOUR Northern Nevada ASHRAE Chapter!


Diane Mitchell


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Treasurer's Report


As of March 1, 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 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 fifth Chapter meeting for 2018-19 on February 21, 2019 at Renaissance Reno Downtown Hotel for a dinner event. President Diane Mitchell welcomed and introduced everyone. Also, along with board of governors presented a $750 scholarship to Haley Webbart.

Our Region X DRC, Marites Calad, spoke about Northern Nevada and requested us to support Women in Engineering, Government Activities Day on the Hill Day, STEM, upcoming CRC, etc.

A presentation on “Noise Issues in HVAC Duct Systems” by Garrett Hartwell, Western Regional Sales Manager, Vibro-Acoustics. Discussed issues related to acoustics measurement and controls that mitigate noise in cooling towers, generators and HVAC ducts.

Enjoy the photos of the Northern Nevada DRC visit at the 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  Training will be provided by ASHRAE via webinar on April 17th.

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

DOE Solicits Feedback on Efficient and Flexible Building Loads

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Building Technologies Office (BTO) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to solicit feedback on Efficient and Flexible Building Loads from industry (DE-FOA-0002070). This information will be used to identify and refine research goals for flexible building loads in order to represent market needs. The BTO will also use this RFI for strategic planning related to the research and development grid-interactive efficient building technologies portfolio.

To provide comments, please email responses to by 5:00 pm (ET) on March 1, 2019. For more information, visit DE-FOA-00002070 Information.


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Sustainability Chair Report

Sustainability Chair - Haley Anderton-Folmer

Upcoming Events:

ReEnergize Reno:

Beyond Benchmarking Series: Retrocommissioning & Community Center Site Tour


The City of Reno invites you to be a part of our retrocommissioning project (going on as we speak!). You will hear a brief presentation about retrocommissioning by McKinstry, and then receive a tour of the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center. The assessment of this facility is done and you will hear what steps have been taken and are recommended to take. Our staff will learn with you and you will be able to follow along the progress of this site through our social media and other events.

We encourage you to sign up for this exciting opportunity because space is very limited! The tour will begin in the Tuscarora Room. Front desk staff can direct you and there will be signs.


Beyond Benchmarking Series: ARC Introduction



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Student Activities Chair Report

Student Activities Chair - Andrew Huie

This past month the Northern Nevada ASHRAE chapter hosted a tour of the University of Nevada, Reno’s Central Heating Plant on February 22. The event brought together college students and some industry professionals, giving students the opportunity to learn about the industry and the different career paths within the HVAC/R industry. A big thank you to Candice George for guiding everyone through the tour!

This tour served as the first visible starting point for getting ASHRAE established on campus at UNR, and we are building off of that to push forward and start a UNR recognized ASHRAE club at UNR.

There is currently nothing scheduled for the month of March, though we are still trying to get in with the STEM Lab at Depoali Middle School to host a collaborative STEM event with Reno’s Rotary Club. More details on that will be made available as they are established.

Looking ahead, Northern Nevada ASHRAE will be revisiting Natchez Elementary School for another STEM event in collaboration with the Rotary Club and Tesla. This STEM Night will take place April 17 at 6 pm. The principal of Natchez has suggested this as a good opportunity for ASHRAE and Rotary to get involved with STEM at Natchez this year. If you are interested in participating, please feel free to let me know! More details on this to come in April’s newsletter.

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


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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

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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Mechanical Designer Wanted - SGF Engineering

SGF Engineering is seeking a mechanical designer with minimum 1-3 years experience in the HVAC/Plumbing industry.  We are a newly formed, but highly experienced, innovative company looking for a person who is self-driven, has strong analytical & language skills, and has a desire to learn & grow in the industry.  

We desire an applicant wih the following experience:

  • AutoCAD drafting
  • Load calculations
  • Revit design (not mandatory)
  • Proficient with Excel & Word
  • Plumbing design


Contact Sean at:





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Technical Article

Northern Nevada Chapter ASHRAE
President Elect Technical Article
March 2019

Background Information

The Advanced Energy Design Guides (AEDG) are a series of publications designed to provide recommendations for achieving energy savings over the minimum code requirements of
ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1, the first step in the process toward achieving a net zero energy building which is defined as a building that, on an annual basis, draws from outside resources equal or less energy than it provides using on-site, renewable energy sources. The Guides have been developed in collaboration with these partnering organizations: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  The New Building Institute (NBI) participated in the development of the initial Guide.

Free Download
To promote building energy efficiency, ASHRAE and its partners are making the Advanced Energy Design Guides for 50% Savings available for free download (PDF). The 50% Guides offer designers and contractors the tools needed for achieving a 50% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum requirements of Standard 90.1-2004. The 30% Guides offer a 30% energy savings compared to buildings that meet the minimum energy requirements of Standard 90.1-1999.

Why was this series of Guides initiated?
ASHRAE gained recognition as an organizational authority on energy issues in the 1970s when it was asked to develop a national standard on energy conservation. We met that challenge, and the resulting standard, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, continues to influence building designs worldwide. It has become the basis for building codes, and the standard for building design and construction throughout the U.S. Buildings built to current standards use significantly less energy than buildings built prior to the development ofStd 90-1975. While standards play a vital role in the construction industry, the language and format of standards limit their ability to provide guidance during the critical design process, and generally define "minimum" performance, instead of exemplary or design leadership. Design excellence has been an
ASHRAE tradition, and there has been a great demand by our members and others for ASHRAE to continue playing a leadership role in developing material on designing and maintaining energy

conserving buildings that goes beyond minimum standards of performance. The Advanced Energy Design Guide series of publications provides this type of guidance.

Who determines the scope of these projects?
An AEDG Steering Committee (SC) composed of four partnering organizations has been established and has the responsibility of approving the initiation and scope of a project and the final product of a Special Project. The partnering organizations are the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), and US Green Building Council
(USGBC). Following the establishment of new Guide Special Project (SP) by the Technology Council, the SC develops a well-defined scope and direction for the project. The SC works closely with the
specific Guide Project Committee to respond to scope and policy related issue questions during the development of the document and in the review process when additional issues relating to the scope are recommended. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) provides partial funding for the Guides and technical support is provided by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and the National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

What is the objective of the Guides?
The Guides are educational guidance intended to provide a simple and easy approach to design and build energy efficient buildings for use by contractors and designers who design and construct the specific building types represented in the Guides.

What's the intended level of complexity in the documents?
Since many of these buildings may use design teams without the modeling resources necessary to evaluate energy conserving alternatives, and many of these buildings are constructed via design/build firms or contractors, the Guide is intended to provide a simple and easy approach for use by contractors and designers. The prescriptive recommendations provide a "pre-modeled" solution to achieving an energy efficient building design.

What's the role of economics in determining the recommendations?
The role of, and whether and/or how economics were to be included, has been debated thoroughly by the Steering Committee (SC). The project definitions developed by the SC indicate that energy use is
considered as the independent variable that is specified, and cost effectiveness (as measured for example by simple payback period) is the dependent or resulting variable; thus the 30% or 50% energy savings beyond Standard 90.1 is the driver. That is, the objective of the recommendations is to respond to the building owner who plans on occupying the building for a long period of time and who wants
recommendations on energy savings features beyond those measures that are generally considered to have a short payback period. This allows consideration of a package of installation ideas that might not be considered if a fixed payback period for individual measures was stipulated. Significant energy savings occur when the total energy picture for a longer time frame is evaluated rather than only picking the 'low hanging fruit' with short payback periods.

Why aren't the recommendations the same for all locations?
Climate greatly impacts the way energy is used in buildings. Recommending the same high efficient heating system in Miami as is recommended in Duluth, or recommending the same air-conditioning efficiency in Duluth as in Miami is neither reasonable nor practical as long as there are price differentials in levels of efficiency.

Are cutting-edge or specialized equipment and/or materials required to achieve the targeted
energy savings?
No. To quantify the expected energy savings, potential envelope, lighting, HVAC and service water heating energy saving measures were selected for analysis and recommendation. Only measures and
equipment that were deemed to be both practical and commercially available from at least two manufacturers were considered. Although some of the products may be considered premium, products
of similar energy efficiency performance are available from multiple manufacturers.

Are the Guides considered ASHRAE standards or guidelines?
No. These are Special Publications which give a way, but not the only way of achieving an energy efficient building. They are not intended to be used as a standard or to specify minimum (or maximum) values. The documents are not written in code-intended language, and the format of the documents does not suggest use as a standard. They are educational guidance written to provide options for those wishing to exceed minimum performance by a specified amount.  Standards play a vital role in the construction industry. They represent a consensus on the way something must be done or measured, or represent the minimum allowable performance that must be achieved. However, the language and format of standards make it difficult for them to provide necessary education or guidance during the critical design process.

Will the Guides give all the answers and cover all cases?
No. The documents are not all-encompassing. They provide educational guidance and how-to advice on a way, but not the only way to achieve the goal for a particular kind of building (eg. small offices). It is readily acknowledged there are other ways not included which may accomplish the same targeted energy savings. The 50% guides go one step further and provide benchmarking and modeling guidance in the support of other design options.

Will the Guides replace Standard 90.1?
No. The AEDG series contains recommendations and is not a minimum code or standard. It is intended to be used in addition to the existing codes and standards and is not intended to circumvent them. Each publication is also only applicable to a specific type of building, vs. all non-residential buildings covered
by Std 90.1.

How was the review done on these documents?
The integrity of the documents is checked by a targeted peer review process. The review process is announced and discussed in many public forums including the ASHRAE web site. There are at least two
peer reviews conducted for each document with participation requested from the partnering organizations and the relevant technical committees for the purpose of: identifying major conceptual
concerns, identifying major technical issues, conducting technical refinement, and identifying factual errors. Specific dates for the review periods and the purpose of each of the review are announced and discussed in many public forums including the ASHRAE web site. The Steering Committee clarifies direction on issues raised during the peer review (e.g., recommendations made to expand the scope of the project or conflicting recommendations received from separate reviewers) and assesses the Special Project considerations and implementations of peer reviewers' recommendations.

12. What's the difference between an ASHRAE Standard, an ASHRAE Guideline and an ASHRAE
Special Publication?
ASHRAE writes standards and guidelines in its fields of expertise to guide industry in the delivery of goods and services to the public. ASHRAE standards and guidelines follow a consensus process, include uniform methods of testing for rating purposes, describe recommended practices in designing and
installing equipment and provide other information to guide the industry. Standards are written in codeintended language and are developed to define minimum values or acceptable performance. Other documents such as an ASHRAE Guideline or a Special Publication may be developed and published to
encourage enhanced performance, educate the user, or provide additional information on a particular subject. Special Publications, such as design manuals, application guides, technical bulletins, etc., are
developed outside of the formal standards making process, following rules established by the ASHRAE Board. The AEDG series are ASHRAE Special Publications.

13. What version of Standard 90.1 was used as the baseline for the guides?
Buildings built to Standard 90.1 are used as a benchmark or a baseline for comparative purposes - analogous to the base year used for the consumer price index. The particular version of the standard used is not as critical as having a well-defined starting point and maintaining continuity between the various
Guides in the AEDG series.

a. The 30% series of guides uses Standard 90.1-1999 as the baseline. The 90.1-2004 version was not approved before the initial 30% Guide was completed, so it was therefore not available to be
used as the baseline. Subsequent 30% Guides used the same base in order to maintain continuity within the series.

b. The 50% series of guides uses Standard 90.1-2004 as the baseline. The 90.1-2004 version was the latest version for which DOE had completed their determination, so it was deemed to be the
most appropriate version to use. Subsequent 50% Guides are using the same base in order to maintain continuity within the series.

14. How do the Guides relate to the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED or to the ENERGY STAR
rating systems?
A goal of the document is to to provide guidance in achieving New Construction Energy & Atmosphere (EA) points in the LEED rating system. LEED credits may be obtained as an prescriptive path for
adherence to the recommendations in the Guides. The specific points available for use of the Guides are specified in the LEED documentation and may vary by building type. More details are available at the
USGBC LEED website.

a. Energy Star rated appliances and equipment are recommended in the Guides; however, there is not a direct relationship with the Energy Star rating for commercial buildings that requires an
energy rating of 75 or greater to achieve Energy Star certification.

15. What is the relationship between ASHRAE Standard 90.1, the Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG) series, and Standard 189.1?
ASHRAE Standard 189.1, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings except LowRise Residential Buildings, is intended for buildings that wish to exceed the minimum requirements of ASHRAE Standard 90.1. Standard 189.1 provides a “total building sustainability package” for those who strive to design, build and operate green buildings. From site location to energy use to recycling, this standard sets the foundation for green buildings by addressing site sustainability, water use efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the building’s impact on the
atmosphere, materials and resources. Standard 189.1 serves as a compliance option to the International Green Construction Code™ (IgCC) published by the International Code Council. The IgCC regulates construction of new and remodeled commercial buildings. The current version is


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