April 2019 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Diane Mitchell 

Another meeting behind us and what a great and timely presentation from Karen McGinley of NV Energy!  We had a solid turnout for our lunch at the Atlantis, good food and the topic was spot on.  Big thanks again to Karen ~

At the end of February we held the Chapter’s VERY FIRST Young Engineers in ASHRAE event at Bundox Bocce Ball.  Kudos to John Bigda for coordinating and making it happen – what an amazing accomplishment.  Also a big shout out to Alyse Falconer, our RVC, for making the trek from the Bay Area to attend and show support for Northern Nevada – we are feeling the L♥VE.

Andrew Huie, our Student Activities Chair, also coordinated and headed up a tour of the Central Chiller Plant at UNR on February 22nd.  There was a great turnout of attendees from students to local engineers.  It was a resounding success!  Great job, Andrew!

Additionally, with much diligence, Andrew has been making headway towards establishing the Student Chapter of ASHRAE at UNR. This is HUGE news for the continuing success and growth of ASHRAE in our community. Thank you, Andrew for all your dedication and tireless efforts towards this goal!


* * * Save the Date * * *


  • 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
  • CALLING ALL WOMEN IN ASHRAE - I will be sending out a separate email blast to each of you to reschedule a Women in ASHRAE event – keep your eyes open for it! Let’s get together to celebrate, elevate, challenge and honor each other ♥


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, April 18, 2019
Lunch Meeting at the Twisted Fork
Lunch at 12:30
Tour of Ormat Plant 2:00 PM
Twisted Fork

3800 S. Virginia Street, Reno, Nevada 89502

Register at:
Limited to the first 30 Registrants

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


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)


Twisted Fork



Bob Sorensen

Bay City Boiler

How Not to Design a Steam System


Twisted Fork




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Membership Promotions Chair Report


Whew – What a great first year for me as MP chair as well as President for the Chapter. It has truly been an honor to serve each and every one of you and what a challenge!  March was the last membership promotions drive month and I am happy to say we have some new members to introduce.

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

Mindy Haffke – MSA Engineering Consultants

Matt Maxwell – Maxwell Mechanical

Congrats Mindy and Matt for joining! I am very happy that you are part of our chapter and look forward to seeing you soon.

As always, I would like to thank all the members of Northern Nevada ASHRAE for helping to make it such a GREAT Chapter and spreading the word about the value in membership. Please think about who you know that could benefit by joining ASHRAE and bring them to a meeting!

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 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 2019/20 campaign more successful than the 2018/19 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 sixth Chapter meeting for 2018-19 on March 21, 2019 at Atlantis Casino Hotel for a luncheon event. President Diane Mitchell welcomed and introduced everyone. Also, Past President Dave Wylie invited all interested to Webcast on The Future of Refrigerants: Unitary and VRF Systems, April 18, 2019, 8:00AM - 10:00 AM PDT and Nevada’s “Day on the Hill” event in Carson City, April 24, 2019, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Where we are able to advocate for ASHRAE and provide expertise to Nevada’s State Legislators.

Karen McGinley – NV Energy Business Energy Service spoke about “Energy Efficiency Project Incentives” which apply to all of their service area in Nevada and presented project examples for existing and new construction sites along with information on renewable energy programs and incentives. 

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

We're in the home stretch of planning fo the  Day on the Hill activity during the Nevada Legislative Session!  All details on this exciting event are given in the flyer below, please consider joining us, the more attendees we have the better the event will be. 

The ASHRAE Chapters of Northern and Southern Nevada are coming together for a day at the state capitol to speak with Nevada’s legislators about providing knowledge resource.

We need your help to advocate for ASHRAE

and provide expertise to our State Legislators.

Professional Members interested in attending will be asked to participate in a two-hour training webinar in advance. We will be attending pre-scheduled meetings with legislators to discuss our expertise as a resource.

We’re engineers and energy experts, not lobbyists. Our goal is to simply promote awareness of ASHRAE and our members’ interest in serving as subject matter experts on proposed bill draft requests and legislation. 

Together, we can help create regulations that align with building science and common sense, and that protects our industry.

ASHRAE Day on the Hill

April 24, 2019 | 9am - 5pm
@ The Nevada State Legislature
401 South Carson Street

Carson City, Nevada 89701


Webinar Training
April 17, 2019 | 10 AM to 12 Noon
To attend, please contact your chapter’s Government Affairs Committee Chair:
Northern Nevada Contact:                 
Dave Wyllie
Southern Nevada Contact:
Brandon Holten


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Sustainability Chair Report

Sustainability Chair - Haley Anderton-Folmer

Earth Day is approaching fast! There are a couple of opportunities for member businesses to table and promote energy efficiency services and technology.  If you were hoping to be vendor at the Reno Earthday Event at Idlewild this year, please be aware that organizers are taking a year off after a period of rapid growth. 

Two other exciting opportunities worth knowing about include the Tahoe Truckee Earth Day Event on April 20 and the South Tahoe Earth Day Event on April 27.  If you love being outdoors but you’re just not into crowds, you might consider volunteering with Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful any time of year or participating in the Azul Day Cleanup at Heavenly’s basecamp on April 22nd.

Upcoming Events:

Powershift by NV Energy: Compressed Air & HVAC Training

Date:            24 Apr 2019 | 11:30 PM to 1:00 PM

Location:       Western Heritage Interpretive Center at Bartley Ranch Park, 6000 Bartley Ranch Road, Reno NV 89511

Description:    Optimize Your Compressed Air and HVAC Systems and Save Energy

Compressed air and HVAC systems are used in all types of industries and offer numerous opportunities for improved efficiencies. Understanding these energy-saving technologies can help you better manage your building's energy use. In April, PowerShift by NV Energy's Business Energy Services will explore the benefits of compressed air and HVAC systems.?

Join your business peers for lunch while expert Scott Wetteland discusses:

  • Different types of air compressors and how to select the correct type?
  • Steps to optimize your HVAC system?
  • How to establish an efficiency baseline?
  • Importance of analyzing and measuring the effectiveness of HVAC and compressed air systems??
  • The value of preventative maintenance to check system components for inefficiencies?
  • Incentives available for your business?


This training is ideal for NV Energy customers, contractors, equipment suppliers, engineers, maintenance professionals and facility managers.

Register today. The first 30 guests who register and attend will receive an informative book about energy efficiency.

Instructor Scott Wetteland, Senior Energy Consultant for Business Energy Services, works with large manufacturing, mining and processing facilities, and has experience developing utility facility energy assessment programs. A former Vice President at Allied Industrial Systems, Scott has designed and installed thousands of compressed air systems over the course of his career.

American Planning Association and EMPSi: Northern Nevada and California Sustainability Symposium

Date:            30 Apr 2019 | 1:00 PM to 5:0 PM

Location:       The Grove, 95 Foothill Road, Reno, NV 89511

Description:   The Northern Nevada American Planning Association (APA) and Environmental Management and Planning Solutions, Inc. (EMPSi) have partnered to host a half-day symposium on the state of sustainability and climate planning in northern Nevada and California.

The event will feature panel discussions addressing the intersection of sustainability and infrastructure resilience in local communities.

Panel topics will include:

(1) Vulnerability Assessments and Community Resilience Strategies

(2) Political Leadership in the Planning Process

(3) Writing and Implementing Sustainability Plans

(4) Public and Private Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement

Join fellow planners, researchers, engineers, architects, elected and appointed officials, and other stakeholders for a dialogue on how planning can better ensure resilient communities. The Northern Nevada and California Sustainability Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 from 1-5 p.m. at The Grove (95 Foothill Road, Reno). Attendees are invited to stay for a reception directly following the event from 5-7 p.m.


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Student Activities Chair Report

Student Activities Chair - Andrew Huie

March was a relatively slow month for Student Activities, but April we will be ramping up and pushing ahead to make a difference to the younger folks in the Reno area.

First up, Northern Nevada ASHRAE will be partnering up with the Rotary Club and will be volunteering at Natchez Elementary School’s STEM night. We have a couple of people signed up to volunteer already, but we are looking for more so if you are interested in spreading the ideas and opportunities involved with science and engineering, please let me know so I can get you more information. The Natchez STEM night is April 17, 2019 at 6 pm.

The Northern Nevada Chapter is also on track to receive the K/12 STEM Leadership award for the second year in a row! This requires the President, President Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Student Activities Chair to participate in at least one STEM event each during the year, and most chapters do not pursue it. Last year, Region X set a goal for getting ten chapters from the region to achieve the award. Although we did not meet that goal, Region X had eight chapters receive the award, which was more than any other region! Northern Nevada was one of those eight and plans to continue to promote K/12 STEM outreach in future years.

Finally, I will be starting the student chapter of ASHRAE at the University of Nevada, Reno during the first week of April! Students who have already expressed interest include students who have received ASHRAE scholarships, students who joined us for our tour of the Central Heating Plant at UNR, and a couple others. I will need help growing this student chapter so that it can succeed, so if you know any engineering students at UNR or graduating high school seniors who might be interested in this industry, please steer them my direction!

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, Ste 100, 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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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: [email protected]


VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Energy Modeler/Analyst

Dr. Greenhouse, Inc. is growing, and we are looking to hire an Energy Modeler/Analyst to join our team. During this exciting time for controlled environment agriculture, we are on the frontlines of the industry, helping farmers and growers find HVAC solutions for their crop and facility. We are a research-based engineering consulting firm that wants to improve the future of indoor farming and educate others in the industry. We are looking for someone with a similar value set, who has or wants the technical know-how.

As an Energy Modeler/Analyst, you will:
  • calculate the cooling, heating, and moisture loads within indoor agricultural facilities using information provided by our clients.
  • analyze climate data to model indoor conditions of greenhouses and warehouse facilities.
  •  develop models to predict energy use and operating costs associated with HVAC equipment.
  • assist with evaluating equipment and technology used to manage the plant production environment.
  • prepare summary reports for clients.
  • support related tasks of engineering consulting business, as needed.

The ideal candidate possesses:

  • a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the field of Mechanical Engineering or Agricultural Engineering.
  • practical and theoretical knowledge of thermodynamics, heat transfer, and HVAC.
  • experience modeling thermal systems, especially of building HVAC systems.
  • programming capabilities with a mathematical programming language, such as Matlab or Julia (any other is OK).
  • excellent quantitative skills.
  • drafting experience, especially in AutoCAD
  • enthusiasm for learning in general, especially with regards to new software, programming languages, and the future of agriculture.
  • EIT Certification or ability to take the Fundamentals of Engineering exam within 12 months of employment.
  • strong time management skills and ability to multitask.
  • an ability to work and thrive in a team environment.
  • ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with colleagues and clientele.
  • the ability to stay organized and meet project deadlines.


Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • An agricultural or controlled environments background.
  •  A knowledge of financial terms and concepts.
  • Professional networking experience.
  • Some experience working under the supervision of Project Engineers and Designers within the A&E industry.


About Us:
We are a small engineering consulting firm in Sacramento, CA that designs tailored HVAC systems for indoor farms and greenhouses. We are crop-agnostic and are focused on managing plant responses, improving crop productivity, and increasing profitability for our clients. We apply scientific principles and the latest research and technology to all of our designs and analyses to create the best controlled environment for growing plants indoors. We have a deep understanding of the plants’ needs, the farmers’ challenges, the engineer’s capabilities, and the technological availabilities. We believe indoor farms have a large role to play in the future of farming, and we’re excited to help lead the way. Ultimately, our mission is to help farmers grow any crop, anytime, anywhere.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter and resume to:
[email protected] by Friday,
April 12
th, 2019.





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Technical Article

Northern Nevada Chapter ASHRAE
CTTC Technical Article
April 2019


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