November 2019 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Adrienne Thomle

Fellow Northern Nevada ASHRAE members,

This month we will again be meeting at the Atlantis for a lunch meeting on November 21st. Please come and join Alec’s surprise speaker and program. He will also be the featured member of the month so come and learn more about Alec.

November 22 (Friday evening) is our first annual Holiday Poker tournament. We will be at Great Basin’s Taps and Tanks on South Rock Blvd. There is be a buffet, raffle, games and Texas Hold’em Poker. The dinner and poker buy in is $75 per person. Dinner and 2 drinks (no poker) and other games is $35.

Not to worry if you do not know how to play, the poker host will have a table available for lessons prior to the start of the tournament. Bring lots of $$$ for poker buy in’s and raffle tickets. Guests and significant others are welcome and encouraged. As in the past, the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation will receive 40% of our net as our annual holiday community giving campaign. Please consider sponsoring a poker table, more information to come on how to become a sponsor and how to sign up for the event.

Attendance is limited so sign up soon. We need a final count for tables and dinner by Nov 10th.

Have a great month! See you on the 21st for lunch.




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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Alec Lyons

Thursday, November 21, 2019
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.

Larry Felker – Belimo

"Remote fire and smoke damper testing

per NFPA 80 & NFPA 105"

Meeting Topic

Understanding Remote inspections using drones, cell phones, cameras, videos for new construction and re-construction projects involving NFPA Standard Development.


A specialist in fire and smoke dampers and actuators, Larry Felker is fire- and smoke-product manager for Belimo Americas. He is vice chair of Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) International's Fire and Smoke Damper Task Force, a member of the International Code Council, the National Fire Protection Association and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, as well as a life member of ASHRAE. He is co-author of the book "Dampers and Airflow Control" published by ASHRAE Special Publications in 2010.

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





Metraflex Co.

Seismic/Thermal Expansion


Twisted Fork






Past President's Night













Tour or Speaker













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Calendar of Events

First Annual Poker Tournament

Friday November 22nd, 2019 –Registration at 5:00 p.m., Dinner Starts at 5:30 p.m.


Taps & Tanks

1155 S. Rock Blvd Reno, Nevada 89502

Entry Poker Fee: $75.00 entry per person, $35.00 dinner and drinks only

The fee includes:

  • Initial poker buy-in, dinner buffet, 2 drink tickets
  • Dinner only price includes buffet and 2 drink tickets
  • Awards given for top 3 winners.


Additional table games and entertainment available. No host bar available after drink tickets.

Limited number of tournament seats available! Please register with full name of participants by November 10th (as soon as possible) to participate. 30 minute poker overview and training will be provided for new comers prior to tournament.  MUST BE 21 OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE.

All participants and guests are eligible to participate in the raffle where there will be a wide assortment of prizes.

See attached flyer, if you have any questions, contact Alec Lyons at [email protected]


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Treasurer's Report


As of October 30th, 2019 the chapter account balance is (deleted by editor - we are solvent). 



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Research Promotion Chair Report


ASHRAE Members-

As we continue our 2019/2020 research promotion campaign, the board has decided to make November our Research promotions night and we would like to thank the following people for who personally made a contribution to the 2018/2019 RP Campaign at this month's meeting:

WN Mechanical Sales

Mr Dean S Borges

Western Nevada Supply Company

Raglen Systems Balance Incorporated

Norman S. Wright Mechanical Equip.- Reno

R F MacDonald Co - Reno

Mr Douglas P Deangeli

Ms Adrienne G Thomle

Mr Sean G Frey,

Mr Matthew Brennan

Mr Sandor J Duran

Ms J Diane Mitchell

Mr. Alec Lyons

Applied Mechanical Inc.

DMG – Reno

Fleet Heating & Air

John Bigda


SGF Engineering

In exciting news the Northern Nevada Chapter Endowment donated $715 towards our chapter goal last year and will continue to donate that amount at a minimum in perpetuity. This was achieved by the hard work of the chapter and all the contributions to all the events over the last several year. If you would like your donation to go to our endowment please reach out to me as I can guide you through the process.  

As a chapter we are on our way to meeting our goal of $5,800 with a very successful golf tournament and the people that have already contributed this year. There is still a lot of work to be done though and a great way to help is our upcoming Poker event on November 22nd (see attached flyer). 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. 

A quick housekeeping note, Ashrae has raised the personal recognition requirements from $100 to $150.

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:

Endowment name: Northern Nevada Chapter

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 2019/20 campaign more successful than the 2018/19 campaign.

See below for some additional information on ASHRAE Research projects.

Thank you,

Sandor Duran, P.E., CEM

ASHRAE is pleased to solicit proposals for 5 new research project and 3 re-bids.  The research project titles are listed below.

Proposals are due December 15th, 2019. The projects are scheduled to begin April 1st, 2020  

Please give this announcement wide and prompt distribution to all interested researchers within your organization.

  • 1683-TRP_ReBid  Experimental Evaluation of Two-Phase Pressure Drop and Flow Pattern in U-Bends with AmmoniaResponsible CommitteeTC 1.3 (Heat Transfer and Application); Co-Sponsors: TC 8.4 (Air-to-Refrigerant Heat Transfer Equipment)


  • 1780-TRP-ReBid Test Method to Evaluate Cross-Contamination of Gaseous Contaminant within Total energy Recovery WheelsResponsible CommitteeTC 9.10 (Laboratory Systems); Co-Sponsors: TC 2.3 (Gaseous Air Contaminants and Gas Contaminant Removal Equipment; TC 9.6 (Healthcare Facilities); SSPC 62.1 (Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality) 


  • 1799-TRP Validation of Extrapolation if Performance Rating Test Results for Small Energy RecoveryResponsible CommitteeTC 5.5 (Air-to-Air Energy Recovery)


  • 1817-TRP Long-term Temperature Change of Ground Heat ExchangersResponsible CommitteeTC 6.8 (Geothermal Heat Pump and Energy Recovery Applications)


  • 1824-TRP Accounting for the Barometric Pressure Impacts on Psychrometric Performance Testing of Unitary Air-Conditioning and Heat Pump EquipmentResponsible CommitteeTC 8.11 (Unitary and Room Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps; Co-Sponsors: SSPC 41, Standard Methods for Measurements)


  • 1830-TRP-ReBid Experimental Characterization of Aircraft Bleed Air Particulate ContaminationResponsible CommitteeTC 9.3 (Transportation Air Conditioning); Co-Sponsors: SSPC 161, Air Quality within Commercial Aircraft


  • 1852-TRP - Develop Performance Metric, Criteria, and Process to Measure and Predict Speech Privacy in High Performance BuildingsResponsible CommitteeTC 2.6 (Sound and Vibration Control); Co-sponsors: TC 2.1 (Physiology and Human Environment); TC 4.4 (Building Materials and Building Envelope Performance); TC 9.6 (Healthcare Facilities)


  • 1865-TRP Optimizing Supply Air Temperature Control for Dedicated Outdoor Air SystemsResponsible CommitteeTC 1.4 (Control Theory and Application; Co-Sponsors: TC 8.10  (Mechanical Dehumidification Equipment and Heat Pipes)


Please go to  to access the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for each project.


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Historian's Report

Historian: Dean Borges

Hi Everyone,

Northern Nevada Chapter held its second Chapter meeting on October 17, 2019 at Twisted Fork for a dinner meeting. President Thomle welcomed all to this meeting, introduced John Bigda, P.E. who reported about his career since college, reported she had to leave early but President Elect Alec Lyons would M.C. the rest of the evening. The main program was “Alex Schafer, regional sales manager for Guntner HVAC business line presenting "Adiabatic Cooling" advantages.

Everyone enjoyed the question and answer period.   

Best regards,


Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2018-19           



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Government Activities Chair Report

GAC Chair - Dave Wyllie

This month I'm presenting some information from ASHRAE's Government Affairs Update.

Letter from Manufacturers Backing Legislation on HFC Phase-Down

CEOs and Presidents of several manufacturers sent a letter to U.S. Senate and House committee leadership overseeing the U.S. EPA, which supports legislation that phases down the use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a type of refrigerant with high-Global Warming Potential (GWP). The letter was sent by more than 34 members of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy. The letter says that "Federal legislation phasing down HFCs represents a chance to put America first, and to keep American workers at the forefront of this important global industry."


DOE Public Meeting Schedule for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps
Working Group

The Department of Energy has released the schedule of events for the Variable Refrigerant Flow Multi-Split Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps Working Group. DOE will host public meetings and a webinar on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427
  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at U.S. Department of Energy, Forrestal Building, Room 8E-089, 1000 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20585
  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427
  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Federal Mediation & Conciliation Services, Room 7008, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20427
  • DOE will host a webinar on Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


To register to attend in-person, please send your name and company information via email to [email protected]. The public meeting can also be attended via webinar. More details about the public meetings can be found here. More information can also be found on the DOE website


ASHRAE Supports Georgia Department of Public Health in its Legionella Response

ASHRAE President Darryl K. Boyce sent a letter to the Georgia Department of Public Health applauding the agency for convening a Legionella Prevention Working Group, and offering technical assistance, including through ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. The Working Group will bring together key stakeholders to discuss efforts to amend the Georgia code, or to determine other options to implement legionella prevention in the state which is critical to the public health and safety of Georgia's built environment. Convening the Working Group was further motivated by the recent outbreak of Legionnaire's Disease in an Atlanta Hotel this summer. Meghan McNulty, the ASHRAE Atlanta Chapter GAC Chair, has been invited to participate in the Working Group.


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Technical Article

Northern Nevada Chapter ASHRAE
CTTC Technical Article
November 2019


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