January 2020 Print

President's Message

PRESIDENT: Adrienne Thomle

Wow another year has passed and another decade is starting. I pray you all had a Happy and Safe Holiday Season in 2019 and a Happy New Year in 2020.

In November we had our holiday poker tournament and I believe fun was had by all who attended. We were able to raise $940 for the Northern Nevada Children’s Cancer Foundation. Many children will be helped by our donation this year. Thank you to all who contributed as sponsors and players.

We have a great line up of meetings in the next few months with our Past Presidents meeting in February and clay shoot in April as the highlights. I encourage you all to invite your colleagues to attend the meetings and join ASHRAE. The benefits of networking and continued learning are immeasurable.

And speaking of membership Diane reported we have increased our chapter membership by 9 new members! That is an incredible number. Most of the other chapters in our region are lucky to grow by 2 and that includes the big chapters in California. Thank you for your commitment to our chapter by encouraging new members! You are doing them a great service.

As always please let me know if there is a change you would like to see in the way we conduct the meetings or venues.

Have a great month! See you on the 16th for dinner.




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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair - Alec Lyons

Thursday, January 16, 2020
This meeting will be held at the Twisted Fork
Cocktails 5:30, Dinner at 6:00
Twisted Fork
1191 Steamboat Pkwy, Reno, NV 89521


Register at:

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

Jim Clauss – Metraflex

"Expansion Joint Failure Analysis / Best Practices for Installation of Seismic and Thermal Expansion Joints"



Jim Clauss has over 30 years of practical piping experience, holding positions including Technical Service, Project Engineer and Production Manager. He has been ASTM Task Group Chairman and has written and co‐written standards and codes for expansion joints, insulated pipe, pipe and fittings. He is currently Vice President for The Metraflex Company. The Metraflex Company has been providing Thermal, vibration and seismic solutions for pipes in motion since 1958.

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




Jim Clauss

Metraflex Co.

Seismic/Thermal Expansion


Twisted Fork






Past President's Night













Tour or Speaker













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Membership Promotions Chair Report

MP Chair:  Diane Mitchell

Happy New Year and hello to a new decade!

I would like to thank all the members of the Northern Nevada Chapter for helping to make it such a GREAT Chapter and spreading the word about the value in membership. I am happy to report that we have added a total of 9 new members so far this year!  That is OUTSTANDING and I hope to keep the momentum through 2020. We will have a Membership Promotions event in tandem with the monthly meeting soon . . . think about who you know that could benefit by joining ASHRAE and bring them to the meeting!

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

Nicole Neals – McKinstry

Reece Dassinger – SGF Engineering

Morgan Goff – Ainsworth & Associates

Dr. Kimothy Smith – Nephros, Inc.

Tappy Andrews – Maxwell Mechanical

Ty Finegan – CR Engineering

Maia Clement – CR Engineering

Mark Martinez – Ainsworth & Associates

Mark MacDonald - MicroMetl

Congrats to all for taking the plunge! I am very happy that you are part of the chapter and look forward to seeing you soon.  Also – shout out to CR Engineering and Ainsworth & Associates for the continued commitment to ASHRAE!

Here are some quick links to information and membership materials:





Thank you for supporting YOUR Northern Nevada ASHRAE Chapter!

Sincerely,Diane Mitchell


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Treasurer's Report


As of December 27th, 2019 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 held its third Chapter meeting on November 21, 2019 at Atlantis Hotel/Casino for a luncheon meeting. President Thomle welcomed all to this meeting, introduced Alec Lyons, who reported about his career since college and now works for Trane Commercial Systems. The main program was our own member, Larry Felker, Life Member, product manager fire & smoke damper actuators for Belimo Americas, discussing “Remote testing of fire and smoke dampers.”

Everyone enjoyed the question and answer period.   

Best regards,


Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2019-20          



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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.


Nevada Moves to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak has signed an executive order requiring state agencies to create plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions across multiple sectors of the economy. State agencies will need to submit a climate strategy report to the governor by December 1, 2020. The executive order builds on legislation passed in the state earlier this year to study and produce an annual report on greenhouse gas emissions strategies. Additionally, in April the state adopted a 100% carbon free electricity target for 2050. 

DOE Announces Buildings-Focused Subtopics for FY20 SBIR & STTR Programs

Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) recently announced an update on the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. The goal of the SBIR and STTR programs are to help small businesses conduct research and development (R&D). There are currently grants for four buildings topics:

  • Advanced Robotics, Tools, and Approaches for Retrofitting of Existing Buildings 
  • Innovative Building Energy Rating Delivery Models
  • Efficient, Resilient Building Technologies
  • Novel Materials and Processes for Solid-State Lighting


Florida Senator Introduces Cooling Tower Legislation

On December 9, Florida Senator Joe Gruters (R) introduced S.B. 1190. The legislation requires that owners of cooling towers register them with the Department of Health and obtain or update a maintenance program and plan for existing and newly installed cooling towers. Language related to the maintenance program or plan requires that the plan is in accordance with sections 5, 6, and 7.2 of ASHRAE Standard 188-2018, Legionellosis: Risk Management for Building Water Systems. At this time no hearings or floor time are scheduled for the legislation.


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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 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.

See below for some additional information on ASHRAE Research projects.

Thank you,

Sandor Duran, P.E., CEM



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Calendar of Events

17th Annual Sporting Clays Event

Saturday April 11th, 2020 –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

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 with great prizes. Raffle Tickets will be on sale at the shoot: $5.00 for 1 ticket, or $20.00 for 5 tickets.

See attached flyer, if you have any questions, contact Matt Brennan at (775) 745-8555 or [email protected]

More information and registration link at:

Sporting Clays Shoot


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Technical Article

Northern Nevada Chapter ASHRAE
CTTC Technical Article
January 2020



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