January 2021 Print

President's Message


“Happy New Year!"

I hope everyone had a Happy Holidays with their families. We look forward to 2021 with hopes of having in-person meetings, and hopefully a few events.

For our first meeting this year, we will have a Distinguished Lecturer presenting, again at NO CHARGE! We are keeping our fingers crossed to have meetings in person as soon as possible, but this will be addressed month-by-month.

Our annual scholarship application is now available online with a deadline of 2/6/21. Furthermore, after the tragic incident this year involving Doug Morrin (see Historian's report), we will be renaming one of our annual scholarships in his memory.  The application is available on our website and at the link below.

Scholarship Application

Stay healthy and stay safe. We all look forward to seeing you at the first opportunity we can.

Alec Lyons



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President Elect Report

President Elect / Programs Chair – John Bigda

Please join us for an online training session, can be attended from the comfort of your home or wherever you are working/being during these days of social distancing!

Thursday, January 21, 2020

12:00PM-1:00 PM

This meeting will be held online via Teams

Access Information will be sent prior to the meeting  

Register at:

Meeting Registration

It is FREE to attend this presentation.

Jack Zarour - ASHRAE Mechanical Engineer


Air Filtration in the HVAC industry always took a back set in the design and building design process, it’s something the engineers did not prioritize and left it to the equipment vendors to supply. Unless they are designing a clean room where filters took center stage.

In my presentation I will explain how filtration in building heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems a part of an overall risk mitigation approach can be but is not generally regarded as solution by itself.  As there is no direct scientific evidence of benefit, but some reduced exposure can reasonably be inferred based on the ability of some filters to remove relevant-sized particles and droplets.

For air filters to have any impact. Filters must be appropriately specified, installed and maintained, for the building in which they are used.


Jack Zarour has over 40 years of international and local experience in HVAC Project / Facility Management for industrial projects. Design, Project Management and Operations of biological pharmaceutical facilities, Class 1 clean room, microelectronics facilities, laboratories, hospitals, and food processing facilities, central utility plants, manufacturing, and industrial facilities with office complexes.

As an engineer/Project manager he worked on regulatory compliance implementation.  Energy efficiency and emerging environmentally friendly Refrigeration technologies projects. Design/build numerous cleanroom projects in the USA, Europe and Asia.

As ASHRAE Life member he has served all chair in the San Jose Chapter and at the Regional level including DRC. Also served on various committees.

Meeting Schedule: 

Meeting for next year are being evaluated. See schedule for remainder of the ASHRAE "year".

ASHRAE Meeting Dates 2020-21
Date Person Company Lunch/Dinner Location Topic
9/17/20 Keith Jordan Sanuvox Lunch-WEB WEB UV Light Air Purification

Dan Relihan

Plasma Air Lunch-WEB WEB Bi-Polar Ionization Air Purification
11/19/20 Mark Mahon Price Industries Lunch-WEB WEB Terminal Unit  Reheat
1/21/21 Jack Zarour ASHRAE Lunch-WEB WEB DL-Filtration
2/18/21 TBD Nevada Cancer Coalition Lunch-WEB WEB Smoke


TBD TBD Lunch-WEB WEB Medical Piping
4/20/21 TBD TBD Lunch-WEB WEB Primary & Secondary Piping/Pumping
5/21/21 TBD TBD Dinner TBD Steam Traps


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Historian's Report

Dean Borges-Historian

Hi Everyone,

We had a “Microsoft Teams Meeting” for November 19th Chapter meeting where we had 20 participants. There was no cost to attend this presentation by Mark Mahon – Price Industries on “Optimizing Terminal Unit Hot Water Reheat” discussed the difference between manufacturer’s performance and engineers performance equations and how this leads to inaccuracy in the bid and submittal process. 

We have some sad news to report on a Northern Nevada Chapter Past President – Doug Morrin. See his famous 7 feather logo for DM Morrin Co. Mechanical Contractor business card below.  Doug was chapter president in 1982-83.

Doug established his company July 5, 1996 and closed 6/30/2020. He was shot in Reno near a Wells Fargo and succumbed to his wounds Thursday November 12, 2020 in Reno.


Close friends of Doug say he was a member of the Menominee Native American tribe which is based near Wisconsin and Michigan. Doug was the best of men in that he would laugh first and ask questions later. And boy, when you needed help, he'd be the first to jump in.

Best regards,


Dean S. Borges, Historian, 2020-21 


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