Jonathan Bushman

posted Oct 6, 2010, 10:44 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon   [ updated Oct 6, 2010, 12:59 PM ]
Hello everyone! We have an exciting meeting coming up in October. It is Membership Promotion Night, Student Night, and what looks like a good presentation to boot. Be aware that this month's meeting takes place on Wednesday to accommodate the speaker's schedule.

I would like to invite everyone to invite others that they think would be interested in this ASHRAE meeting. Membership Promotion Night means that the meeting cost is specially reduced for non-members. For students, the meeting price is only $5. That’s only $5 for supper (which I consider to be a very good meal, given the talent of the Park Town catering staff), a technical presentation, and a chance to meet contacts, friends, and maybe potential employers. ASHRAE exists to share HVAC&R (Heating, Ventilating, Air-Conditioning, and Refrigerating) knowledge and make contacts in the industry, so come and join us.

Our speaker is Tom Watson, who is an ASHRAE Fellow and the international-level ASHRAE treasurer. (He was also an ASHRAE vice president last year.) Tom will be talking about ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES standard 189.1 “Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”.  This standard strikes me as being one of the coolest things to come out of ASHRAE ever. It is full of environment and energy saving ideas like reusing trees cut down at the construction site for wood paneling, looking at how heat and light coming from the new building will affect the surroundings and neighbours, reusing cooling water (as opposed to having “once-through” cooling systems), using low-flow plumbing fixtures, increasing energy efficiency beyond ASHRAE standard 90.1, using native vegetation and considering how landscaping will shade the building, considering building material sources (e.g. recycled materials, local materials, etc.), erosion control, measuring water and energy use, and having a plan for operation and maintenance that is communicated to the building’s owner. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) worked together on Standard 189.1, so that the different experts could look at the while picture. I am looking forward to this presentation.

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