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ASHRAE Saskatoon - February Meeting

posted Feb 8, 2019, 1:31 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

Next week we have our February ASHRAE meeting. Our topic will be Vibration Isolation which will be presented by Ron Giessman. Ron is a Senior Engineer with Vibro-Acoustics. He is the Responsible Engineer for vibration control and restraint systems within the company he works for. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of Earthquake Engineering.

Our evening is located at the Ramada in Saskatoon and will follow our usual schedule:

5:30 p.m.: Cocktails

6:00 p.m.: Dinner

6:45 p.m.: General Meeting

7:00 p.m.: Presentation

 

We will also be doing another Wine Survivor this meeting in support of ASHRAE research promotion. The rules are below. As always, participation is encouraged but not mandatory. 

1.   Each individual entrant will pay a fee of $20 cash plus contribute a bottle of winewith an approximate value of $13-20.

2.   The wine must be bottled and sealed commercially (not homemade).

3.   As in the TV Show Survivor, participants are expelled until only the winner remains.Expulsion draws will start with the first 5 names or ¼ of entrants before the regular meeting begins. After the regular meeting but before the presentation, names will be drawn until 5 remain. The final 4 names will be drawn after the presentation, leaving only the winner remaining. The winner will receive all of the wine.

4.    There will be an opportunity to buy an extra entry or immunity for another $20 up until the halfway point, or 10 names are drawn, whichever comes first.

5.    Alliances and agreements between remaining players are allowed and encouraged. This is for fun and all money raised will be donated to Research Promotion


Matt Wingerak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

May Meeting

posted May 17, 2018, 1:55 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President   [ updated May 17, 2018, 2:14 PM ]

On Thursday, May 24th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, the meeting will begin at 7:00.  This month we have a tour of Saskatchewan’s first certified passive house, the Temperance Street Passive House led by Michael Nemeth.

Michael received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan and has over 10 years mechanical engineering consulting experience working for Daniels Wingerak Engineering Ltd.

 

In 2013, Michael started Bright Buildings to help clients build to the Passive House standard. Passive House is an international high performance building standard where annual space heating energy is reduced by 90% through five principles: superinsulation, airtight construction, high quality windows with solar orientation, thermal bridge free and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. Michael delivers Passive House training to building professionals in western Canada as an instructor with Passive House Canada.

 

The Temperance Street Passive House is Saskatchewan’s first certified Passive House, officially certified less than a month ago. Michael was the Passive House consultant and mechanical engineer, preparing the energy model and mechanical design. Robin Adair, the Green Builder Inc, was the general contractor and designer. Jim Spinney and Holly Ann Knott are the owners and live in one half of the duplex. With R65 walls and R110 in the roof the home is all electric heated through the ventilation air and infloor mats in the bathrooms. Solar panels net-meter electricity on the roof and produce a majority of the annual energy needs.

https://passivhausprojekte.de/index.php?lang=en#d_5086

 

With other projects under construction such as Souls Harbour Rescue Mission in Regina, Teen Challenge Women’s Centre in Hague and Radiance Cohousing in Saskatoon, Passive House construction is growing in Saskatchewan, offering ideal occupant comfort while making strides towards a low carbon future.

Michael is a past president of ASHRAE Saskatoon.

Please RSVP by Wednesday the 23rd.

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

April Meeting

posted Apr 2, 2018, 8:45 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

On Tuesday, April 10th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month we have Adam Meddaugh presenting “The Game Has Changed: Why Air Cooled Chiller Are No Longer the Efficiency Underdog”.

 

Adam Meddaugh is the Regional Equipment Sales Manager for northeast US and eastern Canada, and is responsible for all Daikin Applied equipment sales within this region.  He has over 20 years of experience in applied HVAC, including chiller manufacturing, chilled water design, critical environments and building management systems.  Adam holds a BSME from Clarkson University, an MBA from Syracuse University and is a LEED Accredited Professional.  He has also served on several local ASHRAE Board positions including President, and on several AHRI committees and subcommittees.

 

This presentation will cover recent developments in air-cooled chiller technology have changed the game for efficient chiller plant design.  Air-cooled chillers have long been a cost effective option for chilled water plant design and have also been able to address some of the more challenging aspects of water cooled chiller plants, such as mechanical room space and cooling tower maintenance.  Air-cooled chillers today offer these advantages, as well as greatly enhanced application flexibility and efficiency that rival the most efficient water-cooled designs.  This discussion will focus on the advancements in air-cooled chiller technology, and how building owners and designers have options today that challenge the status quo.

 

Please RSVP by Friday April 6th.

 

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

March Meeting

posted Mar 2, 2018, 11:07 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

On Tuesday, March 13th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month we have an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecture, Devin Abellon presenting “The (un)Ethical Engineer”.

 

Mr. Abellon is a registered professional engineer with over 17 years of experience in the HVAC field, designing systems for commercial, institutional, industrial, health care, and municipal projects.  Mr. Abellon was Vice President and managing principal of LSW Engineers California, Incorporated in San Diego until 2009, when he accepted a position as Business Development Manager for Uponor North America.  He now works closely with engineers throughout the country, supporting projects that integrate radiant heating and cooling strategies to maximize energy efficiency.

 

Mr. Abellon earned his B.S. degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1993.  He is an active member of ASHRAE on the local chapter, regional, and Society level and is currently the Programs Subcommittee Chair for ASHRAE TC6.5 – Radiant and Convective Space Heating and Cooling, as well as a Regional Vice Chair in Region X.

 

This presentation will cover how the integrity of the HVAC industry is dependent on sound technical design, reliable products, skilled construction practice and consistent maintenance and operation. But another critical element that is sometimes overlooked is professional ethics. As members within the HVAC industry engineers, contractors, architects, manufacturers, vendors and building owners are expected to exhibit the highest standard of honesty and integrity to safeguard the confidence that the public has in us.  In this very competitive climate, however, it is sometimes tempting to "bend the rules" to some degree in order to gain an advantage over competition or to simply get the job done on time. But how much is too much? Is there a clearly defined line between ethical practice and "just the way things are done?"

 

Please RSVP by Friday March 9th

 

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

February Meeting

posted Jan 30, 2018, 12:51 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

Hello Everyone,

 

On Tuesday, Feb 13th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month, we will be having a presentation from Darren Alexander on “Avoiding Common Pitfalls in the Application, Installation, and Commissioning of Active Beams”. 

 

Darren Alexander is the Vice President of TWA Panel Systems Inc.  Darren has over 20 years of experience in the HVAC industry.  He has served on several ASHRAE Technical Committees related to active beams as well as being a contributing author on the ASHRAE Active Beam Application Guide Book. 

 

Please RSVP by Friday Feb 9th.

 

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

January Meeting

posted Jan 2, 2018, 6:50 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

Hello Everyone,

 

On Tuesday, Jan 9th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month, we will be having a presentation from Greg Reeves on Gas Detection Basics. 

 

Greg Reeves is President of Arjay Engineering Ltd,  a Canadian manufacturer of process and environmental controls.  Arjay’s gas detection division has been involved with designing and applying gas detection systems to HVAC applications for over 35 years.

 

This presentation will review the basics of gas detection as it applies to HVAC applications.  A quick review the various gas sensing technologies will provide an understanding to the pros and cons of various sensor styles and where they are best suited.   This will lead to a review of what gases should be targeted in specific applications and what regulations may apply.    A look at monitoring hardware and building interface will then complete the overall cycle from sensing the gas to alarm and ventilating it.

 

Please RSVP by Friday Jan 5th.

 

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

December Meeting

posted Dec 4, 2017, 1:47 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

Hello Everyone,

 

On Tuesday , Dec 12th we will be having our Past Presidents meeting at TimberJaxe Throwing Sports. We will have a 1.5 hour time slot starting at 6 pm to try some axe throwing.  As this is the Past Presidents meeting, any ASHRAE Saskatoon Chapter Past Presidents will not have to pay for this meeting.   Please RSVP to me by Friday.  If you are planning to attend please fill out a waiver online at https://www.timberjaxe.ca/ to speed this up when we arrive.  Please plan to arrive a bit early to check in and have some pizza before we get started.  

 

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

November Meeting

posted Nov 6, 2017, 9:59 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

On Tuesday, Nov 14th we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month, we will be having a presentation from Terry Townsend on “Sustainable Applications That Work”. 

 

Terry E. Townsend, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, is president, Townsend Engineering Inc., Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Panama City, Florida. In 2006-07, he served as president of ASHRAE, where he focused the Society’s efforts on The ASHRAE Promise: A Sustainable Future, highlighting ASHRAE’s work in sustainability in the building environment. His achievements as president include launching ASHRAE’s first ever certification program, accelerating and expanding the Advanced Energy Design Guide series, setting more stringent savings for ASHRAE’s energy standard, and proving resources on how ASHRAE can minimize the impact of its meetings on the environment.

 

 The presentation will cover how many buildings that are claimed to be sustainable actually use more energy and natural resources than conventional, building-code constructed facilities. The ASHRAE Technology Awards winners are prime examples of what works and ten different applications that range from a few thousand square feet to over 50 million square feet are presented. The unique applications of conventional equipment in innovative and cost effective manners will provide information for future consideration for building owners, operation and maintenance personnel, technicians and design team members.

 

Please RSVP by Friday Nov 10th.

 

Regards,

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

 

October Meeting

posted Oct 10, 2017, 7:15 AM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

On Tuesday, Oct 10th, we will be having our ASHRAE Meeting at the Park Town Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 5:30, dinner to follow at 6:00, and the meeting and presentation will begin at 7:00.  This month, we will be having a presentation from Erich Binder on the ASHRAE Cold-Climate Design Guide.  Please RSVP as soon as possible.

 

Regards,

 

Arron Andrusiak

ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

September Meeting

posted Aug 30, 2017, 3:48 PM by ASHRAE Saskatoon Vice President

For our first meeting on Tuesday Sept 12th we will be touring the SaskTel Tier III Data Center.  We will have our meeting at the Park Town Hotel in the South dining room at 5:30 pm, Dinner will be at 5:50 pm and general meeting around 6:30 pm.  After we will be heading to the SaskTel Tier III Data Center – 745 66th Street E.  When you arrive please ring security at the west security gate, state your name and purpose of the visit. Security will “buzz” you in. Please proceed straight to main entrance and parking area.  Hope to see you all there.  Please RSVP by Sept 7th.

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