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									                        Western Michigan ASHRAE
  November, 2006
                                                  The Pinnacle Center
                                                   3330 Highland Drive
                                                  Hudsonville, MI 49426
      CHAPTER OFFICERS                               (616) 662-3330
           PRESIDENT                                   Date:
          Chris Bonzheim
         (269) 373-5555
                                               Thursday, November 9
    cbonzheim@control-net.com                       6:00 Social
                                                    6:30 Dinner
       Scott Morgenstern                           7:00 Program
        (269) 381-6170
                                     Topic: Total Facility Commissioning
            Glen Johnson             $25.00    - Members/Guest with Advance RSVP
          (269) 342-5548             $15.00    - Students & Retirees
  Glen.johnson@austin.aecom.com      *Dinner at the door without advanced RSVP ADD $5.00
                                     NO SHOWS CAN BE INVOICED FOR DINNER

          Steve Hoffman
         (616) 365-3210
  SHoffman@CochraneSupply.com                                 WM ASHRAE
           Brian Holton
                                                             75th Anniversary
         (616) 243-7222

                                                                       January 15, 2006
  Paul McWatters (616) 364-5470
    Bill Barrett (616) 224-7030
    Tom Bauer (269) 388-7313
   Dave Shugars (616) 656-0821                                         5:00-6:00 Social Hour
                                                                          6:00-7:00 Dinner
Newsletter: Beth Carney                                                  7:00-8:00 Program
Programs: Scott Morgenstern
Membership: Glen Johnson
Student Activities: Mark Staufer
Resource Promotion: Chris Nutt
Historian: Bob Gengelbach                        Look to the December Newsletter for
Refrigeration: Open
TEGA: Scott Morgenstern
Awards: Paul McWatters
                                                          Additional Details
Chapter Seminar: Scott Morgenstern
                                        January Anniversary Party will take the place of the December party
                                                              and January meeting

                                                 PHONE: 269.381.6170 E-MAIL: CFAIRFUL@BYCE.COM
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           November Joint Meeting Announcement

                                Total Facility Commissioning
                                                   Thursday - November 9, 2006

       Announcing a Joint Meeting for West Michigan’s Construction Related Organizations

    Where: The Pinnacle Center – 3330 Highland Road, Hudsonville, Michigan
    When:                 Thursday, November 9, 2006
                          6:00 PM               Social
                          6:30 PM               Dinner
                          7:00 PM               Program
    Topic:                Process and Benefits of Building Commissioning.
                          Robert Gengelbach, PE, LEED AP
                          General Manager – Grand Rapids Office
                          Byce Consulting Engineers

    Robert Gengelbach graduated from the University of Buffalo with his BSME in 1987 and has been a registered Professional Engineer in the
    State of Michigan since 1990. Mr. Gengelbach has been a practicing mechanical engineer in the West Michigan area since 1988.

    Mr. Gengelbach has been an active member in the West Michigan chapter of ASHRAE for the last eighteen years. He is a past president and
    current Historian and Golf Committee chair for that society. Mr. Gengelbach is also a member of the Building Commissioning Association,
    American Society of Plumbing Engineers, Michigan Society of Professional Engineers, and Association of Facility Engineers.

    Mr. Gengelbach has been an active participant in the commissioning process for the last six years. He has been involved in the commissioning
    process for a wide variety of projects including industrial, healthcare, laboratory, housing and educational facilities.
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                                    November Joint Meeting Continued….

     Topic:                Electrical Commissioning
                           John Eberly, III P.E. RCDD
                           Senior Electrical Engineer
                           Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

     John is a graduate of Michigan Technological University (BSEE 1983), a licensed professional engineer, and a registered communications
     designer. John has over 20 years of experience in facilities engineering and consulting. He is responsible for management, design, construc-
     tion, and commissioning of electrical systems for educational, industrial, institutional, and municipal facilities.

     Topic:                Commissioning of Facilities
                           George Bourassa, PE, LEED AP
                           National Director of Commissioning
                           Senior Vice President

     Mr. Bourassa serves as a program manager in the Carter & Burgess Facilities Division. In this role, he leads in commissioning of facilities, the
     systematic process of verification, through testing and documentation, that building systems perform according to the owner's requirements.
     His comprehensive experience in high technology, industrial, medical and educational facility projects and related utility service engineering
     has equipped Mr. Bourassa to understand the owner's requirements. He participates in the design process to verify those requirements are effec-
     tively met, during various stages of new design, performance improvements of building systems or system upgrades for continued proper op-
     eration. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.

     Mr. Bourassa has recognized skills and experience in managing inter-disciplinary teams of engineers and facility operators in successfully
     meeting strict schedule challenges on commissioning assignments, which also involve interfacing with Owners, contractor and engineering
     design team members, who typically comprise commissioning teams on projects.

     In addition to extensive project management skills, Mr. Bourassa has a solid background in master planning, infrastructure analysis, central
     energy plants and facility operations. Strategizing with clients, he delivers innovative project solutions that meet budgetary considerations
     while offering long-term value and reliability. He has contributed his expertise on projects throughout the United States and Canada, as well as
     numerous international projects. His projects have included central energy plants, which ranged up to 20,000 tons of cooling, with associated
     chilled water distribution. He has provided design and project management for several significant boiler plants for medical and institutional

                                            $25.00 Per Meal (Add $5 without RSVP)
                                                  RSVP (To Chris Fairful) BY
                      12:00 P ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2006
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                                                  September Recap
                                              “Intellectual Property Today”
     A very thorough discussion on everything from copyrights to trademarks to contracts that we sign when we hire in
      to companies was thoroughly explored and explained. Several questions and comments from the audience kept
                             this discussion applicable to our industry in our everyday lives.

                                     Western Michigan ASHRAE News

                                                         Grand Rapids

                      ATTENTION WM ASHRAE MEMBER
     Be Recognized for your Accomplishment
     ♦ Listing on the WM ASHRAE Chapter Website
     ♦ Featured in the WM ASHRAE newsletter (Spring 2007)
          Send name to Beth Carney at carneyb@progressiveae.com by December 15, 2006

      I know there are more LEED Professionals out there than have responded. Please send
                me an email with your name and company to receive recognition.

                                             Member Highlights
                             GMB Architects-Engineers Principal Wins
                           Seven State Energy Engineer of the Year Award
     GMB Architects▪Engineers is pleased to announce that Executive Vice President, Stehpen Hamstra, PE has been
     named by the International Association of Energy Engineers as the Region III (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,
     Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin) Energy Engineer of the Year.

     Mr. Hamstra was the first engineer to receive LEED AP (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design
     Accredited Professional) status. He also earned his designation as Certified GeoExchange Designer. With this
     expertise, Steve has been instrumental in the design of 1.8 million square feet of new and renovated facilities with
     geothermal heat pump systems.

     Steve was influential in the formation of the US Green Building Council, and he served on the Board of this
     chapter during the critical first year. He has also served on the Board of the Great Lakes Renewable Energy
     Association. Steve’s design efforts are recognized by his peers, by the State Energy Office and the US
     Department of Energy. Steve is a graduate of Michigan State University. Steve is a member of ASHRAE.
                                                   * * * * * * * * * * *
     WM ASHRAE is looking for volunteers for three Committee Chair positions—TEGA, Advocacy, and Refrigera-
     tion. Contact Scott Morgernstern with any questions
                                 Contact: Beth Carney, Progressive AE with submissions for this column.
                                             carneyb@progressiveae.com or 616-361-2664
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                                                                Thursday, November 9th

                                                       FSU Student Chapter
                                                          50/50 Raffle
                                               Help fund their trip to Dallas for the 2007 ASHRAE/AHR Show
                                                            Purchase tickets at the Joint Meeting

                                         Student Member Highlights

     Introducing: Jeremy Saddison, FSU Student ASHRAE Chapter Secretary

     Hi, my name is Jeremy Saddison and I am the current secretary for the FSU Student ASHRAE Chapter. I am
     originally from Wisconsin, where I attended Western Wisconsin Technical College in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to
     obtain my Associate Degree in HVAC. I then transferred in the HVAC Engineering program at Ferris State last
     year and I am now a senior set to graduate in May. This past summer, I held an internship at Henneman Engineer-
     ing out of Madison, WI, where I was doing design work for a number of hospitals and office buildings. I also held
     an internship with the TRANE Company for 16 months when I was attending Western Wisconsin Technical Col-

     FSU ASHRAE Update
     Our student ASHRAE chapter has grown to 48
     members this year. We meet as a group every
     two weeks to discuss issues. All of the officers
     have real high hopes for the ASHRAE Student
     Chapter this year. Our main goal as of late has
     been fundraising to help with the cost for the
     AHR Expo this January in Dallas, TX. Fundrais-
     ing that we have done this year includes: leaf
     raking, moving, pop can drive as well as donation
     letters, t-shirt sales and raffles. We are also plan-
     ning to have a number of speakers and presenta-
     tions as well as doing some community service.
     We are also trying to extend our membership
     toward the Associated Degree HVAC program so
     those students can benefit from ASHRAE, as we
     all have. We will also be sending a delegate to the ASHRAE student congress in Dallas. Our website
     www.fsuashrae.org is still under development. We plan to include student resumes and bios. The seniors are
     planning on holding Ferris’ strong reputation as a world leader in the student design competition.

     We thank you for all of your continued support.

     Jeremy Saddison
     FSU Chapter Secretary
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                              INFORMATION LEADING TO

                               PAST WM ASHRAE
                               TO HONOR THEM AT THE
                                WESTERN MICHIGAN

               ANNIVERSARY PARTY
                        COMING IN JANUARY, 2007
                                 CHRIS BONZHEIM
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                               Companies Supporting WM ASHRAE

      Van Dyken Mechanical Provides UFAD Solutions Nationwide

      Leading Edge Solutions: Since 1998 Van Dyken Mechanical has provided
      Under-Floor Air Distribution system solutions for over 750,000 square feet of
      Office, Medical, Call Center and Educational buildings spanning 13 projects in 7
      states. We provide leading-edge solutions for new construction, tenant build-out
      and retrofit markets.
      Confidence: Van Dyken Mechanical is in its 57th year of providing quality
      design-build services to our clients. Our total capability to provide Engineering
      Design, Construction Services, Energy Audits and Retrofits, Building Automation, CCTV, Card Access as well
                                              as Independent Testing, Balancing and Commissioning provides a
                                              single-source solution for Owners and General Contractors.
                                            Resource Investment: Van Dyken Mechanical supports 12 ASHRAE
                                            memberships plus an additional 10 memberships in 7 different
                                            professional organizations. Corporate memberships are maintained
      with USGBC, NSPE and NEEB. Van Dyken Mechanical’s professional staff includes three registered
      professional engineers and three LEED Accredited Professionals.
      UFAD Projects: Some of the underfloor air projects we have been involved
      with include:
           ♦Office Environments of New England (Boston, MA)
           ♦PayPal Call Center (Omaha, NE)
           ♦Workstage Corporate Office (Grand Rapids, MI)
           ♦COX Communications Call Centers (Lubbock-Tyler, TX and Wichita, KS)

              Contact Bill Barrett at 616.224.7030, or visit our websites at www.vdminc.com, www.gvainc, www.mtstesting.com

                                                    OPEN POSITIONS

                            Contact Beth Carney, Progressive AE with available positions. Internships as well.
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                                      ASHRAE National News

                     January 29-31
                       Dallas, TX

     Winter meeting attendees automatically
     receive VIP passes to the show.
     Additional VIP passes are available—
     contact Chris Bonzheim at
     cbonzheim@control-net.com or
     (269) 978-4127

     Yo! ASHRAE Video Promotes Engineering as Career

     ATLANTA – The hottest new rap video can’t be seen on MTV, BET or even VH-1 – it’s on ASHRAE.org.
           That’s right – “rap video.” Not something you would think that the American Society of Heating, Refrigerat-
     ing and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) had the 4-11 about, right?
               “If ASHRAE and our industry are going to be successful in promoting engineering and HVAC&R as
     career options, then we have to reach out to young people in a way that is entertaining and interesting to them,”
     Ron Johnson, chair of ASHRAE’s Student Activities Committee, said. “Hence, this video.”
           ASHRAE: Licensed to Chill features a hot soundtrack accompanied by interviews with young members high-
     lighting the importance of the HVAC&R industry to the world; the diverse and creative opportunities related to
     engineering as a career; and the difference the building industry makes related to sustainability.
           “The video drives home the message that our industry truly engineers the world we live in, and that young
     people don’t want to miss out on the chance to be a part of that,” he said.
           The video will be made available to middle and high schools that seek information about careers in engineer-
     ing from ASHRAE. It also is available in several formats suitable for downloading at www.ashrae.org/chill.
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     ASHRAE/ACCA Inspection, Maintenance Standard Open for Review

     ATLANTA – A proposed standard currently open for public review will be the first to deal exclusively with inspection
     and maintenance of HVAC systems in buildings where the public is exposed to the indoor environment.
              ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 180P, Standard Practice for Inspection and Maintenance of Commercial Building
     HVAC Systems, would establish minimum HVAC inspection and maintenance requirements that aid a system’s ability
     to achieve acceptable thermal comfort, energy efficiency and indoor air quality in commercial buildings.
          The standard is being developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engi-
     neers (ASHRAE) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA).
          “Inconsistent practices in inspection and maintenance of HVAC systems is common in the building industry,” Bob
     Baker, chair of the committee writing the standard, said. “As a result, systems frequently operate outside optimum per-
     formance, without providing the energy efficiency, thermal comfort and indoor air quality they were designed to pro-
          Baker notes that a standard practice would benefit occupants and also ensure that indoor environmental conditions
     are maintained as energy efficiently and cost effectively as possible.
          Highlights of the proposed standard include:
              Responsibility for compliance with the standard is clearly on the building owner; a common reason given for
     lack of maintenance is lack of sufficient resources available to maintenance personnel.
              Each building must have a written plan that addresses 57 inspection/maintenance items required if those com-
     ponents are present in the building (for example, if a building has cooling towers, items dealing with cooling towers are
     mandated as part of the plan).
               An additional list of 563 optional inspection and maintenance items that building owners/operators may wish
     to consider when preparing their individual plans is included. “This listing assembled by 24 of the most knowledgeable
     persons about HVAC system maintenance in the industry is an incredible resource that has never before been available
     to those planning and managing maintenance activities,” Baker said.
               The standard especially concentrates on those factors that impact thermal comfort, energy efficiency and in-
     door air quality so as to promote sustainability.
        The proposed standard is open for public comment until Nov. 6. To read a draft of the standard or to comment, visit

     ASHRAE Research Provides Comparison Data for Unitary Equipment

     ATLANTA – New research from ASHRAE will lead to better understanding of humidity control and energy cost when
     comparing unitary equipment.
             ASHRAE Research Project-1254, Evaluating the Ability of Unitary Equipment to Maintain Adequate Space
     Humidity Levels, Phase II was funded in part by the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute.
          “The results will help designers better understand the humidity control and energy cost impacts of the unitary
     equipment options compared in this project,” said lead researcher Michael J. Witte, Ph.D., GARD Analytics. “Many of
     these options are in limited use so actual performance experience is not available for a broad range of building types or
     climates. What performs well on a restaurant in Orlando may not be effective on a retail store in Atlanta. This compari-
     son of 18 system types across seven building types in 10 climates provides additional equipment selection information.”
          The project provides designers with:
              Comprehensive analysis of humidity control performance of a wide range of DX system configurations, in-
     cluding sub-cool reheat, wrap-around heat pipes, dual-path systems, enthalpy heat recovery and desiccant dehumidifiers.
              Significant advancement in whole building energy simulation capabilities for modeling DX equipment by add-
     ing new capabilities to EnergyPlus. This provides designers and analysts with access to study specific applications and
     extend the results of this analysis, according to Witte.
              Identification of key issues for further exploration to better understand some of the key drivers and possibly
     develop some simple new system configurations that can efficiently control humidity.
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     Proposed Load Calculation Standard Open for Review

     ATLANTA – Heat transfer interactions that occur inside and outside conditioned buildings are highly complex and in-
     volve thousands of variables.
               This creates a challenge not only for engineers but also for code officials and other entities when trying to as-
     sure the proper engineering care was used in determining the load.
              To address this need, a new standard is being developed and may soon be available from the American Society
     of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America
              Selected portions of ASHRAE/ACCA Standard 183P, Peak Cooling and Heating Load Calculations in Build-
     ings except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, are open for public comment until Oct. 22. To read those sections or to
     comment, visit www.ashrae.org/publicreviews.
              If the current public review is successful, the standard could be published in early 2007, according to Chris
     Wilkins, chair of the committee writing the standard.
               The proposed standard would establish minimum requirements for both the methods used in peak cooling and
     heating load calculations and the execution of these methods as they apply to commercial, industrial, and high-rise resi-
     dential buildings.
           “We plan to establish a minimum level that is as inclusive of as many methods as possible while still being restric-
     tive enough to mandate an appropriate level of care and accuracy,” Wilkins said.
          Guidance on load calculations can be found in the ASHRAE Handbook as well as ACCA’s Manual N, which cur-
     rently are being referenced as the calculation “standards” since no true standard exists, according to Wilkins.
             “The Handbook and Manual N are useful but are not written to serve as standards so there was a void,” he said.
     “With publication of this standard, code bodies and other organization will have a true standard to reference what em-
     bodies what ASHRAE and ACCA believe is an appropriate level of care in performing load calculations.”

     Focus on Small Retail
     ASHRAE Releases Next Advanced Energy Design Guide

     ATLANTA – Buildings designers are one step closer to a net-zero energy building.
           Published by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the
     Advanced Energy Design Guide for Small Retail Buildings is the second in a series of publications that cover various
     types of building construction. Intended for use by builders, contractors and architects, the guide covers energy-efficient
     design for retail buildings up to 20,000 square feet.
           “The purpose of the design guide is to provide a simple, prescriptive menu of options that will result in a building
     using 30% less energy than those constructed in accordance with the 1999 version of ASHRAE Standard 90.1, the foun-
     dation for energy efficiency in building codes throughout the United States,” said Merle McBride, chairman of the com-
     mittee overseeing the book’s creation. “Those looking to achieve a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building
     Council (USGBC) will find this guide particularly useful.”
            The guide offers energy efficiency guidance in many areas, including lighting, HVAC efficiencies, windows, sky-
     lights and envelope measures. A major difference from Standard 90.1 is that the guide provides equipment efficiencies
     by climate zone to take into account varying environmental factors, instead of having one number for the entire United
           The guide resulted from collaboration among ASHRAE, the Department of Energy, USGBC, Illuminating Engi-
     neering Society of North America (IESNA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The retail industry provided
     guidance to the guide’s development team to ensure building owner perspectives were considered when forming design
     recommendations. To help in future editions, users of the guide will be able to provide feedback via an Internet link.
           The guide is part of a series of ASHRAE publications that will progress toward providing net-zero energy designs
     for buildings of various types. The first publication in the series focused on small office buildings, and the next energy
     design guide will address K-12 schools.
           “This is a long-term endeavor by ASHRAE,” said McBride. “ASHRAE is focusing on improving the energy effi-
     ciency of the nation’s building stock, targeting where the greatest energy–saving impact can be achieved.”
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     Educational Programs at ASHRAE ’07
     Health Care Design Guidance Provided in New ASHRAE Courses

     ATLANTA – Guidance to help designers create safe indoor environments in health care facilities is provided in new
     educational courses at the AHR Exposition held in conjunction with ASHRAE’s Winter Meeting.
              In all, ASHRAE will conduct three professional development seminars and 14 short courses at the ASHRAE
     meeting, January 27-31 in Dallas. Among them are two new short courses related to health care facility design.
               Health Care Facilities - Best Practice HVAC Design Considerations and Criteria introduces design considera-
     tions. A major emphasis is on the necessary considerations for various diagnostic and treatment and support areas. The
     course also offers guidance on how to deal with existing facilities, smoke and life safety design issues.
               Health Care Facilities-Best Practice Applications of HVAC Systems introduces best practice designs, with a
     focus on air distribution designs for surgical and patient rooms. Various control and energy efficiency techniques for
     cooling and heating plants are presented along with O&M and other commissioning topics. Smoke control and life
     safety best practices and application issues also are covered.
               Both courses are based on ASHRAE’s HVAC Design Manual for Hospitals and Clinics. “HVAC systems for
     hospitals and health care facilities have special requirements because of their functions and the unique susceptibility of
     patients,” Anand Seth, P.E., design considerations course instructor, said. “Designers must create ventilation systems
     that minimize exposure hazards for health care providers, patients and visitors while providing a comfortable working
     The Professional Development Seminars organized by ASHRAE are:
              The Commissioning Process in New and Existing Buildings
              Facility/HVAC Terrorism Threat and Vulnerability Reduction
              Mechanical Insulation Training Program
        Each seminar is a full day long and includes handouts.
     The 3-hour ASHRAE short courses being held at the AHR Expo are offered on the following topics:
              Successful Solar Applications
              Introduction to Ground Source Heat Pumps
              Introduction to Commercial Desiccant Dehumidification Systems
              Leadership Skills for Engineering Leaders – Situational Leadership®
              Introduction to Thermal Energy Storage Systems for Air Conditioning
              Introduction to Green Buildings and Sustainable Construction
              Complying with Requirements of ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2004
              People Skills for Engineering Leaders— Myers-Briggs Type -Indicator® (MBTI®)
              MasterFormat 2004 and HVAC Specifications
              Compliance with ASHRAE Standard 90.1–2004 HVAC Mechanical
              Designing Residential Ventilation Systems to Meet ASHRAE Standard 62.2
              Emerging Dehumidification Enhancements for DX Cooling Systems
              Health Care Facilities - Best Practice HVAC Design Considerations and Criteria
              Health Care Facilities-Best Practice Applications of HVAC Systems

         Professional Development Seminars award attendees 6 PDHs and .6 CEUs and earn AIA and New York and Florida
     recognition. Short courses award attendees 3 PDHs, .3 CEUs, 3 AIA LUs and New York and Florida recognition.

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