Last Day to Early Register

2013 Region VI Chapter Regional Conference May 2-4, 2013

Early Registration Ends Today

For those who have not yet registered, today is the deadline to get the 10% discount on registration.  Visit the registration page to register before the prices go up.

What Is CRC All About?

I have received several questions recently related to what is the purpose of this Chapter Regional Conference (CRC).  So I will briefly review how this yearly event impacts you as an ASHRAE member and Region VI.

This is not a LaCrosse Chapter only event.  We are the host chapter this year.  Each year it rotates through the chapters in our region.  So everyone from Region VI is invited to attend.

One purpose of the CRC’s is to educate and promote camaraderie within the entire membership.  This is accomplished through the various technical sessions and social events the host chapter organizes.  You can use this opportunity to gain PDH’s and network with individuals through out our region.  Anyone is welcome to attend.

The other purpose of CRC is Chapter and Regional business.   The CRC is the forum for chapters to share successes and set goals for upcoming year.  They also present motions to change Society policies, procedures and operations and nominate individuals for Regional and Society positions.  CRC’s are also the forum to prepare the incoming chapter officers and committees.

I hope this helps clear up any questions that may be out there.  If not please send us an email and we will answer any questions.

See you in May.

La Crosse ASHRAE CRC committee

PDH Classes from Fluid Handling

PDH classes available from Fluid Handling.

We have posted our spring class schedule on our website, so whether you want to learn for learning’s sake or to log PDH hours for your PE re-certification per the new Wisconsin standards, here is your chance!  Courses are offered in our classroom, which has many operational displays.  Complete course descriptions appear on the website.  Briefly, the courses titles are:

 Survey Series

  • #110, Hydronic System and Equipment Overview
  • #120, Solar Thermal Overview
  • #130, Designing Piping Systems to Accommodate Thermal Expansion

Pump Series

  • #140, Centrifugal Pumps: Theory of Operation, Construction, Styles and Types
  • #150, Defining Pump Requirements: Calculating Flow and Head (Includes Hydronic Pipe Sizing Methods)
  • #160, Selecting and Balancing the Pump
  • #170, Advanced Pumping Topics
  • #180 Cooling Tower Pumping and Remote Tower Sump Design

Hydronic System Series

  • #190, System Pressurization and Air/Dirt Control
  • #200, Piping Arrangements for Hydronic Systems

For complete information and to register, go to and click on the Classes/Clinics Tab (fifth tab from the left).  In the third paragraph on this page, you will find a “click HERE” to take you to a registration form.   If you have specific questions, call our instructor, Bill Armstrong on his cell phone at 414-349-6660, or email him at

If you are coming from a distance, you may want to take more than one course at a time.  If so, let us know and Bill just might set up something for you as a “special deal.”

ASHRAE Webcast: Assessing Building Energy Performance – From Principles to Practice

Registration is now open at for the April 18, 2013 ASHRAE Webcast, “Assessing Builiding Energy Performance: From Principles to Practice.”

This webcast will feature industry experts who will explain the importance of building energy performance and its far-reaching implications in both new and existing buildings. Viewers will also learn about the various tools and approaches that are available, as well as the many opportunities that assessing building energy performance presents. This FREE webcast program will broadcast live via the internet.

The webcast has been approved for three Learning Units (LUs) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as three Continuing Education (CE) Hours by GBCI.

CRC 2013 Reminder

Max Tech Seminar

Updated details of the Max Tech Seminar are now included on the CRC website and in the table at the right.  Learn about state of the art ground source heat pumps, new European technologies and trends in building and energy simulation.

By attending these three sessions you will earn 4.5 PDHs.

Trane Laboratory Tour Added Following Max Tech Seminar

Take a tour Trane’s La Crosse research and development laboratory.  Learn about what goes into testing and development of HVAC equipment.  The tour is limited to the first 36 people registered.  Pre-approval is required and onsite registration will not be allowed.

Special Student Pricing

The Friday technical sessions including lunch are available to students as a reduced rate of $25.  Encourage your student chapters to attend to get up to date information on the latest equipment, energy and indoor environmental quality topics.

Key Dates

April 1st – Early Registration Ends and Special Lodging Rate Expires.

See you in May.

La Crosse ASHRAE CRC committee

March 2013 Program

RTU Commissioning Without Refrigerant Gauges
March 21, 2013 @ 6PM

Join us for a hand’s on classroom presentation for rooftop unit commissioning.  The presentation/class will be held at 6:00pm at the Gateway Technical College Kenosha Campus.  3520 – 30th Avenue, Kenosha WI 53144 at the technology building Room T106.  The presentation will cover:

  1. Electric voltages/amps and why they are very important
  2. Belt tensioning of fans and what to look for with pulley alignment
  3. Refrigeration cycle review and steps to verify proper system operation and charge
  4. Review the anatomy of a rooftop unit in Gateway’s state of the art training facility.

The presenter for this meeting with be Gateway Technical College Instructor Tom Niesen. Mr. Niesen has been involved in the HVACR field for over 35 years. Through his career he has been a contractor for residential, commercial and industrial refrigeration service. He has done R&D work for Command Aire (Heat Pump Div. of Trane) and Packless Industries (a manufacturer of tube in tube heat exchangers used throughout the geothermal industry). Tom has been with Gateway as the HVACR Lead instructor and has been involved in establishing Gateway’s HVACR A.A.S. degree program and for the last 4 years as the Alternative Energy Instructor/Div Chair. Currently he splits his time between teaching advanced topics for the HVACR degree program and as the Geothermal Lead at Gateway he is training students in the newly created GeoExchange/HVACR AAS Degree program. Tom is member of ACCA, ASHRAE, IGSHPA and NGWA and is a certified IGSHPA Fusion Technician, Installer and Driller.