2013 ASHRAE Annual Conference

Join ASHRAE in sharing lofty ideas and high-level concepts on what’s new in the building industry in Denver, Colo., at the 2013 Annual Conference. ASHRAE helps you rise above it all and advance your career with its outstanding technical program, learning courses, technical tours and chances to network and socialize. Earn PDHs or an ASHRAE certification, while hearing the latest updates from the Society and other leaders in the industry. ASHRAE in the Mile-High City will elevate you to heights.

More info can be found on the ASHRAE website.

Latest ECW Courses

Energy management best practices
Richard Pearson, PE

March 26, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin

Design and construction activities are undergoing a paradigm shift from “we’ve always done it that way” approaches to the thoughtful inclusion of proper technology and benchmarking. Have you explored all of your options to save energy and reduce operating costs while not sacrificing occupant comfort or indoor air quality?
Test your energy management knowledge…take an online pop quiz.


Lighting retrofits: sales strategies and technical solutions
Randy Johnson, LC, President, US Lamp

March 28, 2013 in Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Use promo code ECTWENTY to receive $20 discount off full day training

Learn how to combine technical information and sales strategies to better serve your customers and grow your lighting retrofit market share. Further develop your ability to identify and recommend innovative lighting upgrades to replace or improve existing systems and more.
Test your lighting retrofit knowledge…take an online pop quiz.

2013 Region VI Chapter Regional Conference

Early Registration for the 2013 Region VI CRC is open until March 31st.  That’s only 5 weeks away!  On April 1st prices will go up 10% so navigate to the 2013 Region VI CRC registration page and register today.

Conference Background

The La Crosse Area Chapter has organized an exciting Regional Conference filled with learning, networking and exploring the La Crosse area.  Thursday starts off with the Max Tech Seminar and technical tour and ends with the Welcome Party at the outstanding Dahl Auto Museum, which features many beautifully restored classic automobiles from the turn of the century to present.  On Friday you will have a choice of three technical tracks boasting distinguished lectures on Energy and the Environment, HVAC Equipment, and Indoor Environmental Quality.   Following the tech sessions there are three technical tours to choose from: the state of the art French Island Power Plant, Gundersen Lutheran hospital’s innovative new biofuel energy project and Trane’s centrifugal chiller manufacturing facility.

Your companion can enjoy the Vice and Virtue tour.  Board a tour bus stocked with mimosas, chocolate, and other treats to see the sites in La Crosse.  The tour will include a stop at Grandad’s Bluff to take in a scenic vista of the Mississippi Valley.  At the Hixon House, participants will glimpse back to the Victorian era in an elegant Italianate-style home built for lumberman and financier Gideon Hixon.  Wrap up the day tucked away in the bluffs amidst beautiful natural scenery with an outstanding lunch and a walking tour to enjoy the artwork and architecture of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Not going to the late morning workshops on Saturday?  Before you hit the road to leave La Crosse, join us for the Mississippi Explorer Eco-Cruise.  This boat tour takes off from the levee at Riverside Park and will explore the scenic and wild back waters of the Mississippi River Wildlife Refuge.   Depending on water level and wildlife activity, the eco-cruise will take participants within feet of beautiful backwater riverbanks to see bald-eagle nests, beaver lodges, muskrat huts, turtle logs, and lotus fields.  The cruise is professionally guided and fully narrated by US Coast Guard licensed captains, wildlife naturalists, and qualified experts.

Tour space is limited.

See you in May.La Crosse ASHRAE CRC committee

SCTE Career Presentation

Career Presentations and ASHRAE Involvement with STEM

One of ASHRAE’s goals is to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math K-12 related activities to provide direction, guidance, and advocacy. ASHRAE has been involved with the STEM Education Coalition working to inform policymakers on the critical role that STEM education plays in keeping the US competitive in the marketplace.

To promote local ASHRAE involvement and HVAC industry awareness, ASHRAE members Dave Schneider, Ryan McNally, and Matt Brophy recently visited local SCTE Highschool (School of Career and Technical Education) on Friday, February 8th. Through two classroom presentations, Dave, Ryan, and Matt explained the HVAC engineering industry including education, career options, real life project photos, 3D models, and the importance of ASHRAE involvement.