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

CTTC 2013 Technology Awards Nomination Request

Each year ASHRAE awards its members that develop innovative building designs applied to occupant comfort, indoor air quality, and energy conservation.  The designs should meet ASHRAE standards for energy management and indoor air quality.

We are currently looking for candidates from the Wisconsin Chapter that incorporate those unique and innovative design ideas in their work.  Categories include residential (new and existing), public assembly (new and existing), commercial buildings (new and existing),  institutional buildings (new and existing, includes educational facilities and other institutional), health care facilities (new and existing) and industrial facilities or processes (new and existing).

Winners from each category will be determined by the Wisconsin Chapter Board of Governors.  The winner in each category will be eligible for submission to the regional and national level to showcase projects designed by Wisconsin Chapter members.  Performance must be proven through one year of verified operating data.

Please use the following link for more information on the awards program:

Please submit your award applications to the Wisconsin Chapter CTTC Chair Ryan McNally (ryan.mcnally@exp.com) by March 15th, 2013

ASHRAE HVAC Design Training

HVAC Design: Level I—Essentials

ASHRAE created the HVAC Design: Level I — Essentials training to provide intensive, practical training for HVAC designers and others involved in the delivery of HVAC services. Developed by industry-leading professionals, this training provides the fundamental and technical aspects of HVAC design in commercial buildings.

In three days, gain practical skills and knowledge in designing, installing and maintaining HVAC systems that can be put to immediate use. The training provides real-world examples of HVAC systems, including calculations of heating and cooling loads, ventilation and diffuser selection using the newly renovated ASHRAE Headquarters building as a living lab. Engineered drawings of the ASHRAE Headquarters renovations will be incorporated to expose participants to plan reading and graphical understanding of system design.

HVAC Design: Level II—Applications

ASHRAE’s HVAC Design: Level II — Applications training provides participants with advanced instruction on HVAC system designs for experienced HVAC designers or those who completed the HVAC Design: Level I— Essentials training.

Developed by industry-leading professionals, the training provides attendees with advanced level information about designing, installing and maintaining HVAC systems that can be put to immediate use. Attendees will gain an in-depth look into Standards 55, 62.1, 90.1, 189.1 and the Advanced Energy Design Guides. Participants will focus on a range or topics including: HVAC equipment and systems, energy modeling, designing a chiller plant, BAS controls.

Get more details or register here.