March 2017 Print

President's Report

From the President’s Desk……  
President Brian Noonan
                                        Brian Noonan         
The winter has been different this year, to say the least. A lot less snow and much warmer temperatures. With spring quickly approaching, we have multiple meetings to look forward to. We will be busy this month with two lunch meetings. The first meeting will explore the technology surrounding laboratory airflow control. We are very appreciative of Miller Representatives as well as CRC for sponsoring this meeting.
The second meeting we are very excited to host our ASHRAE Society President Tim Wentz, who will present on Adapting Today to Shape Tomorrow. Tim is a very dynamic speaker and has a very applicable message that I am excited to share with you. Tim is very interested in taking ASHRAE beyond the industry and thus has created an Opportunity Fund, which will provide.
ASHRAE continues to strive to recognize great design. We therefore invite everyone to consider submitting projects for the Technology Awards.
ASHRAE is also supporting the Dream Big Award IMAX film that is showing at the Henry Ford Museum as well as the Michigan Science Center.
It is a great time to be involved with ASHRAE and I am happy to be able to continue Detroit’s great tradition of being a leader in the industry.
Your ASHRAE President,
Brian Noonan

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Next Meeting Update

Detroit ASHRAE March ***LUNCH*** Meeting
Tuesday March 21, 2017
11:45 AM to 1:00 PM
MSU Management Center
811 W. Square Lake Road
Troy, MI 48098
11:45am -12:00pm Registration and Lunch Served
12:00pm - 1:00pm  Metting and Presentation
$0.00 Member
$0.00 Student
$0.00 Guest
***Sponsored by MiReps***
Critical Room Control is an innovation leader in the Healthcare, laboratory and life science space management and environmental control industry.   CRC unique interface devices and patented air flow valve is changing the way we manage and control our critical spaces while preserving the safety of the people and protecting the integrity of the process.  Now, the desire to conserve energy while maintaining safety and process is empowering engineers, owners, and manufacturers to integrate new system innovations.  Critical Room Control is changing the way we design and interface with these systems. We will be discussing applications and design challenges facing the modern critical environment.
Who should attend: Laboratory design, Healthcare design, Clean room design, Critical space design.
Topics to include: Market shifts (Technology), Innovative Room Monitoring, Space management, Closed loop airflow control, Patented airflow valve.
Presenter: Kieran Donohue - President and founder, Critical Room Control.  Kieran Donohue has over 25 years of laboratory and healthcare solutions experience including multiple patents that have improved energy efficiency, user experience and critical environment controls.  As founder of Critical Room Control, he led the development of the touchscreen controllers and low pressure drop air flow valves that have dramatically reshaped these markets.  Kieran has played a major role in recognizing and implementing technological shifts to produce innovative solutions.  Today Critical Room Control is the leading lab and healthcare monitor producer as well as the fastest growing critical environment control solutions company.

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Chapter Technology Transfer

ASHRAE’s 2016-2017 Technology Awards
Brad Herbeck – Chapter Technology Transfer Committee Chair
It’s never too early to start thinking about your submission for the ASHRAE Technology Award competition. For the past several years the Detroit Chapter has received multiple Regional and Society level awards for their entries--we want the legacy to continue.  You can be a part of this legacy by submitting a project.  All you have to do is be an ASHRAE member, have an innovative or energy efficient design, and fill out the application.  Note that this program is not limited to consulting engineers/firms only; contractors can also submit projects as long as they had a Professional Engineer on their team. There are more and more design build/assist projects around today so don’t be afraid to submit your projects!
The purpose of the ASHRAE Technology Awards is threefold:
  1. To recognize ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data.
  2. To communicate innovative systems design to other ASHRAE members.
  3. To highlight technological achievements of ASHRAE to others, including associated professionals and societies worldwide, as well as building and facility owners.
ASHRAE Technology Award applications are accepted in each of the following categories:
  1. Commercial Buildings (New and Existing)
  2. Institutional Buildings (New and Existing)
    • Educational Facilities
    • Other Institutional
  3. Health Care Facilities (New and Existing)
  4. Industrial Facilities or Processes (New and Existing)
  5. Public Assembly Facilities (New and Existing)
  6. Residential (New and Existing)
This year we want the Detroit Chapter in the winner’s circle again. Of course this competition also serves as a means for passing on of new technology to future engineers. If you have a design that you think is worth sharing…go ahead and submit it! 
The deadline for this year’s Chapter entries is April 25, 2017
Last Year’s Chapter AND Region V Technology Award Winners:
Institutional Buildings—Educational Facilities – New:
First Place: Oakland University Engineering Center (Rochester, MI)
By: George Karidis, ASHRAE Member
Detroit, MI (Detroit Chapter)
Institutional Buildings—Other Institutional Facilities – New:
First Place: University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research Addition
By: Brian Runde, ASHRAE Member Troy, MI (Detroit Chapter)
If you want more information the “Technology Award Program Overview, Requirements, Judging Criteria and Helpful Hints” are available on ASHRAE’s website at the following link: or you can email me at with any questions you may have.

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The Zero Tool calculates fossil fuel energy consumption for existing buildings and new building designs, and normalizes a building’s performance for comparison to reduction targets and other buildings.

Architecture 2030 introduces the Zero Tool, a free innovative online application that allows architects, designers, engineers, building owners and managers, and policymakers to calculate building energy consumption baselines and targets. The Zero Tool normalizes building performance by climate, space type, building size, occupancy, and schedule, allowing users to compare a new or existing building’s fossil fuel energy consumption with other buildings.

“The Zero Tool offers an intuitive and powerful way to establish energy consumption baselines and energy use reduction targets, and to see how an existing building or building design’s energy consumption compares to other buildings and baselines.” Edward Mazria, CEO, Architecture 2030.

Evolving From the EPA's Target Finder

Until recently, the EPA’s ENERGY STAR Target Finder has been the primary application for determining a building’s site energy use intensity (EUI) baseline and design target. However, the EPA is planning to change the ENERGY STAR baseline from the 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS 2003) to CBECS 2012. And now, preliminary budget proposals from the White House indicate plans that may “close out” ENERGY STAR programs altogether. 

The Zero Tool’s analysis engine uses the CBECS 2003 dataset, an industry baseline that has been agreed upon by most building sector organizations including Architecture 2030, ASHRAE, AIA, and USGBC. The Zero Tool will also allow those designing to the 2030 Challenge and other targets to maintain pre-existing baselines, in order to continue to measure their progress.

The Zero Tool expands on Target Finder’s features, providing simple, clear, and graphic results for visualizing baselines, design targets, and existing building performance. 


Zero Score for Easy Building Comparison

A Zero Score is a value calculated for an existing building or building design, which indicates a building's energy performance and progress towards achieving Zero Net Carbon. It provides a method for comparing buildings across all types and sizes.

The baseline score of 100 represents a typical modern building with an energy consumption profile based on data from the 2003 Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) or the 2001 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) and normalized by climate, space type, building size, occupancy, and schedule. A score of 0 represents a Zero Net Carbon building.

The Zero Score calculation methodology is aligned with methodologies used by the Zero Energy Performance Index (zEPI) and the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index.


Who Will Use the Zero Tool? 

  • AIA 2030 Commitment signatories, architects, designers, and 2030 Challenge adopters can use the Zero Tool to establish design project baselines and targets, and to demonstrate that completed projects meet the targets.
  • 2030 District members can use the tool to establish energy baselines and reduction targets for new and existing buildings, as well as assess their progress towards meeting District energy goals.
  • Policymakers throughout North America can use the Zero Tool to benchmark their existing building stock in a comparable way and identify how incremental performance targets can be introduced into policies that increase city-wide energy efficiency, energy upgrades, and renewable energy programs.

“The Zero Tool is designed to be a great platform from the outset,” said Erin McDade, Zero Tool Project Manager at Architecture 2030. “But we're also going to be adding exciting new features in the coming months.” The Zero Tool is free to use, comes with a detailed User Guide, and is available at  


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