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ASHRAE Detroit December Virtual Chapter Meeting

December 01, 2020
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
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ASHRAE Detroit Chapter Meeting

(Virtual Meeting)


Meeting recording and slide deck can be downloaded HERE


December 1st, 2020

12:00 – 1:15 PM EST





Please join your ASHRAE counterparts for our next ASHRAE Meeting for the 2020-2021 year. This will be a 1 hour, Virtual – Lunch and Learn (via Microsoft Teams) with Jerry Zolkowski of DNV GL.

We want to thank Consumers Energy for sponsoring our December virtual ASHRAE event!


Meeting Topic: How Industrial Projects Get Done

While energy consumption and efficiency are a concern for most companies, it is not a top issue. In fact, energy efficiency may not even be on the radar. It is trumped by more pressing problems such as meeting customer demands, workforce capacity, quality, and reliability.

Since these concerns affect the very core operation of a business, saving energy is a lower priority. This is compounded by the fact that energy spend at most sites is a minor cost (less than 6%). Because of the money and effort it takes to execute energy efficiency projects, these projects are pushed lower on the list of importance.


Yet companies are actively implementing energy efficiency improvements. The reasons vary and include the following:

• Some projects, such as lighting, have a good payback based only on energy savings.

• Antiquated equipment eventually gets replaced, and new efficiencies are included.

• Expansions bring new capacity that may offer far better efficiency.

• Market demands for greener products.


Some ways efficiency projects are implemented in this business environment:

• An energy review for capital expenditures.

• Selling projects that also contribute to business goals such as higher reliability, lower maintenance, or greener products.

• An active identification process for new projects.


Manufacturers exist to make a product, not save energy. Using less energy contributes to the company goals of staying profitable, but not as much as other improvements. For energy use to improve in this environment, energy projects must coexist and support other business goals.


Speaker Biography:

Jerry Zolkowski

Principal Engineer

[email protected]

Jerry Zolkowski, PE CEM CMVP is a Principal Engineer with DNV GL. Since 2013 he has been working on the Consumers Business Energy Efficiency Program in Michigan with a focus on making industrial plants more efficient. He can be contacted at: [email protected]

Prior employment includes: 2.5 years at Dow Corning, the world leader in silicones, supporting global manufacturing energy efficiency efforts; and 6 years finding and evaluating energy conservation opportunities for Shaw Industries’ manufacturing operations. Shaw has over 50 manufacturing plants and is the country’s largest carpet producer. Also 10 years at the state’s industrial extension service at Georgia Tech. That work included energy conservation, environmental compliance, and plant & design engineering.

Jerry’s writings have appeared in Compressed Air Best Practices, Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, Energy Engineering, Computer Shopper, and Machine Design.

Education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and an MBA from Columbus State College.



We will carry out the Virtual Lunch and Learn using Microsoft Teams.  You can participate a number of ways.  First, you can click on the virtual meeting link which will take you to the screen below.  From there, you can download Microsoft Teams onto your device of choice prior to the event or bookmark the page and join the meeting by viewing on the web.  Most Microsoft Teams features are available on the web version so with either selection, the content and experience will be the same.  If you are downloading the software, we would advise that you do that a day in advance.  If you use the web, please log on 10-15 minutes early to familiarize yourself with the tool. 


If you are not familiar with MS Teams, please click the demo link below:


Alternatively you can add Microsoft Teams to your iPhone/iPad by visiting the Apple App store.