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ASHRAE Detroit January Chapter Meeting

January 12, 2021
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
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ASHRAE Detroit January Chapter Meeting

Joint Meeting with ASPE

(Virtual Meeting)


January 12, 2020

12:00 – 1:30 PM EST




The link to the virtual meeting can be found in the registration page and the confirmation email once you have registered. A Microsoft account is required to join the meeting through Microsoft Teams. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about the virtual meeting. Thank you for your understanding and patience.



Please join your ASHRAE and ASPE counterparts for a 1 hour, Virtual – Lunch and Learn (via Microsoft Teams) with Janice Means and Jim Newman to help you better understand Climate Change and its impacts on the environment.


Meeting Topic: Climate Change: What It Is and What Its Impact On The Environment Will Be

Climate Change will be a new chapter in the 2021 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook.  Attendees will hear an overview of the latest and projected environmental transformations due to climate change, how it is affecting (and will affect) Michigan, and its projected impact on the built environment industry.  Attendees are alerted to the fact that design practices as well as standards related to energy, water use and IAQ can be expected to change due to global warming and more frequent and violent weather events.  We will hear all about it from two local ASHRAE Life Member engineers who contributed to the writing of the new Climate Change Chapter and who are both trained presenters for the ‘Energy Standard’, ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Std. 90.1.


Speaker Biography:

Janice Means, PE, LEED AP, FESD

Consulting Engineer

Professor Emerita

Lawrence Technological University

Southfield, Michigan

[email protected]

Janice has worked in, taught and promoted solar energy and sustainability since the 1970’s.  She has served on the Boards of the Detroit ASHRAE Chapter (as Past President), the Michigan Solar Energy Association, and the Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIIPL).

Means is a Registered Professional Engineer and holds a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan, a BA in Secondary Education Social Science (Physics Minor) and a BS in General Engineering, both from Oakland University.

She is a Past Chair of the ASHRAE Technical Committee  (TC ) on Solar and Other Renewable  Energies and serves on several other committees at the international level. She is co-author of the Climate Change Chapter to be published in the 2021 ASHRAE Fundamentals Handbook, and ASHRAE’s 2019 Energy Guideline for Historic Buildings.  She was co-editor of the 4th and 5th Editions of the ASHRAE GreenGuide—Design, Construction, and Operation of Sustainable Buildings and has presented internationally on energy-related and high-performance building topics.

Means has received numerous ASHRAE and Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) awards, is an ESD Fellow, and was most recently honored with the 2020 E.K. Campbell Award of Merit for Outstanding Service and Achievement in Teaching at ASHRAE’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida in February.

In retirement from teaching, she continues to be available to consult and speak on building sustainability topics—especially for historic buildings—and to promote women and minorities entering STEM fields.




Managing Partner

Newman Consulting Group, LLC

Farmington Hills, Michigan

[email protected]

Jim has been an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer since 2010, and was awarded an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award in 2012, and again in 2013. He was a writer of ASHRAE's 2008 Energy Position Document, is a Past Vice-Chair of the Technical Committee (TC) on Industrial Air Conditioning, and is a corresponding member of several TCs. He has specialized in energy conservation and indoor air quality since the oil embargo of the ‘70s.

He is active in USGBC, BOMA, AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE), and the ULI Commercial Real Estate and Technology Committee. He is Past Chair of the Detroit BOMA Chapter’s Committee on Sustainability, a trainer for the BOMA High Performing Building Certification, and a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD).

Jim speaks about Green and Sustainable topics on radio and TV, and gives seminars world-wide to both technical and non-technical organizations on these and other topics related to the construction industry. He has received awards from numerous organizations and has been published in many magazines and technical journals.

He received a BSME from Tufts University, Boston, MA, and continued his education toward an MBA degree at the University of Detroit and Wayne State University.

Newman Consulting Group (NCG) assists architects and engineers to design energy-efficient buildings that reduce utility bills, increase the value of owners’ buildings, and enhance the productivity of the building occupants. NCG also helps commercial and industrial building owners retrofit existing buildings so they use less energy—and save money—while maintaining or improving the indoor air quality.


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. 

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