February 2019 Print

President's Report

From the President's Desk

Patrick Michels

Winter is finally here!  After a mild start to the cold season, the ‘Polar Vortex’ brought a crisp chill across the Midwest that had us all talking about the cold.  The cold brings challenges; it seems home furnaces stop working, cars won’t start, and customers facilities have emergencies. I do hope you were unaffected and none of these happened to you.

As we roll into the second half of our Detroit ASHRAE calendar year, I reflect on 2018.  In 2018 we hit record research promotion dollars raised, thank you!  The membership is what makes this possible.  Thank you to our sponsors because you allow us to come together at great venues to socialize and learn.  Lastly, thank you to all the ASHRAE volunteers on the board and on our committees.  You truly help drive our chapter’s success. 

We had Trane sponsor our January meeting at HopCat in Royal Oak.  We have been fortunate enough to pick venues that are unique and can accommodate our large groups of 100+ people.  In order to keep selecting these types of venues, I do request that we be more courteous to our speakers.  The background noise for our last speaker made it difficult for everyone to hear clearly.  The meeting reviews speak to this issue.  I hear you and we will do everything in our power to address this problem.     

Our next slate of meetings is up and I hope to see you as we progress through 2019.  February’s meeting will be Sponsored by Victaulic on Feb 22nd at he historic GEM theatre downtown. 

Our Women in ASHRAE (WiA) group is holding an event at The Painted Pot on Feb 28th.  Room is limited so I urge you to sign up as soon as possible. 

Lastly, a shout out to our student branch at LTU.  A team of LTU students took second place in the ASHRAE Student Design Competition.  Details on their achievement can be found at this link. https://www.theoaklandpress.com/lifestyles/suburban/lawrence-tech-students-win-second-place-in-global-engineering-competition/article_63501b72-2360-11e9-b4bd-4729b55ae3e2.html Congratulations on this special achievement!



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ASHRAE Research

Seventhwave compares ASHRAE 90.1-2010 vs. 2004, looks for sample buildings

Seventhwave is looking for buildings for an ASHRAE research project. We need to compile a sample of middle schools, high schools and 2 to 4 story office buildings from around the country that were designed to comply with ASHRAE 90.1-2010 (or equivalent) or ASHRAE 90.1-2004 code (or equivalent). If you know any such building (name, address, contact information, etc.) and would like to help the project, please contact the Principal Investigator Dr. Joe Zhou at [email protected], or fill out a simple, two-minute online survey: here. We will then contact the building owner or designer for additional information.

ASHRAE research project 1814-RP, “Actual Energy Performance of Secondary Schools and Medium Offices Designed to Comply with ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2010,” will study basic building data including actual monthly energy use of 168 secondary schools and medium offices in 14 climate subzones across the U.S. The comparison mainly will be based on actual energy cost analysis, with supporting building energy modeling, energy audits, and surveys of construction, facility, and operations staff. The study will be used to determine common factors among best and worst buildings and to provide recommendations for future energy codes and standards developments.

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Membership Promotion


Endless Technical Resources

Members enjoy access to the world’s largest library of HVACR related technical information.

Connection to Our Global Community of Professionals

Members join together at the local, regional, and international levels both in-person and online.

Opportunities to be Part of the Change

There is always an opportunity at ASHRAE to give back and be part of the progress.

Career & Professional Development Resources

Members develop personally and professionally with programs geared to assist them at any career level.

ASHRAE Members’ Insurance Program

Various insurance products are available to ASHRAE members, through the Members’ Insurance Program. This quality collection of insurance products offers valuable coverage with options that can be tailored to fit your needs and budget

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Chapter Technology Transfer

Judging Criteria (Total 100 points):

Energy Efficiency (15 points)

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Thermal Comfort (15 Points) Innovation (15 Points)

Operation and Maintenance (15 Points)

Cost Effectiveness (15 Points) Environmental Impact (15 Points)

Quality of Presentation (5 Points)

Judges' Prerogative (5 Points)

Special Note on Judging Criteria:

Even if not all the scoring topics apply to the project, an entry will be considered in the competition. Yes. Judges are instructed to use a "plug" score for a project that is innovative and good in most respects but does not lend itself to all criteria. For example, a wood-drying operation may not have an impact on indoor air quality. However, points will be deducted from the scoring where the topic applies to the project but was ignored.

Sample submission report and more details can be found at the link below:


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Honors and Awards

Let’s get some AWARDS!!!

By Paul Prentice – R.L. Deppmann Co.

As Honors and Awards Committee Chairman I am looking for a few good chapter members. We all know our chapter is blessed with many dedicated and ambitious members who have contributed to our chapter for many years and in many ways. We also have members who have made great achievements and contributions to ASHRAE on a regional and national level.

Any successful organization has a way of rewarding those who contribute to its mission in a meaningful manner – so it is with ASHRAE. Our award recipients exemplify the best in engineering and engineering technology by continually bringing credit to the profession and the Society.

ASHRAE is proud of the many contributions its men and women have made on behalf of the Society and to our industry. We encourage you to help us recognize those members who deserve to be thanked by nominating them for an appropriate award.

I am hoping you as a chapter member can give me some member names for a couple awards that I’m sure we have candidates for. From there I will contact the person and get with him /her to help complete the necessary data to submit an entry to ASHRAE. Deadlines are throughout the year but please call me as soon as possible. Feel free to nominate yourself if you qualify.

Our Detroit Chapter Distinguished Service Award

Nominees for this award will have given generously of their time and talents in a variety of different ways over an extended period of time. This is a chapter level award and a member is nominated by any other Detroit Chapter member with nominations brought to the chapter board of governors for final decision. Nominations are due to the board or to myself [email protected] by February 10th , 2018. Award will be presented at the Past Presidents Meeting. The recipient of this award will also be submitted to The Engineering Society of Detroit for recognition at the Gold Awards.

Some of the many ASHRAE Society awards are the following (with due dates):

Distinguished Service Award – (May 1st)

Recognizes members of ASHRAE who have served the Society faithfully and with distinction on committees or otherwise given freely of their time and talent on behalf of the Society (15 service points are required).

Exceptional Service Award(May 1st)

Recognizes members who have served the Society faithfully and with exemplary effort, far in excess of that required for the Distinguished Service award (45 service points are required). The individual must have been a full grade Member for a minimum of ten (10) years and a past recipient of the Distinguished Service Award

Andrew T. Boggs Service Award (May 1st)

This award, named after Andrew T. Boggs, former ASHRAE Executive Vice President, recognizes past recipients of the Exceptional Service Award for continuing, unselfish, dedicated and distinguished service to the Society.

Louise and Bill Holladay Distinguished Fellow Award - (May 1st)
This award honors Fellows of the Society for continuing preeminence in engineering or research work.

Milton W. Garland Award

Past Chapter Refrigeration Committee Chair who has done outstanding work in promoting refrigeration at the Chapter level. 

Student Activities Achievement Award

Chapter Student Activities Chairman who has contributed to the goals and growth of student activities at all levels.

Several other awards are offered by society and can be seen on the ASHRAE website.


This link also include instructions on how to nominate and the application forms.

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YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0
Next event in February 2019

YEA Leadership Weekend 2.0 (YLW 2.0) is designed to provide additional, more advanced resources to YLW alumni. For this continuation of YLW, we bring back Ralph Kison to facilitate and expand on the skills he taught at the existing YLW event. As YLW alumni, you’ve had the opportunity to use the resources and connections you gained at YLW to not only grow your professional careers, but develop your participation within ASHRAE. The purpose of YLW 2.0 is to continue that growth and development, and hopefully inspire even further leadership skills and aspirations!



LeaDRS is an ASHRAE regional program that encourages the development of future regional and Society leaders. Similar to YEA’s Leadership U program, the LeaDRS program allows a Region to select an ASHRAE member to shadow their Director and Regional Chair (DRC) at an ASHRAE conference. The LeaDRS program is open to all ASHRAE members (it is not restricted to YEA members). The LeaDRS program is run, funded, and administered by each Region.

Please review the LeaDRS program document for a complete description of the program.

If you are interested in applying for your Region’s LeaDRS program, please contact your Region’s DRC directly:




Region I

Mr. William Walter

[email protected]

Region II

Mr. Douglas Cochrane

[email protected]

Region III

Mr. Roger Jones

[email protected]

Region IV

Mr. George Austin

[email protected]

Region V

Mr. Douglas Fick

[email protected]

Region VI

Mr. Benjamin Skelton

[email protected]

Region VII

Mr. Michael Cooper

[email protected]

Region VIII

Mr. Jonathan Symko

[email protected]

Region IX

Mr. Trenton Hunt

[email protected]

Region X

Ms. Marites Calad

[email protected]

Region XI

Mr. Keith Yelton

[email protected]

Region XII

Mr. Daniel Rogers

[email protected]

Region XIII

Mr. Ng Yong Kong

[email protected]

Region XIV

Mr. Constantinos Balaras

[email protected]


Mr. Farooq Mehboob

[email protected]




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