Confirmed Date: Mid-Columbia ASHRAE RP Golf Tournament – June 2nd, 2016

Save the date on your calendars. We now have a confirmed date for our chapter’s annual golf tournament benefiting ASHRAE Research. Thursday, June 2nd, 2016. It will be at the Columbia Point Golf Course in Richland, WA. Tee time will be at 1:00pm. Click here for the flyer and signup information! If you have any questions about the tournament, please contact Colin Bates, our Chapter Research Promotion chair, at or 509-737-6962.

June BOG Meeting

The June Board of Governors Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th, 2016. It will begin at 5:00pm at a location to be announced. Please keep checking here for updates on the location. If you want to attend the meeting via conference call, please contact Derek Archer at at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to get a call-in phone number.

Note that this meeting is 2 weeks earlier than usual in order to ensure that fiscal-year-end financial closeout activities are completed by the end of June.

This will be our final scheduled meeting for the 2015-2016 Society year. Thank you to all of our members and BOG members and others who make our activities possible. We are not planning to have BOG meetings in July or August unless necessary. We will post details here and in our newsletter if a meeting is scheduled.

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May BOG Meeting

The May Board of Governors Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 25th, 2016. It will begin at 5:00pm on a conference call only. BOG members will receive the call-in number by email. If you want to attend the meeting via conference call, please contact Derek Archer at at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to get a call-in phone number.

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May Program Meeting: Building Performance Analysis Lecture

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Dennis Knight, will be hosting a lecture on May 9th, 2016, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The lecture will be located in the Environmental Technology Building (ETB). No security badging is required. Click here for location and parking info. Skype call-in information is available with 24 hours notice to


This presentation focuses on building performance rating systems and their requirements for energy use reduction and whole building optimization. The program provides an overview of how to use computer assisted building performance analysis systems and ASHRAE 90.1 Appendix G to maximize the design team’s ability to achieve the greatest number of credits when seeking project certification under a building performed rating system.


Dennis Knight has 40 years of experience providing engineering, design and construction related services within the building industry. Active at the local, state and national levels with various agencies and professional societies, he works to help develop sustainable, integrated building design guidelines. Nationally, as a member of ASHRAE, Mr. Knight is the Chairman of the BIM Multi-disciplinary Task Group (MTG), is the former Chair of Technical Committee (TC) 7.1 “Integrated Building Design,” serves on ASHRAE Standards Committee and serves as the Chair of the ASHRAE/IBPSA-USA 2016 Building Simulation Specialty Conference. He has chaired 5 of the 6 energy modeling conferences ASHRAE has put on since 2010.  He has also served as the President of the Charleston Chapter twice since he joined the Society in 1979. Mr. Knight was recently elevated to the membership grade of ASHRAE Fellow at the ASHRAE 2014 Winter Meeting in New York City. Mr. Knight founded Whole Buildings Systems, LLC, in 2010 after having owned both an engineering firm and a construction company, and most recently serving as a Principal at Liollio Architecture. Whole Building Systems’ practice focuses on commissioning, building performance simulation, energy management, BIM applications, and operations and maintenance management and planning. Mr. Knight holds an assortment of professional registrations and accreditations. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Wisconsin and holds dual registration in South Carolina as both a Mechanical Engineer and a Fire Protection Engineer. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Construction Specification Institute (CSI) certified Constructional Specification Specialist, a American Commissioning Group (ACG) certified Commissioning Authority and Building Performance Institute (BPI) certified as both a Building Energy Analyst and a Building Envelope Professional.

Presentation sponsored in part by the ASHRAE Mid-Columbia Chapter

GBCI Approved | 1 CE Hour | 0920004628

AIA Approved | 1 LU|HSW| KNIGHT03

Please direct your questions to Rahul Athalye –

April BOG Meeting

The April Board of Governors Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 27th, 2016. It will begin at 5:00pm at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ETB building. Click here for location and parking info. No security badging is required. All members are welcome to attend.. Please note the in-person meeting has been changed to a call-in meeting only. If you want to attend the meeting via conference call, please contact Derek Archer at at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to get a call-in phone number.

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2016 ASHRAE Webcast: Making Net Zero Net Positive

The date for the annual ASHRAE Webcast is approaching. While our chapter is not hosting a group viewing site this year, you may register for free to view the live webcast on Thursday, April 21, from 1:00pm-4:00pm eastern time. You may visit the ASHRAE Webcast page to learn more about the topic and the presenters, and click here to register.

April Program Meeting: Energy Storage Lecture

This month we are welcoming ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Mark MacCracken to our chapter. He will be giving a one hour lecture on Energy Storage at PNNL’s ETB Building on April 12th from 12 noon to 1 pm. You are encouraged to attend in person. Please follow directions to the PNNL ETB building shown at the end of this invitation. Badges are NOT needed. You can also call-in and watch his presentation online (see details below).

Mark’s Bio and details about his presentation topic are provided below. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank you! And see you there.
Rahul Athalye
Chapter President

When: Tuesday, April 12, 2016 — 12:00-1:00pm Pacific Time (Bring your lunch!)
Where: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Campus, Environmental Technology Building (ETB): Columbia River Room. No security badge required. Click here for a map to the location. Skype call-in is provided at the bottom of this post.

Presented by Mark M. MacCracken, CEO, LEED Fellow

Energy Storage: A Vital Element in a Lower Carbon Future

Abstract: Whether the reason is Energy Independence, National Security or Climate Change, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels will be critical to our society’s future. One critically important aspect about fossil fuels is that they are not just forms of energy, they are forms of “stored” energy. If we are going to reduce our dependence on them by using renewable energy like Wind or Solar, which are forms pure energy, we will also have to replace the storage aspect of the them. Energy Storage on both the Grid side and Building side of the meter will be covered along with their respective applications, including “net” Zero Energy Buildings.

Bio: Mark M. MacCracken is the CEO of CALMAC, which is the largest manufacturer of Thermal Energy Storage equipment in the world, with over 4,000 installations in over 60 countries.

In his almost 40 years with the firm, MacCracken has been involved in all aspects of the company including, R&D, contracts, patents, manufacturing, marketing and finance. He was the Principal Investigator on research projects with Oak Ridge National Labs, NASA and National Renewable Energy Research Lab. In his continual support of energy efficiency he is regularly in contact with the DOE, EPA, EPRI and electric utilities across the country and around the world.

MacCracken has his BS in Mechanical Engineering, has three U.S. Patents and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey and a LEED® Fellow™. He is presently or has recently served as:

U.S. Green Building Council National Board of Directors, 2011 Chair
New York City Building Resiliency Task Force
Recipient of AEE Energy Engineer of the Year Award
AHRI Board of Directors and Thermal Storage Product Section Chairman
Distinguished Lecturer for ASHRAE
Chairman of ASHRAE’s Thermal Storage Technical Committee
Member of Alliance to Save Energy
Member of Electricity Storage Association
Vice Chair of ASHRAE Standards Committee 189.1

Mark is visiting the ASHRAE Mid-Columbia Chapter as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Program.

Historical Find: 1987 ASHRAE IAQ Slideshow

We have been working through a large collection of documents and other items in our ongoing effort to consolidate and improve our recordkeeping and archives. One of the most interesting things we found recently was the slides, cassette, and printed booklet for an ASHRAE indoor air quality (IAQ) slideshow presentation from 1987. We scanned the slides and recorded the cassette audio, and combined them into a video file that can be found on our chapter history and archive page.

March BOG Meeting & Facility Tour in Yakima

EDIT 03-28-2016: The BOG Meeting location after the tour has been changed from our newsletter information! See below.

This month, the Mid-Columbia ASHRAE chapter BOG meeting will be held in Yakima. To make it more interesting, we have also setup a tour at the Columbia Reach facility here in Yakima.  This facility uses anhydrous ammonia as the refrigerant and we will have the opportunity to tour two of their four machine rooms.  These two machine room have different types of systems, which should be interesting.  The older machine room and system uses a combination of liquid recirculation using pressure in the system as the moving force, and also a few some flooded type cold rooms.  All liquid feed out to the various rooms is supplied from a control pressure receiver.  The screw compressors liquid injection oil cooled. The other machine room (which is only a few years old) and the associated cold rooms are all flooded, with the room surge drums located in “dog houses” on the roof of the facility.  The screw compressors have thermosiphon oil cooled.  All liquid to this system is feed from a high pressure receiver. Beside seeing the machine rooms the group should also see some of the various cold storage rooms, and the differences between them.

Columbia Reach Facility Tour

Time: 3:30-4:30 pm

Address: 3107 River Rd., Yakima Click here for site map including meeting place (red arrow).

Site Contact: Kem Russell (cell: 509-949-9721)


Chapter Monthly BOG Meeting

Time: 5:00-6:00 pm

Location: Doubl-Kold Offices. 3401 Ahtanum Rd., Yakima, WA.
UPDATED LOCATION: Abby’s Legendary Pizza, 4804 Tieton Drive, Yakima, WA (No-host dinner.)

March BOG Meeting Preview

For the month of March, we have a special program meeting planned. On Wednesday afternoon, March 30th, we will be hosting our program and Board of Governors meeting in Yakima. More details will be forthcoming in our next newsletter and here on our website.

The program meeting will consist of a tour of the refrigeration systems of the Columbia Reach Fruit packing facility. Afterwards we will proceed to another location to conduct our BOG meeting. Mark your calendars and we hope to see you there, especially our members in the Yakima, Wenatchee, and Ellensburg regions.

Derek Archer
Mid Columbia ASHRAE BOG Member-At-Large and Newsletter Editor