Monthly Archives: April 2016

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 webmaster2015@midcolumbiaashrae.org at least 2 hours prior to the meeting to get a call-in phone number.

Click Here For Meeting Agendas and Minutes

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
CALMAC Corp

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.