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2017 Golf Tournament Cancelled

Members and Friends of Mid-Columbia ASHRAE,

Due to lack of interest, the golf tournament scheduled for Thursday, June 8th has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Thank you.

Research Promotion Golf Tournament

Members and Friends of Mid-Columbia ASHRAE,
Our annual research promotion golf tournament is fast approaching, and the link below contains the information for registering to support ASHRAE’s work for the HVAC&R industry.

Thursday, June 8th, 2017, 12:00 noon tee time.

Please note! This year we are at a new venue, the Tri-City Country Club, located in downtown Kennewick. Please contact Colin Bates at or Derek Archer at with inquiries. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Golf Flyer 2017

Quincy, Washington Server Farm Tour (RSVP REQUIRED)

Members and Friends of Mid-Columbia ASHRAE,
Our region has started to become well known for a booming new industry: data centers. Our climate, low energy costs, and power grid reliability have prompted many companies large and small to build these facilities in various locations around the northwest. We have been able to secure a tour of one of these facilities in Quincy, Washington on Wednesday May 31st, at 2:30pm.

For facility security reasons, we MUST have RSVPs directed to Derek Archer (one of our BOG members, newsletter editor, and chapter administrator) will receive these emails. The RSVP must include your full name and driver license number. This will be forwarded to the facility management for access. No exceptions will be allowed.

The exact location of the facility will be sent via email to those who RSVP and are approved by the facility host.

Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Derek Archer, BOG Member, Mid-Columbia ASHRAE

October BOG Meeting Cancelled

The normally scheduled BOG meeting for Wednesday, October 5th, has been cancelled. Future meetings will continue to be announced here on our website and in our newsletter list.

Derek Archer, Mid-Columbia ASHRAE BOG Member At Large.

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 –

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.

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.

2016 Tri-Cities Engineers Week Banquet

From Evelyn Hirt, the event coordinator:
“This year the Tri-Cities Engineers Week Banquet will be held the evening of Friday, 26 February 2016 Tri-Cities Engineers Week Banquet the Red Lion in Kennewick. Once again we will focus on the achievements of students and professionals. This year we are privileged to have Dr. Julio Guerrero, ASME President and a principal at Draper Laboratory speaking on: Inspiring Engineers and Students.” Flyer here.

If there is enough interest from Mid-Columbia ASHRAE Members, we can purchase a table. Please send an email to if you wish to attend, preferably before February 17th, so that we may evaluate the demand for a table.

Thank you,
Derek Archer, BOG Member-At-Large

January BOG Meeting

The January Board of Governors Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 20th, 2016. It will begin at 5:00pm at the offices of Meier Architecture-Engineering at 8697 Gage Boulevard in Kennewick, WA. All members are welcome to attend. If you want to attend the meeting via conference call, please contact Derek Archer at prior to the meeting to get a call-in phone number.

Click Here For Meeting Agendas and Minutes

December 2015 Newsletter

The December 2015 edition of the Mid-Columbia ASHRAE Tumbleweed has been posted. You may download it here.

-Derek Archer, Mid-Columbia ASHRAE Chapter Newsletter Editor.