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.

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.

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

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

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

February Program Meeting Info

Greg Jourdan will be presenting on Energy Efficient Chiller Terminology, Ratings, and the Energy Code on Tuesday, February 9th. This will be a web meeting that begins at 12:00 noon pacific time. For more information and access instructions, please click here. If you have any trouble logging into the web meeting, please contact

Automated Newsletter Signup

We have posted a self-registration form for our newsletter and other related mailings. Although new members get put on the list as well, this is a manual process and sometimes takes a few weeks to update. If you are involved with the building industry, whether student, product vendor, architect, engineer, or just interested in what we do, you may sign up yourself at the “Newsletter” link in the top menu of this site.