ASHRAE Insights - December 2017 - 1
ASHRAE Insights December 2017
Treasurer's Report Inside
Lessons From Life Members
By Mary Kate McGowan,
Associate Editor, News
Students in the Middle East and Northern Africa-specific HVAC Design class.
First Group Earning
New ASHRAE Credential
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates-Thirty-four
people are already on their way to be the
first group to earn a new credential from the
ASHRAE Global Training Center-Dubai.
As part of the Center's mission to
provide region-specific information and
curricula, ASHRAE members can now
earn the Building Excellence Credential
MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa)
at the Center.
Twenty-two people were enrolled in a
Middle East and Northern Africa-specific
HVAC Design class in September. The Variable Refrigerant Flow Systems: Design &
Applications class in mid-October saw an
additional 12 people on their way to earning
Those who earn the credential are trained
in the correct application of ASHRAE Standards and new technologies through real-
"How to keep cool has been solved,
according to Patent Office report, by a
Davenport (Iowa) man, who has perfected
a fanning machine for private houses. The
novelty of the thing consists in the fan
being confined in a circular metal casing,
having four short open pipes protruding
from it, top and bottom.
"This casing is suspended from the
ceiling, and inside of it is the fan, revolved
by a bar extending the length of the apartment, and connecting with anything at all
that will give it motion.
The fan makes such a disturbance in
the air, through the agency of the distributing pipes, that the atmosphere doesn't
have an opportunity of settling right down
to the business of getting hot, and so the
room is kept cool. If a small edition of
this apparatus could be devised for use in
hats, to keep some excitable heads cool,
it would be a brilliant success."
-From Decorator and Furnisher
reprinted in The Hydraulic and Sanitary Plumber, July 1883, p.258
world experience and performance. The
ASHRAE training is customized, scalable
and accounts for climate, culture, suppliers,
energy sources, prices, codes and construction practices for the MENA region.
The Credential requires individuals to
earn at least 42 course credits within three
years at the Center, a university degree or
at least three years' work experience and
complete an exam. Technical applications
include occupant comfort, health-care facilities and sustainable buildings.
For more information or for any questions regarding the Building Excellence
Credential MENA please contact the Global
Training Center-Dubai Coordinator Ayah
The ASHRAE Building Excellence
Credential MENA is not an ASHRAE
After at least 30 years as an ASHRAE
member, Life Members are still going
strong and advancing the society-even
Since 1956, the Life Members Club
has transformed from a primarily social
group to a working group focused on
supporting the Society at large and young
engineers, according to William Harrison,
Presidential/Life Member ASHRAE, and
chair of the Life Members Club.
"It still has a very good social component.
We enjoy seeing each other, and we really
enjoy working with each other," he said. "We
don't feel right unless we're working hard."
Life Members must be at least 65 years
old and active in ASHRAE for 30 years. The
club is split into thirds fairly evenly with
members who are retired, semiretired and
still working, he said.
"None of us are candidates for the Young
Engineers in ASHRAE," Harrison joked.
"We do recognize that if we want the Society
that we have worked hard for and love so
much to succeed, that we are going to have
to continue to attract the right people into
ASHRAE. Consequently, a lot of our activities are directed at young engineers who
have the potential to become contributing
members of ASHRAE."
The Life Members Club's activities that
support research grants for graduate students
and the annual E.K. Campbell Award, which
helps support graduate and undergraduate
ASHRAE member research are funded by
With the typical donation averaging $100,
the Life Members Club consistently raises
about $40,000 to $50,000 in donations every
year, according to Harrison.
"We want to work with other groups in
Student Member Explores Possibilities in Fuel
Ryan Milcarek, Student Member ASHRAE, identifies available methods for assessment of fuel cell micro cogeneration
systems in his "Review and Analysis of Fuel Cell Based, Micro
Cogeneration for Residential Applications: Current State and
Future Opportunities" literature review that appears in the
November edition of the Science and Technology for the Built
Environment (STBE). Milcarek-a Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse
University, a JSPS International Research Fellow at the Institute
of Fluid Science at Tohoku University and a National Science
Foundation GRFP Graduate Fellow-discusses the significance
of his literature review at http://tinyurl.com/Student-Fuel-Cell.
Refrigerants Course for Developing Countries
Amid the changes in the refrigerants industry, two ASHRAE
members collaborated with the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) to specifically help developing countries
better understand and implement best practices and protocols for
refrigerants. Bryan Becker, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, and
Brian Fricke, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE, developed a 4.5-hour
web-based course designed to educate both HVAC&R professionals and non-specialists.To read more about Becker and Fricke's
ASHRAE to make sure that we have a steady
stream of bright, young engineers joining the
industry and joining ASHRAE," he said. "It's
very appropriate for those of us that are exiting to support those people who are coming
in at the bottom to start their careers."
The Life Members Club meets at the
ASHRAE Winter and Annual Conferences.
The next Life Members Club Luncheon is
scheduled for Jan. 23 during the ASHRAE
Winter Conference in Chicago.
From lessons learned on the job to swapping stories about ASHRAE conferences
from years past, the ASHRAE Life Members
Club is full of invaluable information and experiences that can help set young engineers
on the right course for their careers.
Harrison and other Life Member Club
members-Richard Hayter, Ph.D., P.E.,
Presidential Member /Fellow/Life Member
ASHRAE, and Ken Cooper, Ph.D., Fellow/
Life Member ASHRAE-share what they
have learned throughout their careers that
could help other engineers.
William Harrison, Presidential/Life
Member ASHRAE, joined ASHRAE in
1966. During his tenure in the Society, Harrison served as the Society President, the vice
chair and chair of the nominating committee
See Life Members, Page 2
work, visit http://tinyurl.com/Refrigerants-Course.
New Practice Exam Helps Prepare Certification
Those who are seeking the Building Commissioning Professional
(BCxP) certification now can better prepare for the required exam.
A newly launched practice exam for the ANSI-accredited, DOErecognized certification includes 30 multiple choice questions across
three cognitive levels: recall, application and analysis. Though not
a study guide for the examination, the practice test can help those
preparing for the BCxP exam become more familiar with the exam
content and difficulty before taking the actual exam. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/ASHRAE-Certifications.
ASHRAE Publishes 2017 Version of Standard 55
The newly published ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 55-2017,
Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, incorporates seven published addenda to the 2013 edition. Among the
major changes are simplification of the language of the 2013 standard and clarification of the three comfort calculation approaches
in the section on elevated air speed. Also, the 2017 edition includes
a new requirement to calculate the change in occupants' thermal
comfort from direct solar radiation. Additional changes include
simplification of Appendix A; critical process requirements; and
removal of permissive language. The Standard is available at