ASHRAE Insights - August 2018 - 1
ASHRAE Insights August 2018
New ASHRAE Guide
Refrigerated facilities are an
important link in the cold chain
responsible for preserving food
products from the point of production to the point of delivery to
The ASHRAE Guide for Sustainable Refrigerated Facilities
and Refrigeration Systems provides
comprehensive coverage of refrigeration systems and structures to
ensure the sustainability of refrigerated facilities.
The guidebook covers the fundamentals for those new to refrigeration and refrigerated facilities
while also including advanced
concepts in design and controls for
experienced professionals involved
with planning, designing and operating refrigerated facilities.
It was written by Don Cleland,
Marc Claas, John Davis, Todd
Jekel, Richard Love and Doug
The guidebook's purpose is to
introduce methods that readers can
use to evaluate the sustainability of
design and operational decisions
for their own circumstances. It focuses on the tools and understanding required to specify, design,
build and operate a sustainable
refrigerated facility or refrigeration system.
See Refrigeration Book, Page 4
AC Goes to Church
"Church attendance in Estill, North Carolina, a very
small town, has taken a sudden
jump as the result of a successful move by local pastors
to hold church services in the
new air conditioned theater on
"Charles Harper, manager
of the theater, immediately
agreed to offer the cool auditorium to help the pastors bolster
church attendance, which falls
off alarmingly during the hot
"The result was pleasing
not only to the church goers, but also to the theater
manager, Harper. His gesture
brought people into the theater,
familiarized them with the
comfortable surroundings and
sent attendance soaring for his
-"Church crowds increase in air conditioned
theater" Refrigerating Engineering, August 1939, p. 116.
Building Our New Energy Future
2018-19 ASHRAE President
Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., dived into
her presidential theme and mission of "Building Our New Energy Future" during her presidential
address in Houston.
As buildings represent more
than 70% of the electrical load in
developed countries, Hayter wants
ASHRAE to lead the way to a new
energy future that connects buildings, energy and the environment.
"We are at the front end of a
major evolutionary change in how
energy systems interact," said
Hayter. "Instead of individual systems-buildings, utilities, the transportation sector, and the industry
sector-it's becoming one system,
Sheila J. Hayter, P.E.,'s theme for the 2018-19 Society year is
"Building Our New Energy Future."
and buildings are going to play a
central role in that new paradigm.
Buildings will be where energy is
generated, stored, and comman-
deered, and we will be optimizing
energy flow in a different way."
ASHRAE, AIA, NIBS and
NREL published a "Building Our
New Energy Future" document
that looks at the future of the electricity sector and the role of buildings in that future. It can be read at
From the power grid to energy
storage to renewable energy to
microgrids, the document establishes common language and a
baseline of understanding, according to Hayter. The primer will help
ASHRAE members get started on
the mission, and ASHRAE is in
the process of developing a Smart
Grid Application Guide, she said.
Chapters Promote ASHRAE,
STEM to Young People
From flying bunny copters to judging science fairs, ASHRAE chapters are volunteering in their communities in different ways.
All the officers in 12 ASHRAE chapters volunteered their time
throughout the year to participate in a community event geared to
promoting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities for students. Those chapters earned the K-12/STEM Chapter
These 12 chapters received the award this year: Austin, Central
Arizona, Golden Gate, Hawaii, La Crosse, Montreal, Northern Nevada,
San Diego, San Jose, Southern Nevada, Southwest Florida, and Tucson.
The ASHRAE Austin Chapter teamed up with other organizations
such as the Girl Scouts throughout the year, said Nick Prisco, Associ-
Members of the ASHRAE Austin Chapter share ASHRAE's
mission and what they do professionally during a Texas Girl
ate Member ASHRAE, Student
Activities chair and Chapter K-12
STEM chair for the Austin Chapter.
See STEM, Page 4
How ASHRAE's Nomination Process Works
By Tom Phoenix, P.E., Presidential/
Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE;
Tim Wentz, P.E., Presidential/Fellow/
Life Member ASHRAE;
David Underwood, P.Eng., Presidential/Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE
There have recently been
questions or comments concerning our nominating process.
Therefore, we thought it would
be a good time to explain how
the Nominating Committee, and
the nominating process, works
and its importance to a volunteerled society. Let's take a look at
some of the misconceptions and
uncover the reality of our nomination process.
Myth: Nominating does not represent membership
Reality: Nominating is the most
representative committee in Society
Nominating is comprised of
one voting delegate and one alternate selected by volunteers at the
CRCs for the 15 regions. Another
eight delegates and alternates are
elected by the Board of Directors to ensure both technical and
grassroots membership is well
That is representative governance at its best.
Myth: Nominating knows the
nominees even before they start
Reality: Nominating only reviews candidates submitted by
The list of candidates for Society Officers and Directors comes
exclusively from the CRCs and
from individuals. Any member
of Society can submit candidates, including themselves, to
Nominating. It is not hard at all
to put a candidate's name into
consideration. Every name that
has been submitted is brought
before Nominating at their fall
meeting and every one of these
names is discussed.
Myth: The process is closed and
very secretive, as the ballot contains only one nominee
Reality: All candidates submitted to Nominating are carefully
reviewed and vetted
The issue of having only one
nominee on the final ballot for
each position is often misunderstood. Having a single nominee is
based upon our guiding principle
"the office shall seek the person,
rather than the person seek the
off ice". Nominating conducts
a thorough review of each and
every candidate and then selects
nominees who "can best serve
the interest and objectives of the
Society." We believe the practice
of providing one candidate per office is the more correct procedure
given the openness with which
ASHRAE solicits candidates.
The selection of the leadership
of a highly technical Society
should not become a "popularity
It is true that the discussions of
Nominating are held in executive
session. Nominating would not be
able to conduct their work otherwise since there are very frank
discussions about each candidate.
This again reflects our guiding
principle that "the office shall
seek the person, rather than the
person seek the office." You can
download and read Nominating's
rules and procedures, as found
in the Manual of Procedures
and Reference Manual at www.
Myth: The Nominating Committee is dominated by presidential
members and/or staff
Reality: Presidential members
are a small minority and there
is only one staff position on
Presidential members serve
as chair (a non-voting position)
and vice-chair (a voting position).
The Secretary of Nominating,
a non-voting position, is the only
member of staff on Nominating.
In our many years of service we
cannot recall a single instance
where there were more than two
or three presidential members on
Nominating, other than the chair
and vice-chair. Moreover, we cannot recall a single instance where
either presidential members or
staff dominated any conversation.
Given the number of ASHRAE
volunteers on nominating it is
clear why no one group dominates the conversation.
For more information about
the nominating process or to
submit a member for nomination,
go to www.ashrae.org/communities/committees/committeenominations.