ASHRAE Insights - December 2018 - 1

ASHRAE Insights  December 2018


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December 2018
Volume 33
Number 6

ASHRAE, Partners Release 2018 IgCC
Further Partnership
ASHRAE and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) have signed a
new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalizing
the organizations' relationship.
The MoU was signed by
ASHRAE President-Elect Darryl Boyce; ASHRAE executive
vice president Jeff Littleton;
2016-2018 ASPE President
Mitch Clemente, CPD, FASPE;
and ASPE executive director/
CEO Billy Smith, FASPE.
The agreement defines parameters on how the two societies will collaborate more
closely. The parameters include general advocacy; research; technical committee
coordination; joint conferences
and meetings; training and
education programs; publication distribution and chapter
Said ASHRAE President
Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., Fellow
members work in firms that
provide mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP)
services. The water-energy
nexus in buildings is becoming
more pronounced as we push
buildings to perform using integrated building design tools
and techniques."

Historical Minute
AC for Tractors

"Recently air conditioning
has moved from businesses
and theaters into homes and
automobiles. Now add tractors
to the list. The Farmhand Co. is
manufacturing the Air-Brella,
an umbrella like device that
puts a wall of fast moving air
around the tractor operator.
"The spun aluminum bonnet provides shade and coolness while the curtain of air
keeps out dust, insects, fumes
and spray or dusting chemicals. The 32 lb. battery operated unit contains a 12 in. fan
in the top which draws in the
air. The air is then deflected
inside the bonnet in such a way
as to surround the operator
completely while not blowing
directly on him."
-From a July 1954 midwestern newspaper

ASHRAE has announced the
release of the 2018 International
Green Construction Code (2018
IgCC). The 2018 IgCC is a joint
initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), International Code Council (ICC),
ASHRAE and the Illuminating
Engineering Society (IES).
The 2018 IgCC aligns the
technical requirements of ANSI/
189.1-2017, Standard for the
Design of High-Performance
Green Buildings Except Low
Rise Residential Buildings, with
ICC's multiple-stakeholder IgCC.
Goals of the updated code are
to help governments streamline
code development and adoption
and improve building industry
standardization by integrating the

two previously separate guidance
documents. As a result, the 2018
IgCC is now a unified code that
emphasizes adoption, ease of
use and enforcement for building
"The 2018 IgCC leverages
ASHRAE's technical expertise to
offer a comprehensive tool that
has a direct effect on how green
building strategies are implemented," said ASHRAE President
Sheila J. Hayter, P.E., Fellow
ASHRAE. "Improving energy
efficiency, building performance
and indoor air quality are at the
core of ASHRAE's mission and
we are encouraged by the impact
of this landmark model towards
realizing more a sustainable future
for us all."
As a standing project com-

mittee, ASHRAE SSPC 189.1
updated the technical aspects
of Standard 189.1-2014 using
ASHRAE's continuous maintenance procedures. The final set
of changes to the 2017 edition
of Standard 189.1 provided the
foundation for ICC to develop the
administrative procedures for the
technical content and codify of
the document into the 2018 IgCC.
"Building safety codes help
our communities prepare for the
future," said Dominic Sims, CEO,
International Code Council. "Taking into account the latest technologies and cost-effective strategies
for dealing with resource scarcity,
the IgCC helps cities, states and
countries build stronger, smarter,
sustainably and more resiliently."
"Our hope is that building

professionals and policymakers
alike adopt better, greener building strategies that help them better implement LEED and achieve
higher performance in sustainability," said Mahesh Ramanujam,
president and CEO, USGBC.

Winter Conference Technical Program
Shares Best Practices for Professionals
By Mary Kate McGowan,
Associate Editor, News

Knowledge transfer of technical information is the main driver
of the 2019 ASHRAE Winter
Conference's technical program.
The upcoming conference's
technical program spans from
Jan. 13-16 and includes information ranging from refrigeration
to the convergence of comfort,
indoor air quality and energy efficiency. The technical program
includes more than 100 sessions
in eight tracks.
Because ASHRAE sets the
stage for energy performance in
the built industry, it is important
for members to keep up with industry best practices, challenges
and developments, said Sonya
Pouncy, Member ASHRAE, who

it from ASHRAE to AHR and for
those who don't typically get from
AHR to ASHRAE," said conference chair Corey Metzger, P.E.
Construction, Operation
and Maintenance of High
Performance Systems

A technical session from a recent Winter Conference.
is the chair of the "Construction,
Operation and Maintenance of
High Performance Systems"
The 2019 ASHRAE Winter
Conference will be held concurrently with the 2019 AHR Expo.
ASHRAE's technical program
sessions will be held at the Geor-

gia World Congress Center-the
same location as the AHR Expo.
Usually, the two events are located
at different venues.
"I think the proximity of the
ASHRAE technical sessions to
the AHR Expo will be beneficial
for both, providing exposure to
groups who don't typically make

The technical program's tracks
address industry issues, challenges
and innovations. The "Construction, Operation and Maintenance
of High Performance Systems"
track reflects the industry's focus
on the full life-cycle of buildings
as opposed to completing a design
and moving on to the next project,
Metzger said.
This track will include information on the best practices
of how to maintain and operate
See Tech Program, Page 2

UN Environment, ASHRAE Develop Tools, Courses
and UN Environment Programme
OzonAction Branch launched new
refrigerant management tools and
initiatives for developing countries at the latest Meeting of the
Parties to the Montreal Protocol.
The 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
on Substances that Deplete the
Ozone Layer (MOP) convened
recently. The MOP meets annually
to consider reports from scientific
and technical advisory bodies,
debate amendments and discuss
enforcement issues. With its most
recent amendment, adopted 2016
in Kigali, the protocol seeks to

phase down hydrofluorocarbons.
On the meeting's opening day,
ASHRAE-which participates
as an accredited observer at the
meetings-and UN Environment's
OzonAction Branch presented an
update on refrigerant management
tools for developing countries and
launched new courses. The tools
are aimed at capacity building of
National Ozone Officers, policy
makers, refrigeration technicians
and other stakeholders; facilitating
the sound management of refrigerants and transitioning to alternative
climate-friendly technologies.
ASHRAE President Sheila Hayter, Ph.D., P.E., Fellow

ASHRAE, explained ASHRAE's
structure, membership, operations
and activities. She also described
work on standards related to A2L
refrigerants, conferences featuring refrigeration-system-focused
information and refrigerants, and
ASHRAE's refrigeration systems
educational programs.
Shirley Sotto, the Montreal
Protocol Focal Point of Costa Rica,
and Steve Comstock, ASHRAE's
manager of Business Development
EMEA, jointly launched the Spanish language version of the Refrigerants Literacy E-Course, which
provides a holistic overview on
refrigerants and their progression.

Comstock also introduced the
partnership's second E-learning
course: Sound Management of
Refrigerants. The course is an
interactive web-based course that
targets technicians, engineers, operators and contractors who need
in-depth training in addition to the
basic Refrigerant Literacy course.
Comstock also described a new
UN Environment/ASHRAE award,
the Lower-Global Warming Potential Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Innovation Award, which recognizes innovative design, research or
practices of low-GWP refrigerants
in refrigeration and AC applications
in developing countries.


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