ASHRAE Learning Institute

If you have not already become aware, ASHRAE Society has a variety of ways that one can learn more on the topics of HVAC.

For those that can arrange to attend an out-of-town seminar, Society offers training in a variety of cities. Upcoming courses include HVAC Design Level I - Essentials and HVAC Design Level II - Applications. Locations are as close as Atlanta, and as remote as Hong Kong or Kuala Lumpur. Try to get that one on your next expense report!

If that expense report gets kicked back, consider one of the ASHRAE Learning Institute's 2015 Fall Online Course Series. About a half-dozen different topics are being offered this fall on a variety of topics.

Check out the following information sheet Click Here, or visit one of the following websites:

Meal Plans Available!

Consider buying a meal plan for the year! Eight meetings, not counting the December holiday meeting, would normally be $160.00. For $140.00, you can be prepaid and save $20.00 over the cost of paying individually.

Meal plans are available through the October meeting and can be purchased through Andrew Myers, our new Chapter Treasurer.

Summer YEA Event

Our first official 2015/16 chapter event was held on Thursday, August 20, at the Beer Market in Bearden. This was a joint event with young leadership members of several construction related organizations. Around 50 young professionals attended, with over 10 of our own members included. Also a few of our Univeristy of Tennessee Student Chapter members were present, needing a break after the first day of class!

This was a social event, allowing our young members to engage with others in the construction and design sectors. A fun time was had by all!

Thanks go out to Andrew Bosse for organizing this event!

Memphis CRC a Huge Success!

Congratulations to the East Tennessee Chapter of ASHRAE as we were by far the most awarded chapter at the recent Chapters Regional Conference held this July in Memphis, Tennessee. Our chapter finished in first place among all chapters in Region VII! We had eleven chapter members in attendance and those that made the journey were able to participate in business meetings, technical sessions, and workshops. That is, when they were not dining on Memphis Bar-B-Q! Rumor has it that an Elvis sighting occurred on Beale Street, but we've yet to make an official verification of that.

Awards that were given to our chapter include the following:

David Levine Award, Top Chapter in Region
East Tennessee Chapter, Jack Hopkins, President

Presidential Award of Excellence, Star Award, Special Citation
East Tennessee Chapter, Jack Hopkins, President

Region VII Star Award - Programs
Nancy McBee, Programs Chair

Region VII Technology Award - 1st Place, Educational - Nancy McBee

Region VII Membership PAOE Award - 1st
Andrew Meyers, Membership Chair

Region VII History PAOE Award - 1st
Alan Hasemeyer, Chapter Historian

Region VII Student Activities PAOE Award - 1st
Scott Hacker, Student Activities Chair

Certificate of Excellence in Research: Full Circle, High Five, Endowment Chevron
Wayne Doane - Research Chair

Outstanding Historical Display, 2015 CRC Memphis
Jon Driskill/Alan Hasemeyer/Jack Hopkins - 11th Hour Creative Team

Eagle Award (for attendance x miles traveled), East Tennessee Chapter

Eaglet Award (for low CO2 emissions in travel), East Tennessee Chapter

CRC Registration Information

The following news comes from our friends Mike Bilderbeck and Jim Morgan, Memphis Chapter CRC Co-Chairs:

The 2015 Chapters Regional Conference (CRC) will be July 23-25 in Memphis, the home of FedEx, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Grizzlies, and the King of Rock and Roll (he’s not really dead, by the way).  We have a great event planned….and we’ll get some ASHRAE work done, too.

We’ll be staying at the newly renovated Sheraton Downtown; it’s connected to our Convention Center, a short trolley ride from Beale Street, and they’re charging us a really good rate.  The room rate is $130 per day, plus $18 per day valet parking.  The room block is open (it closes 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2015) so go ahead and register for the hotel at:

We’ve got some great events planned (schedule link here):

Golf on Wednesday afternoon at a good local course.  If you’re interested, contact Shawn Bodkin at (901-345-6000).

The Welcome Party will be at the Smithsonian-affiliated Rock and Soul Museum on Beale Street.  We’ll then eat at Blues City Café on Beale Street.  

The Friday Banquet will start with a tour of the National Civil Rights Museum, then we’ll walk across the parking lot for a feast at Central BBQ.  Who knows, we may get lucky…maybe Elvis will drop by (he’s not really dead).

We’ll also have at least one good PDH Session planned:
•    Case Studies in Engineering Ethics led by Mike Bilderbeck
•    Technical Tour of the newly completed Bass Pro Shop at the Memphis Pyramid.  Don’t yawn…’s an amazing facility

So come and have a great time in Memphis; see old friends and make some new friends.

Calendar of Events:

To register for CRC, use the link below: (Once you register you will receive an email that allows payment by Credit Card or Check.)


PHCC Trade Show and Technical Seminar

The Tennessee Association of Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors will be featuring their annual trade show and convention on Thursday May 7th at the Knoxville Marriott in downtown Knoxville. This event will include a free buffet lunch, beginning at 11:00 a.m. for all attendees. On the convention floor will be over 30 exhibitors and their representatives, with hands-on examples of equipment, piping, materials, and information for attendees. Much of this will be worthwhile information for our consulting engineering community and Owners, and for the sales guys - hey, come check out the competition! This will be a great time to network, meet folks that are a part of the construction team, and generally gain knowledge in our profession.

In conjunction with the trade show, the East Tennessee Chapter of ASHRAE and the TAPHCC will be sponsoring a seminar entitled "Dynamic Ductwork: From Design to Installation." ASHRAE will feature Jack Hopkins, Applied Engineering and TAPHCC will feature Don Davis of Shoffner/Kalthoff as presenters. Jack will present some theory but mostly practical design information duct design, including low pressure duct and VAV duct, as well as duct used for fumes and material handling. Drafting and utilization of duct fittings will be discussed, with both Jack and Don discussing the balance between available space, air movement, friction drop, and cost. Finally Don will discuss fabrication and field installation of duct, using fabricated examples that will be passed around for hands-on inspection. This will be a great opportunity to include both designers and installers in a seminar that will hopefully prompt a lively discussion!

 The seminar will start at 12:00 and end promptly at 1:00. RSVP's are not required, simply show up at the trade show! There will be pdh certificates available to attendees that request them. Afterwards will be a great time to take a walk through the trade show! Please consider participating in this event.

 For more information, visit the following link:

Energy Codes Seminar: Registration Open!

Registration is now open for the joint seminar: 2012 Energy Codes in East Tennessee: What You Need to Know.

Join USGBC TN, AIA, AGC, ASHRAE, and ACEC for a half-day seminar to help identify how the 2012 codes are changing the industry, how these changes will affect liability, and how communities and industries can make these changes work for all stakeholders.

Recommended for: architects, engineers, contractors, code officials, and anyone interested in how energy codes impact the commercial building industry of East Tennessee.

The seminar will feature presentations by experts in compliance, enforcement, law, and culminate in a roundtable discussion with area stakeholders. Cost to attend is $25 per person (plus a small service charge). Public officials are admitted free. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.

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Geothermal Seminar Opportunity!

Our good friend in the Tennessee Valley Chapter, John Richardson, has let us know of an upcoming seminar that they are sponsoring. The seminar is a ground source heat pump workshop, to be led by Steven Kavanaugh, Professor Emeritus at the University of Alabama. Despite his choice of higher learning, we have found Steven to be a great teacher, advocate, and very knowledgeable expert on this topic. We can highly recommend him.

So, if you are so inclined to take a Chattanooga Road Trip, check out the attached sign up sheet. Happy Trails!

Link to Flyer

ASHRAE 62: A Breath of Fresh Air!


Our March meeting will feature Mr. Dennis Stanke, ASHRAE Fellow and Life Member. In addition to being an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Dennis was a long-term member and Chair of the ASHRAE technical committee that developed Standard 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Dennis will be speaking on the Ventilation Rate Procedure, a multi-step process to calculate ventilation rates for individual spaces and zones within a building. This procedure raises ventilation rates by 20 to 80%, and more, over IMC 2006 values. As this procedure has been incorporated into the 2009 and later International Mechanical Codes, it is now a required task for code compliance in Knoxville, Knox County, and many other local jurisdictions.

Compliance with the ventilation rate procedure does allow the use of demand control ventilation however, so Dennis will also discuss DCV techniques which can help temper those increased values during times when occupancy varies.

The meeting will be Wednesday, March 18th, at 11:45. See our official notice here:

This meeting promises to be lively and we welcome discussion from those attending. Please consider inviting a guest!

Winners of the 4th Annual ETN-USGBC Green Light Awards Ceremony

The East Tennessee Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council celebrated the achievements of outstanding individuals and companies working in the local green building community at the 4th Annual Green Light Awards Ceremony on January 20, 2015, at The Square Room in Knoxville, TN.

The Green Light Award, the chapter’s most prestigious award, went to Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., in recognition of their tireless efforts at the interface of sustainability, business, and the community. The chapter’s other most prestigious award, The Green Leader Award, went to Ken Block in recognition of his inspiring work promoting sustainable building practices in the local region.

The following three projects were awarded Green Project Awards in recognition of their sustainable design, construction and/or operation: The offices of BARBERMcMurry Architects (client: BARBERMcMURRY architects, architects: BARBERMcMURRY architects, general contractors: BARBERMcMURRY architects, consultants: Facility Systems Consultants, Mallia Engineering), the Tellico Village Public Library (client: Friends of the Tellico Village Library, architects: Smee + Busby Architects, landscape architect: Carol R. Johnson Associates, general contractors: Wilson Construction, consultants: Facility Systems Consultants, Bender & Associates, Will Robinson & Associates), and the Lonsdale LEEDv4 Infill Houses (client: Knox Housing Partnership, architects: Elizabeth Eason Architecture LLC, general contractors: Citywide Development, consultants: Facility Systems Consultants).

The following five individuals were awarded Volunteer Excellence Awards for their service to the chapter this past year: Rodney Calvin, Megan Paris, Ana Richters, and Monica Verastegui.

The Weatherization Leadership Award went to Bruce Glanville, in recognition of his unparalleled efforts during the chapter’s Weatherization Month events, including organizing the annual Weatherization Day in October.

The Organizational Excellence Award was given to Glenn Richters for his tireless leadership and advocacy for the chapter within the local region and beyond.

A big thank you to this year’s sponsors: Blaine Construction Corporation, Hickory Construction, Inc., and McCarty Holsaple McCarty. Another big thank you to Amy Howard, who organized the entire event from start to finish.

More details of the event can be found on the chapter’s website. Photos from the event can be found here.


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Principal's Breakfast

On Friday, January 23, 8:00 am, our chapter leadership will be hosting a "Principal's Breakfast" for the consulting engineering community. We have parsed our membership list, and have invited at least one person from each firm represented in our membership list. If you manage to see this information and are part of a firm that does not receive an invitation, please contact Jack Hopkins ( for inclusion to the event. The location will be the Gourmet's Market in Bearden, 5107 Kingston Pike. An omelet bar will be sponsored by the chapter.
Our goal for this event will be to listen to this sector of our membership and gain insight on how ASHRAE is doing as a local chapter and as a national Society. Are ASHRAE Standards helping you in your work? How is the energy code working for you? Do you like our speakers? How's the meat loaf?
Please come ready to let us know your thoughts. We have planned a limited agenda, with the idea that listening to input will be the main event.
Our leadership panel will consist of Jack Hopkins, chapter president; Nancy McBee, president-elect; and Jeff DeLong, treasurer and upcoming president-elect. Tom Werkema, ex Society Vice President, will also be present - Tom has great communication pathways to our national Society leadership. We hope that this input will help guide and improve our chapter during the coming years.
Please RSVP to Jack Hopkins via e-mail by Wednesday, January 21, to reserve your place at the breakfast. We will need to get an accurate count by that date to order food.

50th Anniversary Gala

Past Chapter Presidents Photo - Click on Image for Large Size Image

On November 13, 2014, the East Tennessee Chapter of ASHRAE celebrated our 50th Anniversary at the Cherokee Country Club in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over 115 members, special guests, and society officers were  present, including ASHRAE Society President Tom Phoenix.

A number of chapter artifacts were on display, including original organizational documents, handbooks and technical manuals, and the very first edition of our chapter's newsletter - The Hillbilly Herald.

We were entertained during the social hour by Fredda Temples, who has played for our chapter on a number of occasions. The River Room was our gathering place prior to dinner and the program, and it served as a beautiful location.

We have had 48 chapter presidents over the last 50 years, and 23 of them were in attendance. A past presidents photograph was taken to commemorate the occasion.

A 25-minute video of our chapter history was presented during the program. Narrated by current historian Alan Hasemeyer, it included original documents, interviews, and many photographs of our members and past events.

The evening included a personal interview of charter member Wayne Rose, and concluded with several past presidents describing what ASHRAE has meant to their careers and professional lives.

Student Chapter News!

Student Chapter Members, Scot Hacker, and Andrew Bosse

Student Chapter Members, Scot Hacker, and Andrew Bosse

The ASHRAE Student Chapter has been hard at work this year recruiting new members on campus.  The picture above shows student group and local chapter members on campus helping recruit at a freshman in engineering seminar.  We expect great things this year and can’t wait to for the lecture series to start which is all done through the volunteer efforts of our local chapter.  If you have any interest in helping volunteer to give lectures or help the student chapter in any way please reach out to Scott Hacker