ASHRAE Society Design Training, Online Courses, and Certifications

Society regularly provides design training and online course opportunities for those that may be interested in them. Design training is available at Society headquarters in Atlanta in addition to four other locations in America and internationally.

Additionally, Society provides certification opportunities in several areas, including commissioning, health care design, energy assessment, energy modeling, and high performance building design. We have a few local chapter members who have one or more of these certifications and we would like to encourage others to consider them.

Included here are two files that may be downloaded for further information: HVAC Design Training and Certifications. Also, feel free to check out the Society training web page at

Christmas Party and Past-President's Night

The holiday season is upon us, and it will soon be time for our annual Past-President's Night and Christmas Party.  Cherokee Country Club will once again be the venue for our special event.  Anne Jacoby & Tom Pace have been our party planners this year, and they have a special event in store for us!

Social hour will begin at 6:00 pm and there will be a cash bar and hors d'oeuvres, with each attendee having one free drink ticket as part of their admission.  Background music will be by Tim and Jonah.  We encourage everyone to come early and socialize!

Dinner will begin at 7:15, and will feature the excellent cuisine of the Cherokee Country Club kitchen.

Our program will feature Sharon Evers. Sharon has been an Olympic enthusiast since her high school days. She had a sports column in her high school newspaper - one time she wrote an article about the Olympics and she became hooked. She still has the article! In 1996, she was a "torchbearer" in the days leading up to the summer games in Atlanta. She has traveled widely over the years in the pursuit of all things Olympics, and she speaks several time each year to share her experiences. Sharon has an extensive collection of memorabilia, and a portion will be on display at the party.

Save your entry ticket, as door prizes will be offered to several lucky attendees!

Complimentary valet parking will be available, and we encourage all attendees to utilize the service as on-site parking is limited.

Single tickets are $50.00, each additional ticket is $40.00. Past Presidents of our chapter are entitled to a complimentary ticket.

Cherokee Country Club is located at 5138 Lyons View Pike; Knoxville, 37919, not far from the Papermill / Northshore Drive exit from Interstate 40.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to others who may be interested in attending. In order to confirm your attendance, please RSVP to Anne Jacoby at before Thursday, December 8th at 12:00 noon. Guests are more than invited to attend!

A Message from the President - Nancy McBee

Become part of the leadership in the top-ranking ASHRAE Chapter in Region VII!

As March begins, it is time for our Chapter to look for our upcoming leaders to emerge.  Many of you are already in the loop working through the various ASHRAE Chapter Chairs, and our Nomination Committee is working hard to develop lists of members who we feel will be major assets to our Chapter.

If YOU have an interest in being part of our Chapter Leadership Team, we want to know.

Areas of involvement – Programs, GGAC (Government Affairs), Membership Promotion, Historian, Honors / Awards, Student Activities, YEA (Young Engineers in ASHRAE), Research Promotion, Golf Event Planning, Roster, Reception Committee, Secretary, Communications and Website, etc.

You don’t necessarily need to volunteer to be a Committee Chairperson, but we need committee members who are willing to invest time, and who want to work their way up in our Chapter.

Please email me directly ( if you have an area in which you are interested in becoming more involved.  

By the way, “recycled” leaders work well too!

Chapter Member Larry Markel Nominated Society Director at Large

Good news from the ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Orlando:  our own local member, Larry Markel has been nominated as a new Director at Large (DAL) for a three year term starting July 1st of this year.  We have been lucky to have several local candidates selected for various offices in the recent past including Dick Kelso as a DAL several years ago and Tom Werkema as Vice President – even though he was already VP before he came to this chapter.  All nominations were publicly announced at the Winter Meeting President’s Luncheon on Monday. Be sure and mark your ballot when it arrives!

Also our past Director and Regional Chair (DRC), Jeff Gatlin from Memphis was nominated as the alternate DAL in case one of the new members could not serve.

Congratulations to Larry!  He is a graduate of the Massachucetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and is a Principal of SRA International in Oak Ridge.