January 23, 2019 Meeting at Rothchild Catering, 11:45 a.m.

Our January meeting has been delayed a week so as to not conflict with the Winter Society Meeting and AHRI Trade Show that will occur in Atlanta. The speaker for January will be Mike Patterson, Centrifugal Chiller Product Manager for the Trane Company. Mike’s topic will be "Modernizing our Infrastructure: Considerations for Chiller Retrofits."

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According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, nearly half of all commercial buildings were constructed before 1980. The same can be said of buildings on American college campuses, which according to the same data, more than half of which were built before 1990. Bottom line — if you’re a commercial building owner or a facility manager/director in the United States, you probably need to replace a chiller.

When planning for a chiller replacement, it is also a great opportunity to modernize your chiller plant. Buildings today are full of potential because they have energy coursing through them — heating, cooling, lighting. This energy produces data, and that data is full of valuable information and insight. When you understand what that data means and how you can act on it, you can transform your building into a stronger asset. Analytics can tell you where your building is running well, where things could be better, and what you can do about it… you can see problems before they happen.

In this session, you will gain a better understanding of the various considerations that go into a chiller replacement. Also, you will learn how to take advantage of this opportunity to increase energy efficiency and leverage the latest in connected technology to gain deeper insights and controllability of your building.

Mike Patterson is the Centrifugal Chiller Product Manager for Trane. He works closely with product planning, product support, engineering, manufacturing, and other groups focused on continuing the growth of Trane’s centrifugal portfolio.

Since joining Trane, Mike has held several positions: Marketing Engineer with Trane’s C.D.S. group, Instructor in Trane’s Graduate Training Program, and CenTraVac Product Support Team Member. Prior to his current role, he was a Strategic Chiller Systems Engineer with the Applied Chiller Systems Team supporting customers throughout North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Mike graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Mechanics. He continued his education at Regis University with a Master’s in Business Administration. Outside of Trane, Mike has been a member of ASHRAE since 2007 and currently is a voting member of SSPC 90.1 Energy Efficient Design of New Buildings and a voting member on the ECB Sub-Committee.

Previous to Trane, Mike spent 10 years in the Air Force as a pilot. He grew up outside of Fort Worth, Texas, but now calls La Crosse home with his wife and daughter.