January 2018 Newsletter Print

President's Report





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CTTC - Upcoming Event


Chapter members, please note that due to changes this year in the way IMC schedules their conference rooms we were unable to schedule the IMC facility for the majority of our 2019 chapter programs.  We also have the opportunity to have some distinguished speakers come to visit our chapter, but due to their schedules we won’t always be meeting on the first Friday of the month.  So please pay close attention to your emails and check the chapter website, www.utahashare.org, often to stay up to date on our upcoming programs.

We are already off to a great start for chapter programs and activities for 2018-2019.  We kicked off the year with our annual SMACNA ASHRAE golf tournament in August.  The event raised $3500 for ASHRAE Research. In September we enjoyed a beautiful evening and excellent food at the Spruces campground for our Fall Social.  If you haven’t made it to one of our fall socials in the past I encourage you to put it on your calendar for next year. It’s always a really good time and a great opportunity to get to know other members of the chapter. In October we followed up the Fall Social with a combined event with SMACNA with presentations on VRF and the design and construction of the New MACU office building in Sandy.  In November we combined with AEE for the Energy Champions Conference and were privileged to hear multiple topics from ASHRAE distinguished lecturer and past ASHRAE society president Terry Townsend.

In December we had the opportunity to hear from ASHRAE distinguished lecturer (DL), Drury Crawley. Dru discussed Standard 189.1: Structure, Requirements, and Energy Savings” in a morning tech session and “Getting from AEDGs to Zero-Energy Buildings” during the lunch portion of the meeting.

That brings us to our upcoming programs.  In January we will have another combined event with SMACNA on Friday Jan 11.  SMACNA Technical Director Mark Terzini will be presenting to SMACNA’s Technical University program adapted to ASHRAE’s engineering audience.  On Friday February 8th we have the opportunity to hear from ASHRAE society President Sheila Hayter as she presents the President’s Message for 2018-2019 as well as a technical session on Smart Grids.

We have more programs planned for March and April 2019 and will provide those details in upcoming newsletters and on the website as well as an end of year Spring Social in May.  As a chapter and as the board we appreciate all of our chapter members’ contributions and participation in our chapter and our chapter programs.  Your feedback and input is essential to our continued success.  If you have praise, comments, concerns, or suggestions and ideas for future programs, please email them to [email protected] or simply pull me aside or give me a call.

Thank you,

Mike Dallon, CTTC/Programs Chair 2018-2019

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History Highlights


Half the fiscal year is already over for Utah ASHRAE and with it, half of the monthly chapter meetings as well.  The meetings have been especially good so far.  So, a short recap is included below:

September:  The traditional Fall Social was held again last September at the Spruces Campground in Big Cottonwood Canyon.  Attendees sampled some excellent food and great company in a relaxed setting.  It was well attended by members, family members and guests.


October:   In October Utah ASHRAE, in conjunction with BEBB and SMACNA hosted three great technical sessions about design and installation of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC systems.

Our own Chapter President, Joe Touhuni, made two of the presentations.  He spoke about design of Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) HVAC systems and VRF product solutions and their applications.  If you haven’t heard Joe speak, you missed some very good entertainment and information. 

The third session was shared by Dustin Herinson from Applied Product Solutions and Josh Elliott from Gardner Company regarding the importance of design validation, construction coordination, and installation verification for VRF systems.  Participants in this session gained valuable insights into the requirements for achieving successful VRF projects.

Following the sessions, attendees took a guided tour of VRF HVAC systems in the new Mountain America office building.  We got to see the new VRF equipment in operation.


November:  There were two meetings in November; One meeting for the general membership and one for the Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA).

The general chapter membership joined together with the Utah chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for their annual Energy Champions Conference.  A rich variety of energy topics were covered during the conference and vendors also brought displays for attendees to investigate.  Three different lecture tracks were offered during the conference, and the HVAC track was taught by former ASHRAE society president Terry Townsend. 

The YEA meeting was a training session on Pump Affinity Laws taught by Joe Stagg of Intermountain Hydronic Specialties.  The training was specially tailored for young engineers and students.


December:  In December Utah ASHRAE hosted ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Dru Crawley at the Salt Lake City, Public Safety Building.  In his first presentation, Dru gave an overview of Standard 189.1 and compared expected energy savings against that of other standards.  His second presentation covered the state of the art of ASHRAE’s Advanced Energy Design Guides and showed several examples of Net-zero buildings.


All-in-all this year’s chapter meetings have been great.  If you missed them, the second half is just about to start.  Please go to the Utah ASHRAE website and click on the meetings tab to see Future Meetings.  There will be entertaining, as well as enriching meetings for HVAC professionals and students.  And, don’t forget Professional Development Hours.

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