2016

With a New Year 2016, the January 2016 meeting was held at the University Club of McMaster 1280 Main Street West Alumni Memorial Hall—Building #8 Hamilton, Tuesday, January 12, 2016 with the topic: HVAC Equipment, Building Management Systems, Big Data, and the Internet of Things [IOT. The presentation provided an overview of the underlying technologies and trends that support IOT, Big Data, and the User Experience in the HVAC/BAS industry puts focus on the changes, challenges, and opopportunities for people who design, manage, and maintain buildings and building management systems. The speaker was Joseph H. Klotz, Business Development Manager at Johnson Controls, Inc. The speaker’s career has been spent focusing on the use of technology to integrate sustainability and energy economy into large facilities. Joseph Klotz has been with Johnson Controls since 2005, and in the HVAC/BMS industry since 1981. again, ttransportation was available for students from both McMaster University and Mohawk Collage campus, arranged by Mark Long at mark.long@systemair.net Cost for Dinner: Chapter Members—$45 Non-Chapter Members—$65 Students—$15

Many chapter members were not at the chapter meeting, but were in Florida for the ARI and ASHRAE meeting. Some 66,000 attendees were there from around the world –the largest meeting ever outside of Chicago. The weather was unusually cold.

The February 2016 meeting was held on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road Burlington, ON. The topic was Noise and Classroom HVAC. It covered on how to Understand the Science of Sound; explained why RC25/NC30 is necessary for classroom applications and showed one how to determine what manufacturer’s sound data is required to design classrooms to meet this requirement. The speaker was Kevin McGachy, Director of Sales, Systemair | Changeair. The speaker has personal experience with product selection on countless classroom jobs. He is a Professional Engineer from the Uni- versity of Western Ontario. His experience will provide some application training. He works with the Changeair | Systemair R&D team to help them better understanding how to apply Sound Power to meet the background noise requirements from ANSI 12.60. Cost for Dinner: Chapter Members—$45 Non-Chapter Members—$65 Students—$15

The March Meeting was held in Hamilton Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at the new Nickel Brook Brewery, 207 Burlington Street East Hamilton, ON. There was a tour of the award-winning Nickel Brook Brewery given by owner John Romano who covered the history of his proud new facility which is operating in a building used for beer making for more than 100 years. Tour included many free samples of their entire line-up of beers. It was followed by a gourmet pizza dinner. Cost for Tour & Dinner: Chapter Members—$30 Non-Chapter Members—$50 Students—$15

It was announced that this year’s Tournament will be held at Glendale Golf and Country Club (a Club Links Course), located in Hamilton on June 15with a 1pm Shot-Gun Start. The cost will be $175 per person and includes Golf, Cart, Supper, and Prize. When asked about the price, Dave said that this is our first increase in a long time. NEW this year will be a Simple SignUp online sign -up. This is a much easier way as we saw at our past CRC. However, there is a fee for this service, which I have built in. I also plan to increase the value of the gift cards.

The April 2016 Meeting was a joint meeting with the Toronto Chapter Monday April 11th, 2016, reception at 5PM ,dinner at 6 pm The location was again at the Holiday Inn, 590 Argus Rd Oakville ON. Some 140 were in attendance, limited capacity again.The topic was “The Green HVAC Concept —HVAC System Renovation in Existing Buildings” The speaker was a distinguished lecturer sponsored by ASHRAE HQs, a Dr. JERRY K.H. YANG, PhD a professor from Sun Yat-Sen University and a technical consultant of China Engineering Consultants. He had a powerpoint presentation on the renovation of existing buildings, especially the HVAC systems that can have a significant impact on their operational cost and competitiveness. He also covered how It can also lead to a new concept of designing HVAC systems, which presents great opportunity for energy savings, and leading to a sustainable future. The procedure normally initiated by computer simulation, followed with optimal operation strategies development and full-scale experimental validation. His presentation showed highlights the findings obtained and lessons learned from the 200 HVAC systems renovation projects he led. The procedure includes computer simulation using eQuest in establishing optimal operation strategies for systems with multiple chillers, the VWV and the VAV systems. Also, it will be demonstrated how thermal energy storage air-conditioning systems can be retro-fitted, without replacing its existing chillers, while reviving its cooling capacity simultaneously. Also, covered were procedures in upgrading system performances by implementing the Testing, Adjusting, Balancing and Commissioning (TAB/Cx) procedures recommended by the ASHRAE, with a slight modification and simplification, will be demonstrated.

The May 2016 meeting was held May 10th, 2016 at the Holiday Inn, the Halton “A” Room 3063 South Service Rd Burlington, ON. Schedule included Networking at 5PM, Dinner at 6PM; Speaker 7 PM, Questions 8PM. Cost was Chapter Members: $45; Non-Members: $65 Chapter Students: $15 The speaker was Vincent J. Cushing, Jr. Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Q Coefficient Inc. He spoke onBuildings as Batteries: Reducing Energy/Expense Through Building/Grid Integration. Students were again offered transportation from Mohawk and McMaster.

At the Board meeting prior to the technical talk, Iain Hill (MP Chair) reported that we have 257 Society paid up Members assigned to the chapter and 29 students. We have 88 paid up chapter members.

Mark Long, SA Chair advised that the Student Branch at McMaster has recently voted in the following Board of Governors: President: Ahmed Ali; Vice President: Jeff Ryan; Secretary/Treasurer: Christina Douy; Recruitment Officer: Shubham Banik. at their Board meeting the Students agreed that they will compete in one of the student competitions.

This was our last technical meeting of the year. Next is our Golf event.

The June 2016 Meeting was hosted again by David Rasmussen for his 27th year as the Hamilton Chapter Chair. It was held June 15th, 2016 at the Glendale Golf & Country Club 401 Mount Albion Road Hamilton, a course never player in recent years. The weather was a mix of sun and some light rain on the last 4 holes. The Registration Deadline was Wednesday, June 8th, 2016. The event costs increased this year to $175/golfer and included: 18 Holes of Golf, One Power Cart per 2 people, Supper, Prize or Gift Card. The format is a Scramble Golf Tournament. The price increase of $25/ golfer is the first in more than 4 years. The Contact and Organizer was again David Rasmussen. Investors Group sponsored one hole at $200.00 which paid $5000.00 if anyone had a hole in one. Other first time sponsors paid $125 and returning sponsors paid $75. We had 117 paid players which 113 actually playing. No refunds were requested or offered. Brian Yager manned the 2nd longest drive on hole #9. The twist was the ball used was plastic with many holes. The winner was Jim Jarvis at 78.3 ft, 2nd was Michael Pace at 76.0 ft, 3rd was Bob Dunn at 75.3 ft. All got a priority pick from the prize able. All the golfers were finished by 6:00 pm, with a elaborate roast beef dinner served at 6:30 pm. We had 117 paid golfers with 114 actually playing. A scramble format was used allowing 3 drives/golfer to keep the game challenging. The team of Michael Harris, J.S. Rancourt, Adam Oatman and Josh Cox finished at 11 under par. The Ladies longest drive on the 8th hole was won by Christine Kemp. The Mens longest drive on the 11th hole was won by Glenn Kilmer. New this year was “Hole Assist” on the 10th fee where you could pay to use the “Pro Dive” for a small contribution in ASHRAE Research Canada. Also new on the #4 Hole, the Investers Group sponsored a Hole-In-One challenge for a $5000 prize No one won, however a name was picked a dinner for winning a Custom Made Putter. Jim Hickey won it. The event cost $9097.91 for golf, $4745.91 for the roast beef dinner, $3509.16 for prizes, and $432.60 for Simple Sign Up. New signs added $169.50. Gross profit was $4779.92, $3000 given to the RP Chapter Fund, leaving $1779.92 to go to chapter treasury.

The PAOE for 2015-2016 for Region 2 is as follows: The Hamilton Chapter Executive and Board of Governors for Aug 2016 to July 2017 is as follows: President and CRC Delegate: Francisco Mesicek; Vice-President, CRC Alternate, Membership Promotion Co-Chair: Iain Hill; Treasurer, BOG: Allan Antcliffe; Chapter Technology Transfer Chair, BOG: Mustafa Morsy; Chapter YEA; BOG; Chapter Special Events; Chapter Student Activities Co-Chair; YEA: Aaron Besseling; Chapter YEA Co-Chair: Ryley Besseling; Chapter Grassroots Government Advocacy Chair, BOG, Robyn Ellis; Chapter Refrigeration Committee: Kevin Hu; Student Activities Co-Chair: James S Cotton; BOG, Chapter Student Activities Chair, Mark Long; Chapter Administrator: Christor Makarewicz; BOG, H&A, Chapter Historian: George Menzies; BOG, Research Promotion Chair, Past President: John Molnar; BOD, Special Events Chair; RP Co-Chair: David Rasmussen; Chapter Webmaster: Jeremy Tyson Stockmans; BOG, Membership Co-Chair: Reaz Usmanali; Grassroots Government Advocacy Co-Chair Quiton Voskamp.

A Summer Summit was held June 9th, 2016 at the Southcote 53 Tap and Grill in Ancaster. Present were John Molnar; Mark Long; Frank Mesicek, incoming Chapter President; David Rasmussen; Robyn Ellis; Colin Umbach; Iain Hill; Reaz Usmanali; Allan Antcliffe; and Mustafa Morsy. Treasurer Antcliffe reported that the current bank balance was $28,604.31 on April 30/16 vs $22,151.20 April 30/15. It was agreed that the fees continue as last year. Also, that Executive Meetings would be tried at different start times. Area assigned full Society Members were 286 with Chapter dues paying members 127. We had 21 new members, and 29 delinquents at year end. We had 21 students, one student branch at McMaster and one branch advisor Dr. Cotton at McMaster. We had 8 regular meetings with average attendance of 35. Meal costs were $50 for non-members, $45 for members. We finally met our chapter RP with $9,107 vs goal of $9000. The U of Waterloo will be active next year.

The CRC is in Moncton NB in August 2016. David Rasmussen stood in for G.Menzies in the Historical Workshop in Moncton.

Start of 2016-17 Society and Region 2 year

September 2016: The first meeting of the new 2016-17 year was held Sept 13/16 at the Holiday Inn in Burlington, ON. Meeting details: 5 pm Networking; 6 pm Dinner; 7 pm presentation; Chapter Members: $45; Non-members: $65; Students: $15. Topic: Energy Efficiency Options for Commercial Refrigeration. The speaker was Vince Zolli, P. Eng., VP of Engineering, KeepRite Refrigeration. Vince Zolli was born in raised in Brantford, Ontario and graduated from McMaster University in 2002 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  Hired as a student in 2000 with KeepRite Refrigeration, Vince went on to work full time at KeepRite Refrigeration following his graduation at McMaster.  His time at KeepRite Refrigeration has seen him hold several positions and currently holds the position of Vice President of Engineering.  Some of his work at KeepRite has resulted in industry awards for innovation and currently holds 3 patents in commercial refrigeration design. Mr. Zolli spoke about the legislation in both Canada and the US, along with the demand of going Green to meet the efficiency standards of the near future – some impossible to meet based on present technology. A lawsuit brought forth more realistic legislation. These standards have now resulted in new energy efficiency options available in commercial refrigeration.  He then focused on one of the major improvements – the circuit board driven motor which reduced power useage. He added info on refrigerants and their future. Many questions from the attendees were answered. Some 49 were present.

An Executive me The Chapter Executive meeting followed the presentation at 9:30 pm. ATTENDEES: Mark Long, Aaron Besseling, Frank Mesicek, Iain Hill, Reaz Usmanali, Jeremy Stockmans, George Menzies, Robyn Ellis, Mustafa Morsy, Vivek Kumar. ABSENT: Bill McCartney, Chris Makarewicz, Ryley Besseling, David Rasmussen, Colin Umbach, John Molnar, Allan Antcliffe. Current bank balance was $33,302.10 vs $32,631.28 for last year. Records show 255 society Members, 33 students; 127 dues paying chapter members. Mustafa announced that PDH certificates will be available to meeting attendees. He noted that next meeting is planned for Faculity at McMaster. Nov will have a Distinguished Lecturer. GEM asked for info on Westdale Theatre which may have the oldest active A/C still in use. Reaz offered to assemble info for a historical bio. Aaron offered to make nametags for next meeting. It was agreed to continue retain fees the same as last year for meals, tabletop displays, membership. It was agreed to provide McMaster Branch with $500 to promote ASHRAE to students. Also agreed to sponsor student membership fees and to sponsor 1, maybe 2 students to attend Winter Society meeting. Mark took Minutes.

October 2016: The

October 2016: Hamilton Chapter meeting was held Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at McMaster University, 1280 Main St West Hamilton, in the Alumni Memorial Hall Bldg #8 for an excellent plated dinner. After the Chapter Executive Meeting at 4 PM, the format meeting started at 7 PM. The speaker wasDerek Cheung, P.Eng., VP, Director of Operations, Isotherm Engineering Ltd. Derek has been a Professional Engineer since 2001 after graduating with a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has been in the engineering services field since graduation and later expanding into commissioning services since joining Isotherm Engineering Ltd. in 2007. He is a Certified Building Commissioning Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers and a Certified Commissioning Professional through the Building Commissioning Association. He covered a number of questions related to commissioning, [commissioning now shortened to Cx]. For example, what is the impact of commissioning on building operation and maintain- ability? What is the key to success in implementing commissioning into a traditional construction process? What are the pitfalls? The presentation reviewed many case studies in how commissioning dovetails into HVAC, electrical, and building envelope construction. He reviewed the new ASHRAE standard 202 and how it evolved through an ASHRAE technical committee formed in 1982. The standard outlines a complete plan for doing a Cx. There are 17 chapters detailing the 14 functional steps and deliverables to do an effective Cx. The goal of the standard 202 is based on a qualify focused process for enhancing the delivery of a project. Derek then reviewed examples of faulty installations he has found. The examples covered many of the HVAC&R aspects of a project. He then commented that when choosing a person or company to do a Cx, check out their expertise, experience, approach. Ask for references. In conclusion Derek said our industry is changing rapidly as new technology becomes available. Those doing Cx must keep up with these changes. They must guide clients on those successful changes to make sure they are implemented on their new projects.

November 2016 ASHRAE Hamilton Chapter monthly dinner meeting was held on Tuesday, November 8th with a Distinguished Lecturer sponsored by ASHRAE HQs. Meeting was at the Holiday Inn Burlington ON. Some 37 attendees including 9 students from student branches at Waterloo and McMaster. The topicwas Don’t let your BIM go “BOOM”! Dealing with the potential liability issues of BIM. The Distinguished Lecturer/speaker E. Mitchell Swann, P.E. has over 20 years of experience in the areas of management, engineering and construction for a wide array of clients in diverse industries in the USA and abroad. Mr. Swann’s career has included dispute resolution, consultation, forensic analysis, engineering design, construction, commissioning, validation and troubleshooting for complex mechanical, instrumentation, electrical and control systems for high-tech industrial, institutional and commercial clients. Mr. Swann’s experience has included system design from concept development through construction, operations troubleshooting, master planning and expert witness consulting. He has served as liaison between the design and construction team during multiple projects and has been responsible for the successful field execution of the design intent, the start-up of critical building systems. He is well versed in the various types of project execution approaches from traditional bid\spec to design\build and has prepared proposals and scope documents for all types of projects. He has authored several articles on issues in professional practice including the “Standard of Care and Consequential Damages” and is a co-author of the “ASHRAE Survival Guide to Design\Build.” Mr. Swann is active in several Technical Committees within ASHRAE, including TC 1.7-General Business, Management and Legal Education, TC 2.8-Sustainable Design, TC 9.10-Laboratory Systems and TC 9.11-Clean Spaces where he served as Chair for two terms. He is also a member of ISPE and the ABA where he is vice-chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Committee on Construction.

Mr. Swann stated that BIM has become a growing industry practice over the past 10 years. However, inconsistencies in approach, application, and intended use has made the realization of the theoretical benefits of BIM uneven. The lure of BIM is the allure of fewer field conflicts, fewer RFIs, a clearer understanding of what is being built, and no change orders. But if all parties aren’t on the same page, there can be some serious project mishaps that can make your BIM plans go BOOM! This program looks at some of the areas where a failure to communicate can clobber you. A good question period followed including a question about “stealing designs” from the BIM package by the initial bidders on a project. The USA election of Trump occurred during meeting.

The meeting summary that was published in the December Airways stated that the discussion focused on this new software known as BIM which is a software process involving the generation and management of digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of places – buildings, bridges, and diverse physical infrastructures. The speaker noted that BIM are computer files that are not always in proprietary formats which can be extracted, exchanged or networked by those involved in a bidding process. “BIM has become a growing industry practice over the past 10 years. However, inconsistencies in approach, application and intended use has made the realization of the theoretical benefits of BIM uneven. The lure of BIM is the allure of fewer field conflicts, fewer RFIs, a clearer understanding of what is being built and no change orders. But if all parties aren’t on the same page, there can be some serious project mishaps that can make your BIM plans go BOOM! This program looks at some of the areas where a failure to communicate can clobber you.” ASHRAE.

December’s 2016 Chapter Meeting was the annual winter social event. It was held at the Glanford Curling Club in Mt Hope. It was a private event arranged by David Rasmussen that included a crash course for those new to curling. Spouses were welcomed. Those not curling could watch. Cost was $25 for members, $30 for guests and $5 for the non-participants. Pizza was supplied, with refreshments available for purchase. Historian Menzies took pictures. Two full rinks or 16 ASHRAE participants took in the lesson and then curled. After a couple of ends and several slips and falls, most caught on to game with lots of sweeping. It definitely was a fun night and more than enough exercise. Again, thanks to our Social Chair David Rasmussen for a most memorable evening.

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