2018

First Hamilton Chapter Meeting of 2018 was held Tuesday Jan 16th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Burlington. Topic was the New Energy Requirement in the Ontario Building Code effective Jan 1st, 2018

This event drew record attendance with over 60 registrants! The presentation by Patrick Andres was very extensive and well-received. The speaker, Patrick Andres, MASc., P.Eng., CPHC  is a Technical Lead, Resource Conservation for the City of Guelph.

The talk covered the changes in effect in Ontario starting in 2018. Highlights covered were that Permit applications submitted after January 1st 2018 will require compliance with the updated version of SB-10 (January 1, 2017) using one of the following options.

 1. Achieve the energy efficiency levels attained by conforming to ASHRAE 90.1-2013 “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings” and Chapter 2 in Division 3 of SB-10. This may require energy modeling depending on the option selected within the standard. 

2. Achieve the energy efficiency levels attained by conforming to Section 7 of ASHRAE 189.1-2014 “Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings”, excluding Sections 7.2.b, 7.4.7.3, 7.4.8, and 7.5.

3. Achieve the energy efficiency levels attained by conforming to NRCC 56191-2015 NECB “National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings” and Chapter 3 in Division 3 of SB-10. This may require energy modeling depending on the option selected within the standard. 

4. Achieve the energy efficiency levels attained by conforming to Division 5 of SB-10. (Applicable only to certain Part 9 non-residential buildings)

Part 9 non-residential buildings that meet certain requirements can use option #4. All other Part 9 non-residential and Part 3 buildings are required to follow one of the first three options. It is important to note that the first three options are also required to meet the carbon dioxide equivalents and peak electric demand requirements found in Chapter 1, Division 3 of SB-10.

5. Exceed by not less than 13% the energy efficiency levels required by Sentence 12.2.1.1.(2), Division 1 and 2 of MMA Supplementary Standard SB-10 as demonstrated using energy modelling under either the energy cost budget method of ASHRAE 90.1-2010 or Part 8 performance compliance of 2011 NECB.

The February ASHRAE Chapter Meeting was held Tuesday February 13 at the Mohawk College Campus in Stoney Creek. The 36 attendees took a look at the exciting advancements Mohawk College has made in the education of power engineering, steam technology as well as the showing the new Renewable Energy Lab. After the meeting, the attendees drove up the street to Mustangs bar and grill for a family style dinner. Details of the meeting follow:

4:30 to 5:30 Chapter Executive meeting in the college’s Room A104

5:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Meet and Greet 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm- Tour of Power Engineering Lab 

7:00 pm – 7:30 pm- Tour of Renewable Energy Lab. 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm- Dinner at Mustangs Bar and Grill.

The March Chapter Meeting was held Mar 6th, 2018. Meeting was hosted by the University of Waterloo’s, University Club. The topic was Achieving Free Cooling with Open Circuit Cooling Towers. The speaker was Anthony Jonkov, P.Eng of Smith Energy / Enviroair. He covered the following: Understanding free cooling; Designing a Free Cooling System; Types of Cooling Towers; Free cooling tips; How to winterize cooling towers. The presentation was quite interesting. Anthony answered the many questions from the audience. 39 attended: 10 students, 9 guests, and 20 chapter members.

Details from a typical Executive Minutes: for April 2018 Chapter Executive Meeting held prior to Joint Meeting with Toronto on Monday, April 9, 2018 at 4:00PM, Oakville Conference Centre. ATTENDEES: Aaron Besseling, Frank Mesicek, George Menzies, Iain Hill, Jeremy Stockmans, John Molnar, Robyn Ellis, Reaz Usmanali, Josh Brouillette.ABSENT: Allan Antcliffe, David Rasmussen, Kevin Hu, Matteo Ravelli, Mark Long, Mitchell Rohrer, Mustafa Morsy

TREASURER’S REPORT – Allan Antcliffe (Chair) submitted by email prior to meeting for MONTH ENDING Feb 28, 2018: Current bank balance is $36,546.16 as of March 31, 2018. Emailed update; plus Aaron is setup on banking as new Treasurer Comparison balance last year was $27,669.94 as at February 28,2017. The bulk of the bank balance increase this year is due to the generous investment from the University of Waterloo. The Chapter received $15,000 and passed $6,000 along to ASHRAE Research Canada, leaving $9,000 in the bank.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT – Iain Hill (Chair) & Reaz Usmanali (Co-Chair) Month ending Feb 28, 2018

Society members (FY): 273 regular (AAM), 34 student(s). Dues Paid Members (FY); 150 regular, 1 student.

Delinquent (Society/AAM) members: 18 regular 9 students. New Members: 2regular 5 student(s).

Advancements:0 ; Resigned: 3. Note! Reaz going to Centralized Training on June 24th, Houston PAOE points to date: 933 (par is 800)

CTTC: Chapter Technology Transfer Committee – Mustafa Morsy (Chair) & Mitchell Rohrer (Co-Chair)

April meeting is a Joint Event with Toronto Chapter. May 15th will be joint with the CaGBC. PAOE Points to date: 475 (par is 1050, min 450)

GRASSROOTS GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT – Robyn Ellis (Chair)

Day on the Hill for Queen’s Park, Toronto & Parliament Hill: Oct 23 for Queen’s Park and likely June 6 & 7 for meeting with Catherine McKenna in Ottawa. Chapters are encouraged to follow-up with local MP & MPP to coincide with Day on the Hill and raise awareness. PAOE Points to date: 900 (par is 650, min 500)

SOCIAL COMMITTEE REPORT – David Rasmussen (Chair) Go/lf is booked for June 13th at Legends On The Niagara-Battlefield Course David working with Mustafa to get him the revised data for Simple Sign Up. Golf SAME PRICE as last year $175 per golfer or $700/ foursome. 1 pm Shotgun start.

NEW this year. All sponsors (New or old) will have a new sign showing the new Hamilton Chapter logo.

Simple Sign up will appear in April/May Airways same as prior years.

RESEARCH REPORT –John Molnar (Chair) All RP activities are done.

RP Committee Meeting was on Feb 5th, work in progress. Emails being processed. John is at 42% of the target. PAOE points to date: 830 (par is 1050, min 800)

HISTORICAL REPORT – George Menzies (Chair) Chapter history up-to-date. PAOE points to date: 350 STUDENT ACTIVITIES REPORT – Mark Long (Chair) U of W working on coop advertisement with us. Chicago trip sponsored by chapter: 1 student write-up from Marium, Rory’s is coming. Conestoga College Lead, Colin shared with Mark. PAOE Points to date: 120 (par is 500, min 300)

YEA REPORT – Aaron Besseling (Chair) Aaron is working with Josh Brouillette to transfer duties. Previous event at Mohawk went well. Working on dates for Axe Throwing. Need to find a contact at Fennel Campus, students and possible AIRWAYS.

NEWSLETTER EDITOR & WEBMASTER – Matteo Ravelli & Jeremy Stockman. Matteo left, so we need to replace him. Send Jeremy updates and feedback on our website. Review email options. Aaron is willing to cover for Matteo until we find a replacement. PAOE points to date: 100 (par is 500, min 250)

NEW BUSINESS – Iain went to CRC Update from Montreal, CRC is Aug 24, 25, 26 CIQ by June 1. Chapter Operations PAOE; PAR 1200, Min 600, total points 630.

ASHRAE Region 2 – Regional Planning Meeting was held Saturday, April 1, 2018 at the Pageau Morel Board Room 210 Boulevard Crémazie O, Montréal, QC H2P 1C6, Canada. Hamilton attendee was Iain Hill President Elect. Focus was on the upcoming CRC in August in Windsor.

The April Chapter Meeting was a joint meeting with the Toronto Chapter held April 9th, 2018 at the new Oakville Conference Centre 2515 Wyecrofte Road in Oakville ON. There was a record attendance of 180 prepaid members with some 36 from Hamilton Chapter, also a record for this joint meeting. The topic was NetZero Energy Buildings, the Next Steps – actually a continuation of last years’ joint meeting topic. Various strategies were proposed along with design tools, practical tips, and advice on suitable support information and case study examples. Leading the discussion was Frank Mills, an ASHRAE Distinguisher Lecturer. Frank Mills has spent the past 40 years applying best practice engineering to develop innovative and leading edge solutions to new and existing building projects ranging from individual buildings to multiple neighbourhood and city wide developments. He used for the Case Study a new building at Mohawk College called The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. The design of this building includes the latest designs for energy savings.

The May 2018 Meeting was held Monday May 5th, 2018 at the Holiday Inn in Burlington ON Costs were $50 for Members; $15 Students; Guests $70 Life Members $35. Some 22 were present. The featured speaker was David Underwood, Society Past President and currently a Distinguisher Lecturer. David’s topic was bEQ labeling and its two aspects “In Operation” and “As Designed”. This discussion covered the advantages and disadvantages of both these programs from a grass roots ASHRAE Member point of view. There was some discussion of local marketing of these programs in a fully developed form and the value of using both aspects together. For example, in a real estate portfolio, there are opportunities to assist owners in containing energy costs with subsequent indoor air quality improvements. Qualifications for BEAP’s and BEMP’s were covered with emphasis on the value ASHRAE brings to its members. Discussion also covered the local marketing of these programs. For example, in a real estate portfolio, there are opportunities to guide owners in controlling energy costs with subsequent indoor air quality improvements.

June Chapter Golf Event: June 13th,2018 was again reserved for our annual golf outing arranged by Social Chair David Rasmussen. It was held at Legends On The Niagara- Battlefield Course. David Rasmussen hosted his 29th year as Tournament organizer. Weather was sunny and overcast, however the windiest ever with gusts in excess of 80 km/hr. The temperature was a hot 28C. Major thunderstorms all around Niagara, but never developed over the course. Golfers all finished close to 6:00pm. Supper was served at 6:15pm with a spectacular buffet featuring steak. We had 90 golfers this year, again a Scramble format was used, and a 3 drives per person requirement to keep the game challenging. The team of Steven Weber, Tony Mantecon, Simon Mandeville, Matt Kimber finished at 7 under Par. Ladies Longest Drive (Hole # 12) was won by Erin Boa. Men’s Longest Drive (Hole # 11) was won by Nick McAnally. David Rasmussen manned our ASHRAE Hamilton Research Hole (#17) an easy Par 3. However the nasty cross wind made the green almost impossible to hit, thus raising huge dollars for$700 Research. Golf cost included 18 Holes of Golf, One Power Cart per 2 people, Supper, Prize or Gift Card was $700 for a Foursome; Twosome $350; Single $175. David worked with Mustafa to get him the revised data for Simple Sign Up. Golf was the same price as last year $175 per golfer or $700/ foursome.  Excellent restaurant was open in the morning for breakfast or 1/2 way house also open for lunch – however NOT included in registration fee. NEW this year. All sponsors (new or old) had a new sign showing the new Hamilton Chapter logo. Simple Sign up appeared in the April/May Airways same as prior years. Attendance was down a bit.

June Summer Summit: Meeting was held June 19th, 2018 at 2PM at the residence of Iain Hill in Burlington. Attendees included Josh Brouillette Incoming YEA Chair; John Molnar Outgoing RP Chair, Incoming K-12 Chair; David Rasmussen Social Chair, Assistant Historian; George Menzies, chapter Historian; Iain Hill Host and chapter President; Mitchell Rohrer Incoming CTTC Chair; Aaron Besseling Treasurer; Robyn Ellis President Elect; Frank Mesicek RP Chair; Reaz Usmanali MP Chair; Stan Holko. The subject and potential speakers were discussed for the 2018-19 year. Two motions from chapter concerning the problem of contributing to ASHRAE Research Canada using a credit card as outlined in HQs renewal form, are being prepared for the Aug CRC in Windsor.

The PAOE results for 2017-18 are shown below

Chapter OperationsPar: 1200Min Points: 600Total Points: 1565
Chapter Technology TransferPar: 1050Min Points: 450Total Points: 950
Electronic CommunicationsPar: 500Min Points: 250Total Points: 127
Grassroots Government AdvocacyPar: 650Min Points: 500Total Points: 950
Historical CriteriaPar: 300Min Points: 100Total Points: 450
Membership PromotionPar: 800Min Points: 500Total Points: 1820
RPPar: 1050Min Points: 800Total Points: 1020
Student ActivitiesPar: 500Min Points: 300Total Points: 1340
Region 2 2017-2018 Presidential Award of Excellence
*Minimum and PAR points indicated are for 2017-2018
Chapter#Chapter NameChapter MemberMembership Promotion: Minimum 500; PAR 800Student Activities: Minimum 300; PAR 500RP: Minimum 800; PAR 1050Historical: Minimum 100; PAR 300Electronic Communications: Minimum 250; PAR 500Chapter Operations: Minimum 400; PAR 1000Chapter Technology Transfer: Minimum 450; PAR 1050Grassroots Government Advocacy: Minimum 500; PAR 650Total
13QUEBEC17894533140875670144514259509624
14MONTREAL551186043220800643234029505012965
15OTTAWA VALLEY418153083001000650134014001506900
16TORONTO1113191033820875113629402000105013293
37HAMILTON25718201340045012715659509507202
100HALIFAX1821075620065035212809002005077
116LONDON (CANADA)12610607730500675132011002505678
117NB/PEI159945300035010076540002860
141WINDSOR6411256600650603216012758007273

2018-2019 Chapter Leadership Team:

Iain Hill – President The focus is to oversee the chapter activities and work at ensuring things are running smoothly behind the scenes. Robyn Ellis – President-Elect and Government Affairs Committee Chair. Robyn is focused on educating our local, provincial and federal governments on the areas of interest to ASHRAE members and to promote cooperation between our members and government. Aaron Besseling – Treasurer. Aaron keeps the books current and oversees all financial transactions (online/paper). Stan Holko – Secretary. Stan makes sure our executive meetings are documented accurately and on-time. Mark Long – Student Activities (SA) Chair. Mark works with various post-secondary institutions in organizing student branches and getting those members to interact with the membership. Webmaster Jeremy Stockmans. Jeremy keeps the website up and running. Did you know we had a website? Head to www.ashraehamilton.com and check it out. Feedback welcome! Social Events David Rasmussen. Dave looks after our winter social and end of year golf tournament, Dave loves golf. Who doesn’t? Dave has organized it since we were playing with wooden drivers! Josh Brouillette – Young Engineers in Ashrae (YEA) Chair. Josh is focused on getting our YEA members (35 years and younger) out to our meetings and networking outside of meetings. Mitchell Rohrer – Chapter Technical Transfer Committee (CTTC) Chair. Mitchell is responsible for organizing our monthly meetings – speakers, locations, meals, etc. Reaz Usmanali – Membership Promotion (MP) Chair. Reaz is looking to grow our membership base. Frank Mesicek – Research Promotion (RP) Chair. Frank is spearheading the team on soliciting contributions from individuals and firms to be used towards various ASHRAE research. Did you know that your contribution to ASHRAE research is used exclusively for Canadian research programs? George Menzies – Historian George ensures our chapter history is current and posted on our chapter website. Christopher Hofland – Newsletter Editor. Chris is the man that puts this whole newsletter together! He is always looking for content, so if you have something you want added, questions, etc. be sure to contact Chris. Jeremy Stockmans – Webmaster. Jeremy keeps the website up and running. Did you know we had a website? Head to www.ashraehamilton.com and check it out. Feedback welcome!

2018-2019 Chapter Meetings, Events and Leadership Team

Your 2018-2019 Chapter Leadership Team:

Iain Hill – President My focus is to oversee the chapter activities and work at ensuring things are running smoothly behind the scenes.

Robyn Ellis – President-Elect and Government Affairs Committee Chair. Robyn is focused on educating our local, provincial and federal governments on the areas of interest to ASHRAE members and to promote cooperation between our members and government.

Aaron Besseling – Treasurer: Aaron keeps the books current and oversees all financial transactions.

Stan Holko – Secretary Stan makes sure our executive meetings are documented accurately and on-time.

Mark Long – Student Activities (SA) Chair Mark works with various post-secondary institutions in organizing student branches and getting those members to interact with the membership.

Josh Brouillette – Young Engineers in Ashrae (YEA) Chair: Josh is focused on getting our YEA members (35 years and younger) out to our meetings and networking outside of meetings.

Mitchell Rohrer – Chapter Technical Transfer Committee (CTTC) Chair: Mitchell is responsible for organizing our monthly meetings – speakers, locations, meals, etc.

Reaz Usmanali – Membership Promotion (MP) Chair : Reaz is looking to grow our membership base.

Frank Mesicek – Research Promotion (RP) Chair : Frank is spearheading the team on soliciting contributions from individuals and firms to be used towards various ASHRAE research projects.

George Menzies – Historian: George ensures our chapter history is current and posted on our chapter website.

Christopher Hofland – Newsletter Editor: Chris is the man that puts this whole newsletter together! He is always looking for content, so if you have something you want added, questions, etc. be sure to contact Chris.

Jeremy Stockmans – Webmaster: Jeremy keeps the website up and running. Did you know we had a website? Head to www.ashraehamilton.com and check it out. Feedback welcome!

David Rasmussen – Social Events: Dave looks after our winter social and end of year golf tournament, Dave loves golf. Who doesn’t? Dave has organized it since we were playing with wooden drivers!

Annual Regional Conference August 2018: First major regional event of the year was the CRC which was held in Windsor Friday, August 24th to Sunday, August 26th 2018 at the Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor, ON. Our Delegate was Iain Hill incoming Chapter President with Alternate Robin Ellis, President-Elect. The Windsor CRC Chair was James Smith with Registration: Amanda Smith. Full registration cost $1075 including 3 nights in hotel; partial was $775 with 2 nights in hotel; companion was $300.

Hamilton Chapter Meeting, September 11th, 2018: Topic:Airflow Management for Healthcare Facilities

ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, Kishor Khankari, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE. He is President at AnSight LLC in Ann Arbor, MI. He provides engineering solutions and insights through Physics based simulations and analyses.

Location was the Burlington Holiday Inn. Cost was $50. For Chapter Members; $70 Non-Members; $15 Students; Life Members $35; Table Top presentation $75

Speaker discussed the topic using power-point, that Air is the primary carrier of heat, moisture, and contaminants in health care facilities such as patient rooms, isolation rooms, and operating rooms. The flow path of supply air plays an important role in determining the air velocities, air temperatures, concentration of contaminants, and path of airborne pathogens in these spaces. These factors in turn determine thermal comfort of occupants, indoor air quality, and potential for transmission of airborne pathogens. This presentation focused on the importance of HVAC configuration on airflow distribution and flow path of airborne contaminants in patient rooms and operating rooms. In addition, he covered the applications of active chilled beams, radiant heating and cooling, and displacement ventilation in patient rooms. Good questions after presentation. Everyone was impressed with talk and came away with renewed interest in air flow in a room and its effects.

Dr. Kishor Khankari is renown as an expert in air movement and is a Fellow member of ASHRAE. He is a recipient of ASHRAE Exceptional and Distinguished Service Awards. He is the past President of Detroit ASHRAE Chapter. He is past Chair of ASHRAE Technical Committee TC 9.11 Clean Spaces and Chair of Research Administration Committee. Members recommended his presentation to other Chapters.

Attendance was 31 chapter Members; 4 Guests, 2Students and 1 Life Member.

Hamilton Chapter Meeting October 6, 2018, Holiday Inn Burlington. Topic: Humidity Control Done Right:

It is well known that proper indoor environmental quality supports health and well-being for occupants. Often overlooked, however, is control of humidity, and in particular, avoiding issues with dryness. Recent research shows a much stronger relationship between indoor air hydration and the health of occupants than was previously thought. Learn about the link between humidity and health, the causes of seasonal dryness, as well as best practices for mitigating dry indoor environments. The primary focus is commercial buildings, however, we will also briefly discuss how these concepts apply to residences and industrial applications as well.

Speaker: Nicholas Lea is a Global Product Manager at Nortec Humidity Ltd. in Ottawa, Ontario. He is a graduate of Carleton University and holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering. As well, he is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario and a LEED accredited professional, with specialization in building design and construction (LEED AP BD+C).

Nick’s dedication to the HVAC industry is evident through his participation on ASHRAE TC 5.11 (Humidification), where he is currently serving as Chair, and TC 5.7 (Evaporative Cooling). Additionally, Nick is active within the HVAC manufacturers’ industry association AHRI, where he is past Chair of the humidifier section. He is a contributing author for ASHRAE Method of Test 164.3, the forthcoming 164.4, AHRI Standard 620, and AHRI Standard 640.

Nick covered the issues with low humidity. For example, the new flooring shrinks if humidity is < 40% which voids warranty. Mold grows in homes where humidity is > 60%. From extensive hospital study virus can stay airborne for long periods when humidity is < 40% – hospitals not designed to have levels at 40%, so viruses move around quickly. Nick covered many more examples of old ideas which have now been found to be invalid. We encouraged members to attend ASHRAE TC meetings to learn about the industry.

Cost was $50 for Chapter Members; $70 Non-Members; $15 Students; Life Members $35

Attendance was 38: 31 Chapter Members, 4 Guests, 2 Students, 1 Life Member.

Hamilton Chapter, November 13th, 2018:Topic: The Limitation and Opportunities for Filtration and Air Cleaning in Residences: Particles are an important indoor air contaminant and filtration/air cleaning is one approach we use to control particles in residences.  Central filtration is appealing because of its simplicity and large flow rates.  However, many residential systems lack the duty cycle and filtration efficiency to address most particles of interest from a health perspective.  This in combination with the millions of homes that lack forced air systems has led many consumers to use portable air cleaners.  Like central filtration, these devices suffer from a variety of issues.  The focus of this presentation is both to explore these limitations as well as suggest some approaches to use filtration and air cleaning well in residences.

Speaker: Jeffrey Siegel,Ph.D., University of TorontoJeffrey Siegel, Ph.D., is Professor of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto and a member of the university’s Building Engineering Research Group.  He is a fellow of ASHRAE and a member of the Academy of Fellows of the International Society for Indoor Air and Climate (ISIAQ).  His research interests including healthy and sustainable buildings, filtration and air cleaning, ventilation and indoor air quality in residential and commercial buildings, control of indoor particulate matter, the indoor microbiome, and moisture interactions with indoor chemistry and biology.  Dr. Siegel is an active member of ASHRAE and is an associate editor for the journal Building and Environment.  He teaches courses in indoor air quality, sustainable buildings, and sustainable energy systems.

Agenda: 6:00 pm Networking, 6:30 pm Dinner; 7:00 pm Presentation; 8:00 pm Q&A; 8:30 pm Adjourn.

Location [new]Visitors Inn – Hamilton 649 Main St. West, Hamilton, ON L8S 1A2. It was a poor location, will be avoided in the future.

December Social Event: Arranged by David Rasmussen

Curling at Glendale G&CC—for last time there as the rink repairs exceed income. 26 curlers that evening had lots of fun.

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