February 2021 Print

President's Report

Greetings fellow ASHRAE Dallas members. I hope all of you are doing well. Last month, January, we hosted our ethics meeting. We received numerous positive feedbacks on this presentation, so I want to thank our panel speakers and volunteers for such a successful event.

As many of you are aware, the 2021 AHR Expo, originally scheduled to be held at the end of January, was cancelled. The 2021 ASHRAE Winter Conference will be held virtually February 9-11. Attendees can join live discussions with top experts, learn the latest updates relating to COVID-19, and have access to 90+ technical sessions. I encourage all of you to attend. Below is what to expect for the Winter Conference.
• Special sessions covering the latest on COVID-19 pandemic
• 8 Tracks with 40 live and more than 80 on-demand sessions (most with PDHs)
• Update from Society leaders, Women in ASHRAE keynote presentation and recognition of ASHRAE Honor and Awards recipients
• Virtual technical tours, social events, meet-ups, and networking opportunities.

Your Research Promotion team has been hard at work planning our spring events. We will be hosting our annual Spring Golf Tournament on April 6, 2021 at the Cowboys Golf Club. Registration will open soon. I want to thank all of the sponsors that have already signed up for our calendar year sponsorship. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please reach out to our RP Chair Henry Homes or visit https://dallas-ashrae.org/.

As always, let me know if there is anything I can do to make your ASHRAE experience a better one.

May the New Year bless you with health, happiness, and wealth.

Stay well, stay blessed.

Ermias Lamesgin
2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Chapter President

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General Chapter News

**last chance** - 2021 ashRAE SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

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Note from the President-Elect/CTTC Chair

A huge thank you to our panel from TC 1.7 committee chairs for our yearly ethics presentation!  This was a huge success and with over 180 members on the call keeps our average attendance around 177 members for each meeting. This is great to see everyone embracing our new presentation format in these interesting times. With that in mind we are bringing in another DL to present this month. Our very own Chapter Member Pam Duffy will be presenting on Productive From Anywhere.  This is a great topic to help all of us with the new and challenging work environment we find ourselves in. I hope to see you all (virtually) at our next meeting and if you are interested in any topics do not hesitate to reach out to me. I have an opening in May for our final presentation still and am interested in hearing what some of our members might want to discuss or learn more about.

Eric Borders, President-Elect and CTTC

February Virtual Meeting

When: 02/10/2021 -- 11:30am - 1:00pm
Where: Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 970 4284 8034
Passcode: 091335

Topic: Productive from Anywhere: Practical Tips to Get Stuff Done

In the Spring of 2020, the world came to a screeching halt when the rapid spread of an infectious disease forced millions of people to shelter in place. Adapting to a new way of work – without the amenities of an office, in-person interactions, or business travel – proved to be a challenge for nearly everyone. In this presentation, attendees will learn about easy-to-implement tips and tricks to boost productivity. Plus, learn best practices for staying focused in any kind of workplace: in the office, working from home, or on the road. 

Presenters: Pam Duffy, P.E.

Presenter Bio

Pam Duffy, P.E. is the Owner of Spark One Solutions. She works as a marketing, education, and business consultant for HVAC businesses.

Pam has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Central Florida where she first joined ASHRAE as a student member. She has over 10 years of experience in the HVAC industry with roles in mechanical design, application support, technical training, product development, and product marketing.

In ASHRAE, Pam currently serves as Chair of the Society Communications Committee and is Vice-Chair of T.C. 1.7. She also serves as Region VIII’s Vice-Chair of Student Activities. In 2019, Pam was honored with ASHRAE’s Distinguished Service Award. She was named a Distinguished Lecturer in 2017.

Outside of ASHRAE, Pam is a Life Member of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), has been named to the Consulting-Specifying Engineer’s 40 under 40 list, and serves on the AHR Expo Industry Council.

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Note from the Secretary

Updates for 2021 are as follows for the Dallas ASHRAE Chapter. Our monthly meetings will remain virtual for the remainder of the 2020-2021 ASHRAE year. You can click the link below to access our Leadership meeting notes from January. Feel free to contact me with any questions about motions or topics discussed.

January 2021 Leadership Meeting

Bri Williams ([email protected])
Dallas ASHRAE Secretary

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Honors & Awards


February 2021 Update

I am pleased to announce the winners of our ASHRAE Building Technology Awards. During the January 2021 ASHRAE Dallas Board of Governors meeting, chapter leaders voted to approve the winner of the 2020-2021 building technology award. These winners of our chapter competition will move forward to the regional competition. The winner of the Region VIII technology award will be announced in April during the Chapter Regional Conference. We will present these firms with their award during an upcoming meeting. Please join us in recognizing this achievement! 

Pam Duffy

Honors & Awards Chair

[email protected]



Winner: CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital Bradley-Thompson Tower, Smith Seckman Reid

A five-story expansion to the Tyler Campus, the Bradley-Thompson Tower drastically increased the emergency and intensive care capabilities of the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System. The 200,000 SF tower focusing on patient care spaces features unique plate and frame converters to generate domestic hot water from the heating water loop, eliminating all natural gas fired equipment outside of the central plant.



Winner: Arlington ISD Agricultural Science Center, RWB Consulting Engineers

This experiential school in Arlington, TX gives students hands-on experience with agricultural education. The building has a wide variety of spaces with an indoor/outdoor design, with everything from animal holding pens to classrooms.  The Agricultural Science Center is a net-zero energy building (NZEB) with many conservation features, including a photovoltaic array and wind turbine. The building has regularly produced more energy that it consumes.


Winner: Lake Highlands Freshman Center, RWB Consulting Engineers

Serving over 2,700 students in Richardson ISD, the Lake Highlands High School Freshman Center provides the youngest students on the campus a home of their own. The satellite campus, originally built in 1997, suffered from a lack of design diversity and inadequately sized equipment. With a tight construction timeline, the RWB team’s clever approach of utilizing existing ductwork while re-zoning the building had a big impact: downsized equipment and improved occupant comfort.

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YEA & Student Activities

Spring semester just started with lots of hope and excitement. We at ASHRAE Dallas Chapter are planning for some exciting student activities to support our students in the area, both personally and professionally. The much-awaited event is the virtual Industry Panel where a group of engineering professionals will share their career stories and advice to students at UNT and UTD. The event is scheduled to take place on Feb 12 at 11:00 AM. In addition, we also will make a virtual classroom presentation at UNT to celebrate Engineer Week 2021. The topic centers on Thermodynamics, Psychrometric, and how the principal theories apply in HVAC system. Finally, we want to talk about a real money deal for our college students! Up to a $5,000 scholarship. Apply by March 1st. We are really looking for passionate engineering students to support their college journey.

Interested in volunteering with us or want to know more about any of the events above? Send an email to Minh Vu at [email protected]

Minh Vu, PE (IA), LEED Green Associate

Engineer | Mechanical
[email protected]
8350 N. Central Expy., Ste 775
Dallas, TX 75206
Direct: 214.540.5920
Main: 214.540.5900


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Government Affairs Committee Update

As mentioned in last month’s newsletter, we discussed a $82 billion Covid Relief Funding for Schools which can be used for HVAC building systems. We would like to provide additional details regarding this legislation.

This bill is officially named “The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021”, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020. It provides the aforementioned $82 billion for the Education Stabilization Fund to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. Within that allocation, and per Section 313, the U.S. Secretary of Education is to allocate 67% of these funds to elementary and secondary schools through State educational agencies.

The funds can be used for a variety of purposes including “School facility repairs and improvements to enable operation of schools to reduce risk of virus transmission and exposure to environmental health hazards, and to support student health needs,” and for “Inspection, testing, maintenance, repair, replacement, and upgrade projects to improve the indoor air quality in school facilities, including mechanical and non-mechanical heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, filtering, purification and other air cleaning, fans, control systems, and window and door repair and replacement.”  

Charles Gulledge III PE, President of ASHRAE, wrote this letter (link below) to Mr. Phil Rosenfelt, Acting Secretary, U.S. Department of Education on January 28, 2021. He also reiterated the above information in a letter addressed to State Education Commissioners, School Superintendents, and School Officials that has been distributed to local ASHRAE Chapters for distribution. If you are working on educational projects to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus and need additional information, please refer to ASHRAE COVID-19 Resource website: https://www.ashrae.org/file%20library/technical%20resources/covid-19/ashrae-covid19-infographic-.pdf.


We welcome any and all questions, comments, thoughts, or opinions. Wishing everyone a great 2021!

Tim Campbell
ASHRAE Dallas Chapter - Government Affair Committee Chair
[email protected]
[email protected]

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Membership Promotion

Hello ASHRAE Dallas Chapter! 2021 is already ramping up to be a great year. Keep an eye out for MP events coming your way in the coming months. As we continue to take steps to return back to a sense of normalcy, know that your ASHRAE chapter is here for you. As you know, membership benefits include discounts and online access to ASHRAE publications, an annual copy of the ASHRAE Handbook, the monthly ASHRAE Journal and HPB Magazine, discounts on continuing education opportunities, conferences and much more. If your membership has recently expired or about to expire please take advantage of the information below.

If you are currently experiencing hardship, especially with the current COVID-19 pandemic, please contact our Member Services Department at [email protected]. One of our Member Services Representatives will assist you in determining your hardship case and provide guidance with respect to adequate adjustment of membership dues and other member benefits for the 2020-2021 Society Year.   

I want to encourage you all to take full advantage of the benefits ASHRAE has to offer. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 214-458-9707 during the day, or via email at [email protected] .

Thank you,

Quentin Mackie
ASHRAE Dallas Membership Promotion Chair
[email protected]

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Research Promotion Update

Upcoming Events:
Spring Golf: Tuesday, April 6th @ 1:30pm
Spring Clay Shoot: Thursday, April 29th

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Refrigeration Update

Good news!

We have our eye set on a brewery in McKinney that will be a great refrigeration tour with two bonuses:

  1. The site I am in contact with produces their own energy and puts it back into the ERCOT grid during certain months of the year. The owner is familiar with how that technically works and will discuss it with us during the refrigeration tour.
  2. This will be a members only dedicated refrigeration event, which will include 1.5 hours of beer after our tour!

The board and I are in the works on pinning down a date for this event. We already have a golf and clay shoot event in April, so look for this one to be in early March when the weather is nice.

Looking forward to it!

Tony King – Trane Technologies
Team Leader – Commercial Account Manager, Texas Trane
(469) 758-3101 Office
(972) 333-8318 Cell
[email protected]

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A Message from the Editor

Hello ASHRAE Dallas, your Newsletter Editor here again!

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A quick reminder that the February Virtual Meeting is on 02/10 via ZOOM meeting (login info is in the President-Elect Note above).
There is a YEA Happy Hour at The Rustic on 02/10 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Sponsored by Victaulic.
If you have anything you would like seen in future newsletters, or if you have any concerns/questions about this newsletter, please contact me.

Jake Hall
Siemens Industry, Inc.
Sr. Sales Exectutive, Automation Service
[email protected]
M: (214) 673-7092

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