April 2021 Print

President's Report

Greetings fellow ASHRAE Dallas Members!

We are nearing the end of our 2020-21 ASHRAE season which only means it is time for our yearly regional conference. Your chapter leadership group will be attending Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) from April 22-24, 2021 held virtually. This annual meeting is a great opportunity for all chapters to come together and learn from each other. All 15 chapters in our region, Region VIII, will be represented. 

Last month, your Leadership group took an opportunity to volunteer at the local North Texas Food Bank. This was a great community event and we look forward to expanding our community engagement in the coming years. I want to personally thank all the volunteers. 

Your Research Promotion team pulled off, yet another sold out successful Spring Golf Tournament and was able to raise a substantial amount of money for our chapter. Congratulations to the Enviromatic team who took home the iconic Dallas ASHRAE Cup where the winner's name will forever be engraved on the trophy. This is a tradition that will continue for years to come. Thank you to all the volunteers who took time to make this event successful and thank you to our sponsors. We could not have done it without you.

Looking forward, the RP team is planning on hosting our annual Clay Shoot Tournament in May so be on the lookout for registration and sponsorship opportunities. 

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

Stay well, stay blessed.

Ermias Lamesgin
2020-2021 ASHRAE Dallas Chapter President

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General Chapter News

Upcoming Events

April WIA Event:
04/21/21, 6:00pm
MYX Blend Bar - 3699 McKinney Ave, Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75204.

Save the Date! Time to MYX it up – Create your own personalized lip color at this Women in ASHRAE event. Additional information will be available closer to the event. There are limited seats for this event – Please email [email protected] if you would like to reserve a spot!

ASHRAE Spring Clay Shoot:
SAVE THE DATE: 05/21/21

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Note from the President-Elect/CTTC Chair

I hope this letter finds all of you well.  I want to give a big thanks to Gary Stauffer with SPX/Marley on his presentation last month.  We had a lot of questions come in and a lot of good conversation at the end which leads me to believe this was a great topic for our engineering community! This month we have Dave Binz presenting from Cambridge Air Solutions.  He will be presenting on Cooling Facilities with High Process Air Load Requirements.  We are continuing with the virtual meetings as of now, but I hope to see you all at our upcoming RP events and happy hours. Plus, if you are interested in any topics for future meetings please feel free to let me know as we are about to wrap up our 2020-2021 campaign and begin transitioning to our new board members!

Eric Borders, President-Elect and CTTC


April Virtual Meeting

When: 04/14/2021 – 11:30am-1:pm

Where: Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 948 6960 9590
Passcode: 061261

Topic: Cooling Facilities with High Process Air Load Requirements – Industrial Cooling with 2-Stage Evaporative Cooling

Outline: Evaporative Cooling for Manufacturing and Industrial Facilities vs. the cost of doing nothing.  Join us in learning about how evaporative cooling can help business leaders create a better working environment for their employees and how it has affected production.

Presenter: Dave Binz

Presenter Bio

Dave is the Director of Engineering for Cambridge Air Solutions (formerly Cambridge Engineering, Inc.) in Chesterfield, MO.  Dave holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St Louis.  He began his career with Carrier Corporation serving the large commercial and industrial HVAC market and joined Cambridge in 2014.  He is an active member of multiple ASHRAE Technical committees and participates in the development of new Energy Efficiency standards for improving the built environment.  He now travels North America speaking to engineers, building owners, and utilities on next generation HVAC technologies.

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YEA & Student Activities

I’m thrilled to have received many outstanding scholarship applications in March and am currently reviewing to select the best students to receive the $5,000 Peanut Vinther scholarship and $500 Matt Short scholarship. The surge in the number of application compared to previous years is good news for us since more students are now aware of HVAC careers and the ASHRAE organization. The scholarship recipients will be announced and rewarded in our Chapter’s May meeting.

The winter storm in February delayed our plan to celebrate E-Week at UNT, so we made a second attempt in March. The virtual classroom presentation about Psychrometric and HVAC applications by Connor Mcpartlin from TLC Engineering Solutions and myself attracted two full classes in UNT with more than 70 students. We both enjoyed and were impressed with the student’s passion for this subject.

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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Women in ASHRAE

Save the Date! Time to MYX it up – Create your own personalized lip color at this Women in ASHRAE event. Additional information will be available closer to the event. There are limited seats for this event – Please email [email protected] if you would like to reserve a spot!

When: Wednesday, April 21st  
Where: MYX Blend Bar – 3699 McKinney Ave, Suite 302, Dallas, TX 75204

Alyssa Pauly
Women in ASHRAE Chair

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Government Affairs Committee Update

Biden Administration Releases Details on Infrastructure Plan

On March 31, President Joe Biden released his $2.25 trillion infrastructure and jobs package which is being referred to as the "The American Jobs Plan." The plan includes $650 billion for roads and bridges, $600 billion for housing and manufacturing, and $400 billion for home care for the elderly and the disabled and billions funding for electric, broadband and water investments. The proposal also seeks to establish a clean electricity standard to help the shift to renewable power.

Additionally, the package sets the goal of building, preserving, and retrofitting more than two million homes and commercial buildings by using targeted tax credits, grants, formula funding, and project based rental assistance. There is also a section on making infrastructure more resilient that addresses climate-driven disasters and providing financial resources to build back above existing codes and standards. Furthermore, the package calls for $100 billion to modernize public schools, through $50 billion in direct grants and an additional $50 billion leveraged through bonds. 

To learn more, visit https://punchbowl.news/wp-content/uploads/American-Jobs-Plan-Fact-Sheet.pdf

For us locally, the President’s plan invests $100 billion to upgrade and build new public schools, through $50 billion in direct grants and an additional $50 billion leveraged through bonds. These funds will first go toward making sure our schools are safe and healthy places of learning for our kids and work for teachers and other education professionals, for example by improving indoor air quality and ventilation.

While the median age of U.S. private sector hospitals is roughly 11 years, the Veterans Affairs’ hospital portfolio has a median age of 58. The President believes our veterans deserve state-of-the-art hospitals and care. President Biden’s plan provides $18 billion for the modernization of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics.

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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Refrigeration Update

Hello, ASHRAE members!

We had our refrigeration tour at Franconia Brewing in McKinney TX on March 18th. It was a great turnout with 30 members! The weather was nice so they had the doors opened to circulate fresh air in the brewery. The new owner of Franconia, Arvind Sharma, gave us a more detailed tour than he normally does as I told him he would be presenting to technical minds. He went into detail on the refrigeration process for their walk in cooler, telling us the temperature he keeps there 24/7/365, and gave us a detailed flow of process from start to finish for their beer. It was good timing on our behalf as he had his refrigeration chiller go out last month. He showed us his new G&D chiller and talked about the process of how he found a brand new one for half price in Austin that was unused with a funny story on how he got it up to McKinney. They had 4 beers on tap for our group that were all excellent. We overstayed our welcome for an additional hour but they were happy to have us!

Please see the pictures from this fun members only event.

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!

Please take a minute to connect with us on your preferred social media, we are on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 


A quick reminder that the April Virtual Meeting is on 04/14 via ZOOM meeting (login info is in the President-Elect Note above).
There is a Women in ASHRAE event on April 21st, at MYX Blend Bar (see Alyssa Pauly's update above).
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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