Region V and VI Dinner at ASHRAE Winter Meeting

Join other members of Region V and Region VI chapters at a special dinner at the 2022 ASHRAE Winter Meeting in Las Vegas.

When: Sunday, January 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: True Food Kitchen at the Forum Shops at Caesars (10970 Rosemary Park Dr Ste 160)

What: Salad, entrée choice (margherita pizza, poke bowl, grill chicken parmesan, grill salmon), beverages, cash bar

How much: $60 + cash bar available

Please contact Michelle Hull at for more information

See the flyer linked below for more information.


Posted in: Announcement Read more... 0 comments

November Chapter Webinar: What Should Drive the Sustainability Bus -- Indoor Environmental Quality or Energy?

ASHRAE La Crosse November Meeting

What Should Drive the Sustainability Bus – Indoor Environmental Quality or Energy?

Speaker: Robert Bean

Date/Time: November 17, 2021, 12pm – 1 pm CST

Webinar Link:

About the Distinguished Lecturer:

Robert Bean is director of, and founder of Indoor Climate Consultants Inc. He is a retired engineering technology professional (ASET and APEGA) who specialized in the design of indoor environments and high performance building systems. Bean is a third term ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer, recipient of the Lou Flagg Award, Distinguished Service Award and instructor for the ASHRAE Learning Institute. He has authored many papers, articles and course curriculums and serves on numerous technical committees related to indoor environmental quality, building and energy systems. His motto is, “Design for people, good buildings follow.”

About the presentation:

Efficiency programs seem to ignore the fact that the only reason why society uses energy in buildings is to condition people and generate domestic hot water. One would then think that all design ought to begin with the physiological and psychological needs of the occupants. However in the real world most energy efficiency programs focus exclusively on enclosures and equipment and have superficial IEQ requirements. The hope is that the assembled systems will deliver the desired indoor climate with the modeled energy. The flaws in this approach are demonstrated in the poor results from thousands of post occupancy evaluations. Following this workshop, participants will learn the human sciences behind thermal comfort and air quality and how energy and exergy efficiency is the natural outcome from engineering the indoor environment using human factor design tools.

Posted in: Announcement Read more... 0 comments

October Chapter Program

Hello everyone!

Our first La Crosse ASHRAE meeting of the year will be Wednesday, October 20th from 12PM-1PM CDT. It will be held on GoToWebinar.

Date/Time   Meeting   Click to register and receive information to join webinar  
Wed, October 20, 2021 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM (CDT)   La Crosse Area Chapter  

The presenter for this meeting is Erin McConahey, a Distinguished Lecturer who will be speaking about Material Concerns in HVAC Equipment.

Erin McConahey is a Principal in Mechanical Engineering with Arup, an employee-owned global engineering, advisory and planning consulting firm. During her 26 years with Arup, she has worked internationally and now leads multidisciplinary design teams in Los Angeles on a wide variety of project types.

Erin’s passion for finding integrated design solutions through a collaborative design process began with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. As she rose in leadership within her firm, she served on Arup’s global Trustee Board, was named an Arup Fellow for her technical excellence, spearheaded the Americas Region Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and served on the leadership teams for a number of training programs. These service opportunities, coupled with growing concern over climate change, led her to a second Master’s degree in Ethical Leadership from Claremont Lincoln University.

Erin is a Professional Engineer in California and Colorado, a LEED accredited professional (BD+C specialty), an ASHRAE accredited High Performance Building Design Professional, and a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers. She is co-author of the ASHRAE Natural Ventilation Design Guide and writes semi-annually for the Engineer’s Notebook column in ASHRAE Journal. In the latter capacity, she has emphasized the link between mechanical engineers’ “skills for this decade” to the wider global trends around the carbon economy, healthy materials, and sustainable development.

Please join us for this exciting topic!

Posted in: Announcement Read more... 0 comments

2021 CRC Display Now Available

Our chapter’s history display for the 2021 CRC is now available digitally on this very website! Click on “History” in the header at the top of this page to check out a listing of our historical archives or navigate to

The first file at the top is our 2021 display. Feel free to browse our other documents, with histories of local companies and people from the chapter’s past and present. 

Posted in: AnnouncementTagged in: CRChistory Read more... 0 comments

April Program -- Embodied Carbon: The New Challenge

Joint Societies Meeting (ASHRAE La Crosse Chapter, ASME, IEEE Coulee Subsection)

Embodied Carbon: The New Challenge

For the past 20+ years, the MEP industry was focused on energy reductions, but recently there has been a shift to minimizing operational carbon through strategies related to energy efficiency, utility source selection, and integration of renewable energy. Having achieved good progress in reducing operational carbon, our focus is now moving to the embodied and life cycle carbon associated with the materials and systems found in buildings. Simply put, embodied carbon looks at the carbon impacts associated with extracting, manufacturing, and transporting materials to the jobsite, in addition to manufacturing and transportation, includes impacts related to use, end of life.  While life cycle analysis (LCA) accounts for impacts over the full lifecycle of a material, which includes the operating carbon.

Program Details

Date:  Wednesday April 21st, 2021 12PM-1PM CDT

Place: GoToWebinar

Link to register:

About the Presenter

Luke is a member of the newly minted ASHRAE Carbon Task Force; one of the 3 moderators for the Carbon Leadership Forum MEP Embodied Carbon Community; a co-author of the MEP equipment embodied carbon to manufacturers; Incoming Chair of ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee; a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Fellow; He is also a Centennial Fellow from The Pennsylvania State University Architectural Engineering Department; Board of Directors for USGBC (United State Green Building Council), Illinois; Past Chair of the ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning) Committee on “Tall Buildings”; Chairman of the Building Pressure Committee, Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings; Sustainable Committee with Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Part Time Professor at IIT;  Industry Advisor for IN2 Start Up program for National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Luke Leung is a Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP.  His work includes Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest man-made structure; Multiple times “Excellence in Engineering” award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);  2 awards from National Institute of Building Sciences, among others.  Selected projects also include Pertamina Tower (Net Zero Supertall), General Motors Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostic in Indianapolis, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa in Canada, Embassy in Beijing, Lakeside – 55 million sqft low energy development, a LEED Platinum building with the first large scale horizontal wind turbine in the city of Chicago;  etc., and has served as a member of the editorial team for the CTBUH guide Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings, ASHRAE “Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, Megatall Building Systems”, among other publications.

Posted in: AnnouncementTagged in: carbonjoint societies meetinglife cycle analysismonthly program Read more... 0 comments