The La Crosse chapter of ASHRAE has a long tradition and we want that to be on display for everyone to see, even if they can’t come see our display in person this year. So, this post contains our most recent chapter history display and a presentation on the history of Trane TRACE software that was later published in a paper in ASHRAE Transactions, authored by our previous chapter historian, John Sustar. Enjoy!
Presenter: Eric Sturm
Please join us this month while we kick off our 2020-2021 La Crosse Area ASHRAE virtual program schedule. We have spent some time this summer putting together an exciting list of presenters and topics for the upcoming year that our audience can enjoy from the comfort of wherever they choose.
In this presentation, Eric will provide an overview of indoor agriculture and juxtapose it with comfort cooling. He’ll also review common load calculation methodologies and the determination of proper supply air conditions. Finally, he’ll review several common HVAC systems and their advantages and drawbacks.
About the Presenter
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering, Eric began his career at Trane. In his current role as an applications engineer, Eric’s areas of expertise include acoustics, airside systems, indoor agriculture, and indoor air quality. Prior to joining the applications engineering team, Eric spent several years in the Customer Direct Services (C.D.S.) department as a marketing engineer and product manager for the TRACE™ 700 load design and energy simulation application. As a C.D.S. marketing engineer, he supported and trained customers globally.
He is currently involved with ASHRAE as a representative on Members Council and member of the “indoor agriculture” and “sound and vibration” technical committees. Eric is the recipient of a Young Engineers in ASHRAE Award of Individual Excellence for service to the La Crosse Area Chapter and nationally recognized with an ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award.
Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Time: 12:00–1:00 PM
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Date: August 6, 2020 at 12 pm
Title: HVAC System Strategies to Mitigate Airborne Viral Transmission Risks in K-12 Schools
Presenter: Corey Metzger, PE
Summary: This presentation will provide a brief update on the status of guidance provided by the Schools Team of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force for reopening buildings, along with some background on the recommendations provided as part of this guidance. Discussion will be held on specific strategies that may help to mitigate the buildup of airborne viral particles in occupied spaces. Finally, information will be provided on current work of the Epidemic Task Force and expected updates to guidance moving forward.
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HVAC Rules of Thumbs for Troubleshooting
Presenter: Erich Binder, ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer
This presentation will provide some common Rules of Thumb for Troubleshooting HVAC&R Systems.
- Rules of Thumb are abbreviated short cuts, time savers, and approximations.
- Each is a quick estimation of what most systems should do most of the time, but remember that none of these numbers are infallible.
- The rules are not cast in concrete.
- Rules of thumb usually assume certain normal design and operating criteria, which are not always present.
- The rules are not to be used for system design purposes. Rather, they are the result of carefully studying good system designs.
- Technicians and engineers, can benefit from using Rules of Thumbs for estimating and solving operational problems.
- They do not always apply to every system, nor do they work in every circumstance.
- It is expected that the engineer or technician using them is a professional who can use reason and exercise caution in their application.
About the Presenter
Erich Binder is an independent engineering consultant with extensive experience in the sustainable design of commercial, institutional, industrial and cold climate heating ventilation & air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, fire suppression & specialty mechanical systems. Erich is also a certified risk manager with over 20 years of process safety, loss prevention, industrial hygiene, health & safety engineering and auditing experience.
Erich has extensive experience engineering mechanical systems for a variety of cold climate applications and has engineered HVAC systems for support facilities for various industrial projects.
Register by Sunday, March 8th under the Events tab
Date: Monday March 9th, 2020
Time: 11:30– 12:30 PM
Place: Trane Bldg. 13
Large Group Meeting Room
1700 Horton Street
La Crosse, WI 54601
Lunch: Bring your lunch (optional)