May 2019 Meeting

May 14th – Distinguished Lecturer Chris Mathis

Hello Cedar Valley ASHRAE!

Our final meeting of the 2018 - 2019 ASHRAE year will be held on Tuesday, May 14th. We are excited to host Chris Mathis as an ASHRAE distinguished lecturer. He will present two topics for a total of 3 PDHs. The titles of the topics are shown in the schedule below and additional descriptions and presenter bio are in the documents below.

3:30 - 4:00 Sign In/Registration at Cedar Ridge Winery near Swisher, IA
4:00 - 6:00 Why Buildings Matter and the Role of ASHRAE 90.1 (2.0 PDH)
6:05 - 6:35 Social Break - Drinks and Dinner
6:35 - 7:35 The Challenge of Sustainability(1.0 PDH)

This seminar brings into focus the critical role of our buildings, and our challenges at delivering better performance. We will also cover some building and energy code “fundamentals” which applies to consulting engineers as well as to owners, architects, code officials and local policy makers. We are challenging our members to “bring a guest” – especially a guest outside of their normal engineering disciplines. “Bring your own Architect, Owner, Contractor” since we all need to be on the same page when we get to a project meeting. We will then segue from the energy code basics of the first topic to “How do we do better than code?” This should also be attractive to our Owners, Architects, and Contractor colleagues, as well as the local green building community. In this talk we will challenge some of the notions about what constitutes a “green building” and what it means to be truly sustainable.

Cost to attend, which includes dinner, is $30 for Cedar Valley Chapter members and $50 for non-members. Please fill out the attached RSVP form and return to Tim Lentz ( by noon on Thursday, May 2nd. Payments ahead of time are appreciated, but will also be accepted onsite (cash and check). If you plan to pay at the door, please go ahead and send in your RSVP.

Information about Chris can be found here.

Thanks and we hope to see you at our final event of the year!



USGBC Iowa Annual Meeting

April 23rd – CEU and Networking Opportunity

Hello Cedar Valley ASHRAE Members,

The annual USGBC meeting is being held in Cedar Rapids this year. The event is free to register for but space is limited. If you are in need of any continuing education credits for your USGBC certifications this is a great opportunity to get them taken care of and those and network with those within our profession.

Details for the event, including registration, can be found at:

Hope to see you there!
Cedar Valley ASHRAE


March 2018 Meeting

March 26th – Membership Promotion Night

Hello Cedar Valley ASHRAE,
I hope everyone is looking forward to our membership promotion event on Tuesday. As a reminder, we will be going curling at the Cedar Rapids Ice Arena on Tuesday, March 26. Please feel free to extend this invite to anyone who might be interested in joining ASHRAE/ We've managed to line up a short tour of the refrigeration and HVAC systems of the arena. Also, Shannon Lee with Victaulic has generously offered to sponsor the food and drink for the evening. We're very appreciative.

If you are planning on attending and haven't already, please RSVP to this email to help with ordering food and drinks.

6:00pm-6:45pm: tour of systems/food served
6:45pm-7pm: Lesson on prepping hockey ice for curling
7pm-7:30pm: On-ice curling tutorial
7:30pm-8:30pm: Curling matches

What to wear
Flat, clean shoes such as running shoes. Dress in warm, loose clothing. The rink air temperature is about 45 degrees.

Food and Drink
Refreshments will be provided. No outside food or drink allowed, but provided drinks can be brought onto the ice.

Cedar Rapids Ice Arena
1100 Rockford Rd SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

See you there,
Cedar Valley ASHRAE


February 2018 Meeting

February 7th – Energy Recovery Panel

Hello all,
Please join us for our February meeting next week on Thursday, February 7. We will be hosting an energy recovery panel with experts on heat pipe and enthalpy wheel technologies. The meeting will be in the private room at Granite City in Cedar Rapids. The meeting will be part presentation, part open forum discussion.

5:30pm Social Half Hour
6:00pm Order Dinner
6:15pm Presentation: Energy Recovery Technologies
Presenters: Clay Petersen - Heat Pipe Technology
Scott Janke - NovelAire
6:45pm Open Forum/Q&A
7:15pm Closing Remarks

Cedar Valley ASHRAE


November 2018 Meeting

November 13th – Evaporative Cooling vs Dry Cooling

Hello Everyone!

Please join us on Tuesday, November 13 at the Tin Roost in North Liberty for our November meeting. This month's topic is Evaporative Cooling Vs. Dry Cooling presented by Geoff Schive. We'll be offering a PDH certificate for this presentation.

Geoff's Bio:
Geoff Schive is an outside sales engineer for Data Power Technologies Group, previously employed by the R. S. Stover Company. He graduated from Iowa State University and resides in Marshalltown, Iowa. For over 21 years he has specialized in thermal performance for HVAC and industrial customers. His focus is on industrial customers and hyper-scale data centers. Geoff is married to Nancy, his wife of 37 years, with two grown children (both married), and a brand-new grandson.

Schedule of events:
5:30pm - Cocktails and Socializing
6:00pm - Order Dinner
6:10pm - Presentation: Evaporative Cooling Vs. Dry Cooling
7:10pm - Closing Remarks and Adjourn


Tin Roost
840 W Penn St.
North Liberty, IA


October 2018 Meeting

October 9th – Controls Integration

Hi Everyone,

First, thank you to everyone who came out to the golf outing last week, we had a great turnout and it certainly seemed like everyone had a good time.

Second, our first monthly meeting is just around the corner. Please join us on Tuesday, October 9 at Red’s Ale House in North Liberty for a presentation on Controls Integration. As we did last year, we’ll be offering a PDH credit for this meeting (and hopefully all meetings with a presentation).

Tentative Agenda:
5:30 – socializing/happy hour
6:00 – presentation: Controls Integration – Top 10 MEP Keys to Success presented by Jared Pourroy with Baker Group
7:00 – questions and adjourn


May 2018 Meeting

May 15th – Distinguished Lecturer

The final meeting of the 2017 - 2018 ASHRAE year will be held on Tuesday, May 15th at Cedar Ridge Winery. ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer Wei Sun will present two topics for a total of 3 PDHs. Presentation topics and schedule are shown below:

3:30 - 4:00 Sign In/Registration
4:00 - 5:30 Laboratories and HVAC Systems Design Fundamentals (1.5 PDH)
5:30 - 6:00 Social Break - Dinner and Drinks
6:00 - 7:30 Design of Pressurization Systems - Technologies in Room/Suite Pressure Control, Performance Evaluation and Design Practices (1.5 PDH)

Cost to attend, which includes dinner, is $30 for Cedar Valley Chapter members and $50 for non-members. Please fill out the RSVP form and return to Phil Greco by noon on Thursday, May 3rd. Payments ahead of time are appreciated, but will also be accepted onsite (cash and check). If you plan to pay at the door, please go ahead and send in your RSVP.

April 2018 Meeting

April 10th – Living Building Challenge

The April meeting will be presented by Cedar Valley ASHRAE's very own Tim Lentz and will be held at Indian Creek Nature Center in Cedar Rapids on April 10th. Indian Creek Nature Center's Amazing Space opened in September 2016 and has committed to achieving Living Building certification. Tim will have a short presentation defining the Living Building Challenge followed by a brief walk-through of the Amazing Space to highlight its sustainable features. 1 PDH will be available.

Our first order of business at the meeting will be our chapter officer elections for the 2018-2019 ASHRAE term. If you would like to nominate someone for the vacant Secretary position, please check with them to assess their interest and make sure they are up to the challenge. If the nominee is not able to attend the meeting, please make sure someone is present and prepared to endorse the nomination and summarize their past involvement with ASHRAE. After the presentation and walk-through, we'll rendezvous for dinner and drinks at Parlor City Pub & Eatery. The schedule for the meeting will be the following:

5:00 - 5:15 Cedar Valley ASHRAE Secretary Election
5:15 - 6:15 Presentation, Walk-through, and Q&A
6:30 - Dinner at Parlor City

March 2018 Meeting

March 6th – Fundamentals of Airside Test & Balance

The March meeting will be presented by Jim Hall of Systems Management & Balancing and will be held at SingleSpeed Brewing in Waterloo on March 6th. Jim's presentation will cover the Fundamentals of Test & Balance for Engineers & Cx Providers, and attendees will better understand

1. Proper use, application, and limitations of the TAB instrumentation

2. Accurate, useful, and meaningful data that is obtained in the field vs. laboratory data for use on their project

3. HVAC systems and the TAB/measurement process; how can systems be set up to allow for proper data collection

4. A project team approach to address schedule challenges, design alternatives as it relates to balancing device locations, equipment usage, and HVAC system operation

The discussion will focus mostly on airside TAB but will address waterside TAB as time allows. 1 PDH will be available. The venue needs an accurate headcount in advance of the meeting, so a RSVP will be required to attend. Please RSVP to by no later than Thursday, March 1st. The schedule will be the following:

5:30 - 6 Social Half Hour
Order Dinner at 6
6:15 - 7:15 Presentation, dinner delivered when ready
7:15 - 7:30 Q&A