Region IX Chapter 77

Chapter News

  • 03 Nov 2016 9:20 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    This summer I was selected by Region XI to be in the LeaDRS program. The LeaDRS program is an opportunity for YEA members (ASHRAE members under 35) to shadow one of the Board of Directors of the ASHRAE organization at the Winter or Annual (summer) meetings. The current Region XI director is Blake Ellis. I shadowed Blake throughout his meetings covering ASHRAE business as diverse as the precise wording of the new BACnet IT standard, to the decision about how or if to reward chapters for having female Board of Governor members, to the upcoming requirement for yearly chapter financial audits. I met with David Underwood, the former president of ASHRAE, and Tim Wentz, the current president of ASHRAE. It was 5 days of meetings from 8 am to 5 pm with evening social gatherings until late into the night. I encourage anyone under 35 to consider applying for this opportunity! Feel free to contact me with any questions (!

    ASHRAE society conducts an enormous amount of business to keep the chapters up and running each year. Almost all the work was performed by volunteers with support from the families and companies. Of the 1,800 members conducting society business this summer, only two were from the New Mexico chapter. I hope to help change the level of involvement in the New Mexico chapter and at the society level. Here are some ideas:

    -If you are interested in standards and want to get updates on the most recent developments in standards you care about, join a Technical Committee!

    -If you like organizing events and being at the center of the action, join a Standing Committee!

    -If you like (or don’t like) the New Mexico chapter’s activities, join the New Mexico Board of Governors (e-mail me!

    -If you think the ASHRAE Journal got something wrong, tell the editor (!

    I look forward to hearing about all the ways our chapter contributed to ASHRAE this year!

    Comments? E-mail me at with your thoughts.


    Stephen Forner
    NM ASHRAE President
  • 10 Oct 2016 6:45 PM | Anonymous

    The Board of Governors decided to comment on the upcoming changes to the New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority's Qualified Action Plan. See the comment here.

    Please contact Trevor or Stephen with questions or comments.

  • 10 Oct 2016 6:40 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Members,

    As we say farewell to the Balloon Fiesta revelers and welcome in the cool (and economizer friendly) weather of autumn, I would like to update you on the happenings at this summer’s regional conference. Each summer the Chapter Regional Conference (CRC) is hosted by a rotating chapter. This summer the conference was in Omaha Nebraska, home of 2016-2017 ASHRAE Society President, Tim Wentz.

    During the 2016 CRC, the New Mexico Chapter was recognized with many awards, almost too many to count! Awards include “Most Improved Chapter” which was awarded thanks to increasing support from the local community! Thank you to everyone who has participated in ASHRAE over the last 3 years! We also received the “Man-Mile Award” which is the award given to the chapter who brought the most people, the most distance total. Usually this award is given to a large chapter because the large chapters bring many people, but this CRC was centrally located and the New Mexico chapter brought many people to attend the meeting. Thank you to all who attended the CRC!

    During the CRC the Board is able to meet with other chapter’s officers, regional and even Society delegates to get new ideas and infuse enthusiasm for ASHRAE’s goals. New members of the Board also get training on how to perform their roles on the Board. The Board also conducts the business of ASHRAE by voting on important motions which eventually make it to the Society to be implemented. This year an important motion was passed which allows the Region to sponsor up to 3 ASHRAE members under 35 years old to YEA Leadership Weekend. If you or someone you know are interested in attending YEA Leadership Weekend (a $900 training) free of charge, please contact me at

    Another motion which passed this year was adding monitoring of chapter websites to the points system which grades chapter progress. Currently that is not a point which is monitored. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Stacey Chan (current Treasurer), the New Mexico Chapter scored the highest on the compliance scale! If you haven’t visited our website recently, it was upgraded last year:

    New Mexico Chapter will host the CRC in August 2019. About 200 Region IX members will descend on Albuquerque to keep the ASHRAE spirit thriving! If you are interested in volunteering or have suggestions for hotels, events, golf, activities or dinners, please contact me at The more ideas we get, the better the CRC will be! I look forward to an outpouring of creativity!

    Feel free to e-mail me at with your thoughts and suggestions.

    Stephen Forner
    NM ASHRAE Presdient
  • 12 Sep 2016 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome back from the summer to the 2016-2017 ASHRAE year. We have many tremendous programs planned for this year. In light of all the work the Board of Governors does to keep the chapter running, I would like to thank a couple of recent BOG members. As Seneca said “Men do not care how nobly they live, but only how long, although it is within the reach of every man to live nobly, but within no man's power to live long.” We must appreciate all the time that these two individuals invested in running the chapter during a drought in chapter leadership.

    Morgan Royce just finished a two year stint as the Research Promotion chair. He raised over $15,000 for ASHRAE to invest in new research. Joe Higham just finished two years where he was the defacto president. He ran the chapter with adroitness and to great regional acclaim. His second year as President was the first year since 2011 where the chapter accomplished the regionally set PAOE goals. Thank you both for your enormous contributions.

    In order for no volunteer to ever be asked commit to the extra time which Morgan and Joe gave to the chapter, we will be on a concerted Board of Governors recruitment campaign this year.

    This space will serve as a series of points on the varied ways which you can be more involved in ASHRAE. My main ask: read the newsletter and sign up for events. As a first step to encourage this participation, anyone who contacts me with suggestions on how to better the chapter before the first meeting will receive entrance to a chapter meeting of their choosing this year paid by me. Feel free to e-mail me at with your thoughts and suggestions for the year.

    Stephen Forner 
    NM ASHRAE President


  • 03 Jun 2016 12:50 PM | Anonymous

    The 2016 NMSPE Annual Meeting is Friday June 17, 2016.

    A great opportunity for networking and earning several PDHs in one day.

    8:00 am - 5:00pm at CNM Workforce Training Center (5600 Eagle Rock Avenue NE, Room 101) 

    For more info, conference agenda, and registration, click here.
  • 31 May 2016 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    The Nebraska Chapter would like to welcome you to attend 2016 ASHRAE Region IX Chapter Regional Conference in Omaha, Nebraska. This will be held August 3rd through August 6th. Omaha is the most centrally located city in the U.S. For all that you will get to do and experience at this year’s CRC, it will be well worth the travel. 

    The conference is open to all ASHRAE members. It’s a valuable chance to network with regional and society officers that you may never get a chance to see at national summer and winter meetings. Committee chairs will have access to specialized training seminars. All attendees will have free access the 2016 Nebraska Architectural Engineering Conference technical sessions and expo!

    The Nebraska Architectural Engineering Conference (NAEC) is a one day event. The event consists of a 20 technical sessions on different building systems, technologies and applications. In addition to the technical presentations throughout the day, there will be a large central exposition with product representatives and their products and services for a wide variety of building materials and technologies. Continuing education credits are available to session attendees. 

    And this year we will have a special welcome for Tim Wentz, our new society president who will be giving his presidential address.  He is bringing friends including past presidents and vice presidents who have heard the rumors of Region IX’s legendary CRCs and wanted to see for themselves.  We may also have special visits from local political leaders and industry celebrities.


  • 10 May 2016 12:42 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for our last member meeting before summer break. Victor Wowk from Machine Dynamics Inc will be speaking on Vibration and Sound on Tuesday, May 17, from 5:30pm – 7pm at Pappadeux Seafood.   Click here for more info or to register. 

    We will also be honoring Chapter awards at this meeting.


  • 11 Apr 2016 7:49 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for our next monthly member meeting. Our topic is Computer Room Air Conditioning.

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016
    Social Hour: 11:30am – 12:00pm 
    Presentation: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen (5011 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109)
    Click here to register

    Large Data Center Cooling applications have many different air handling and primary cooling options. This presentation discusses in depth the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of cooling including chilled water, indirect and direct evaporative cooling and direct expansion (refrigerant). The presentation will then take a deeper dive into indirect and direct evaporative cooling as appropriate for dry climates such as New Mexico. Finally, a review of the basic control strategies for large data center applications will conclude the presentation.

    About the Speaker
    Tifft Gannon is the Strategic Sales Manager for Liebert Thermal Management, where his primary responsibility involve assisting customers in conceptual design work for large data center projects. Prior to this role he was the Liebert AHU Product Manager overseeing product development and key product launches. Before joining Emerson, he had over 8 years in account management experience with a large HVAC equipment and controls manufacturer. There Tifft gained experience in the commercial application of chilled water and air handler equipment, as well as the associated system level controls. Tifft holds a BS in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University.

  • 26 Feb 2016 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    Join us for our next monthly member meeting. Our topic is Air Conditioning:
    A look Into the Past and a Guess Into the Future.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016
    11:30am – 1:00 pm
    Pappadeux Seafood Kitchen (5011 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109)
    Click here to register


    Starting with a brief historical review, and some of the trends in research, predictions are made as to what the future might be in air conditioning for human comfort. The presentation could be considered “technically entertaining.” Suggesting the fallacies of predictions, it shows the historical delays from defining a concept to the marketing of an actual product. The implications to our industry are noted as well.

    About the Speaker

    Victor W. Goldschmidt, Emeritus Mechanical Engineering Professor, served at Purdue University from 1964 through 2000. He is currently serving as a Leelanau County Planning Commissioner as well as a facilitator and engineering consultant. During his 36 years at Purdue University, Mr. Goldschmidt was responsible for educating mechanical engineering students, including the direction of graduate research in the HVAC area. Most of his service with graduate students was with the Ray W. Herrick Laboratories with heavy support from the HVAC industries. During early stages of his career, he served as Director of the Engineering Purdue Fellows in Latin America; during later stages he served as department head for Freshman Engineering. Prior to his academic involvement, he worked in Applications Engineering and Development Engineering with Honeywell. Mr. Goldschmidt has taught almost every course in thermal sciences offered at Purdue, as well as a special upper level technical course on the “Creative Process in Engineering.” He is trained as a Synectics (special brainstorming) facilitator and is currently engaged in the development of strategic plans and problem solving sessions.

  • 01 Feb 2016 7:51 AM | Anonymous

    Advantages of Primary/Secondary Plumbing Design for Integrating Solar and Hydronic Heating in Residential and Small Commercial Systems 

    Bristol L. Stickney, BSME
    SolarLogic, LLC, Santa Fe, NM

    Joint meeting with AEE

    Register at:

    $20.00 ASHRAE Members
    $25.00 Guests
    $20.00 NMAEE Member
    $0.00 NMAEE Meal Deal Membership

    Sudexco will provide food services for the event. There is no need to pre-order you meal.


    Solar heat connects most easily with hydronic heating systems because solar thermal panels provide hot fluid at temperatures that are compatible with common heat loads. However, in order to make the best use of the solar heat when it is available and minimize parasitic heat loss and pump (electric) power, a heating system design must treat all heat sources, loads and storage components as an integrated system. 

    In a conventional system, a plumbing design based on primary and secondary loops allows heat to be transferred from the fuel-fired heat source to any load connected to the primary loop. This concept can be successfully extended to two primary loops connected through a heat exchanger for a system utilizing both solar and backup heat sources. The advantages are numerous, but can be summarized as the ability to move heat from any place in the system to any other place at any time. Even components that alternately function as both heat loads and heat sources can be easily controlled in this configuration.

    This ‘dual primary loop’ concept has been used as a template in recent years to standardize the design and installation of complex solar/hydronic heating systems with good results.  Well over 100 systems in New Mexico and dozens in other states have been installed in recent years using this configuration. Design details taken from these systems will be presented, utilizing solar thermal panels, heat pumps, boilers, wood stoves and waste heat sources and delivering heat to radiant floors, DHW tanks, pools, baseboard radiators and fan coils. Performance data from remote monitoring and continuous automatic logging is also available to view. Existing installations range from small residences of 1000 – 3000 square feet up to small commercial sized buildings up to 25,000 square feet.

    About the Speaker 

    Bristol L. Stickney, BSME
    SolarLogic, LLC, Santa Fe, NM

    Mr. Bristol Stickney is the Chief Technical Officer of SolarLogic LLC in Santa Fe, NM. With over 35 years of experience in solar heating, Bristol Stickney is a well-known authority on solar hydronic heating systems.

    Bristol worked with the New Mexico Solar Energy Association for over a decade as Staff Engineer, Director of Research, Associate Director, Treasurer and Vice Chairman of the Board. During his tenure at NMSEA, he developed unique control system concepts that simplify the design of solar heating systems while simultaneously optimized their effectiveness.  These innovations subsequently led to well over 100 of his designs implemented and installed by Cedar Mountain Solar in New Mexico.  It is Mr. Stickney’s knowledge, expertise and experience that have provided the theoretical and practical bases for SolarLogic’s SLASH-D and SLIC products. These streamline the standardized design and control of complex solar heating in buildings.

    Prior to his work with Cedar Mountain Solar, Bristol was Chief Engineer of Coyne Solar Manufacturing Company for 5 years, where he designed and oversaw assembly of batch solar water heaters, many of which are still in use.  Bristol also worked as a Research Associate with Amory Lovins at the E-source office of the Rocky Mountain Institute.

    Bristol Stickney has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine at Orono.  Bristol holds half a dozen patents in solar/hydronic heating and a patent on a DC hydronic heating control, called the “SETH System,” that reduces the electrical demand of a hydronic heating system by up to 80%.

    Bristol currently writes a monthly column on “The 6 Principles of Good Solar Hydronic Heating System Design” which is published in national magazines such as Plumbing and Hydronic Contractor and Plumbing Engineer.  He also has had articles appearing in Solar Pro, Home Power, Radiant Living, and the ASHRAE Journal. 



Last revised: 08.23.2018
by: Stacey Chan

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