Region IX Chapter 77

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  • 01 Dec 2015 4:18 PM | Anonymous

    Green Gone Bad: Examples of Unintended Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Consequences

    Derrick A. Denis (Dĕn-āy), CIEC, CIAQP, CAC
    V.P. of IEQ for Clark Seif Clark, Inc. (CSC) in Tempe, AZ

    “Green Buildings”, for all their merits and good intentions, can be flawed, when it comes to occupant comfort and occupant health.  Green buildings are often carefully designed and constructed to use recycled, recyclable, locally produced, renewable and energy efficient materials, but indoor environmental quality or IEQ is habitually not high on the priority list of even the most vigilant of green designers and builders.

    Aside from sometimes overlooking IEQ, green buildings are often plagued by the “Devil that we don’t know.”  New, unproven building materials or installation techniques applied to save money or save the environment can wreak unexpected consequences on IEQ.  Like our bodies, a building is a collection of individual materials (think tissues).  These materials make up building components (think organs).  Groups of components make up building systems (think body systems like respiratory, circulatory, nervous, etc.).  These systems all work independently and collectively in a complicated puzzle make up the whole building or the body.  Insult, remove or damage one piece of this complicated puzzle in a building or a body and the entire structure can become ill. 

    Come and learn about a variety of “green building” techniques that negatively impacted actual buildings.  We will discuss the who, what, when, where and why of various failures.  We will provide real world examples.  We will discuss lessons learned in order to help in the mitigation or prevention of these green-gone-bad examples.

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  • 01 Dec 2015 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Thanksgiving is behind us and now it’s time to grind through the next few weeks to get to some more time off. December is about the halfway mark through our ASHRAE year and if you haven’t made it out to a chapter meeting yet, I really suggest you try. We have some great speakers lined up for the upcoming months. 

    Last month we had Charles Fledderman present on ethics, allowing many of us to get our 2 hours of ethics PDHs required to renew our PE licenses. We had a very solid turnout and will look at providing ethics training in future years. Happy Holidays

    Joseph Higham, PE
    President, 2015-2016

  • 07 Nov 2015 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    Temperatures are dropping, Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and Christmas will be here before we know it. For those of us who need to renew our PE licenses this year, we are scrambling to get our PDHs completed and documented. This month we will be helping some of you get your 2 required hours of Ethics and for only $40. A real bargain considering you also get a Pappadeaux lunch. I encourage members without PEs to come out and gain some insight into the ethical decision making process.

    This morning I participated in a STEM event held at Comanche Elementary. I used an ASHRAE provided activity, “Sliders Gliders” to teach the students about the iterative design process. Please notify me if you participate in a K-12 activity related to STEM. If you are asked to participate in an event, we can provide an activity and materials. The chapter leadership is always willing to step in and help you put something together for students.

    I look forward to seeing you at our next chapter meeting and at our Bowling event on November 13th.

    Joseph Higham, PE
    President, 2015-2016

  • 07 Nov 2015 9:35 AM | Anonymous

    Case Studies in Engineering Ethics

    This seminar will use case studies to illustrate important ethical issues in engineering professional practice. The seminar will be interactive, involving discussion of the issues and the group together forming conclusions. The seminar provides attendees with 2 hours of professional development credit to meet licensure requirements.

    Speaker Bio

    Dr. Charles Fleddermann has been on the faculty at UNM for over twenty-seven years and has taught a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  He has developed and taught a course on professional ethics for engineers and has been involved in research projects in the area of ethical issues in nanotechnology.  He has also taught professional development seminars on ethics for engineers in New Mexico and elsewhere for the past few years.  The 4th edition of his textbook, Engineering Ethics, was published in 2011.  Prof. Fleddermann has also served as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Education.

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    Or RSVP to Stephen Forner at
    Spots are limited.

  • 13 Oct 2015 1:29 PM | Anonymous

    Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
    5011 Pan American Fwy NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
    Social hour: 11:30 am – noon
    Presentation: noon – 1 pm
    Date: 10/20/15

    Indirect and Direct Evaporative Cooling
    Indirect and direct evaporative cooling is not a new concept.  Advancements in use and application, coupled with component echnologies have helped accelerate market awareness of these efficient technologies.  The presentation will review the psychometrics of Indirect Evaporative Cooling and Direct Evaporative Cooling applications. Also, there will be a discussion to address the concerns with evaporative cooling, primarily, scaling and water usage.  Lastly, with real concern of water usage, an examination of the perception of evaporative cooling where people “see” water consumption versus traditional methods that may have higher water consumption.

    Speaker Bio
    Einar K. Frobom, MBA, PE is the National Sales Manager for Munters Corporation.  His office is located in Chanhassen, MN.  He has been involved with custom design and selection of HVAC equipment incorporating solution concepts such as air-to-air energy recovery,
    moisture transfer media, complex custom refrigeration systems, and enhanced IAQ solutions and DOAS systems.  His experience has varied from his role as an application sales engineer, Regional Sales Manager, and currently leading the Munters Commercial Division as
    National Sales Manager. Einar holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from the University of Minnesota.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer within the state of Minnesota. 

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  • 01 Oct 2015 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    In September we held our annual golf tournament. Birdies and bogeys were scored, beverages were enjoyed, bonds were built. We were able to raise over $8,000 for scholarships and scientific research. I want to recognize the tireless efforts of our dedicated volunteers. I would also like to thank our generous sponsors for their support. We plan to hold next year’s tournament at UNM South Course again. Please reach out to any of the chapter’s leaders to provide comments or concerns about the tournament.

    Stephen has lined up some outstanding speakers for the coming meetings and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the meetings. Ryan is working on some great social events to help bring us all together in less formal settings and grow our bonds of community.

    Have a happy and safe Balloon Fiesta and I hope you don’t spend too much time stuck in traffic.


    Joseph Higham, PE
    President, 2015-2016

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