ASHRAE, AHR Expo Return to Chicago for 2015 Winter Conference, Expo

ATLANTA – Registration is open for ASHRAE’s 2015 Winter Conference in Chicago where attendees have the chance to discuss and examine the latest topics in the building industry, network; participate in technical tours; attend ASHRAE Learning Institute courses; earn professional credits; and obtain ASHRAE certifications. 

The ASHRAE Conference takes place Jan. 24-28, Palmer House Hilton, while the ASHRAE co-sponsored AHR Expo is held Jan. 26-28, McCormick Place. Complete Conference information and registration can be found at, and Expo information at

In keeping with ASHRAE’s goal of continuing education, the Conference offers over 200 Professional Development Hours, as well as Continuing Education Units, which can be applied toward a Professional Engineering license.

The Technical Program features more than 100 sessions and 300 speakers over eight tracks: Systems and Equipment; Fundamentals and Applications; Industrial Facilities (new); Large Buildings: Mission Critical Facilities and Applications (new); Energy Efficiency; Life Safety (new); Design of Energy and Water Efficient Systems (new); Hospital Design and Codes (new).  Specifically, the program features sessions on cold climate design, tall buildings, hospital and clean room design and data centers.

The ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI) offers 20 professional development seminars and short courses to stay current on HVAC&R trends. Among them is a new course on Standard 202, Commissioning Process for Buildings and Systems, in addition to updates to Standard 90.1, Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, and 62.1, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality. Training topics include commissioning, energy management, Standard 55, Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy, energy efficient data centers, healthcare facilities, building energy audits, the coming smart grid and ground source heat pumps. Register at

Additionally, ASHRAE offers a special administration of all six certifications on Jan. 28: Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP); Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP); Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP); High-Performance Building Design Professional (HBDP); Healthcare Facility Design Professional (HFDP); and Operations & Performance Management Professional (OPMP). Register at

The keynote speaker at the opening Plenary Session is Aron Ralston, adventurer and subject of the film 127 Hours. In April 2003, during a hike into a remote area of Utah’s canyon country in April 2003, Ralston accidentally dislodged a boulder that crushed and pinned his right hand.  After six days of entrapment alone, he freed himself with a cheap multi-tool knife and hiked to a miraculous rescue.  Since his amputation, Ralston has written an internationally bestselling book, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, later turned into a movie nominated for six Oscars.

Also offered are technical tours, which include Walgreens net zero store, a brewery   and McCormick Place.







Central Oklahoma Chapter ASHRAE

Mr. John Harrod



Engineered Equipment Inc.

Governair Corporation

Temtrol, Inc.

Automated Building Systems, Inc.



ACP Sheet Metal Company, Inc.

Bobbie J. Vermillion Memorial

Air Products Supply

APHCC – Association of Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors

CEC – Infrastructure Solutions

Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates

Matherly Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Mr. David H. O’Daniell, PE

Process Equipment Company Inc. – Oklahoma

R B Akins Company

Sheet Metal Industry Fund of Western Oklahoma



Mr. Florentino J. Mendez

Allen Consulting Inc.

B&L Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc.

Harrison Orr Air Conditioning

Mr. Thomas E. Fox

Willspec Technologies, Inc.



Central Oklahoma Chapter ASHRAE Endowment

Mr. Donald C. Carter

Mr. Richard R. Ellis, Jr.

Mr. Royal B. Akins

Mr. Scott R. Akins

Mr. Stephen B. Pickle

Mr. Wayne T. Allen

050 Engineering Company

Air Technologies

Alvine Engineering

CH Guernsey & Company

CaptiveAire – Oklahoma

Darr & Collins LLC

Dense Mechanical Contractors, Inc.

Dr. Jeffery D. Splitler

Engineered Systems & Energy Solutions, Inc.

Hardesty Team

Linihan Insulation

Logical Building Solutions, Inc.

MCD Company

Mr. Bryan D. Garcia, PE

Mr. Jeffery C. Linihan

Mr. Thomas E. Fox

Optimum Energy Solutions, Inc.

PVI Industries – Ft. Worth

Quality Plumbing & Heating of Norman

R. L. Williams Company, Inc.

Saker Mechanical

Streets LLC – Mechanical Contractors

TME – Oklahoma City

Trade Mechanical Contractors

Veolia Energy Oklahoma, Inc.

Wattie Wolfe Company

ZRHD Zimwalt Ragsdale Inc., PC



Mr. Richard D. Marsh

Mr. Adam Shupe

Mr. Alan N. Loeffler

Mr. Bradford L. Ezell, PE

Mr. Charles D. Stoabs, PE

Mr. David M. Royal

Mr. Harold R. Dills

Mr. James D. Benedict

Mr. John B. Semtner

Mr. Joseph E. Sanders

Mr. Michael G. Hughes

Mr. Robert F. Erdman, Jr., PE

Mr. Samuel Shaun Sexton

Mr. Walter P. Mecozzi

Mrs. Stephanie A. Thomas

Ms. Dorris Loeffler



James L. Keas Memorial

Mr. Jeffery W. Austin

Ms. Liane F. Ozmun, PE



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President’s Message

Guest Involvement

 President’s Message

By: Joe Sanders 

 At our October meeting, chapter Historian Alan Loeffler showed off an old guest registration book that was used at our chapter meetings several decades ago.  In that book were the names of several past chapter committee chairs, board members, and chapter presidents that had at one time been invited as a guest of a member.  Alan stated at that time, “Every member in the room today was at one time someone’s guest”. 

With that spirit in mind our November meeting was dubbed as our bring-a-guest meeting.  We were thrilled to have had several guests attend and they were treated to an outstanding presentation by TME’s Mr. Ed Tinsley.

 Mr. Tinsley’s presentation really displayed to our guests some of the advantages of being an ASHRAE member.  Not only was his presentation entertaining but it also showed how a professional organization such as ASHRAE should operate by having an expert in his field exchange experience and information with others in his industry.  All those in attendance no doubt have a greater understanding of what happens to their projects after the owners take over and how retro-commissioning can improve comfort and efficiency.

 Our December chapter meeting will be on Ethics, our presenter will be Bruce Pitts.  This is one of the meeting topics that received the most interest from our respondents to CTTC Chair Michael Wilson’s survey this past summer.  We also learned at the Little Rock CRC that this topic tends to be one of the better attended meetings all year for other chapters.  And as if a great topic isn’t enough incentive to come to the meeting, we will be distributing the newly printed chapter roster at the meeting as well.  Once again I encourage you to bring a guest to the December meeting, every guest is an opportunity to sign up a new member.

 Finally, I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.  While at times we may not always recognize it we really should be thankful to be part of a growing industry in a growing city.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and I’ll see everyone in December!

Joe Sanders

ASHRAE Central Oklahoma Chapter President

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