Please join the Fort Worth Chapter of ASHRAE for our next Meeting


Date: January 17, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Petroleum Club

777 Main Street, 40th Floor

Fort Worth, Texas




TOPIC: Comparing Air Cooled and Water Cooled Equipment

SPEAKER: Brandon Damas, HTS Senior Account Manager



Speaker Bio:

Brandon Damas is a Senior Account Manager for HTS.  In his current role, he provides engineers and owners in the DFW area with unique design and construction solutions for projects in all commercial and industrial markets. Prior to joining HTS in 2011, Brandon worked for a national, MEP consulting firm in Dallas, Texas for four years.


Brandon is an ASHRAE member and serves as an at large board of governors member. He previously served as President, CTTC Chair, Dallas Chapter secretary, membership promotion chair, research promotion chair, and treasurer. Brandon is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas, is ASHRAE certified with 4 different certifications, and is a LEED accredited professional with an emphasis in building design and construction. Brandon also is a voting member of ASHRAE 90.1 project committee, a voting member of ASHRAE 90.1 mechanical subcommittee, a provisional corresponding member for T.C. 9.06 (healthcare facilities), and a provisional corresponding member for T.C. 5.05 (air-to-air energy recovery). He has a degree in architectural engineering from Kansas State University.



The lunch presentation will be over a comparison between air cooled and water cooled equipment. Prior to increases in efficiency for air cooled chillers, water cooled chillers were the best option for an efficient central plant. Additionally, increases in code minimum efficiencies for equipment, water cooled was almost a necessity just to meet code. Now, air cooled chillers are more efficient and are a viable alternative to water cooled equipment. We will analyze common components and efficiencies of equipment used in both plant designs and evaluate life cycle costs to show how sometimes air cooled chillers can make sense depending on project requirements.