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    December 2019 Chapter Meeting

    The (un)Ethical Engineer

    Welcome to ASHRAE Fort Worth Chapter

    Letter from the president

    Hello again all!

    Many of us appreciate that our ASHRAE chapter provides a sense of community, a great networking opportunity, and the chance to hear industry experts deliver technical presentations at our meetings. However, ASHRAE provides several other benefits at the society level that may be less well known, and underutilized.

    To that end, I’d like to take a few minutes to talk about those services and benefits to make sure our members are taking advantage of everything ASHRAE has to offer. This is a lot of information, but it’s still not a complete list. Still, I hope you’ll find a few things in this list that spark your interest. As always, if you need any help accessing any of these resources, feel free to reach out to me or any of your Fort Worth Chapter leaders - we’re more than happy to help.

    Free for Everyone:

    • Commissioning Guide – An informative guide to the commissioning process.
    • ASHRAE Standards – Many ASHRAE Standards are available to preview online for free, including 90.1 and 62.1.
    • 90.1 Energy Cost Budget Calculator Tool – A free application that helps Automate 90.1 ECB Method compliance forms.
    • Calculators – Service Life and Maintenance cost database, back-of-the-envelope system calculator, and more.
    • ASHRAE Tech Hour – A free PDH on a bunch of interesting topics. You can also sign up for alerts when new presentations are posted.

     

    Free for Members:

    • ASHRAE Journal Articles – Everyone already knows about this one. I’ve got an ASHRAE Journal sitting on my desk right now with an article about energy efficient VAV duct system design. You can access all the old articles online as well. No need to keep that huge pile of old magazines on your shelf.
    • ASHRAE Research Reports – Tons of reports and research papers on tons of topics, ranging from technical to very, very technical.
    • ASHRAE Handbooks – These reference books need no introduction. They are arguably the most important reason that ASHRAE became the trusted technical resource it is today.
    • CAMEE Best Practice Documents – The Council of American Mechanical & Electrical Engineers has partnered with ASHRAE provide several best practice reference documents to ASHRAE members for free – a sample professional services contract, and a sample project planning guideline.
    • Advanced Energy Design Guides – A series of publications providing design recommendations to achieve target energy savings over a 90.1 baseline building. 30%, 50%, and Net Zero.

     

    Discounted for Members:

    • ASHRAE Conference Presentations – Video & Slides from past ASHRAE Conferences. Available as a yearly subscription for $119/yr.
    • ASHRAE Research Papers – Research papers from past ASHRAE Conferences. Available as a yearly subscription for $79/yr.
    • Reference Standards – Membership discounts on all your favorite ASHRAE Standards. Membership gives you a $33 discount on standard 90.1, for example.
    • Certifications – HVAC Design Professional, Healthcare Facility Design Professional, Building Commissioning Professional, etc. Membership gives you a $150 discount on the Building Energy Modeling Professional Certification test, for example.
    • Online and Instructor-led courses – This is a great way to brush up on rusty skills or get those last few PDHs before you renew your license. There are presentations and online courses over a myriad of subjects – From Ethics to Controls. Membership gives you a $13 discount on a Commissioning course, for example. (That’s a 4-hour training course, with AIA approved PDHs, for $42.) There are training options for individuals and groups.

     

     

    Summary

    That’s a lot of stuff. In general, one way to keep tabs on current ASHRAE events and resources is by downloading the ASHRAE 365 app. https://www.ashrae.org/technical-resources/ashrae-365-app

    If you’d like help accessing any of these services, or if you’d like help scheduling in-person instructor-led courses, please let me know, I’d be happy to help!

    Sincerely,

    Allen Grammer, P.E., President
    ASHRAE Fort Worth
    [email protected]

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