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Electronic Voting for BOD Begins May 1

   ASHRAE members will vote on nominees for the 2014–15 Board of Directors (BOD) via ballots being sent next month. Emails with a link to the electronic ballot will begin being sent May 1 to all qualified voting members with valid email addresses in the Society database. Voting members who do not have valid email addresses in the Society database will receive a print mailing with a Web address to the electronic ballot and log-in credentials.

2014 Board of Directors Nominees Set
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Thomas Phoenix

   The Board of Directors (BOD) for the 2014–15 Society year will be installed at the 2013 Annual Conference in Seattle, June 28– July 2. Per official ASHRAE protocol, BOD nominees will be listed on the ballot sent to members in May. Thomas H. Phoenix, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment and Building Energy Modeling Professional, principal and vice president, Moser Mayer Phoenix Associates, Greensboro, N.C., will be installed as the 2014–15 president at the Annual Conference. His presidential theme is "People, Passion and Performance." T. David Underwood, P.Eng., Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, ASHRAE-Certified Commissioning Process Management Professional, Oakville, ON, Canada, will become president-elect.

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2014 Refrigeration Handbook to be Mailed in June

  The 2014 ASHRAE Handbook—Refrigeration will begin mailed to members in June. The Refrigeration volume covers the refrigeration equipment and systems for applications other than human comfort. The 51 chapters in this volume include information on cooling, freezing, and storing food; industrial applications of refrigeration; and low-temperature refrigeration. “The 2014 ASHRAE Refrigeration Handbook continues to provide the practicing refrigeration engineer with the data and information necessary to safe and efficient processing and storage of food and pharmaceuticals but the Handbook is evolving,” said Dan Dettmers, volume chair. “With the industry’s growing interest in the category of ‘natural’ refrigerants, the dedicated technical committees have updated the Handbook chapters on ammonia and carbon dioxide refrigeration systems."

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Hellenic Chapter, Hellenic Navy to Partner

Commodore Georgios
Christopoulos (left) and
Chapter President Nick
Meris.


ATHENS, Greece—The Hellenic Chapter and the Hellenic Navy recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) uniting common goals for energy efficiency and indoor air quality. The MOU also touches on future shared efforts in developing publications, education, certification programs and research. “This is a major first step in what we all hope will be a fruitful collaboration,” said Costas Balaras, Grassroots Government Activities chair for the Hellenic Chapter.

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Conference Covers Developing Economy Building Performance
  The issues and challenges surrounding the design, construction and operation of buildings in developing economies are the focus of an upcoming ASHRAE conference taking place in Manila, Philippines. Organized by ASHRAE along with the Philippines Chapter, the "Efficient, High Performance Buildings for Developing Economies Conference" will be held April 24–25. It is cosponsored by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI). It features speakers from some 12 countries, including architects, consulting engineers and other prominent industry professionals.

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New Spreadsheet, Webinars to Promote RTU Efficiency

ASHRAE is part of an ongoing project to promote rooftop unit efficiency. The Advanced RTU Campaign is collaboration between ASHRAE, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Alliance. The purpose of the campaign is to promote adoption of high efficiency rooftop unit (RTU) technologies by increasing building owner, manager, and contractor access to useful resources and tools. On April 15, ARC technical experts will conduct a webinar to introduce the RTU Inventory Spreadsheet and explain how it helps building owners/managers track and maintain their air conditioning equipment. On May 20, a webinar will be presented to teach participants how contractors and building owners/managers can use the RTU Comparison Calculator to compare RTU options and justify high-efficiency units. Participants will have time to provide opinions on how the calculator can be improved to help the decision process easier to navigate.

Click here to sign up for the RTU Inventory Spreadsheet webinar.
Click here to sign up for the webinar on the RTU Comparison Calculator.


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