Efforts of the Society, its members, and its bodies shall be directed at all times to enhancing the public health, safety and welfare.” – ASHRAE Code of Ethics 1.140.001.1.A https://www.ashrae.org/about/governance/code-of-ethics
Dear ASHRAE Cincinnati Chapter Membership,
We had an enlightening, sold-out November meeting with ASHRAE Society President Ginger Scoggins, PE, where she elaborated upon her theme for the 2023-24 ASHRAE Society Year “Challenge Accepted: Tackling the Climate Crisis.” Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting at a wonderful venue overlooking Nippert Stadium at the University of Cincinnati. Update from Joe Tornes, our Chapter Student Activities Chair: the members of UC’s student branch helped us book the UC venue, and the event was a rousing success. At the beginning of our lunch, we took a moment to recognize the successes of the students of our chapter, which won several ASHRAE scholarships and grants for this school year. This is the 5th year in a row that we have had a scholarship winner at UC, but the first time with multiple winners, and the first time a grant has been awarded at UC. The winners are listed below, congratulations! • Abby Hans, AE 2024 & UC ASHRAE President (ASHRAE General Scholarship) • Jessica Burkey, AE 2024 (ASHRAE General Scholarship) • Hashani De Silva, CE PhD (ASHRAE Grant-In-Aid) During the month of October, the students had an opportunity to tour the construction site of a new medical PPE manufacturing facility, where they were able to see several high-efficiency VRF systems and a HEPA filtrated clean room. We are always looking for interesting projects in the local area, if you are involved with any that would be in construction during the spring semester please reach out!
Our next chapter meeting will be a Holiday Celebration at MadTree Brewery with Paul Daugherty on Thursday, 12/21- from 4-6pm! A meeting registration will be sent separately via Eventbright
• Location: MadTree Brewery 3301 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209.
• Topic: Holiday Happy Hour and Conversation with Paul Daugherty Paul Daugherty’s retirement from the Cincinnati Enquirer marked more than three decades of covering Cincinnati sports full time for columnist Paul Daugherty. Daugherty, who started with The Enquirer in 1994, began covering Cincinnati sports as a columnist for the Cincinnati Post. Coincidentally, his first full season covering the Cincinnati Bengals, the team reached Super Bowl 23. The Super Bowls, which bookended Daugherty's career covering Cincinnati sports, are among many highlights. "Doc," as he's known to many, also counts more than 20 Masters tournaments, the U.S. Open, Reds' 1990 World Series championship, the NCAA Final Four, and the Olympics, to name a few. Daugherty's many accomplishments throughout his career include being named Columnist of the Year by the Associated Press Sports Editors, Columnist of the Year in Ohio by the Associated Press and Cleveland Press Club, as well being named the Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Daugherty also is an accomplished author and public speaker. CRC Donation Opportunity: We host the 2024 Summer ASHRAE Chapter’s Regional Conference (CRC) is in Cincinnati in less than 9 months. We are requesting donations to help our chapter fund and are also creating sponsorship opportunities for this large event for the chapters in Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. For a donation of $100, members and friend will receive a gifted Single Barrel selection in an ASHRAE Cincinnati engraved New Riff Single Barrel bottle. See Nick Brown or a board member to arrange your delivery! This would be a great holiday gift idea- perhaps to yourself! Young Engineer’s of ASHRAE (YEA): We have 52 YEA members. Here are some photos from the YEA Top Golf earlier this fall. Look for more fun opportunities to get together soon!
Board member Highlight: Anna Sanzere, VP, Membership Promotion Over the course of six years in the industry- and four years with ASHRAE- Anna (above in gray and white striped shirt) has held various roles including Research Promotion, Membership Promotion, Secretary, and currently serves as VP. As VP, she is actively seeking more information and ensuring the completion of assigned tasks. Her involvement in NAWIC has allowed her to hold positions such as Secretary and VP, which eventually led her to ASHRAE. In her role in Membership Promotion, Anna focuses on improving communication barriers by sending out personalized "Welcome to ASHRAE" emails to new members, creating a sense of belonging and setting measurable goals to track progress. Additionally, Anna takes the initiative to educate others by teaching introductory courses on BIM and Revit at Cincinnati State Community College. Thanks for all your help, Anna! Government/Legislative Highlights: from November ASHRAE wire ASHRAE Pens Letter of Support to Senate Committee in Support of the Pro Codes Act On November 3rd ASHRAE sent a letter to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary to express our strong support for S. 835, the Pro Codes Act. The Pro Codes Act affirms the importance of Standard Development Organizations (SDO) and the cost-effective and efficient process by which these standards are used by governments. The Pro Codes Act also legislates that SDOs whose codes and standards are incorporated by reference into law retain copyright control over their codes and standards provided that a copy of the code or standard in question is available for free online. This important legislation would help protect ASHRAE’s intellectual property and raise awareness of the crucial standard development work that ASHRAE undertakes. You can learn how to get involved in this crucial legislative effort by meeting with your members of congress by reaching out to the ASHRAE Government Affairs team at GovAffairs@ashrae.org
IEA Predicts Global Fossil Fuel Demand Will Reach Peak by 2030 The International Energy Agency (IEA) is reporting that despite an expected peak of global fossil fuel demand by 2030, the global average temperature would still rise by more than 2 degrees Celsius. The 2023 World Energy Outlook report anticipates a drop in global fossil fuel supply capacity, from 80% percent down to 73%by 2030, in addition to a potential peak carbon dioxide emission level by 2025. Despite the trend in the positive direction, the IEA found that carbon dioxide emission will nonetheless remain too high to prevent a 1.5 degrees Celsius increase in global average temperature. The full report can be found here.
House Approves Energy and Water Appropriations Bill On October 26, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve (218-210) the FY24 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 4394). Notably, the House-passed bill includes $49 billion for the U.S. Department of Energy ($3.57 billion below the budget request), including $2.994 billion
for the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program ($832 million below the budget request). The bill only proposes $255 million for Building Technologies ($92.8 million below the budget request), which would include: • $55 million for Commercial Building Integration ($26 million below the budget request and $15 million below current funding level) • $45 million for Residential Building Integration ($36 million below the budget request and $25 million below current funding level) • $40 million Equipment and Building Standards ($15 million below the budget request and $20 million below current funding level) • $10 million for Building Energy Codes ($5 million below the budget request and $5 million below current funding level) There is also report language that encourages the advancement of research in building upgrades and energy efficiency retrofits of homes, as well as recognition of the potential of ground source heat pumps. The Senate Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee passed their own version of a FY24 budget, but it has not been brought to the floor for a vote. However, with the continuing resolution expiring on November 17, the House and Senate will still need to conference to work out the differences between their bills.
$30 million Funding Opportunity for Building Decarbonization On November 6, the U.S. Department of Energy Building Technology Office announced a funding opportunity entitled, “Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies” (BENEFIT). Funds of up to $30 million are available across nine topic areas with the potential to significantly advance building decarbonization. This funding stream has been used since 2014 to spur innovation in the built environment. The goal of this funding project is for technology developed through BENEFIT to advance the nation’s building decarbonization efforts by enhancing the HVAC industry, lowering the cost of energy retrofits, and increasing building resilience. You can read a full list of the nine fundable topic areas, and learn how to apply for the 2024 BENEFIT funding here. Applicants must submit a concept paper by 5 p.m. ET on December 18, 2023, to be eligible to submit a full application. __________________________________________________________________________
Open Chapter Roles: we have received some interested members (thanks you!) and have some roles to fill. We are looking for one additional “At Large” BOG member, a Government Affairs, and Research Promotion Committee Chairperson. The Government Affairs Committee is responsible for organizing ASHRAE members to educate local, state, provincial, and national government bodies and officials in areas of interest to ASHRAE members, and to promote effective cooperation between ASHRAE members and government. The committee works to coordinate government affairs efforts and is responsible for developing the extent and the manner in which ASHRAE implements and pursues actions to influence government affairs and public policy. The Research Promotion Committee manages and supports both the Society-level fundraising and Chapter-level fundraising of the RP Campaign. Traditionally supporting just research, the RP Campaign was expanded 10 years ago to include support of Education & ALI, Endowed Research through ASHRAE Foundation, YEA programs, ASHRAE Scholarships, and the General/Unrestricted fund. Research, the backbone of ASHRAE, remains the primary fund of the program with over $2 million raised for this program annually. Please let us know if you’d like to discuss joining our board. We are always looking for volunteers to serve on various committees. Looking forward to seeing everyone at MadTree to help us finish up 2023 with some fun!
Seth Rothey, P.E.