December 2017 ASHRAE Journal Digital Edition, Insights and Winter Show Planner

The cover article of December’s ASHRAE Journal focuses on issues with existing FPTU models in EnergyPlus and improvements that could be made. A special column explains why it’s important to achieve 50+% efficiency fans for unitary equipment. Other articles discuss renewable-powered HVAC with thermal storage and commissioning chilled water TES tank systems.


December ASHRAE Journal

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Ups and Downs of Stair Towers

By Brian A. Rock, Ph.D., Fellow ASHRAE; Jonathan D. MacDonald, ELT

Designs of stairways are highly code-regulated for life-safety reasons. Today, for improved environmental sustainability as well as better personal health, popular advice says to use the stairs instead of an elevator whenever practical. However enclosed stair towers often suffer from poor temperature control and “stuffiness,” are uninviting in appearance, or are inconveniently located. For new buildings, there is an opportunity to make stairways attractive choices for occupants to use regularly. This article discusses a study1 concerning thermal comfort and indoor air quality (IAQ) in enclosed stair towers and looks at the effect of placement of HVAC terminal units to test a popular design rule-of-thumb. Continue reading complete article…


December 2017 Digital Insights

December Insights

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The December issue of Insights features articles on industry leaders. Life Members tell of lessons learned during their long careers. Two ASHRAE Fellows are recognized for their ongoing achievements. Also included is the Treasurer’s Report, which details the financial position of ASHRAE over the last Society year.


ASHRAE Winter Conference Planner

Winter 2018 Show Planner

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Peek inside for a glimpse of events planned for the 2018 Winter Conference & AHR Expo taking place this January in Chicago. Register by Jan. 2 for the best rates. Already registered? It’s not too late to add tickets for tours, social events, or ALI courses to your conference registration.

Nichole Petersen

Director of Marketing at Flow Tech, Inc.
Nichole joined Flow Tech in 2013 as Director of Marketing. She leads our marketing communication initiatives including content marketing development, coordinating events and training, maintaining our digital presence and recruiting, as well as, some business development and office support. Nichole resides in Vernon with her husband Brian and son Roman. She enjoys hosting parties, cooking and lounging on the beach.
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