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President's Report

The President’s Message

By:  Ron McCarty

Reminder that our January meeting will be on January 9th at Camp Aldersgate.

The Holidays are here and we are getting ready to start a new year.  Hopefully the holidays mean great food, friends, and family for all of you!  Again this is a great time of the year give thanks for the things that we have and ask what can do for others.  That being said, I am specifically thankful for all of our Arkansas ASHRAE volunteer officers, committee chairs, and committee members whom have worked so hard for our Chapter to bring value to your membership.  There are many hours spent each month by these volunteers to put on programs, fundraisers, support our students, and promote various other ASHRAE activities. Next time you see one of these volunteers, please be sure to reach out to them and thank them for their time.

Our next meeting will be on January 9th at Camp Aldersgate, where we will have another great speaker on the topic of the Impact of Water Utility Rates on Chiller Selection.  The first four meetings have been a great success with record attendance.  At this January meeting and February, our Membership promotion team lead by Jared Hendrickson is offering an opportunity to win a $25 gift card for anyone that brings a Non- Member to the meeting.  The cost of attending the meeting for the non-member will be free.  I look forward to seeing everyone at the meeting and please try bringing a non-member to the meeting to introduce them to ASHRAE.

All the committees are in full operational mode promoting ASHRAE across the state.  Our Student Activities committee has done a great job with arranging opportunities for our speakers to present at the universities during their visits.  The next big event for the Student Activities committee is the upcoming National ASHRAE and AHR Expo in Atlanta.  It appears that two student chapters will be participating in sending students to Atlanta.  Our Chapter is helping with funding for each group through the recent Pork Butt sales and future fund-raising events.  In addition, in the month of January there will be a lot of activity being put forth on the K-12 fronts to promote ASHRAE and engineering.   Again, this is the future of our profession, so if you are asked to help this committee please take a few minutes to help.  Additional events are coming up for our YEA and Student Activity groups so please be on the lookout for times and places in the upcoming newsletters.

Additional key events that are coming up are a Refrigeration tour in the month of March, the Job Fair in the month of April, and Region 8 CRC meeting in Cancun Mexico.  Registration is open for the CRC and hotel room availability is limited, so please register as soon as possible.  Just to let you know the Resort has special rates set aside for either two days before or two days after the CRC event for those who want to spend a little extra time relaxing. 

Again, I want thank everyone that gives their time and effort to help make our Chapter great.     Best wished for the New Year 2019.

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Chapter Meeting Announcement

Arkansas ASHRAE Chapter Meeting

Hosted By: Arkansas ASHRAE Board of Governors

  Agenda for Wednesday, January 9th:

10:30-11:30   Board of Governors' meeting
11:30-12:00   Lunch Buffet and Announcements
12:00 - 1:00   Impact of Water Utility Rates on Chiller Selection by Judy Peters, P.E., BEMP, LEED-AP

Speaker Spotlight:

Ms. Peters is a registered professional engineer with 12 years of energy modeling experience.  She is the Energy Modeling Engineer for Daikin Applied Americas headquartered in Plymouth, MN where she designs energy modeling software and participates in white paper research.  Prior to joining Daikin Applied she worked for consulting engineering firm - LKPB Engineers, St. Paul, MN, heading up their energy modeling and sustainability efforts including LEED energy modeling, renewable energy analysis, CFD modeling, and energy code compliance.   Ms. Peters has a Master’s of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and ASHRAE certification as a Building Energy Modeling Professional.


Historically, water-cooled chillers have delivered lower utility costs than their air-cooled counterparts.  However, with rising water costs, and increased efficiency of air-cooled chillers, will there be a point where air-cooled chillers have lower utility costs than water-cooled chillers?  During this presentation, Ms. Peters will share information from her ASHRAE Journal article [June, 2018], Impact of Water Utility Rates on Chiller Selection, including a review of water and energy escalation rates, and results from a study comparing utility costs for air-cooled versus water-cooled chillers across climate zones and buildings types.


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Calendar of Events

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ASHRAE Events & Sponsorships

CRC (Chapter Regional Conference) is the annual meeting for all 15 chapters in ASHRAE Region VIII.  The CRC is a golden opportunity for all the chapters to come together and learn about and from each other.  CRC ends with the big event of the awarding of the Golden Gavel to the best chapter of the year.  The conference also gives everyone an opportunity to meet and fellowship together. Each year a different chapter hosts the CRC and opens their doors to the Region. This years CRC Region VIII event will be hosted by the Mexico City Chapter in Cancun, Mexico. Mark your calendar and lets have a strong representation of our Central Arkansas Chapter. 

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Arkansas ASHRAE Research Promotion

By: Steve Keen, RP Chair

Thank you all for your generous contributions and sponsorships benefiting ASHRAE Research. We had intended to recognize or chapters RP donors at last month’s December meeting but were unable to do so. RP Recognition is on the schedule for the January 9th meeting so please attend to receive your donor medallion and join me in personally thanking these individuals and business’ for contributing to ASHRAE and to our industries future.


Thanks to everyone who participated in the December Poker Tournament and helped make it a great success.  I hope you enjoyed the evening.  We will plan on another Poker Night in the early spring before CRC.  The Sportsman’s Raffle RP promotion is coming up this month so please be ready to buy tickets. Our calling campaign will begin in the new year to thank you for contributing in the past and asking you to help again this year.  I look forward to talking with each of you about RP over the next several weeks.


In the meantime you can go to ASHRAE’s website,, to donate to RP programs including, ASHRAE Research; ASHRAE Scholarships for undergraduate students; ASHRAE Learning Institute (ALI); development of new courses & materials; Graduate Research Projects (Grants-in-Aid); Young Engineers in ASHRAE (YEA) Leadership Training; and Permanently endowed support to all of the above programs.  The ASHRAE RP campaign raises over $2.2 Million a year from over 6,000 contributors in our industry.  Arkansas and Region VIII are a major part of that success.  Again, thank you for your support in the past and this year’s campaign.


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YEA & Student Activitites

Thank you to Josh Faulkner, Alan Hope, Christopher Lomax, and Chase Ransom for speaking to Forrest Heights Elementary School about Engineering!

We are also excited that students from UALR and ASU will be attending the ASHRAE Winter Conference in a few weeks.  If you see the students or faculty at the events, make sure to say hello. Thank you to everyone who helped with the pork butt fundraiser which helped make them attending the ASHRAE Winter Conference possible! 

Student Activities is still looking for volunteers to sign up to speak to K-12 classes about STEM.  If you are interested, please sign up in the link below or contact Fallon Lee (

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