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President's Message

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We had a fantastic start to our 2011-2012 season with a presentation by our chapter's own Jon Ziegler offering his opinions and insight on the role of test and balancing and specifically how it relates to LEED. We had 30 people attend the meeting and received 12 evaluation forms, with a total point average of 95 out of 100. We really appreciate receiving the evaluation forms as it helps us select future topics and speakers. If you have any topic requests or suggestions please feel free to email me at


October Lunch Meeting

  • Topic: Steam Systems
  • Date: Wednesday, October 12th
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
  • Location: Viscount Suites (4855 E.  Broadway)

Elements of Steam – What is steam, what is condensate, explanation of flashing, and examination of the saturated steam curve and heat exchange.

Steam Technologies – A brief overview of how various Steam Traps work and the most effective applications for each type.

Process Applications:

  • Sizing considerations
  • Variable Pressure Differentials
  • Applications of Steam and Electric Pumps
  • Proper Application of Vacuum Breaks, Air Vents, Drain Valves, etc
  • Steam Lock Release techniques and when it’s required
  • Increasing Batch Process Frequencies

Special Attention paid to troubleshooting:

  • Waterhammer, Thermal Shock
  • Flooded Heat Exchangers
  • Inability to Maintain Consistent Process Temperatures
  • Proper Sizing of Condensate Return Lines
  • Advanced Condensate Recovery Techniques

Sustaining Membership

If you are a member of ASHRAE, to help with the chapter cash flow and offer members an additional inducement to attend, we urge you to participate in the Sustaining Membership Program. Your Sustaining Membership will allow us to plan effectively and make early commitments for meeting programs. A Sustaining Membership covers all 9 of the lunch meetings for the 2011-2012 season. Sustaining Membership is only offered to members of ASHRAE.

Please use the link below and send your payment as soon as you can. We have proven in the past that participation by the members in the Sustaining Membership Program pays off in higher quality programming, better attendance and greater participation, all of which are critical to the continued success of the Tucson Chapter.

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Job Posting

Job available to install and plumb new chiller with machinery it cools, approx 8ft in overhead (~2 1/2" piping). Replace existing PVC piping on smaller, separate unit with something more durable, approx 25 ft in overhead (~3/4" to 1" pvc). Cross-connect old chiller with new one and smaller system. Equipment must stay running Monday through Friday but sizing and fabrication can be performed. Equipment will be shutdown on weekend for actual installation.

Contact Gary Bartlett at for more information.

Alternative to Standard 62.1 Proposed

ATLANTA – Public comment is being sought on the proposed allowance of an additional default value to the ventilation rate procedure in ASHRAE’s indoor air quality standard.

ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 62.1-2010, Ventilation for Acceptable Indoor Air Quality, sets minimum ventilation rates and other requirements for commercial and institutional buildings. The ventilation rate procedure provides a prescriptive method for determining minimum ventilation requirements. It accounts for pollutant sources from both the building and its occupants, and allows the designer to account for the efficiency of different ventilation systems when delivering outdoor air to the breathing zone.

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ASHRAE Supporting Sponsor of Solar Decathlon

ATLANTA—ASHRAE is proud to once again shine a light on the key role solar energy will play in the development of net-zero energy buildings as a supporting sponsor of the Solar Decathlon 2011.

The Decathlon—sponsored by the Department of Energy and held on the National Mall from Sept. 23-Oct. 2—is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students compete to design, build and operate the most attractive, effective and energy-efficient solar-powered house.

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Newsletter Sponsors

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Robert Kunkel

Tom McGreal

Quinton Lamoreaux

Buzz Wright

Jon Ziegler

Member Promotion:
Dave Tyrrell

Student Activities:
Dave Palty

Research Promotions:
Charlie Velasquez

Paiman Owtad

Past President:
Buzz Wright

Rebecca Tarantino

Ray Walker