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President's Message

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We had another great presentation last month by Rich Franz-Under on the new Tucson & Pima County Net-Zero Energy Building Code. I hope everyone took away something useful from this presentation. We had 29 total of people attend the meeting and as always we really appreciate the turnout. We received 14 evaluation forms back with a total point average of 96.8 out of 100. Remember the evaluation forms help us select future topics and speakers so please keep giving us your feedback- good, bad or otherwise. We are also looking for topics and presenters for next year so if you have any topic requests or suggestions please feel free to let me know - my email address is


April Lunch Meeting

  • Topic: Commissioning Round Table
  • Date: Wednesday, April 11th
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
  • Location: Viscount Suites (4855 E. Broadway)

Topic Description:

The Commissioning Round Table will include three short presentation from Tony Sparks from TestMarcx Solutions, LLC, Michael Hoffman from Canyon State Facility Solutions, LLC, and Mik Mikulich from Adams & Associates Engineers, PLLC. Tony will cover the general commissioning procedure per AABC Commissioning Group Commissioning Guideline. Michael will cover the requirements of Fundamental Commissioning per LEED 2009 Energy and Atmosphere Prerequisite 1. Mik will cover the requirements of Enhanced Commissioning per LEED 2009 Energy and Atmosphere Credit 3. The presentations will be followed by a round table where Tony, Michael and Mik will entertain questions from the audience and share some insights to the commissioning process.

About the speakers:

Tony Sparks, LEED®AP (BD+C), CxA
Tony is a Sustainability Consultant and Director of Business Development for TestMarcx Solutions, LLC. Tony has involvement in dozens of LEED projects, from schools to industrial facilities and experience with lighting design, analysis, and retrofitting, transformer design and quality control. Tony has a Bachelors of Arts in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Tony is a Certified Commissioning Authority through the AABC Commissioning Group, Qualified Commissioning Process Provider through the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, and LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Association. Tony is an active member of the US Green Building Council, and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the New Mexico Chapter. He is also a member of the Building Commissioning Association (BCA) and the AABC Commissioning Group (ACG).

Michael Hoffman, CxA, CMVP, LEED®AP
Michael is the Principal of Canyon State Facility Solutions L.L.C., a Tucson-based consulting practice since 2007. He has over twelve years of experience in building commissioning, facilities management and energy management, and has personally served as the Commissioning Authority for almost 2.2 million square feet of new construction and existing facilities. Michael holds a Master of Science degree in Facilities Management from Pratt Institute, and previously graduated from the United States Navy Nuclear Propulsion Training program. He is a Certified Commissioning Authority through the AABC Commissioning Group, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional through the Association of Energy Engineers, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Association.

Clement “Mik” Mikulich, P.E., CEM, CxA, LEED®AP (BD+C)
Mik is the Principal of Adams and Associates Engineers, PLLC, a Tucson-based consulting engineering company since 1977. He has many years experience in monitoring and analyzing system operations. Mik uses his experience as a Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager to suggest ways to operate HVAC and electrical systems in the most energy efficient manner. Mik is also a Certified Commissioning Authority as recognized by the AABC Commissioning Group. Michael holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is a past ASHRAE Tucson Chapter President, a Certified Commissioning Authority through the AABC Commissioning Group, a Certified Energy Manager through the Association of Energy Engineers, and is a LEED® Accredited Professional through the U.S. Green Building Association.

2012 ASHRAE Golf Tournament

Come join us for the ASHRAE Tucson Golf Tournament! We are seeking corporate sponsors, contest sponsors, and hole sponsors. Reserve your foursome today!

  • Date: Friday, April 27
  • Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm
  • Location: Arizona National (9777 E. Sabino Greens)
  • Click here to Register

Standard 189.1 Deemed Compliance Option For IGCC

ATLANTA – The building industry now has greater flexibility in the design of high performance buildings through a change impacting application of the green building standard from ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) included in the International Green Construction Code (IgCC).

ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2011, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings, provides a green building foundation for those who strive to design, build and operate high performance buildings. It covers key topic areas of site sustainability, water-use efficiency, energy ef¬ficiency, indoor environmental quality and the building’s impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources.

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Public Input Sought On Alternative To ASHRAE Standard 62.1

ATLANTA – A proposed change to the ventilation rate procedure in ASHRAE’s indoor air quality standard is open for review after changes were made based on public input last year.

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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