March 2016

ASHRAE Tucson Newsletter


Since last month's meeting, Dave Palty has been working tirelessly to promote ASHRAE and its positions on legislative matters at the state level. Part of Dave's work as our Government Affairs Chair includes engaging with elected officials in conjunction with ASHRAE headquarters. ASHRAE often takes official positions on legislation related to the construction industry. But just as important is garnering recognition for both ASHRAE and the built industry in the meantime. To this end, Dave worked with his counterparts at the ASHRAE Central Arizona Chapter. Together, we were successful in getting the Arizona State Senate to recognize the week of February 21st as Arizona's "Engineer's Week". This date coincides with NSPE's annual declaration. Dave Palty and Rebecca Callimanis were present on the Senate floor to hear the proclamation read. Along with promoting the field of engineering, the facetime that Dave and Rebecca had with our state senators will no doubt be useful in the years to come. Well done!!

The Arizona State Senate Proclamation for Engineers' Week, at the Senate Building in Phoenix Arizona.  The Town of Oro Valley and the City of Yuma issued similar proclamations based on Dave Palty's efforts!

In other news, the ASHRAE Tucson Chapter has finalized the Stan Adams Memorial Scholarship. Since we lost Stan this past June, the Board has been working to initiate a perpetual student scholarship in his honor, with the blessing of some of his former colleagues and family. Over the next five years, the Tucson Chapter plans to contribute money raised from private donations and events like our Golf Tournament to the scholarship fund (managed professionally by ASHRAE headquarters). After several years, the interest should be enough that we can offer a significant scholarship each year thereafter.

The target recipients will be University of Arizona or Pima Community College students studying a field related to the built industry. We will also be seeking Tucson high school graduates who are attending college/training elsewhere, but plan to return to Arizona to work. If you or your company would like to make a contribution, please talk with me. Stan blazed a trail within the Tucson community. In a sense, he invented most of us when he set up his own shop in the late 1970's. We hope this scholarship will be a proper tribute to Stan and the friendships he had with so many.     

See you this upcoming week for a presentation by Henry Johnstone. As always, let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

Scott Zimmerman



  • Topic: Granular Modeling to Reduce Energy Costs (Henry Johnstone)
  • Date: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
  • Location: Barrio Brewing Company
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    This presentation begins by describing a granular modelling methodology that examines hourly energy loads typical in commercial and residential buildings.  A “toolkit” of alternatives, including current, near term and plausible long term techniques are described and demonstrated graphically through the model.  As air conditioning is predominant among electric demand in Southern Arizona, a focus is on describing the potential of schemes that involve integration of building HVAC, energy storage, and distributed electric generation. The presentation concludes with discussion on probabilities, time frames, and costs involved in implementing change.

About the Speaker:

Henry Johnstone, P.E. serves as the President of GLHN Architects & Engineers, Inc. in Tucson, AZ.  As a senior mechanical engineer, he has been Project Manager and led multi-disciplinary teams on numerous large-scale projects for public sector including governmental, municipalities, and higher educational projects, including the $50 million Residence Life Building Renewal and a $15 million Phase VI Utilities projects at the University of Arizona and $50 million Utilities Infrastructure Renewal project at the University of New Mexico.  Henry, is a member of IEDA and has presented papers at previous IDEA conferences in Reno, Pittsburg, Chicago, and Boston.  


ASHRAE Tucson Chapter Golf Tournament

  • Date: Friday, April 22nd, 2016
  • Time: 7:30AM - 2:PM
  • Location: Forty Niner Country Club
The annual Golf Tournament returns to the Forty Niner Country Club in April! Sign up now as an Individual, Foursome, Hole Sponsorship, or Corporate Sponsor. Prizes for Longest Drive, Longest Put, and more!



  • Date: Wednesday, May 11th, 2016
  • Time: 3:30PM - 6:30PM
  • Location: Pima Community College Downtown Campus 
  • Cost: Free to attend
The 2016 Show will be a Collaboration between the ASHRAE Tucson Chapter and the USGBC Arizona Chapter (SB) to promote technologies, sustainability, and opportunities in the building construction and HVAC industries. Sign up today!



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