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President's Message

BuzzHello <<First Name>>!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed Christmas with your loved ones. I was out of town on business last month and was unable to make it to the lunch meeting but I heard that it was another great turnout and a good topic. Big thanks to Southwest Gas for discussing with us the topic of Energy Efficiency Programs.

I assume you all have been hitting the driving range to prepare for the 2011 Golf Tournament! See below for more information and contact Charlie Velasquez with any questions.

Our meeting topic this month will be on the U of A Solar Thermal project, with our speaker being Gerry Thorning, CEO of Greenfield Dynamics. To see the full list of upcoming lunch meeting topics, visit our website at

I'm very much looking forward to seeing everyone at the January meeting!


January Lunch Meeting

  • Topic: U of A Solar Thermal
  • Date: Thursday, January 13th
  • Time: 12:00 noon - 1:30pm
  • Location: Old Pueblo Grille (NE corner of Broadway/Alvernon)

GerryGerry has a Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is a founder member of Greenfield Dynamics, a company that supplies solar thermal solutions and a full range of hydronic products to the construction industry. He has been a senior executive in companies in Africa, Europe and the US. He has successfully started a number of companies and has been active in the turn-around of companies. He has extensive experience of managing multi-disciplinary teams in the integration of complex systems and has personally led the successful acquisition and execution of programs worth several billion dollars in the telecommunications, information technology, oil and construction industries.

He believes the solar thermal and PV industries are in need of a turn around. He has spear-headed Greenfield’s growth with a business model that integrates two worlds; regular plumbing/HVAC with solar thermal, establishing Greenfield as a pre-eminent Arizona resource for complex thermal systems. Greenfield has developed modeling tools that allows detailed performance and financial evaluation of different solar technologies. Greenfield knows that the solar industry can only succeed through appropriate teaming and so has a continuous program to inform and train design engineers and contractors on working with solar.

2011 Golf Tournament

GolfWe are looking for sponsors, players, and prizes for our 2011 golf tournament. Though the tournament has raised a lot of money for scholarships over the years you may not realize the different needs of the Tucson HVAC community that have also been funded through the golf tournaments. Proceeds from the 2010 Golf Tournament funded the $6,000 needed to teach the 2010 spring semester HVAC course at the U of A.

With this year's tournament we are aiming to fund student scholarships and ASHRAE Research Promotions. If you are interested in participating as a player or sponsor please fill out and return the golf tournament registration form. As you'll see on the registration form there are already sponsors signed up for the tournament. Sponsoring early lets everyone see that you are sponsoring throughout the year instead of only the month or two prior to the tournament.

Download Form Signup Online

Standard 189.1 Part of Army Sustainability Policy

ATLANTA – ASHRAE leaders recently met with U.S. Army officials regarding a new sustainable design and development policy that incorporates requirements of the green building standard developed by the Society, USGBC and IES.

The U.S. Army has made it a matter of policy to promote sustainability and improve green building standards for its facilities. On Oct. 27, 2010, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment (IE&E), issued a policy memorandum that incorporates ANSI/ASHRAE/USGBC/IES Standard 189.1-2009, Standard for the Design of High-Performance, Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings.


Winter Conference Held in Las Vegas


Las Vegas, Nev. continues to build upon its reputation as a vibrant showcase for the extraordinary by offering the grandest hotels, the biggest stars in entertainment and, of course, the brightest lights. It’s no wonder that the world's biggest HVAC Expo and the largest membership-based HVAC&R engineering society have chosen the city as the site of the ASHRAE 2011 Winter Conference and AHR Expo.

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Click here to download the AHR Expo invitation

Employment Opportunities

TME, Inc. Consulting Engineers seeks a ME. Requires a PE with 5+ years of Healthcare, Labs, Higher ED, or Central Power Plant experience. Fax resume and questions to 520-323-2382. Review our company at

M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. is seeking a Mechanical Engineer – Commercial: 10 years of experience in Mechanical Engineering design of commercial and institutional HVAC & Plumbing systems required. Manage projects from proposal stage through deliverables to the client. BSME, P.E., AutoCAD, LEED, and Microsoft Office required. Send Resume/Cover Letter (MUST LIST POSITION) to M3 Engineering & Technology Corp., Attn: Human Resources, 2051 W. Sunset Rd., #101, Tucson, AZ 85704, Fax 520 293-8349, Email to:, EOE.

Kelly, Wright & Associates is seeking a Mechanical Engineer with design experience in both HVAC and plumbing systems for commercial buildings. Send resume to Company website:

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