January 2016

ASHRAE Tucson Newsletter


Welcome to 2016 and the first newsletter of the year! This is also my first newsletter as Chapter President. For those who don't know me, my name is Scott Zimmerman and I work for M3 Engineering in our Commercial-Mechanical Group. I am a proud Arizona native and University of Arizona alumnus. I'm looking forward to a fun spring season with events like the Annual Golf Tournament, Building Industry Trade Show, plus some happy hours thrown in for good measure.

Now on to business.  In November we conducted our 3rd Annual I-10 Trap Shoot Classic in Casa Grande with the Central Arizona Chapter.  Tucson contributed 20 shooters and Central Arizona arrived with 40.  Experience ranged from first-timers to experienced wing shooters, but everybody connected with their targets and had a great time!  

Team Sun Mechanical represented Tucson well.  Left to right: Dave Brown, Lisa Downey, Nate Scholer, Jorge Franco, Marleena Lauver, Josh Millstone, Eric Buchholz

Our next meeting will be on February 9th at Barrio Brewery, where we will welcome Chris Mathis. He will be discussing the challenges related to sustainable building design and construction. Chris will also address how sustainability objectives are covered in ASHRAE 90.1 and the model codes. See below for the link to sign up now!  

The Golf Tournament is around the corner! We will be hosting this annual event at the Forty Niner Country Club on Friday, April 22. Like the lunch meetings, no need to wait to sign up - you can register today. See below for more details.

Finally, we are always looking for future board members.  If you or someone you know may be interested in serving, please let any of us on the ASHRAE board know so their name can be submitted for consideration. And as always, recommendations for presentation topics are welcome. You can reach me personally at szimmerman@m3eng.com  

See you in February,



National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)

ASHRAE Tucson Chapter has always supported our friends over at the local branch of NAWIC. One of NAWIC's service projects is the Block Kids Building Program at the Sonoran Science Academy. They are seeking participants and volunteers for this Saturday, January 23rd. If you are in the area and would like to join, it is an excellent way to promote the built industry among kids in our community.  Click below for the flier, or contact Karen Scrimshaw at Sigler (kscrimshaw@siglers.com) or Jon Ziegler at GAC (jonz@generalaircontrol.com).  



This lecture explores some of the roadblocks, pitfalls and opportunities on the road to truly sustainable buildings.  It invites the audience to question long held assumptions and habits in building design, engineering and construction, and challenges how we assess numerous building performance attributes.  From energy efficiency to durability to life expectancy, we will explore some of the challenges necessary to establish meaningful product and building performance metrics.  We will examine how these sustainability objectives fit in with ASHRAE’s minimum code standards (90.1 and 90.2), green building standards (189.1 and 189.2) and others.

About the Speaker:

Chris Mathis has spent the past 35 years focusing on how buildings and building products perform – from energy efficiency to long-term durability and sustainability. Today, Chris and his consulting team focus on working with clients leveraging the knowledge and experience he has gained to improve buildings, building products and the codes and standards that govern them.  

Chris received his undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He received a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from MIT, where his work centered on energy use in buildings. He has served since as a Scientist in the Insulation Technology Laboratory at the Owings-Corning Fiberglas Technical Center, was the Director of the Thermal Testing Laboratory for the NAHB Research Center and was the Director of Marketing for Architectural Testing, Inc., a private laboratory specializing in the performance of buildings and building products.

Chris is an active participant in Standards and Code development at ASHRAE, NFRC, ASTM and the International Code Council. He currently chairs ASTM’s E06.51.11 addressing window installation standards and chairs the Built Advisory Committee.  He lives and works near the farm he grew up on in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.   


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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