Welcome to the Ottawa Valley Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Founded in 1894, ASHRAE is an international organization of 55,000 persons. Its sole objective is to advance through research, standards writing, publishing and continuing education, the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.
The Ottawa Valley Chapter was established in 1952, and supports roughly 500 local ASHRAE members, of which approximately 200 are Chapter members. Our membership is comprised of a diverse group of men and women from the various fields in the HVAC&R and construction industries; e.g. consulting engineers, contractors, developers, facility managers, federal, provincial & municipal government, manufacturers, researchers, sales organizations, students, university and college faculty.
Our Chapter meets the third Tuesday of the month from September to May (excluding December) and typically consists of a tour or technical session, followed by a social gathering starting at 5:30 pm, dinner at 6:30 pm and the featured presentation to round out the evening. The meetings are held at Restaurant International at Algonquin College Woodroffe Campus, with the exception of the September meeting, which is occasionally held at a different venue.
The cost of a Chapter Membership is $60.00 and $30.00 for students. Chapter membership gets you a copy of the Ottawa Valley Chapter Roster which contains the contact information of the roughly 500 local ASHRAE members, monthly electronic access to chapter newsletter and discounts on Chapter meetings, seminars and events.
I hope you enjoy our web site and look forward to seeing you at our chapter meetings.
Yours very truly,
2014-2015 OVC President
Spring is finally here, and with it comes the start to the construction season. This time of year always renews my enthusiasm for the industry, as much of the winter’s design work turns to making the plans a reality. More generally, spring is also considered a time for renewal and new opportunities, and I hope that the turning of the weather will present such opportunities for you.
Our presentation this month centers on chilled beam technology. This is a system of design that is “newish”. The technology itself is nothing new, induction units have been in place for decades. I won’t steal our presenter’s thunder, but this presentation got me thinking about technology in our industry that is considered “cutting edge”, be it variable capacity refrigeration flow, high efficiency gas products, or something more systemic like domestic water heating/cooling, or chilled beams. As a supplier’s rep, I often encounter resistance to some of these ideas, where consultants don’t want to be the guinea pig for the first local installation, or don’t want the owner to have to learn a new system. I understand the hesitance, but there are two points that I feel need to be stated. First, the pace of “new technology” in construction is glacial. When compared to IT, automotive, and other major industries, the change we experience in new equipment happens very slowly. This is with good reason, a building should last 50 years or more, my computer seems to need replacing every 2-3 years. That said, the technology in North America is typically a decade or so behind Europe and Asia, and this on top of industry testing and certification. While certain ideas or systems may be new to you, please consider that they’ve likely been installed and operating for years in other parts of the world. Second, having attended many rep meetings and spoken with other suppliers throughout the continent, I’m confident in saying that Ottawa is home to a group of smart, savvy and thorough professionals. Don’t sell yourself short! While new ideas may require some additional time and consideration, embrace the challenge, and see it as an opportunity to differentiate yourself from your competition. Be the leader in these opportunities, and it will be noticed to your advantage.
The theme of this month is Research. We are very much in to our calling campaign, so if you have not yet received a call from the RP Committee, you can expect one soon. Please also be proactive, and contact Georges Maamari, or any of the committee to find out the ways to donate. We are closing in on our goal, and would like to exceed our expectations for the first time in many years. We can do it with your help!
Bob Kilpatrick will be closing the nominations for this year at our April meeting, so if you have any suggestions on people who would be suitable to help out, please don’t hesitate to contact him, or anyone on the Nominations Committee. Further, if you’ve ever considered volunteering with ASHRAE, please let anyone on the Board of Governors know. There are many spots to be filled, and it need not be a large commitment of your time.
Lastly, Rob Lefebvre with Goodkey Weedmark & Assoc. has generously volunteered to host the last of our mentorship tech sessions. We previously had a suppliers rep and contractor, and we finish with a consulting engineer, who will review the ins and outs of how they work, their interaction with the industry, and how you can find your way in to that segment. Please consider attending, and suggesting this to junior members of your firm, or to students. The opportunity exists for frank discussion and open answers, so please take advantage. I look forward to seeing you all on April 21st. President’s Message 2 Capital
2014-2015 OVC President