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Chicago Regional Dinner

Information for the Regional Dinner at the 2018 Winter Meeting is below:

Giordano’s Famous Stuffed Pizza
223 West Jackson Bulevard
Chicago, IL 60606

Sunday Night, January 21, 2018
7:30 pm to 10:00 pm

$25 for members, $10 for Students


Free ASHRAE Webinar
Is advanced technology alone solving the case for energy efficiency?
Delivering meaningful energy efficiency in buildings often requires debunking myths about building products, performance and solutions. This webcast will focus on strategies and policies that dive into deep efficiency goals. Featured ASHRAE speakers will address myths and realities they’ve discovered through real life experiences. Viewers will learn how a practical design approach can help achieve optimum energy performance in commercial and high-rise residential buildings across the globe. With varying climates and economies, one must consider a holistic approach when assessing a building and its systems.
  • Take advantage of the two week On Demand period (April 20-May 4) and schedule your viewing of the webcast around your time zone and schedule
  • The On Demand player has fast forward and rewind capabilities — allowing you to view all or part of the program with your members
  • Plan a lunch or dinner meeting with your Chapter to view the webcast
  • Utilize the resources online to supplement the webcast program
  • Earn 3 FREE PDHs
  • Chapters who register to view the webcast will earn 100 PAOE points
Visit for additional information about the program, continuing education credits, speakers, and registration.

ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams Recognized

For Release:
Aug. 24, 2016
Contact: Jodi Scott
Public Relations

ASHRAE LowDown Showdown Modeling Challenge Teams Recognized

ATLANTA – Eight teams in the second annual ASHRAE Lowdown Showdown worked to find the right dose of designing and modeling to get a health care facility to net zero or below.

The ASHRAE and IBPSA-USA SimBuild 2016: Building Performance Modeling Conference took place Aug. 10-12 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Some 250 people attended the event, which featured more than 100 speakers presenting practical applications of tools, case studies and papers on simulation, research and a deeper dive into current technology.

Held in conjunction with the Conference was the 2016 ASHRAE LowDown Showdown modeling challenge with eight teams and some 80 team members. The teams used currently available software to create their models for the baseline building, a 50,000 square foot, three-story outpatient health care facility in Omaha, Neb.

“The LowDown Showdown challenged teams to take their models to net zero,” Dru Crawley, a member of the Conference Steering Committee, said. “This building was particularly challenging because of its 24-hour-a-day operation and plug loads. But the teams were tremendously creative, resourceful and committed to drawing upon their team members’ strengths to create realistic solutions to the challenge.”

A list of participants and a summary of their projects can be found at

Each team was required to present their results at the Conference. Recognition awards were presented to

  • Most Practical – Energy Derailment
  • Most Creative – The EUI Evangelists
  • Best Teamwork – Quest for Zero
  • Most Innovative Workflow – Insane Energy Savers
  • Best Energy Use – The DeeBees

Other participating teams were:

  • The BEM Bang Theory
  • Outpatient Zero
  • Newbie Energizers

“The ASHRAE LowDown Showdown seeks to broaden the industry’s ability to engage architects, engineers, designers and energy modelers to create an effective workflow and an outstanding design,” Dennis Knight, Conference chair, said. “The teams demonstrated beyond a doubt that better build models can be created more efficiency when drawing upon the experience and creativity of the various professionals working together.”

The larger challenge for the Showdown is to communicate these experiences to the industry at large to others can learn and improve their professional development, he said. Each team was required to produce a results spreadsheet, a poster and a one-page narrative. These items are posted on the challenge’s Webpage along with the names of the team members.

In addition to the Lowdown Showdown, the Conference itself featured some 100 presentations, which are available in the on-demand Virtual Conference. To register for the Virtual Conference, visit The cost is $129, ASHRAE members ($179, non-members).

ASHRAE, founded in 1894, is a global society advancing human well-being through sustainable technology for the built environment. The Society and its more than 56,000 members worldwide focus on building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration and sustainability. Through research, standards writing, publishing, certification and continuing education, ASHRAE shapes tomorrow’s built environment today. More information can be found at

IBPSA-USA is the United States regional affiliate of the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA). The mission of IBPSA-USA is to advance and promote the science of building simulation in order to improve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of new and existing buildings in the United States.


ASHRAE Certified

ASHRAE Certified

Dear ASHRAE Member,

Take advantage of current, low certification application fees through June 30.  After staying the same for nine years, fees will increase beginning July 1.  After you apply, you have three months to schedule and sit for your exam – so why wait?! Learn More.

Also, per a recently adopted policy, non-native English speakers are now eligible to receive an additional 30 minutes of testing time.  When applying, if you are a non-native English speaker, simply choose this option on the application.

Looking forward to receiving your application!

Sincerely, Erin Dupree Certification Coordinator Tel: 678-539-1113