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January 2020 Print


Dear San Diego ASHRAE Members, Students, Retirees and Guests:

I trust you all enjoyed a most joyous and blessed Merry Christmas 2019 and safely celebrated the entry of a New Year 2020, with the hope and promise of all things positive. 

In that regard, let’s kick-off 2020 with active participation in our first meeting of 2020, which is a “joint” annual meeting with our local ASPE chapter (American Society of Plumbing Engineers), scheduled for 01/21/20 at the Al Bahr Shrine facility --- a 11:30 AM lunch meeting.  Please register early. 

The presentation is titled “Expansion Fittings for Piping”, presented by Jim Clauss, Vice President, representing Metraflex Company. 

This meeting will present the basics and latest technologies available regarding expansion fittings for piping, specifically applications for seismic, vibration and thermal expansion.  You don’t want to miss this meeting! 

Following our January 2020 meeting, our meeting in February 2020 will be on WEDNESDAY, 02/12/20 (note the date change from our typical Tuesday meeting date), at our recent past venue --- the Butcher Shop --- a 11:30 AM lunch meeting.  This presentation will be made by our invited DL (Distinguished Lecturer) from Society --- Dr. William P. Bahnfleth (Past ASHRAE President) --- and his topic will be titled “Variable Primary Chilled Water Systems”. 

Please note that this presentation has been pre-approved for Continuing Education (CE) Credits.  Certificates will be provided to those who attend and request same. 

But just prior to our February 2020 meeting, the Annual ASHRAE Winter Conference is being held in Orlando, FL, from February 1-5, 2020 (Saturday through Wednesday), at the Hilton Orlando (conference hotel), in conjunction with the annual AHR Expo, from February 3-5, 2020 (Monday through Wednesday), at the Orange County Convention Center (immediately adjacent to the Hilton Orlando hotel). 


We encourage as many of our members as possible to attend.  If you would be a first-timer, you will not regret attendance.  If you are a repeat attendee, as always, you too will reap the wonderful benefits of attendance.  The Winter Conference is an amazing experience.  You have until 01/12/20 to obtain the lowest pricing. 

This year our Student Activities Chair (Alexander Armstrong), will be attending, with the respective ASHRAE student chapter presidents from both SDSU and USD in tow, i.e. Gannon Gorman and Destin Altman.  We are excited to offer this opportunity to Gannon and Destin.  We trust they will enjoy, but most importantly, appreciate the opportunity.

Finally, because of the amazing support for our 2019 Holiday Party, from our members and engaged HVAC community, we were able to submit to ASHRAE Society, on December 30, 2019, a donation of $12,730 dedicated to RP (Research Promotion). 

Congratulations and THANKS to all of you who supported and/or participated in our 2019 Holiday Party.  Your support is and has always been instrumental to the ASHRAE campaign for RP (research promotion), which we all know ensures that ASHRAE remains at the leading edge of sustainable technology. 

Remember --- we are NOTHING without you and your willingness to offer your time, talent and treasure to the ongoing success of the San Diego Chapter of ASHRAE.  Thank you. 


Gerald D. Hartford, Jr., PE, LEED AP, GPD

ASHRAE San Diego Chapter President


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