West Virginia ASHRAE Chapter

WV ASHRAE High Performance Building Day

Join us September 17, 2021 and welcome
ASHRAE Society President – Mick Schwedler and
ASHRAE Director and Region VII Chair – Dr. Chris Gray

Theme:  How to Create a High-Performance Building

Sponsored By: WV Energy Office, WV ASHRAE and WVU

This year our HPDB will be a lunch event focused on how to get a high performance building “now”. One that is designed for the next 20-30 years. It is not simple to do but can be done with the right owners guidance. Learn about what to require in new and existing buildings from an comfort, health and energy perspective. Two presentations will cover what makes a high performance building comfortable, healthy, productive, resilient, low energy, carbon neutral, easy to control and maintain. Then a panel of experts can address your questions.

Presentations will touch on the impact on buildings by updated codes, climate change, decarbonization, electric transportation, building onsite power generation/demand control and annual benchmark certified performance.

Today, the H-P metrics include:

Good Indoor Environment Quality (Temp., Humidity, Lighting, Sound, Air Quality)

Clean ventilation air to each space

Easy to operate and maintain controls that react and communicate in real time

Exceptionally low energy use

Carbon neutrality

High resistance to most adverse events (floods, power outages, fires, etc.)

Competitive life cycle cost.

Seminar Details:

Attendance: This is a hybrid event. You can attend the in person in Charleston WV or attend via an e-meeting. PLEASE sign up for the HPBD in person event by end of day Sept 9 so your lunch can be ordered. Sign ups will continue for in-person and virtual until Sept 16.

Times (EDT)

  • 8:45-9:15 AM (EDT) Chapter Board of Governors Meeting. Chapter Members can attend and listen in.
  • 9:30-10:30 WV Chapter Meeting – All are invited. In person and virtual. Sign up here. https://wvaedg.wufoo.com/forms/wv-ashrae-sept-17-chapter-meeting/ No cost to attend. Our ASHRAE Society President and ASHRAE Director and Region VII Chair will be attending this meeting. This is a meeting you will not want to miss.
  • 10:45 AM – 1:15 PM HP Building Day Event. Includes a light lunch for in-person attendees. In-person can ask the panel questions and stay for the networking session. Face masks are required and will be available at the event. Virtual attendees will be in listen only mode. Sign up for this in-person or virtual event here. https://wvaedg.wufoo.com/forms/wv-high-performance-building-day-registration/ Note the free lunch option if you bring a paid guest interested in ASHRAE.

Location: Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Road, Charleston, WV 25314. Park in the church lots. Signs will direct you to the meeting room. (Map below)

PDH certificate for 1.5 hours will be provided to HPDB attendees.


Presentation 1 by Art Hallstrom: Will overview the current trends impacting WV buildings and what features can make a high-performance building today. It is more than design. Operations plays a key role. Learn what nationally accepted guidance is available to help you get and keep a high-performance building.

Art Hallstrom, P.E. ASHRAE Fellow/Life Member, BEMP: Mr Hallstrom is the Technical Leader for the WV State K-12 School Energy Bench Marking Project and an instructor for the ASHRAE Learning Institute (Latest in DOAS).

Presentation 2 by Dr. Ken Means: Will cover the equipment needed to do performance audit measurements of a building.

Dr. Ken Means, P.E. Professor WVU, ASHRAE Life Member: Dr. Means heads up the industrial Energy Audit Assessments for WVU. He has done hundreds of WV existing building audits with his WVU students.

Lunch Panel Discussion: Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with our panel of experts on high performance buildings, both new and existing. Anticipated panel members include:

Mick Schwedler, P.E. ASHRAE Fellow – ASHRAE Society President

Dr. Chris Gray, P.E. – ASHRAE Region VII Director and Regional Chair

Terry Hollandsworth, WV ASHRAE Outreach Manager (Retired Director of Maintenance, Kanawha County School District)

Karen Lasure and Garrett Weaver, WV State Energy Office


In-Person ASHRAE Member: $20 (includes a light lunch and refreshments).
In-Person Guests: $25 (includes a light lunch and refreshments)
Virtual Attendee and ASHRAE Members bringing a Registered Guest as a potential ASHRAE member: $0


Saint John XXIII Pastoral Center, 100 Hodges Road, Charleston, WV 25314. Park in any of the church lots. Signs will direct you to the meeting room.

Chapter President’ September 2021 Message

Greetings West Virginia ASHRAE Chapter Members.

It gives me great pleasure to serve our West Virginia ASHRAE chapter this 21-22 fiscal year! I will be following the footsteps of many dedicated past presidents that have served. I would like to take the time to thank those individuals for their time and efforts for developing our chapter what it is today. I also want to thank you, the members, who are the roots that keep our chapter thriving. Throughout this past year, our members continued moving our chapter forward despite the pandemic that we all endured.

Our chapter has a great schedule of in person and hybrid meetings planned for you this year. Firstly, I am excited to invite you to attend our highly anticipated High Performance Building Day this September! Additionally, West Virginia ASHRAE chapter meetings are back. Come on out and enjoy! We encourage everyone involved in ASHRAE to support our chapter at Fireside Grille. Our membership involvement in our local society is our top goal and we rely on them to continue to improve our industry. The ASHRAE presidential theme is “feed the roots” and our board of governors would like to extend that to our members. I look forward to meeting you all and thank you for all you do for ASHRAE.

David Cotton, PE.

David A Cotton, PE, LEED AP BD+C

ASHRAE West Virginia, President, GAC Chair

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March 11, 2021 Ducted Fans and Optimization Dustin Meredith, P.E. https://www.gotostage.com/channel/0dfe8579113349958deb1495414799db/recording/57ae89e8c16441dc8b4dc2b3a7c81715/watch

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April 22, 2021: How and Why of Solar in West Virginia Presenter – Charles Pickering, PE, PMP, PhD, LEED AP, Pickering Energy Solutions

April 29, 2021: Electrification of Heating and Rapid Decarbonization in KY and WV, Presenter: Stet Sanborn, Principal and Engineering Discipline Leader, SmithGroup’s San Francisco office https://www.gotostage.com/channel/0dfe8579113349958deb1495414799db/recording/9755c1f81071423abdac102682426edc/watch

Chapter Mission

Provide technical. leadership and education support to the WV Building Owners and Design + Construction + Support Community. Local focus areas: green buildings, energy efficient buildings, Indoor air quality, water management, energy codes, refrigeration, HVAC, energy recovery, zero energy use – primarily in nonresidential buildings. ASHRAE supports the Indoor Built Environment with Standards, Research and Training.

WV ASHRAE is an ASHRAE Premier Chapter:

We invite you to explore our website, attend our meetings and events, further your education and career with ASHRAE products, standards, guidelines and networking support. Our Young Engineers Activities are for ASHRAE members under 35. Our WVU and Marshall Student Branches have almost 100 building science related students. Our student branch members get free ASHRAE student memberships from the chapter.

This web site is maintained by the West Virginia Chapter of ASHRAE. It does not present official positions of the Society nor reflect Society policy. ASHRAE chapters may not act for the Society and the information presented here has not had Society review. To learn more about ASHRAE activities on an international level, contact/visit the ASHRAE home page at www.ashrae.org.

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Last Updated: Sept 7, 2021