President’s Message

Chase Thomas, President 2019-2020

Hello All,

As the WV ASHRAE Chapter President for this 2019-2020 ASHRAE Society year, I would like to welcome our members and guests back from the summer break and share what happened at the August ASHRAE Region VII meeting in Tampa. Our chapter has many great activities planned for this year, and they will include a diverse array of topics for everyone in the chapter to find benefit.

At the Regional Conference, our Premier Chapter received the Best Chapter in the Region Award along with top honors in most of the Chapter Committees. I would like to thank all of our Chapter Officers, Chapter Chairs, and other Chapter volunteers who made last year such a huge success. Delegate Jennings Davis is putting together a page on the chapter awards to be published on our website.

As a highlight to this year’s activities, our Chapter is now executing a grant from the WV Energy Office to Benchmark all WV PK-12 Schools using the ASHRAE EUI and Energy Star Portfolio metrics. The project leader is Chapter Member Art Hallstrom, Assisted by Chapter Member Garrett Weaver and overall project management is handled by Chapter Member David Cotton. This is a multi-year project and is intended to boost energy conservation and utility cost savings in all West Virginia public schools. Project updates will be shared with Chapter Members on a semi-monthly basis.

The chapter has seen a 15 percent growth in membership, and I would like to welcome those 10 new ASHRAE Chapter members that joined us last year. Our chapter is now 78 members and 72 student members strong. The WV Chapter growth is the reflection in large part to our dedicated group of volunteers that continue to lead our chapter to great heights, and I am extremely proud to be surrounded by an excellent team of leaders within the chapter who make all of our success possible. I highly encourage everyone to attend our chapter meetings to experience the full benefit of being a member in the WV ASHRAE Chapter. The first meeting is scheduled for September 20 in Charleston, and details can be found below. I hope to see you there!

If you are a chapter member and would like a chapter directory, contact our Membership Chair Art Hallstrom. His email is

September 20, 2019 Chapter Meeting

High Performance Schools with Displacement Ventilation

Throughout North America there is an increased demand on school districts to perform more efficiently, introduce new technologies into the classroom and operate for 50 -70 years in an ever changing environment. As states continue to adopt newer standards and building codes which demand lower energy consumption different design methods will need to be introduced into the project. Displacement Ventilation (DV) is a room air distribution strategy where conditioned outdoor air is supplied at a low velocity from air supply diffusers, usually located at low levels and extracted above the occupied zone.

Tood Stovall, Area Manager – Price Industries

Todd is the Area Manager for Price Industries Inc. of Atlanta, Georgia in the Southeast Region. Prior to working as the Area Manager Todd worked as a Project Engineer for the Beams department, as a Design Engineer for Beams, as an Applications Engineer for the Critical Environment, Terminals and Displacement departments respectively. He has a manufacturing back ground as well as experience working with many non-profit organizations. Todd is a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta, Georgia with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

Meeting Details

Time: 11:00 – 1:30 (BOG/Chapter meeting from 11:00 – 12:00 followed by lunch and speaker from 12:30 – 1:30)

Location:  Holiday Inn and Suites, 400 2nd Ave SW, South Charleston, WV 25303

Please register as soon as possible so we are able to provide an accurate account for the lunch order. Registrations will be accepted at the door – please bring cash or a check, credit cards are not able to be processed at this time.

Registration Details
WVASHRAE Member:$15.00
Student Branch Member (bring ID):Free (please email to register)
Registration – September 20, 2019 – Displacement Ventilation

Sponsorships are available for this meeting to help support WVASHRAE. Sponsors will be recognized at the meeting and on our website in recognition for your support. Please register below.

September 20, 2019 Meeting Sponsorship

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 a Premier Chapter:

WV ASHRAE is a Premier Chapter of ASHRAE, an International Society. Last checked there are 8 Premier Chapters out of 155 chapters in the world. 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 and our Student Branches at WVU and Marshall are for building science related students at those schools.

This web site is maintained by the WV ASHRAE Chapter. It does not present positions of the ASHRAE 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, visit the ASHRAE home page at Find an ASHRAE Certified Professional Here. Find about ASHRAE Learning Institute Here. Webmaster:  Jennings Davis,