President's Message


President's Message

Michael S. Jones – PE, CPMP, CEM Michael S. Jones – PE, CPMP, CEM
Speaking and working with the HVAC&R community locally here in Idaho, I’m always amazed at the talent and great ideas that come from folks in our industry. I’ve seen a lot of great ideas put down on paper, many great solutions implemented in the field by installing contractors adapting to field conditions. Also, controls contractors suggested
altering some sequences to help make the process more efficient and equipment suppliers suggest a no or low-cost energy saving equipment option during submittals. These great ideas don’t just affect the folks we are working with they bring the project to completion, our work is much more permanent in nature. Who is the real winner (or
loser) directly affected by the decisions, innovative ideas, equipment upgrades etc.? In some cases, the owner
may benefit from decreased utility costs, or increased thermal comfort. In other cases, the developer could use
whatever upgrade or solution to help sell the property post-development. Occupants may benefit from better in-door
air quality. Often times it is a combination of all three. However, in many commercial development situa-tions,
end-users change. Tenants move out, buildings are sold, but our work still has an impact years down the
line.


One great idea was showcased at a chapter meeting a few years back on a tour of the HP campus. Their O&M
folks explained how they use staged outdoor air, evaporative cooling and mechanical cooling to help achieve their
energy targets while keeping server rooms temperate. On a smaller scale, how about clients on the cities geothermal return loop? Since usage is based on gallons, send that water back to the city at lowest possible temperature to minimize geothermal use and cost. Depending on whether or not a heat exchanger is involved, one could add a VFD to the pump pulling from the City geothermal loop and control speed based on leaving water temperature. Be smart with that temperature set point though. Those that know me, know that I’m a big fan of energy recovery. How about an ERV used to pull heat off a server room and use that heat to pre-treat ventilation air provided to the adjacent office space?  Be smart with your ideas, a good engineer fully evaluates what the actual benefit is to the short and
long term end-users. A question for you all, no gift this month but fun nonetheless. Two equipment suppliers are
trapped in a conference room. The first equipment suppliers says to the other, “If you give me two of your air han-dling units, I’ll have as many air handling units as you have”. The second equipment supplier replies, “If after I
give you those two air handlers, you give me two air handlers, I will have double the amount of air handlers as you
have”. How many air handlers did each equipment supplier have prior to any deal making?  

Sincerely, Michael S. Jones – PE, CPMP, CEM – President Idaho ASHRAE Chapter.