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ASHRAE Journal Podcast

Tune into conversations between leading ASHRAE experts as they discuss what HVAC engineers need to know to design better systems and grow the HVAC&R industry.

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  • Season 2

    14. Are Ground-Source Heat Pumps Our Future?

    “When we have something that works, we just tend to do that over and over again… we’re all liability averse, but there’s also a place, especially now, for us to consider new and emerging technologies,” says Steve Hamstra, P.E., HBDP, Member ASHRAE. Join Hamstra and Garen Ewbank, Member ASHRAE, as they discuss the implementation, reliability and resiliency of ground-source heat pumps; the cost, incentives and benefits of retrofitting with new technology; and why the future looks bright for the industry. Listen

    Left, Garen Ewbank; Steve Hamstra

    S2E13 ASHRAE Journal Podcast Guests

    13. Cybersecurity in the HVAC Industry: Breaking Down the Risks

    Methods for intrusion have really become more complicated and more complex, and so the solutions have become more complex to deal with them,” says David Branson, P.E., BCxP, Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE. Join Branson, Michael Galler, Member ASHRAE, and Anto Budiardjo as they examine various aspects of cybersecurity within HVAC&R, including hazards and the origins of threats. They also discuss areas to be cognizant of to prevent breaches and share some of the solutions that the IT industry has successfully implemented which could also serve HVAC markets, including the importance of managing networks. Listen

    Left, David Branson; Michael Galler; Anto Budiardjo

    12. Practical Energy-Efficient Best Practices for Hospitals

    “Getting an efficient operating infrastructure does help, and it's always cheaper to do it on the initial build than it is to go back and retrofit,” said Tim Peglow, P.E., Associate Member ASHRAE. Join Peglow and 2021–22 ASHRAE President Mick Schwedler, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, as they discuss practical energy-efficient applications in hospitals and the 50% Advanced Energy Design Guide (AEDG), a sensible approach for engineers and building owners and operators to easily achieve advanced levels of energy savings without having to resort to detailed calculations or analysis. Listen

    Left, Mick Schwedler; Tim Peglow


    11. Encouraging Energy Use Efficiency: From Cold Stores to Office Buildings

    Because energy costs have risen since the 1990s, there’s a greater willingness today to share information about energy efficiency, said Andy Pearson, Ph.D., C.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE. Join Pearson, Julie Godefroy, Ph.D., C.Eng., and Hywel Davies, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE, as they identify how careful measurements and management of energy in cold stores and office buildings can result in significant benefits for stakeholders. Listen

    Left, Andy Pearson; Julie Godefroy; Hywel Davies

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    10. Lessons Learned: What I Wish I'd Known When I Became an Engineer

    “I think just being visible and accessible is the key to mentorship. When you open yourself up to the opportunity—whether you’re giving it or receiving it—then friendships are formed and bonds are made,” said Jennifer Leach, P.E., Member ASHRAE. Leach and Katherine Hammack, Fellow ASHRAE, talk mentorship, lessons learned from past experiences and how engineers should nurture their curiosity on this episode of ASHRAE Journal Podcast. Listen

    Left, Katherine Hammack; Jennifer Leach

    Guests, left, Dunstan Macauley, Carrie Anne Monplaisir and Devin Abellon

    9. Uncovering Unconscious Bias in the HVAC&R Industry

    “Equity is the goal we strive for,” says Vice President Dunstan Macauley, P.E., HBDP, Member ASHRAE. Join Macauley; Regional Vice Chair for the Young Engineers in ASHRAE Committee Carrie Anne Monplaisir, Associate Member ASHRAE; and Region X Director and Regional Chair Devin Abellon, P.E., Member ASHRAE, as they discuss how ASHRAE and the engineering industry can be more inclusive. Listen

    Left, Dunstan Macauley; Carrie Anne Monplaisir; Devin Abellon

    8. Creating Extraterrestrial Indoor Environments

    In outer space applications, HVAC is a matter of survival—not comfort or health, according to Hamidreza Najafi, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE. To kick off ASHRAE Journal Podcast’s second season, Najafi and John Constantinide, P.E., Member ASHRAE, discuss how HVAC&R technologies used on Earth can be applied to extraterrestrial indoor environments and the opportunities ASHRAE has to help shape the built environment in space. Listen

    Left, John Constantinide; Hamidreza Najafi

  • Season 1
    Guests Dan Dettmers and Kyle Booth

    7. What Controlled Environment Agriculture Demands of HVAC Systems

    “Lumens are for humans,” but not plants—including cannabis, says Kyle Booth, Associate Member ASHRAE. Booth and Dan Dettmers, Member ASHRAE, discuss what controlled environment agriculture demands of HVAC systems, the patchwork regulations born from increasing legalization of cannabis and how cannabis grow facilities are helping the CEA and HVAC&R industries develop equipment as the “grow local” food movement gets louder. Listen

    Left, Dan Dettmers; Kyle Booth

    Season 1 Episode 6 Guests

    6. Behind the Design of ASHRAE's New Global HQ

    ASHRAE’s new global headquarters proves it is possible to transform a 1970s-era building into a net zero energy, low carbon operating office—on a budget. On this episode, the architect, mechanical engineer of record and project manager of ASHRAE’s new HQ discuss what went into deciding which systems to use and how the building would operate. Listen

    Left, Gregory Walker; Ginger Scoggins; Stanton Stafford

    Don Colliver and Tom Phoenix

    5. Demystifying Decarbonization

    Building decarbonization is an industry trend, talking point and hot topic. But why is it important, how specifically might it affect building professionals and how is ASHRAE involved? The co-chairs of ASHRAE’s Task Force for Building Decarbonization—Donald Colliver, Ph.D., P.E., Presidential/Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE, and Thomas Phoenix, P.E., BEMP, Presidential/Fellow/Life Member ASHRAE—define, demystify and deconstruct building decarbonization. Listen

    Left, Donald Colliver; Thomas Phoenix

    John Straube and Joseph Lstiburek

    4. 'There’s No Such Thing as a Free Thermodynamic Lunch'

    “We need to be able to be more honest about what doesn’t work and share those failures so that our next projects can be better,” says John Straube, Ph.D., P.Eng., Associate Member ASHRAE. On this episode, Straube and Joseph Lstiburek, Ph.D., P.Eng., Fellow ASHRAE, discuss why human judgment is critical to a better built environment. Listen

    Left, John Straube; Joseph Lstiburek

    Sheila Hayter and Chuck Gulledge

    3. Exploring HVAC&R’s New Connected Data Frontier

    The HVAC&R industry’s new frontier centers on designers and engineers understanding how to collect, analyze and use data to design and operate adaptive buildings. Sheila Hayter, P.E., Presidential Member/Fellow ASHRAE, and Chuck Gulledge, P.E., HBDP, Presidential Member/Fellow ASHRAE, discuss how the HVAC&R industry is evolving with digital-driven technologies and knowledge. Listen

    Left, Sheila Hayter; Chuck Gulledge

    2. What You Don't Know Can Kill You

    Last year as wildfires raged in California, some building owners closed outdoor intakes but left bathroom intakes open, pulling smoke into their buildings. Greg Nilsson and Mike Gallagher, P.E., Fellow ASHRAE, discuss ASHRAE’s proposed guideline on protecting building occupants from smoke during wildfire and prescribed burn events and offer some tips for engineers, facility managers and owners. Listen

    Left, Mike Gallagher; Greg Nilsson

    1. 'If You Were Waiting for the Opportune Moment, This Is It'

    Epidemic Task Force Chair William Bahnfleth, Ph.D., P.E., Presidential/Fellow ASHRAE, and Jason DeGraw, Ph.D., Member ASHRAE, discuss the task force’s guidance, including its Core Recommendations and how the COVID-19 pandemic could create long-lasting change in the HVAC&R industry. Listen

    Left, William Bahnfleth; Jason DeGraw

John Falcioni, Editor
Chadd Jones, Associate Editor (Producer & Audio Engineer) 
Kaitlyn Baich, Assistant Editor
Tani Palefski, Associate Editor

Rebecca Matyasovski, Associate Editor

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