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Doors open at 11 AM/ Meeting starts at 11:30 AM/ Presentation begins at Noon CST

Latest Innovations in High Performance VAV DOAS

VAV DOAS (Dedicated Outdoor Air Systems) with third generation DOAS equipment are being used in multiple zone buildings with great success. They offer super low EUI, excellent IAQ/IEQ, excellent humidity control and control simplicity. DOAS is the recommended system for high performance buildings. Highlighted in the new zero energy K-12 AEDG. Learn how to select, control and cost optimize buildings for DOAS from this ASHRAE expert.

Arthur Hallstrom, PE, ASHRAE Fellow, BEMP 
Mr. Hallstrom has worked with DOAS systems and equipment for 3 decades. After retiring as Airside Applications Manager for Trane and the Region VII Director and Regional Chair, he became an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer for DOAS before becoming the ASHRAE Learning Institute Instructor for DOAS. Art currently teaches ASHRAE's Latest in DOAS ALI Course.

Please join us March 10th at 11:30 AM CST
Location: Redstone FCU Atrium (220 Wynn Drive, Huntsville, AL)
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP and include any dietary restrictions by Friday, March 4th.
1 Hour PDH credit available

Cost: $20 at the door.
Students can attend free with RSVP

RSVP via this link: 
Please email with any questions or concerns about the meeting.

Posted on July 23rd, 2021

AHSHRAE Society President - Mick Schwedler, PE, FASHRAE, LEED® AP BD+C
Mick has been active in the development and support of HVAC systems for Trane since 1982. As an applications engineer his areas of expertise include system optimization (in which he holds patents) as well as chilled water and water source heat pump system design. His primary activities include assisting designers in proper application of products and systems in buildings, and writing system application manuals and newsletters. In addition, he has presented technical information to tens of thousands of engineers through Trane’s Engineers Newsletter Live series, and ASHRAE webcasts. Mick has given technical seminars throughout North America, as well as in the Far East and South America, and published articles within the industry. Prior to his work with Trane, Mick received his MSME from the University of Wisconsin Solar Energy Laboratory and BSME from Northwestern University.

by Tony Horton on February 16th, 2019

Dear Members and Friends,
This year is the North Alabama Chapter’s 40th Anniversary.

We will kickoff this year with two events on February 21st.
A luncheon meeting at Adtran and a Feb-“BREW”-ary Evening Meet and Greet at
Yellow Hammer Brewery - 2600 Clinton Ave W, Huntsville, AL 35805 - starting at 6 PM.
Adtran East Tower Chiller Plant Optimization Presentation – 1 PDH

Presentation Summary:
Retro-commissioning is a process to improve the efficiency of an existing building’s equipment and systems while increasing occupants’ comfort. The objective is to produce a rapid payback while providing sustained improvement to building performance according to the facility’s actual use. Retro-commissioning can often resolve problems that occurred during design or construction. If the same process were applied to a car, mechanics would adjust the settings, controls, components and design of the engine based on how the owner drives. This is optimization.
The “tune-up” is saving ADTRAN over $72,153 annually in energy costs with a simple payback of 1.84 years.  
Luncheon - 11:30AM to 1:00PM
Cost: $20
RSVP Online -
Adtran East Tower
Fountain Room
901 Explorer Blvd
Huntsville, AL 35806
See the maps for directions and parking areas:
Our Presenters:
Kelley Whalen / Adtran

Mr. Whalen has over 29 years of combined energy management, controls and HVAC experience as an Air Force HVAC technician, HVAC contractor, and 14 years with ADTRAN.
While at ADTRAN, Kelley has worked in multiple roles. Currently, He is supervising the Energy Management, HVAC, and Electrical Departments. Kelley also manages and maintains the Building Automation Systems, Energy Management software, and Critical Equipment Monitoring dashboards. Mr. Whalen serves as the primary lead of energy saving and sustainability initiatives in the Facilities Department. He has coordinated energy saving projects with the TVA Energy Right Solutions Incentives program and worked closely with Huntsville Utilities on strategies to reduce electrical load campus wide. Since 2005, Mr. Whalen has managed ADTRAN's energy management program. Kelley and his team has achieved a 33% decrease in Energy Utilization Index (EUI), despite company growth.
Kelley enlisted in the Air Force, January 1990. He graduated with the highest honor (Honor Graduate) from both basic training and advance technical training. Mr. Whalen later earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science, Mechanical and Electrical Technology from the Community College of the Air Force in June 1996. Through the Association of Energy Engineers, He earned the Energy Efficient Practitioner (EEP) designation in July 2016. Mr. Whalen is actively involved in following professional development organizations - ASHRAE Board of Governors, AEE, IFMA and the Association of Valley Industries (AVI) Board of Directors.
Jason Brooks / Sain Engineering Associates

Mr. Brooks is a Senior Energy Engineer for Sain Engineering Associates, Inc. He is registered as a Professional Engineer (PE). Jason has over ten years of experience as a full-time mechanical, HVAC, and lighting consultant. He specializes in new and existing building commissioning.
Jason earned his bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) in 2009. He is certified by the AABC Commissioning Group as a Commissioning Authority (CxA) and by the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP), and Certified Lighting Efficiency Professional (CLEP).
Eric Mobley / Sain Engineering Associates
Mr. Mobley is an energy engineer for Sain Engineering Associates, Inc (SEA).  He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB) in 2017.  He has been with SEA for three years where he has put his knowledge of electrical circuits and programming to use in the area of HVAC controls.  He has experience with programming Trane, Siemens, Johnson, Delta, and Niagara systems.  He is certified by the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) as a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Remote Airman.
If you have any questions, please call 256-513-9696 or email:
Please Save the Dates:
Feb-“BREW”-ary 21st Event at Yellow Hammer Brewery at 6 PM
March Membership Madness - TBD
April 16th - Joint Seminar with CSI, AIA, and ASHRAE from 10 AM to 3 PM - 3 PDHs
April 17th – 2019 ASHRAE Webcast at 6 PM to 8 PM (Location TBD) – 2 PDHs
May 30th - TBD
August 7-20 - ASHRAE Region 7 & 12 CRC (Chapter & Regional Conference) in St. Pete Beach, FL
Thank you for your time and your continued support of ASHRAE.
Tony Horton, LEED AP BD+C | Mechanical Designer and Specification Writer
ASHRAE North Alabama Chapter
Chapter Technology Transfer & Research Promotion Co-Chair

by Tony Horton on August 8th, 2016

As you can see, our chapter has been hard at work.  A new & improved website is on the way.

The 2016-17 will be a great year with the support of our members, friends, employers, and professional colleagues. We want to hear from you. Is there a presenter or topic you want to see?

Please email us at or call and leave us a message at (256) 513-9696.

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