Solar training for design professionals coming to Denver on october, 9 2017!

    An exciting new accredited course specially designed for architects, engineers and design professionals debuts in Denver on October 9, 2017 at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017.  The Solar Decathlon takes place October 5–9 and 12–15, 2017, in Denver, Colorado at the 61st & Peña Station

    The STEP Into the Sun one-day training introduces designers to: how to incorporate solar photovoltaics (PV) into design plans; how to differentiate yourself in the marketplace by offering solar PV to clients; and where to find information on financial incentives; and more.  Continuing education credits 6.5 AIA LU/HSW, 6.5 GBCI CEUs, & 0.65 ICC Preferred Provider

     Register: ( )

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    Are you aware of Denver's Energy Efficiency Ordinance?

    Do you work with any buildings over 50,000 square feet in the City and County of Denver?  If so a new Denver Ordinance applies to you and has a deadline coming up soon!  By September 1st, 2017 buildings over 50,000 square feet in the City and County of Denver must begin benchmarking and reporting their energy performance to the City.  Buildings over 25,000 square feet must begin reporting by June 1st, 2018. 

     The energy used in buildings results in 57 percent of Denver’s greenhouse gas emissions. Improving building energy efficiency is a key component of the City's efforts to do our part on climate change. Benchmarking the energy performance of a buildings is the first step to understanding and reducing energy consumption because you can’t manage what you don’t measure. The City will publish building energy performance data each year to enable the market to better value energy efficiency, similar to MPG ratings for cars or nutrition labels on food. Other cities with benchmarking and transparency requirements have seen 2-3 percent energy savings each year by covered buildings.

    Complying with the new ordinance has two basic steps:

    1)    Benchmark your building with the free to ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager.  You’ll need basic property use information such as size of the building, number of units, and number of bedrooms.  You’ll need to enter your Denver Building ID into your Portfolio Manager account (you can find the ID at  Have Xcel Energy upload aggregated whole building monthly electricity and natural gas data to your Portfolio Manager account (follow the steps at

    2)    Send your report to the City. (Details on submitting your report can be found at

    Instructions on all aspects of how to comply with the Denver benchmarking ordinance can be found on the Denver Benchmarking Website.  

    USGBC is offering many trainings and one on one support to the public. Please visit this site to register for free:

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    Rocky Mountain ASHRAE Tech Conference GBCI Info

    For those looking to earn LEED credit, info for self-reporting is available here.

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    Rocky Mountain's Strong Showing at Winter ASHRAE Conference Awards Ceremony

    Dave Olson Receives ASHRAE Fellow Award.Congratulations Dave and thank you for your many years of service! This distinguished award is reserved for ASHRAE members who have attained distinction in the fields of heating, refrigeration, air conditioning, ventilation or the allied arts and sciences through invention, research, teaching, design, original work, or as an engineering executive on projects of unusual or important scope. The individual must have made substantial contributions. 

    Western Mechanical Solutions Recognized at Prestigious Golden Circle Investor Level. For their generous donation of $10,000 to the 2016 Research Promotion Campaign, Western Mechanical Solutions received the Golden Circle award. Western Mechanical Solutions is the first Golden Circle donor in the Rocky Mountain Chapter. The Rocky Mountain Chapter and the Research Promotion campaign thank you!

    Rocky Mountain Chapter Remains Top Research Promotion Supporter. The Rocky Mountain Chapter was again the top fundraiser in the world, raising $113,803 during the 2016 Research Promotion campaign. Megan Sterl and Tony Anderson accepted the Bobbie J. Vermillion Pinnacle Award on behalf of the Chapter. Thank you to all the donors and supporter throughout the Rocky Mountain Chapter! 

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    YEA Tour of Mile High Stadium

    Look at all those happy faces! Why are they so happy? They just went on a tour with YEA of Mile High Stadium and learned lots of cool new facts about Mile High Stadium.

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    Each year the Rocky Mountain ASHRAE Chapter awards a scholarship to attend the ASHRAE Winter Conference. Click here to read what the winner of the 2017 Scholarship had to say about the conference!


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    History & Library Archives

    Looking for a presentation from a past Rocky Mountain ASHRAE Event or a newsletter from previous years?  Click here to check out our newly updated History & Library section.


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    Help make our meetings more Sustainable – Ride Green

    Click Here to figure out the best Public Transportation Route to our meeting.  In the upper left corner click on Get Directions and enter your starting point, location of our meeting (500 16th Street, Denver, CO) .  Be sure to specify “by public transit” in the drop down and click on “show options” to enter the times you want to travel.

    Please contact ridegreen if you have questions or need some assistance (we realize it can be a bit tricky).










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