Technology Awards

ASHRAE TECHNOLOGY AWARDS

2019 Society Level – First Place
2018 Region VI – First Place
2018 ASHRAE Iowa Chapter – First Place

Mark Hersch was our 2017 AHSRAE Iowa Technology Awards first place winner in the Commercial Buildings – Existing Category for his submission of the Market 1 Project. His submission then moved on to the Region VI level and the Society level where it also was a first-place winner in both competitions.

The Market 1 project is one of only seven Society Level first place winners for 2018 and competed with submissions from across the world. As a first place Society Level winner, design team members Holly Stevens and Mark Hersch and Building Owner, Justin Doyle were invited to the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago to receive their award. The Market 1 project will also be featured in the March 2018 issue of the ASHRAE Journal.

Below are some highlights of the Market 1 project:

  • Renovation of an existing historical factory and warehouse building into a commercial office building.
  • Exterior envelope upgraded where allowed while maintaining the historical appearance of the building.
  • Addition of a hybrid geothermal and air to air heat pump HVAC system.
  • Addition of a photovoltaic system that has a total capacity of more than 200 KW.
  • 95% of the interior lighting is LED. All interior and exterior lighting is on a lighting control system.
  • Energy star score of 94.
  • Site EUI that is over 60% lower than the baseline building (34.6 KBtu/SF/Year).
  • Photovoltaic system produced over 200,000 KWH of electricity over a one year period which was enough to offset 36% of the building’s energy use.

You can read Marks submission on the Technology Awards page on the ASHRAE Iowa website.

Congratulations to Mark and the entire Market 1 team.


2019 ASHRAE Iowa Chapter Awards

We are currently accepting submissions for the 2018 AHSRAE Iowa Chapter Technology Awards. This year’s Chapter submission deadline is April 4th, 2019. More information about the Technology Awards program and submission forms can be found on the Technology Awards page at the ASHRAE Iowa Website. Projects should be submitted electronically to Dan Ponxs at dponxs@woodmaninc.com.

Prizes

For this year we will be giving out $100 prizes for the first-place winner in each of the submission categories. There are six categories and six possible prize winners. The categories are:

  • Commercial Buildings
  • Institutional Buildings
  • Health Care Facilities
  • Industrial Facilities or Processes
  • Public Assembly
  • Residential

All projects must be complete and a minimum of one year of energy data must be submitted. Submissions are first reviewed at the Chapter level. Winners from this level are then submitted to the Regional Level. Regional winners may then be submitted to the Society level where winners, like the Market 1 project are then published in the ASHRAE Journal and honored at the Winter Conference. There are two submission forms, a short form and a long form. The short form is acceptable for chapter and regional level submissions. In order for a project to be able to compete at the Society level, a long form submission must be completed.

The Technology Awards program is a great way for Members to gain recognition for their projects. The program also builds recognition for the member’s employers and the owners of the buildings. I encourage all members to consider submitting any innovative or energy efficient projects.


ASHRAE Technology Awards, recognizes ASHRAE members who design and/or conceive innovative technological concepts that are proven through actual operating data. Awards are given for new and retrofit applications for several categories of buildings, industrial facilities and processes. Chapter award winners can be submitted into Regional competitions, and Regional winners are invited to compete for Society level Awards. Applications are judged with respect to energy efficiency, indoor air quality, innovation, operation & maintenance, cost effectiveness, environmental impact and quality of presentation.

Please remember, the project you are submitting must have been successfully operating for at least one year at the time of entry.

Society level award winners get written up in the ASHRAE Journal and honored at the Winter Conference.


Current Iowa Chapter Winners

2019 Winners to be announced


2018 Society Level – First Place Winner

Mark Hersch was our 2017 ASHRAE Iowa Technology Awards first place winner in the Commercial Buildings – Existing Category for his submission of the Market 1 Project. His submission then moved on to the Region VI level and the Society level where it also was a first-place winner in both competitions.

The Market 1 project is one of only seven Society Level first place winners for 2018 and competed with submissions from across the world. As a first place Society Level winner, design team members Holly Stevens and Mark Hersch and Building Owner, Justin Doyle were invited to the 2018 ASHRAE Winter Conference in Chicago to receive their award. The Market 1 project will also be featured in the July 2018 issue of the ASHRAE Journal.

Below are some highlights of the Market 1 project:

  • Renovation of an existing historical factory and warehouse building into a commercial office building.
  • Exterior envelope upgraded where allowed while maintaining the historical appearance of the building.
  • Addition of a hybrid geothermal and air to air heat pump HVAC system.
  • Addition of a photovoltaic system that has a total capacity of more than 200 KW.
  • 95% of the interior lighting is LED. All interior and exterior lighting is on a lighting control system.
  • Energy star score of 94.
  • Site EUI that is over 60% lower than the baseline building (34.6 KBtu/SF/Year).
  • Photovoltaic system produced over 200,000 KWH of electricity over a one year period which was enough to offset 36% of the building’s energy use.

You can read the entire Market 1 submission at the following link:

2018 Society Level First Place Submission

Congratulations to Mark and the entire Market 1 Team.


Previous Iowa Chapter Winners

2018 Iowa Chapter First Place Winner – Institutional Buildings

Lincoln Pearce – Iowa State – Marston Hall Renovation

2018 Iowa Chapter First Place Winner – Commercial Buildings

Mark LaCroix and Jake Cunliffe – Fairfield Inn and Suites – Altoona

2018 Iowa Chapter First Place Winner – Health Care Facilities

Tyson Scheidecker – Broadlawns East University Medical Center

2017 Iowa Chapter Winner

Mark Hersch – Market 1

2016 Iowa Chapter Winner

Lincoln Pearce – University of Iowa Football Performance Center

2015 Iowa Chapter Winner

Ryan LePera – Neal Smith Federal Building